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Nothing but sheer disappointment.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at GALA full-time

Pros

1) Shibuya location is great. very accessible.
2) Some genuinely nice people are still working there.
3) Being able to choose your own quarterly goals (within reason) was good.

Cons

1) No company identity: No clear direction on where the company wanted to go.
2) Eyes on the prize: Trying to cash in on the latest fad, despite no experience in the markets they wanted to expand on.
2) No common knowledge: Daily requests for bizarre power-points which explained the basics of game business. For example: "What's Steam?". If your company relies on the success of games, you should know Steam. No exceptions.
3) No incentives: No benefits outside of the standard benefits given at any Japanese company (insurance and travel). A potential bonus of about 1000yen every 3 MONTHS to your salary if they felt you contributed enough. Manager based reviews.
4) No career development for staff: Money pumped into C-level management for training and endless business trips, wielding no actual constructive results, otherwise literally 0 budget available for regular staff.
5) BOD: Why are all the same people on ALL board of director for each subsidiary? And why do none of them have any actual true grass roots business experience outside of Gala? This is one of the most perplexing points. Bring in some real talent please. OR at least listen to what the staff had to say for ourselves!
5) Low morale: No one wants to be there, but feel that they dont have any other options.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Look at your 10 principals, and truly ask yourself (and the staff of your company) Do we still follow these principals. You already know the answer.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful

    Immature management centered around a "boys club" of upper level directors

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tokyo (Japan)

    I have been working at GALA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The office is centrally located in Shibuya which is serviced by many train lines. It is also a good starting point to work in the gaming industry.

    Cons

    Horrible office atmosphere where no one does anything extra to help others. The CEO often hides in a cafe across the street rather than being in the office to motivate people, lead projects or just be present.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why has so many of your best employees moved on to bigger and stronger companies? Like; GREE, NHN, Storm8, Zynga, Gloops, Gumi? Maybe you should listen to your employees rather than stubbornly trying to "teach" your antiquated ideas to a younger, more tech savvy staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    not interested in staff as individuals

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    Former Employee - Training and Communications Officer in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Training and Communications Officer in Glasgow, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at GALA

    Pros

    good promotion opportunities and CIPD. leading edge training within industry. grading of staff (gaming and non-gaming) is fair but doesn't allow for longer service.

    Cons

    not focussed on lowerer level staff who "keep the cogs turning". always want them to work harder and for less money.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    think about the "shop floor"! why should the valets, croupiers etc keep motivated if leadership does not have a clue how hard they have to work.

    Disapproves of CEO
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