GALA
1.8 of 5 6 reviews
www.gala.jp Tokyo, Japan 150 to 499 Employees

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Nothing but sheer disappointment.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

Pros1) 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.

Cons1) 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 Senior ManagementLook 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Tokyo (Japan)

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


    Pros: The office is centrally located in Shibuya which is serviced by many train lines.… Cons: Horrible office atmosphere where no one does anything extra to help others. The CEO often hides in a… Advice to Senior Management: Why has so many of your best employees moved on to bigger and stronger companies? Like; GREE, NHN, Storm8, Zynga, Gloops, Gumi?… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    not interested in staff as individuals

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

    I worked at GALA


    Pros: good promotion opportunities and CIPD. leading edge training within industry. grading… Cons: not focussed on lowerer level staff who "keep the cogs turning".… Advice to Senior Management: think about the "shop floor"! why should the valets, croupiers etc keep motivated… More
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