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On one hand, lots of smart people. On another, tons of nepotism.

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Former Employee - Marketing
Former Employee - Marketing

I worked at DeNA full-time (more than a year)

Pros

Fun, friendly, young coworkers that make the place feel alive and hip. People like to work hard and play hard. Tons of snacks, beverages, and free lunch.

Cons

You'll mostly work on or support boring clones of horrible Japanese virtual card games. It gets a bit repetitive and uninspiring to deal with. Feedback from customers is generally ignored and the customer support team loudly complains about everyone they help. Directors and senior managers who've been with the company for years are kept in place despite being inept at their jobs. HR refuses to address repeated serious concerns about coworkers.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Start making real games again. We Rule, Topple, and Eliminate were game changing. Since being purchased by the Japanese company, you've lost your way and every new game is a race to see how quickly you can clone these horrible card trading games.

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  1. 4 people found this helpful

    Two very different companies in one office

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at DeNA full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits
    Catered meals
    Nice snacks
    Generally, people are nice
    Pleasant office in a nice location SOMA
    Excellent core values (though not fully embraced)
    Many intelligent and well-spoken people
    There is a lot of potential

    Cons

    Technical work in first party game development always requires crunch time (long hours, week-ends)
    Platform has significant technical debt
    Some of the engineers are over-confident and difficult to work with
    Many of the best people are leaving at noticeable rate and, with slow hiring, technical workers get extra work
    The work is challenging in the wrong ways: tight schedules, poor code quality, constant emergencies due to poor/no planning.
    The most technically challenging thing you will do is the interview
    Working with counter-parts in Tokyo is difficult due to language barrier and time difference
    People can be discharged at any moment, equally true for middle management or line workers
    The success of technical work is, at best, mixed
    Platform/Core technology is too engineering-lead and out of touch with product needs
    First party development is too product-lead and has trouble delivering quality technology
    There is a lot of pressure to conform to the local culture which includes drinking, playing games during work, nerf darts - it can be tough to fit in, if you just want to enjoy your work
    Not much ethnic/gender diversity in the technical staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the blame/fire cycle, it will destroy transparency and honesty.
    In first party, you'll get more done if you slow down and move forward with a deliberate plan
    The core values in the company hand-book are great, however speaking-up isn't useful when few will listen. Also, call out people who fail to own problems and blame is never useful; seriously, stop the blaming.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  2. Great Possibilities, Great Challenge, Lots of Variables

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at DeNA full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    DeNA is trying to replicate the success of their business in Japan in the rest of the world. The challenge is immense and the paths to get there provide enough variety to keep anyone entertained. Overall team spirit is encouraging and you get a sense of being in something in the rise and unknown potential.

    Cons

    There are large disparities between the management structures between Japan and the Western studios, particularly DeNA San Francisco. The duality of leadership sometimes creates problems, and poor leadership skills in positions of large influence are at times, quite evident.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Justify your positions by adding value instead of being a nuisance to the production teams. Also, in-depth knowledge of the business and products you lead is the minimum you could do to have intelligent conversations about them.

    Recommends
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