Square Enix

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Square Enix Reviews

Updated January 22, 2015
Updated January 22, 2015
20 Reviews
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  1.  

    Challenging work environment and juggling many items at once.

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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 Square Enix

    Pros

    Good benefits. Company is stable. You will learn a ton either by being taught but mostly by just doing it.

    Cons

    Very slow to promote. Low compensation and can be long hours (if you let it).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fair compensation that meets industry standards.

    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Abusive and incompetent management

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Bad management, no training or career opportunities. Always told "you should be glad you have a job" mentality.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Square Enix full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Interesting products. Some nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Abusive management. No respect for the workforce. Promises by senior managers never followed through. Awful work environment and extremely low morale. I expect the London office will close before end of 2014.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Act as you expect your workers to. Make an effort to leave your offices and talk to your staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    rotten from the top

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Square Enix

    Pros

    Very japanese, nice people to work with. Better now that they've merged with eidos.

    Cons

    cronyism at the very top, nepotism at the very top, slow to move
    reactive rather than proactive, no idea about 'global'

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Not the same old Square Enix

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Square Enix full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company has changed quite a bit from what I have heard. Used to be only a publishing arm for Japan but now the group is creating and publishing their own products in the digital space. Huge growth in the past couple of months.

    Cons

    A ton of meetings. Sometimes it feels like very little is accomplished in the meetings as many are update meetings and not very action oriented.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow people to continue to grow creatively. Encourage learning. Continue the team building events, and continue to give employees input to the games you are creating. Empower employees to succeed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    fun workplace but the company does not value your worth correctly

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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant

    I have been working at Square Enix full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    PTO, lenient on the work clothes, open environment

    Cons

    low pay, overloaded work for one person, the hiring process for an open position fills up slow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase pay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Hard work, good times, and a rewarding experience, overall!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Square Enix

    Pros

    Excellent collegial atmosphere that encourages strong camaraderie and teamwork. Most everyone has passion for the products we sell, and its shown in the high level of professionalism and dedication to whatever role an employee has.

    Cons

    Nothing beyond what is typically found in the industry - long hours and lower-than-average pay compared to other industries, but this is a small price to pay to be doing something you love!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember those that kept the ship upright during tougher times and try to reward and recognize their efforts while keeping a forward-looking mentality.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Artist in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Artist in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Square Enix

    Pros

    Fun job working on great titles.

    Cons

    It's a games publisher. If you don't know what that means then you should probably look at getting a proper job.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good products & dedicated employees but management needs more work...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Square Enix

    Pros

    Squre Enix has many dedicated employees all working together to create good products. Salaries and benefits are competitive. The office is modern and nice.

    Cons

    Culture of Square Enix is still "old-Japanese". In my opinion, women are still not getting the same opportunities and recognition as men. Also the Japanese employees are treated differently than American employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bunch of Bureaucracy

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Artist
    Current Employee - Artist

    I have been working at Square Enix

    Pros

    Each employees are great to work with.
    They have special eyes on detail.

    Cons

    Sectarianism, Bureaucracy, etc... everything a zombie corporation has you can suffer.
    Their technical capabilities aren't the topnotch in these 360/PS3 generations, though each employee's level is relatively high. The problem is the organization itself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should make an open infrastructure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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