GALA

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2 people found this helpful  

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.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dying business with a management that wouldn't follow their employees' ideas and preferred repeating the same mistakes

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

    I worked at GALA full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Used to be a good company to start with in the gaming industry. Great location in Tokyo and tons of holidays.

    Cons

    No real management. If the CEO and his female friends (promoted at c-level positions without any knowledge nor understanding of what is going on in the industry) like you, you will get a small raise but don't expect salaries matching the industry nor real promotions. There is a clear glass ceiling for males or people that might threaten people above you. There is no motivation package and they don't hesitate to fire foreign employees rather than trying to limit their expenses (CEO and c-level travelling to every show possible, taking taxi to and from home at the company expenses, drinking coffee all day, etc.).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The CEO should retire and hire a real gaming specialist as well as a proper CFO. Other management positions should be filled by experienced, open-minded people that will be able to maintain a certain unity within the company. There is a clear brain drain and the good people remaining are not used properly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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