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Updated March 7, 2015
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GREE International President Yoshikazu Tanaka
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Pros
  • Good benefits ( Cover transportation and meals) (in 5 reviews)

  • Extremely smart people - everyone here is bright (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is unsatisfying, usually work late to 10:pm at night (in 5 reviews)

  • Lack of communication between upper management and employees (in 4 reviews)

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  1. QA Enginner

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GREE International

    Pros

    Team Environment, Warm atmosphere, Catering lunches and dinners, Team buildings, Huge ffice with nice views of the bay, opprtunity to trave

    Cons

    bad communications between teams, low salary

  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Work Life Balance

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    Former Employee - UI Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - UI Designer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at GREE International full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    It is a free corporate culture .
    Overtime is also less very comfortable working environment.

    Cons

    Information is shared less work is hard to go environment .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let's hear a lot of in-house opinion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Past Its Prime

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

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

    Pros

    Nice benefits, including free lunch and dinner, great snack selection, on-site and off-site celebrations
    Spacious, modern office space
    Less scrutiny over overall expenses than before

    Cons

    Worst con is the majority of "management" -- SVPs and above -- who exhibit little leadership and are best at just spending money traveling to different conferences and working light hours, with no measurable business results
    Almost no equity upside -- not real stock, and the Japanese parent company's stock is at all-time lows anyway
    Little product innovation -- coasting on years-old games and just starting development on our new "save the company" game (nearly a year since new leadership arrived, after demotion at previous game company), since our last "next-gen" game didn't make it out of beta
    Functional heads who are: completely ineffective and just gossipy, overly political and doing little work, or simply toxic/rude and so insecure it's unbearable
    Lots of attrition -- nearly all of the product team who built successful games are gone

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about whether certain "leaders" add any value (let alone do any actual work) and don't just let them hire whomever they want because they're your buddy from the industry; then, when you realize they aren't actually doing anything, start cleaning house starting with corporate business development

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Great company with awesome benefits

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Salary, lunches and perks like cell phone expense are really good. Always an opportunity to own your own project which is a plus in my field

    Cons

    expectation is high and so is the competition within your group for better projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline the chain of command... Gets a little muddled sometimes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful

    Not worth it.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    -Competitive salary (depending on skills/ experience) and benefits.

    -Free food

    -Good location (right next to the Stadium, a major transportation hub).

    -There are some really great people here doing their best to navigate the politics.

    Cons

    -Culturally corrosive politics in the upper and mid-management, lots of conflicting agendas. Severe communication breakdowns, fear of speaking up, extreme cynicism and fears over job security are common.

    -Work/life balance is not generally valued.

    -The products are industry standard for mobile free-to-play offerings: spins on existing successful apps that use extremely questionable casino-inspired mechanics. Innovation and risk-taking are talked about highly but not actually part of the equation. Not heartening for long-term prospects.

    -Work environment can be needlessly chaotic depending on department. Last-minute major changes with minimal oversight or communication are extremely common, and one hand usually does not know what the other is doing. Some key decision-makers do not show even a veneer of respect for the time or sanity of others.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful

    Struggling company full of discontent

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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 GREE International full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Decent benefits and perks. Awesome colleagues.

    Cons

    Ridiculous politics, uninspiring upper management, and widespread negative sentiment about the state and direction of the company. A lot of top people are leaving as a result.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Undergoing Lots of Change

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GREE International full-time

    Pros

    My coworkers are constantly fabulous and friendly. There is a large amount of talent here. Everyone knows how to work hard, play hard, and keep a good work life balance. The perks they offer are some of the best in the industry (you'll get spoiled fast).

    Cons

    The company is undergoing a lot of change. GREE will be under a lot of flux until the dust settles. The changes resulted in key, good people being let go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful

    Struggling, less-than-innovative company that may not be around for much longer

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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 GREE International full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Some talented managers, above average salary and benefits, great office location in SOMA.

    Cons

    Equity grants (phantom shares, since company trades in Tokyo) are paltry and rapidly dwindling in value. Stock price has fallen by about 75% from its peak in late 2012.

    Gaming is a hit driven business, and GREE has done little (both in the US and Japan) to best position itself to innovate and create a top-10 title on its own. The company acquired 3 top-10 titles via the Funzio acquisition, but recent development efforts have centered around re-skinning existing titles and copying other successful games out in the market.

    Highly political organization. The people who present the best ideas and produce the best work are often not the ones who are recognized/rewarded/promoted.

    Major talent exodus. It feels like the smartest, most respected and most accomplished employees are leaving the company in droves.

    Japanese culture of treating employees as cogs in a machine rather than as long-term investments is very evident. Limited opportunities for personal and professional growth.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Good career development, innovative company

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    You can build your career. After having worked for couple of years, I have learnt how to build highly scalable, resilient and highly performant systems. Sr. engineers and leads on the team coach and mentor jr. staff really well. Almost all teams follow improvised SCRUM development model. Good work/life balance. Its a decent mid-size company. Company is doing its best to keep the start-up culture alive. They have hackathons every 3-4 months where engineers get to work on stuff they like to build.

    Cons

    There are some strong personalities and you need to know how to work around them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are few arrogant engineers/bad apples from Funzio acquisition that have very high opinion about themselves. Identify such individuals and possibly weed them out as they are not team players.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Great games and technology company

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

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

    Pros

    Smart engineers, engineering teams are empowered to make technology choices. Lot of encouragement in adopting latest emerging tech. Spark for streaming, Go lang are some examples. I have a learnt a lot on how to build game services that can handle millions of requests, how to build scalable & highly resilient systems. It has been a fun ride as a Lead Engineer.

    Very competitive salary, perks.

    Cons

    Since its a hit driven industry, its not always all games that are produced become hit. Still a young company but has lot of potential to be a break out company. Needs to define long term vision and identity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More communication

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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