NEXON Reviews

Updated March 3, 2015
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Seung Woo Choi
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Pros
  • A basketball court at the office (in 6 reviews)

  • Great people with good energy and willingness to be the best (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance was not a consideration (in 6 reviews)

  • No room for growth in the company unless outstanding (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Best Game Company In Korea

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NEXON

    Pros

    Relatively free working environment
    Change to learn from cumulated online game service data
    Changes fast

    Cons

    Vastly different environment & culture between different game teams.
    It's a game company
    Changes fast

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire someone who has at least basic education for... MANAGEMENT. Not someone who thinks he knows about management because he have a lot of money.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Korean Standards in Western World

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    Current Employee - Associate Product Manager in Luxembourg (Luxembourg)
    Current Employee - Associate Product Manager in Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

    I have been working at NEXON full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    When you are new to the industry and willing to take cuts in your private life and payment it's easy to start as soon they have a job offer. You get a title and responsibility so you can use it to advance in your career.

    The regular people working there are nice and you can become good friends.

    You learn about many different fields of the gaming industry.

    Cons

    You will not have much possible choices how to improve your career, at certain levels you can't advance unless you are Korean (or probably fit yourself in Korean culture and be fluent in Korean). Rarely any position in lower to medium management is filled in by non-Koreans, so if you want to advance in your career you will be required to switch the company sooner or later.

    There is the Luxembourgian working law the company has to follow (Nexon Europe), but in my work years the law has been broken several times. If you don't behave as they like you get nicely told "If you have a problem, you can go."

    The goals the company sets are unrealistic, it creates pressure on the employees, it increases the stress level and leads to mismanagement which leads to more stress. If you are with your full heart into a project it may be in personal conflict with you since if you understand something of proper management you will see that the work way can not succeed -> very demotivating.

    Also the outlook is not positive, I do not think that the top management and the CEO who are all Korean by the way understand much of games and western culture and this leads to many wrong decisions.

    Since the pressure is high and the game teams understaffed due budget cuts it's not possible to work in creative ways, find new possibilities and bring in yourself at your best. Even I work in actually a very lively industry where single persons and ideas matter, I feel like a robot at work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company should become more western, and go with the time. They try to apply outdated and Korean standards to a community and their employees which will lead sooner or later to the point were even the strong main company in Japan will hold up the company anymore.

    What Nexon Europe should do is: Take Money, get a proper game, get proper WESTERN manager for their title and start to make a proper service for their loyal customers with proper goal-setting with a proper budget.

    This would help for a long term outlook as employee and also to have fun at work and be able to bring our self to the fulliest. Many of the people could be much more beneficial for the company if they wouldn't be handled as puppets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Friendly folks. Still defining their structure.

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    The people there are friendly and the senior staff including CEO are approachable.

    Cons

    Structure is always changing so jobs are not clearly defined.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use more long term strategies for management structure. Let people get used to their roles and have them clearly defined.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Pangyo, Kyonggi (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Pangyo, Kyonggi (South Korea)

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

    Pros

    It is still a good company if you care about making a big-scale PC game.
    If you are new to game industry or software engineering, spending a year or two might make sense as this place is serving many successful games.
    If you are comfortable with not changing much, this place can be good.

    Cons

    If you are eager to do something, avoid this place. Too much legacy.
    Most of smart and passionate people already left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good compensation for passionate people.
    Accept more changes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Summer Internship

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    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Seoul (South Korea)
    Former Intern - Software Engineer in Seoul (South Korea)

    I worked at NEXON as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good to working with good guys. Happy circumstance.
    There is average over-time work, but lesser than other game companies.

    Cons

    Don't have any bad experience.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Great people, great games.

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    Former Employee - Producer in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Producer in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at NEXON full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Leading free to play gaming company - you can learn a lot about running game as a service.
    Great experience learning more about other regions - especially Asia.

    Cons

    Work life balance... also, there was lack of leadership. It was hard to tell where we were heading to...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Overall a "good" experience at Nexon America.

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    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Production Coordinator in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at NEXON full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and a casual atmosphere. Great gym in the building next door. Quite a few team outings that are fun and to cool places.

    Cons

    I found it difficult to climb the ladder at Nexon. It seemed as if you were at least making it seem like you were busy, staying late as much as possible (even though there may not be anything pressing to handle), etc., that was seen as productive and a way to look good in the eyes of upper management. I saw micro managers move right up and it seemed to be due to their overall apparent stress level, willingness to constantly work late (needed or not) that made them appear to be steering things in the right direction. Then there were other employees who quietly got things done in a much more efficient manner and didn't need to work late five days a week that got pushed aside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The only complaint I ever have with Nexon is that there seems to be a great deal of emphasis on working long hours as if that is always the way to go. I've seen QA forced to stay late multiple times even though they were absolutely not a necessity. Paying overtime to employees has to be a huge cost to the company and it always seemed over the top. Producers constantly stay late and other team members feel they need to hang around too, if only to appear to be a team player when it may not be productive for the game team or the company as a whole to do so. This majorly disrupts the concept of work/life balance within game teams and the company as a whole. Suddenly just being present past normal working hours was an indicator of a good employee, which is not a good thing at all.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Hard to work for

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at NEXON full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    lunch breaks, benefits, the usual.

    They also have a nice break area. The view is great. If anything, this made working for the company tolerable.

    Cons

    The employees know nothing about their game, and purposefully neglect the playerbase. This is terrible practice, and I truly hope that they rectify it in the future. Most of the time, the employees run around in confusion. Especially during regular game maintenance. It is truly pathetic and I am glad to have escaped their clutches.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Too much politics, but good benefits.

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Seoul (South Korea)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Seoul (South Korea)

    I have been working at NEXON full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    New office building. Great benefits.

    Cons

    Has some incompetent directors who don't know much about the game. Team members don't get a chance to evaluate their seniors, which makes it difficult for them to voice their opinions to executives.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need better evaluation system for team members to assess their leaders.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Avoid while you can. Waste of your time.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Segundo, CA

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

    Pros

    * Free lunch twice a week.
    * Okay benefits.

    Cons

    * Poor Executive/Senior/Mid level management.
    * Poor work culture
    * Very low pay
    * Poor Work/Life Balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Claiming yourself as an American company. Do not go back and forth between Korean/American company at your convenience. Go to your office and see how many people work late hours. That means you need to hire more people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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