Square Enix Reviews

Updated July 17, 2015
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  1. Pay was terrible but London team amazing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Square Enix

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting work Huge titles to work on Great colleagues UK head of department great

    Cons

    Incredibly poor pay for a skilled job Upper management outside of UK seem to care very little about their people Removed a huge swathe of jobs to outsource

    Advice to Management

    Care more about your people. Understand that quality work requires something in return. Outsourcing work doesn't always give the best results!


  2. Marketing manager

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    Current Employee - Associate Product Marketing Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Associate Product Marketing Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Square Enix full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good work environment and work life balance Salaries are pretty much industry average Great offices in Blackfriars London

    Cons

    As with anywhere in the games industry, satisfaction is largely dependent on which product you end up working on. Career progression may be considered slow


  3. Quality Assurance

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Square Enix (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It was such a great environment to work in. Everyone was pretty amiable and understanding. The onus of responsibility is up to each individual person; this means that if you're late, you won't be getting money for the time you didn't show up but you won't be berated for it. Great bosses as well.

    Cons

    This is more of a downside of QA rather than Square Enix, but the downtime between builds is really lame. The worst thing here is being given nothing to do because they do not give you access to the internet unless you're of a senior position.

    Advice to Management

    Have clearer ways to advance in the company.


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    Nepotism and exploitment, forget about a career

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Localisation QA Tester (Italian) in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Localisation QA Tester (Italian) in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Square Enix full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It can be an entry point in the videogame industry. Young and fun colleagues. Nice area, located in central london. Girls will have a much easier time in securing longer contracts. Males are expendable.

    Cons

    If you dream of working in the videogame industry, working in Square Enix's London office will crush your dreams. No real career opportunities unless you are a personal friend of the management. A few people have to work harder because of some "friends" who are just on holiday. Some localisation QA testers are handpicked because their managers want to offer a holiday to their close relatives. Some localisation QA managers have a job at SE simply because their are a personal friend of some higher level manager. Highly talented people has to leave to progress. The skillset required to get a job without being friend of a manager still corresponds to a minimum wage.

    Advice to Management

    Recognise that turning an office into an Italian dominion does not encourage personal or professional growth; stop exploiting employees' passion for videogames in exchange for a minimum wage


  6. CS Team

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    Former Employee - In Game Customer Service in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - In Game Customer Service in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Square Enix full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    As full time, nice bonus, if the company does well. Casual dress and office.

    Cons

    Can be laid off at any time. Management can be difficult to talk with.


  7. Bilingual Means Extra Work for Same Pay

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Translator in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - Translator in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Square Enix full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Really fun to work here because all of your co-workers are video game fans like yourself. HMO was great, tuition reimbursement was fantastic, 401k matching very good

    Cons

    Pay is very bad, managers are just the people who stuck around long enough to make it to that level (so not exactly professional), upper management from Japan is out of touch with the general workers, obsessed with downsizing (no real job security) and time management, all department positions seem to be same pay despite skill set of individual

    Advice to Management

    Micromanagement really makes the entry level positions awful. You shouldn't have to clock out to use the rest room.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Abusive and incompetent management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Square Enix full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours allowing for a good work-life balance. Central office. Health benefits.

    Cons

    I don't think this applies to all departments, but I work there under very abusive and incompetent management and have to deal with a disastrous workflow and with bullying every day, and for pennies, too. One day I decided to talk about it with my manager. I think this short extract from the reply I faced says it all: "Being happy at work is not the norm. Just because you're unhappy doesn't mean I have to do something about it." Welcome to Square Enix.

    Advice to Management

    Improve (sorry: start, simply) training Improve pay Understand that a happy employee is a productive employee, stop bullying and start rewarding.


  9. Good job, okay pay

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Square Enix

    Pros

    Playing computer games for a living, great co-workers, amazing break room

    Cons

    Bosses have a strained relationship with testers, pay is not very high, hours can be long near the end of the contract


  10. Fantastic gaming company!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Square Enix

    Pros

    Everything is awesome at Square!

    Cons

    Only downside was the commute, which is more personal if anything.


  11. Good co-workers, crazy Japanese management

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Square Enix (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    My co-workers really shared a passion for their work, and brought a great energy every day

    Cons

    Japan has unrealistic expectations and doesn't try to understand local conditions

    Advice to Management

    Trust local management more



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