GREE International Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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GREE International President Yoshikazu Tanaka
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. Helpful (3)

    It was great until COO was let loose free

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    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Lead Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GREE International (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent people and technology stack. Awesome benefits that include lunch/dinner and other perks

    Cons

    - Mediocre admin/HR. - COO - I would stop here

    Advice to Management

    Fire the COO and get back to old principles. You still have a great future


  2. Helpful (2)

    Decent Perks, not a development studio

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at GREE International full-time

    Pros

    Great perks, catered lunch, clipper card, snacks.

    Cons

    No vision from management. Not a game studio, more like a publishing company.

    Advice to Management

    Actually make games.


  3. Engineering

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GREE International full-time

    Pros

    Perks, location and office space. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Leadership without focus was not able to follow it's own goals, mission and vision. The silos


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  5. Helpful (7)

    Funzio days were good,and downhill with New CEO

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    Former Employee - Game Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Game Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GREE International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Comfortable environment -nice area/office -team that looks out for you..until new management came in -flexible hours...depending on team/management -nice kitchen/lunch/dinner

    Cons

    -Current Ceo who cancelled many projects -They dont care about making something new -not much communication/ transparency from upper management -too comfortable

    Advice to Management

    make games or GTFO


  6. Helpful (19)

    Yikes.. danger zone.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome and talented people (especially engineers). Great perks, benefits, and location.

    Cons

    Clueless management / COO. Lack of project vision. Soul-crushing F2P development focused on squeezing a few extra bucks from the 'whales' without any regard to the quality of the product. So much wasted potential. The future of this company is bleak.

    Advice to Management

    Since you've been doing everything wrong up until this point, try doing the opposite of what your instincts tell you and maybe you will have some success.


  7. Helpful (4)

    management non sense

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at GREE International full-time

    Pros

    used to be a good work environment, good food, great location

    Cons

    they fired people across all department without verifying what people were needed to keep the company running. and now it's a struggle to keep the product alive and stable.


  8. Helpful (4)

    A game making engine without a clear direction

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Millbrae, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Millbrae, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -A culture full of passionate gamers working on the games -Bright and dedicated people working on the client and server -Good benefits such as catered lunch/dinner, transportation benefits, personal device reimbursement, etc

    Cons

    -Upper management do not know their own product and has led them to a decline -Product management and game designers have little say in what directions the game should be headed; upper management takes care of that.

    Advice to Management

    Learn more about your product before giving "suggestions" for success.


  9. Helpful (7)

    What happened to this place?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GREE International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    1. Strong salary 2. Mobile device reimbursement upto $400 every year 3. Commute allowance of over $200 in MUNI cash reload 4. Lunch and Dinner served 5. Full snack bar

    Cons

    The company started out struggling in the US market. After failure of their first few titles, they acquired Funzio, which helped them to keep their head above water. But when the key members of Funzio team responsible for the successful titles departed, GREE started struggling once again. The people left to manage had no idea what they were doing. Simply put, two games that were both in production for over 2 years were both cancelled abruptly. There may be many different reasons as to why, but the simple answer (often the most honest answer) is that some of the leaders simply lacked vision and the games weren't very fun to play. In addition, the office politics were insane. Eventually there came a period of exodus. GREE couldn't keep up with the pace at which people were leaving. Hiring of the new COO didn't help the matter much. Since he's started, we've had: 1. Total studio wide reorganization 2. Exodus of VP's 3. One canceled game, which was in production for 2 years 4. Shifting the entire game design to aim at the whales (industry term for heavy spenders) 5. three seat changes 6. TWO big layoffs It's definitely no longer a place I once highly regarded to be a great work environment.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Boring

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    working environment is very relaxed. The people i work with directly are good people with passion and drive and the pay isnt bad either

    Cons

    Too many cancelled games that get rebooted doesn't do well for moral. The work itself isn't that challenging and there for personal growth isn't that much

    Advice to Management

    Its getting a bit top heavy, and it doesnt feel like we are making any innovative. At some point we went from a company that set the standard, to a company that can even barely keep up with the standard anymore


  11. Helpful (15)

    It was fun while it lasted

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    Former Employee - Concept Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Concept Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GREE International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free lunch and dinner, lots of snacks and great coworkers in the team.

    Cons

    Poor management. Hasn't made a new game in 2 years and cancelled a bunch of games. Also unoriginal and only rips off other successful games. COO is full of himself. Only hiires his buddies. Has pretty much run the company into the ground just like his previous one. After laying off 2/3 of the company he proceeds to add "awesomesness" as a skill to his LinkedIn profile.



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