GREE International Reviews

Updated August 30, 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. 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 (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


  3. Helpful (20)

    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.


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  5. 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.


  6. COO needs to GOO

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

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

    Pros

    -Worked with a lot of great engineers who care about their work -Culture of really passionate gamers

    Cons

    -After the massive layoff a month ago, you may as well disregard everything I listed above in the "Pros" section. It is a sinking ship with people leaving almost every day. -Upper management has no idea what they are doing. They do not know how to make good games, or even know what a good game is like for that matter. The COO spouts a lot of fecal metaphors about "making innovative gameplay features" but has no course of actions to back them up. -Upper management clearly do not care about the operations or the well being of their employees. They are more concerned about living that luxurious lifestyle on top of the corporate ladder.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the COO. Nothing good has happened to the company since he joined. I sincerely believe that the company will perform better even without a COO.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Boring

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    • Senior Management
    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


  8. Helpful (16)

    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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Very good work environment

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours Passionate people Flat organization

    Cons

    Desperatly keeping top talented engineers


  10. Helpful (6)

    Fun While it Lasted

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    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.


  11. Helpful (5)

    Not making the kind of software I wanted to make

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

    Pros

    A team of talented people.

    Cons

    Poor management. Focus on hiring over work to actually do. And produces games that I am embarrassed exist.

    Advice to Management

    Make software your developers actually believe in.



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