SEGA of America Reviews

Updated June 27, 2015
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  1. Worked Ok

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graphic Artist
    Former Employee - Graphic Artist

    I worked at SEGA of America

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere, good to work with employees, studio was nice

    Cons

    Too many bad Sonic games, not enough benefits, pay was ok, and they didn't have the decency to shake my hand when I left

    Advice to Management

    Fix the Sonic Games. They continue to churn out junk that is not well respected in the gaming community.


  2. Former mgmt team mgr

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

    I worked at SEGA of America (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Gaming is a fun business

    Cons

    Advancement is very limited since the Company is owned by a foreign (Japanese) parent

    Advice to Management

    Show more interest in the employees benefit and advancement


  3. Helpful (1)

    Full time employee

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

    I worked at SEGA of America full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    The people! I've met some of the greatest people in the industry here that are still pushing forward and trying to make great games.

    Cons

    The overseas management. On one hand it's Japan being completely out of touch and not being able to mask their disdain for spoiled, entitled Americans. The other hand is Sega Europe, who's sole mission to grab as much power and ownership over our games and processes that they can.

    Advice to Management

    I wish I had some advice to give. Since this office is being shuttered, it's too little too late.


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  5. Once strong but now gone

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at SEGA of America

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

    Pros

    Fun team that did the best with what they had.

    Cons

    Good people but outpaced by the competition.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck with mobile


  6. Friendly Global Workplace with a History

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SEGA of America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Creative and talented coworkers.
    - Competitive and comprehensive benefits.
    - Good location with multiple commute options.
    - Great products with a long history in gaming.

    Cons

    - Frustratingly slow movement on opportunities.
    - Lack of vision with real steps to success.
    - Moral problems from downsizing.
    - Strange and cumbersome cross-region politics.


  7. Sega, my second home for a long time, and a great experience overall

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA Supervisor in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - QA Supervisor in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at SEGA of America full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with and a great atmosphere. Lots of variety in projects to work on, and many interesting challenges to overcome.

    Cons

    Bad business decisions, well above my pay grade. Money over quality was the general attitude there, and we missed out on some great opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Make less games, with more passion and heart poured into them.


  8. I like the people, but we're at the mercy of people who are far removed

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    • 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 SEGA of America full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people that work here are great for the most part. Everyone is happy to help each other, and not many try to dump work onto others. At least not at this branch.

    Cons

    Forecast doesn't look great. There doesn't seem to be much opportunity for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Fight harder for what you believe in. Push a product if you truly believe in it. If you need a bigger staff, justify it and make it happen. You're team will back you up.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Sega is a company where good people go to waste their careers

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    Former Employee - Director
    Former Employee - Director

    I worked at SEGA of America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some genuinely good people there (or there were good people there - recent layoffs have gutted the place). Benefits are OK and work/life balance is OK. It is great to work with well-known brands like Sonic and Crazy Taxi.

    Cons

    It is a Japanese run company. It is impossible to get anything (and I mean ANYTHING) done in the US side of the business because the Japanese execs mistrust the US execs. Its a long term problem within Sega and it has caused them to miss so many great opportunities. You know how you keep on reading about Sega's gloried past? This is why its in the "past" - there's nothing left there now.
    The HR staff will go out of their way to enforce arcane rules that have no bearing on real-world problems.
    And forget trying to install anything on your computer - the IT staff refuses to let you use programs like Skype, even when they will save the company money.

    Advice to Management

    1. Develop a strategy. Stop being a 'has been' company and start being part of the future. You've got great IP, now do something with it!
    2 Listen to your employees - they are actually some smart people who work there
    3. Be agile - be quick but make decisions and stick to them.
    4. STOP changing direction every 3 months.


  10. Like a family, with all the good and bad that implies.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SEGA of America full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    SEGA employees are generally fantastic, and tight-knit like a family. People genuinely like each other, often hanging out after work and on the weekends together.

    Cons

    You know that one eccentric uncle that every family has? SEGA has some too. They come in different forms, but often you have to mange upward/around them in order to get things done.

    Advice to Management

    Stop re-organizing every 30 seconds. The problems this company has won't be solved with that.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Shifting company priorities are poisoning the culture

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    • 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 SEGA of America full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Camaraderie. The staff and middle/upper-middle management all get along really well. When deep cuts occur, you can expect a director or senior director to open a tab at the bar.

    Deep cuts sometimes leave vacancies, which can provide opportunities for advancement. However, don't expect to be paid close to what the individual you're replacing was.

    Benefits package. For those lucky enough to move from temp/contract to full time, the benefits package is entirely decent.

    Cons

    Increased pressure. There is a new directive that everyone be 100% busy 100% of the time. It's pressing people to invent busy work for themselves so they never appear to be dawdling, or risk getting the stink eye from the new VP as he helicopters around the office.

    Deteriorating morale. The new oppressive environment, the constant fear that you'll be the next to go. It's poisoning the camaraderie that was always the saving facet of this company. Everyone is on edge, everyone is fearful. No amount of enthusiastic floor speeches are going to keep people happy when they're constantly looking over their shoulder and waiting on the axe to fall.

    Poor compensation. At all but the top-most levels, SEGA America pays about 60% to 70% of what you can expect at another publisher.

    Advice to Management

    Stop penalizing the staff for high level mismanagement. There is a refusal to invest in anything but high risk AAA projects, a hesitance to diversify or expand the company's line up. The company's "pride" won't mean anything when the doors are shuttered and the lights go out.



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