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BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Reviews

Updated August 31, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people to work with, good benefits and good pay (in 2 reviews)

  • Great working hours (10 - 7 or 11 - 8) (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, both compared to other gaming companies and especially when compared to general computer/software companies (in 3 reviews)

  • As far as workplace perks, this is no Silicon Valley tech startup (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "My Dream Job!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Community Specialist in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Community Specialist in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Bandai Namco Entertainment really cares about the individual. They listen to my feedback and provide everything that I need to succeed in my career path. It's an amazing experience to work for such a professional and caring company.

    Cons

    The location is not within walking distance to many eateries but Bandai Namco provides lunch every Wednesday and a food truck parks near the office every other day.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. I love how much you care about my well being and success within the company.


  2. "Great experience so far..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, good benefits and good pay. New headquarters is outstanding!

    Cons

    Communication can be lacking at times...definitely a lot of pressure, but that is the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and listen to your employees.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Don't expect career growth here unless you're upper management."

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    Former Employee - In Console Division in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - In Console Division in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Non-management employees are great and are fun to work with
    - The benefits are stellar
    - Some swag
    - Free lunch on Wednesday
    - High quality plastic utensils
    - A ping-pong table

    Cons

    - No clear objectives given for career growth
    - You often take on way more than what your job description says... for the same low pay
    - The pay is NOT competitive for what the job entails and for living in the Bay Area
    - The CEO is incompetent and horrifyingly out of touch
    - HR is delusional and thinks everything is fine despite the obvious LACK of morale. (Not even low morale; just NONE.)
    - HR also only cares about executives, so don't bother expressing concerns to them
    - Hard workers are hardly recognized
    - They will never hire/promote from within
    - No more iced coffee machine

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue and start caring about your employees. Your high turnover rate and inability to fill positions should be a clear sign that BANDAI NAMCO is reputable- and not in a good way.

    BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Response

    Jun 6, 2017 – VP Marketing

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts and comments. BANDAI NAMCO is constantly striving to develop a positive employment experience for our staff that provides both professional and personal... More


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Inept upper management on the mobile team."

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    Former Employee - Mobile Producer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Mobile Producer in San Jose, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Bandai Namco is a recognizable name and a useful stepping stone.

    - Resume builder.
    - You're surrounded by exciting IPs.
    - You'll meet some awesome people throughout the company
    - Amazing swag courtesy of the console side!

    Cons

    Regarding the mobile department...

    - Salaries are completely misallocated if you compare employee merit, tenure, and work ethic. The hardest workers are consistently undermined.
    - No rational battle plan from those in charge.
    - Those in charge don't listen to rational battle plans.
    - Upper management doesn't understand basic F2P principles.
    - Producers tend to suffer from delusions of grandeur.
    - "More Ads" isn't a viable business model for mobile games.
    - Unchecked toxic behavior even when reported. Thank you, HR and some (former) directors on the mobile team for being enablers!

    Advice to Management

    Be leaders not managers. Take charge and fix blatant problems instead of sweeping them under the rug. Here's looking at you, mobile production and HR.

    BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment Response

    Jun 6, 2017 – VP Marketing

    Thank you for sharing your opinion and recognizing the awesome people that work at BANDAI NAMCO. We always value constructive employee feedback as it helps us on focusing our efforts in improving... More


  5. "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fair work.
    Get to learn different stuff

    Cons

    Management changes suddenly and there is ambiguity

    Advice to Management

    none


  6. "Long but good interview process."

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    Current Employee - Senior Graphics Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Graphics Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This is a big place with numerous teams, each with its own microculture within. As a whole, everyone is friendly and most I've met care deeply about their work.

    The interview process itself went on for several hours, but not a single interviewer failed to deliver solid questions that I felt did a good job to determine my qualifications. Likewise, the team was very open to discussion, leaving me far more impressed by the honest insights than other considerations at that time.

    Cons

    None yet that I can find personally concerning. The commute is long but I feel like that is not the company's fault.


  7. "Great people"

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    Former Employee - Executive Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good peeps, products selected were B grade

    Cons

    Micro managed from Japanese execs

    Advice to Management

    Have fun

  8. "Great Starting Company to get your foot in the door!"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at BANDAI NAMCO Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great working environment. Friendly People, great games., Learning a lot from a tone of talented and intelligent people.

    Cons

    Working there for over 5 years was a great learning experience, of course there are up and does in all companies but the cons are minimal here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and more promoting from within instead of outside hires.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "One of the worst Game Publishers to work at"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    -Modern office
    -Free breakfast on Fridays

    Cons

    -Slavery to the headquarter which allows the US office with no right to make decisions
    -Insanely oldschool systems and tools, including the fact that company has no VPN, what?
    -No structure, no process created in Production team - basically under the worst Sr management


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Old Company; Outdated Corporate Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    - A few notable intellectual properties to work on (Dark Souls, Tekken).
    - New office/arcade cabinets.
    - Free lunch on Wednesdays.
    - Fresh blood in the company is willing to collaborate.
    - Has some financial stability due to cornering the market on publishing big anime IP's in the Americas.

    Cons

    - Currently, they are removing people with high salaries and downgrading their positions to pinch pennies
    - A very Japanese-style corporate culture/no open-door policies with executives.
    - Long-time employees are set in their ways, have big egos and don't want the boat rocked.
    - Very risk averse and perpetually one step behind the trends.
    - Criminally under-staffed for what the company claims they want to accomplish.
    - Outdated strategies for promoting console games.
    - Little opportunity to move up the corporate ladder.
    - Contractors are treated like second-class citizens.
    - Arcane notion of "headcount" that causes rifts between departments.

    Advice to Management

    If you truly want to be a part of Silicon Valley and attract top talent, you need to give your employees the freedom to innovate. Don't put your employees on a short leash and then complain about stagnation. Be wiling to take risks and protect the employees that do. Take a hard look at your VP's and evaluate if they are actually leaders or just managers.


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