GREE International Reviews

Updated March 7, 2015
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  1. Great company with awesome benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful

    Past Its Prime

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3. 6 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
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  5. 5 people found this helpful

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Good career development, innovative company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7. Great games and technology company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Working experience was OK.

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

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

    Pros

    Generally, OK, considering compensation, equipment, other benefits.

    Cons

    Politics which seems to be inevitable, considering the size of the company. Anwyays... people may not talk each other or talk only defensively since there is an environment for productive discussion.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    no longer the amazing place it once was

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

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

    Pros

    nice office with great amenities & lots of free food

    colleagues are fun & nice in general

    Cons

    long work hours, poor work/life balance

    company culture encourages apple-polishing

    senior management is smart but immature. lacks strong leadership

    poor career advancement opportunities compared to those in Tokyo

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the company is not a start-up anymore & has lost the velocity & strong dynamics that are unique to the start-up culture. the management needs to acknowledge this & come up with a mid- to long-term plan to keep employees motivated (but they haven't been able to).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Good job with opportunity to do own thing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - BI Data Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - BI Data Analyst in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    - Good benefits (awesome snack bar and fridge with drinks, free lunch and dinner)
    - Laid back culture
    - Nice people

    Cons

    - Red tape and bureaucracy between teams at times
    - Game development process can be "black box" at times
    - Work can get repetitive since many games are similar to each other

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Be more open and transparent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful

    A company you are excited to work at temporarily

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Artist in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefits. I have to add more words, but really benefits are the only pro I can think of.

    Cons

    Product is lacking creativity, very cliquey, awful politics, extreme micromanagement, leaking talent, uneven pay to value for employees, incompetence and laziness is rewarded

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire experienced people and trust them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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