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DeNA Reviews

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
34 Reviews

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not great, just ok

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    - People are generally nice
    - Catered meals
    - Great location
    - The current games are doing pretty well in the charts

    Cons

    - Lack of strategy and transparency! Ever since the new CEO has taken over, there has only been 1 all-hands. Management is essentially hoping that the new games are successful, but not explaining the steps we need to take to reach success.
    - Terrible morale because a lot of the veteran employees are leaving
    - Limited growth opportunities... but because of the high employee turnover, you will be promoted to a senior position eventually
    - A lot of technical debt in games and platform
    - HR needs to post fake reviews to attract new hires
    - Despite what they say, culture is not flat. New ideas often go nowhere.
    - Occasionally, you will run into politics/ego problems with people who won't compromise or aren't willing to listen to another point of view. Too bad that a few bad apples can spoil the bunch.
    - No clear direction on the future of the company

    - In general, this company is not great due to poor leadership and vision, but it's not a terrible work environment either if you want to just get by or get your foot in the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Motivate your employees by explaining to us the long-range plan. Another re-org might be necessary. Who's in charge??? You need to talk to us!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Good environment, talented people.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Work with global people, esp. in Asia. Different games, full responsibility of one game. Not only think on engineering but also designing, user experience.

    Cons

    Hard working makes people busy and tired. The company does not get steady of finding it's position of west game industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Delighted and Dedicated

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    The people here are the best and are dedicated to the companies long term goals and objectives. We are able to speak up respect

    Cons

    HR department needs to improve upon tact and implementing organized policies and procedures

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Better than I ever expected

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    - Management cares about my growth
    - I am encouraged to excel and do work outside of my job description
    - Hard work is noticed and rewarded
    - The people are all smart and fun
    - The perks are amazing!
    - There is a very casual, laid back atmosphere.

    Cons

    - When comparing salaries on glassdoor, it looks like compensation is slightly lower than the SF standards. However, I think the growth opportunities outweigh this.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Pretty fun company, great people, awesome perks!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    They focused a lot on making sure everyone was really happy and enjoyed coming to work everyday. The people I worked with are extremely smart and never had any issues with them.

    Cons

    Communication could have been better, but they started to put in a lot of effort to make it better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focusing on making great games, and stop milking the old titles. You'll get a major hit soon.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun company with a diverse culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    -Established corporate company, but flat management culture make it feel like a start-up
    -Lots of autonomy, support, and financial backing from Global HQ
    -Industry leaders in the mobile gaming space
    -Transparency and acceptance of all opinions is part of company values and is encouraged
    -Fun work enviroment with good benefits
    -Very diverse culture with opportunities to work with global counterparts

    Cons

    -Branding: Company still has a bit to go to make a name for itself in the West
    -Benefits: Could be better, such as commuting reimbursement and/or 100% premium coverage for dependants medical/dental/vision
    -Getting crowded: Need a bigger office to keep up with growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build stronger relationships with your team members

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Keep doing what you are doing?

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Obviously, HR, Marketing and PR have been hard at work crafting responses to some of the more recent (negative) reviews.

    My favorite line? "Getting crowded: Need a bigger office to keep up with growth"

    What growth? Recruiting can't keep up with turnover, and the same jobs have been posted for months.

    Outside of the free beer, snacks and catered meals, there is very little to gloat about.

    Cons

    Talent. The best developers are long gone, and when your CEO accepts a COO position with a competitor, that's not a good sign. If DeNA's upcoming releases don't fair well, I wouldn't be surprised if the San Francisco office is "long gone" as well. If you are seeking stability, this isn't the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's definitely not "keep doing what you are doing". Time to hit the "reset" button.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Horrible for engineers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    The pros might be, getting an easy in to the game industry if you are a junior engineer. They also have plenty of snacks and catered breakfast, lunch and dinner. But so does just about every other company in the bay.

    You will learn a lot about javascript.

    Cons

    It's all javascript. I have never seen a company be so belligerent about using only 1 language for all of engineering (client, server, db, cache).

    Pay is low.
    No stock options.
    No bonuses.
    No chances for any career advancement.
    Hemorrhaging employees. People are leaving every week.
    You will have a manager but you will only see him every 6 months when he reviews your performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually engage with employees. We have senior management but who are they? What do they do? This is the least managed company I have ever seen. It completely lacks any direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Be ready to wear multiple hats

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    - You can work on a variety of challenging projects using cutting-edge technology.
    - Great perks/Salary
    - Breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks
    - Cell phone/Gym Stipend
    - Work life balance

    Manager who listens to you and will help you love your job (of course, this depends on what team you are on)

    Cons

    It will take time for you to understand the entire stack because it's huge.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    :( No fun

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    Former Employee - Artist  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Artist in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Chilled office next to ballpark and also close to public transportation like caltrain. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided.

    Cons

    Very political environment with little respect for each other.
    Lots of employees quitting weekly and seems to be more about to leave soon.
    Inexperienced management starting with the execs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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