GREE International Reviews

Updated July 23, 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 (6)

    Funzio days were good,and downhill with New CEO

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Game Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Game Artist in San Francisco, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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


  2. Helpful (4)

    A game making engine without a clear direction

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Millbrae, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Millbrae, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  3. Helpful (15)

    Yikes.. danger zone.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Boring

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at GREE International

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    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


  6. Helpful (2)

    Very good work environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible working hours Passionate people Flat organization

    Cons

    Desperatly keeping top talented engineers


  7. Helpful (13)

    It was fun while it lasted

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Concept Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Concept Artist in San Francisco, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  8. Helpful (5)

    A Slowly Sinking Ship

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, great people (everyone outside upper management), solid benefits (unlimited free snacks, daily lunches, mobile device reimbursement), easy hours, lenient "WFH" policy.

    Cons

    Upper Management does not know what they are doing, and at the head of it is a COO who can not be trusted and is nothing but all talk, products are stale and failing, can't keep engineering talent, no new innovation, recently laid off at least 50% of work force.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the COO, bring in a new team of upper management, focus on building products that are more interesting and fun.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Fun While it Lasted

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in San Francisco, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    - Awesome people - most of which are gone by now :( - Free food - Awesome location

    Cons

    - Upper management is short-sighted and Org has become top heavy with Directors and VPs - COO is never in the office - No new products in years - Company culture has been gutted - Moral is in the dumpsters after various layoffs and canceled projects

    Advice to Management

    COO made the decision of adding "Awesomeness" to his LinkedIn skills minutes after a massive layoff. This seems a bit insulting to the people who worked hard and cared deeply for the company.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Complete sh*t show

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at GREE International

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great office, usually good food, snacks and social events.

    Cons

    - A weird bunch at the helm with no clue about leadership and no respect for the employees. New COO drained all resources and morale by trying lots of things that couldn't have worked even in a well functioning environment. - No meaningful communication from the top, ever. - A "do what I say, not what I do" attitude especially from HR, hiring their utterly incompetent friends in key responsibilities leading to epic failures and no ownership of the mistakes whatsoever. - Control freaks and micromanagers all over the place. - A lot of dead weight, people that really shouldn't be there but somehow don't get fired.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the rest of the people and move to North Korea.


  11. Helpful (1)

    GREE International Inc.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GREE International

    Pros

    Smart and passionate people work at GREE International. The company attempts to offer a wide variety of of work/life balance options, which is a plus for job seekers in the ever-changing SF Bay Area marketplace.

    Cons

    With a handful of surprisingly durable "elder" mobile games on both iOS and Android platforms, GREE International struggles to find ways to leverage its talent in order to bring new, fresh, durable titles to market.



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