NEXON Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
60 Reviews
2.8
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Review Highlights

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 4 reviews)

  • Long hours no work life balance (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    NEXON is an online game company with liberal culture but uncertain future.

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    Current Employee - Programmer  in  Seoul (South Korea)
    Current Employee - Programmer in Seoul (South Korea)

    I have been working at NEXON

    Pros

    NEXON has a very liberal culture. Compared to other companies in South Korea, it's very young and energetic. It innovated online game industry with a new business model of free game with paid items. In addition, it has very strong balance sheet. It produced several popular online games and attracted a great number of young gamers from domestic and overseas markets. Although the games are technically free to play, most of the players are buying a lot of additional paid items to improve their virtual characters. Some of them are literally pouring all of their money into the games. With the stacked money, it acquired another successful game company in South Korea, and I heard some rumors from local news that Walt Disney Company is interested in acquiring NEXON at around two billion dollar.

    Cons

    In recent few years, NEXON starts getting somewhat greedy. It seems to have forgotten what really matters in games is to serve its gamers at its best. Rather than putting much of its energy into making games more fun and interesting, it's concentrating on squeezing most money out of young gamers' pockets. Due to the change of its focus, it failed to produce successful games for the past two years in contrast to its early days. In recent few years, it's publishing games made from external game studios rather than making its own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Nexon is a really great company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer  in  Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Programmer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I worked at NEXON

    Pros

    Great work environment.
    People are great.
    You get to meet many talented individuals.
    Profit sharing options which motivates you to increase your performance at work.
    Employees get to express their ideas freely without any fear of being ridiculed or rejected because every ideas are great even though some of them might not be suitable for the company.
    Every developer will get a chance to attend the developer conference every year which is great.
    Great health benefits.
    Management is cooperative and supportive.
    Work on a small productive team.
    The office is nice and comfortable.
    Free coffees and teas.
    Access to the gym.

    Cons

    The job compensation is well on average within the industry.
    Because the number of people is small, there are fewer chances to build your network or to meet new people.
    Sometimes during the crunch time or before delivery you will have to do some overtime work without any overtime pay.
    They do not offer any stock options because it is a private company.
    There are no retirement saving plans.
    There are no foods or snacks provided.
    There are no educational or self enhancement programs to support you in career advancement.
    The bonus and benefits given is below average within the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are really great because they listen to what the developers have to say and more importantly they actually do believe in what they say.

    Recommends
  3.  

    Great People and terrible Management

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

    I worked at NEXON

    Pros

    -can enjoy making game and having fun

    Cons

    -bad salary
    -poor management
    - poor work environment
    - no life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay more money to the employee

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Software Engineer

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at NEXON

    Pros

    Good Benefit and relatively high pay

    Cons

    Small name value comparing to other companies
    It was not stable for people to work there when big portion of people were lay off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It will be better to provide job stability to all the employees

    Recommends
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mixed bag, symptom of a rapidly growing company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at NEXON

    Pros

    Nexon's focus on online gaming makes for an exciting work environment. There are opportunities to grow and learn, and the company is willing to invest in the technology to support their online operations. There are some very fun people working here, and the break room includes free drinks, snacks and videogames.

    Cons

    Management is not very experienced. After receiving a promotion I requested a salary review, which somehow upset senior management. Given that the comp level was well below industry standards, it was a reasonable request. Executive management may have improved since this was several years ago.

    Expect very long hours as well, which is common in this industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with respect, recognize and support leading contributors, and set a goal of establishing a professional workplace. As a Korean-owned company expanding operations into the US, it's imperative to represent the best of Korean business while observing standards of American corporate conduct.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Shallow self-taught learning experience with barriers set by Korean language

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NEXON

    Pros

    Big hit AAA MMO gaming company well-known internationally

    Cons

    Barriers of the Korean language
    Koreans take care of Koreans - poor welfare/promotions prospects for foreigners
    People work too hard without any work-life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve work-life balance
    Don't be so serious all the time
    Learn some English

    Recommends
  8.  

    A doorway opportunity to the Video Games industry.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NEXON

    Pros

    1) Great people to work with. Respectful and an enjoyment seeing at work.
    2) Free food and coffee.
    3) High energy and high paced environment.

    Cons

    1) Low paying job.
    2) Understaffed. This causes a lot of people in many departments to be overworked and stressed out.
    3) Overtime is frequent across all departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees feeling the adverse effect of a rapidly growing company.

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good friendly environment while employees are cared for at a manager level but not executive level.

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

    I have been working at NEXON

    Pros

    - Lunch provided Tues and Fri (Not anymore)
    - Budgets for team outings given every month (Also gone)
    - Great workshops and budgets (Also excluded)
    - Great and friendly employees for the most part
    - Organizational structure of assignments were fairly managed well
    - Good place to grow and develop for any skills and within the gaming industry

    Cons

    - No room for growth in the company unless outstanding
    - After major layoff of employees in Feb 2012, employees were asked to leave immediately. When visiting, only those close to management were able to hang out while others were given a few minutes.
    - temp status can go on as long as two years in the company (maximum)
    - privacy
    - compensation (underpaid at most positions especially in the technical side)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management for the most part is great, but maybe sticking up for employees or talking to executives push a decision about an employee's could be strengthened

  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    A decent experience but severely lacking.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NEXON

    Pros

    1. Decent wages
    2. Good people to work with
    3. A focus on the future
    4. A well-known company with many customers

    Cons

    1. Very long hours
    2. Frequent overtimes due to lack of employees
    3. Lack of respect outside of the immediate workplace (less respect to the customers and community, less respect from executive)
    4. The ideals shown to me from when I first worked here changed drastically from wanting to make our games fun to wanting to make as much money as possible without contributing to our games giving enjoyment.
    5. Lack of appropriate communication outside of immediate workplace. Being a Korean company at heart, there are many places where the English used is incomprehensible or unclear.
    6. Employees are frequently frustrated
    7. Current work force is unstable.
    8. A focus on the future, but lacking a way to get there
    9. Terrible management
    10. Technology used is not good enough for our purposes, resulting in frequent crashes, maintenances, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be better communication between the executive, management, and work force. There are too many times where we did not understand each other and it caused conflicts between workers and in our projects. We also need better communication to the community. As of right now, we simply ignore anything obviously bad that the community has to say. We need to take note of them even if we cannot immediately fix them. Everyone is always frustrated and I cannot see a good future ahead nor any point in working at Nexon for more than a few more years.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Nexon America, not bad, but not great either.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NEXON

    Pros

    Casual work environment.
    Allows for creativity in some departments.
    Decent benefits.
    Spacious office with nice open concept design.
    One of the leading Free To Play Online Game Korean companies in the world.
    The company has maintained a steady rate of growth over the years.

    Cons

    Many positions are paid below their industry standards.

    Developers and Producers work long and erratic hours, with frequent intrusions into their personal lives.

    Upper management provides some goals, but rarely a means to actually accomplish them.

    Many employees seem to have "checked out".

    Higher then average turnover rate, with many employees either leaving or looking for new jobs.

    The company is divided between Koreans and Non-Koreans. Koreans generally maintain all positions of influence (with a few exceptions). Many of the Korean employees are originally from Korea and as a result have some difficulties with English. This results in cliques forming based on Korean speakers. The end result is an atmosphere where Korean employees and Non-Korean employees rarely interact, leading to misunderstandings and trust issues within the company.

    The company is fairly robust and is certainly not going to go out of business, but I do not see it becoming a mainstream publisher on the same level as EA or Activision any time soon.

    Game Developers are based in Korea, and there are issues convincing Development studios to localize to the US market properly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company is currently top heavy. There are too many commanders and not enough troops. Additionally many employees are overworked and underpaid, and as a result the company is in danger of brain drain. Steps should be taken to correct these issues as soon as possible.

    Doesn't Recommend

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