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BANDAI NAMCO Reviews

Updated September 15, 2017
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  1. "Solid company, but with issues"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at BANDAI NAMCO full-time

    Pros

    Great products, solid performance, and good people

    Cons

    Difficulties in deciding on world-wide strategies
    Needs solid Best Practices to align across all territories


  2. "Gamers, gamers everywhere."

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

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

    Pros

    Co-workers: very friendly, knowledgeable and committed
    Atmosphere: despite being surrounded by people who work hard and desire success, the office has a relaxed non-judgy vibe
    Office: new office that is very state-of-the-art
    Modern: you are judged on results, not 'seat time'
    Benefits: very solid offerings with great employer contribution

    Cons

    Well, the office is in Santa Clara, so you need to embrace car culture as the transit options are thin.

    Advice to Management

    Good group of people here. Keep taking your time when hiring. Get a better conference system. And keep pushing people to interact across departments, both formally and socially.

  3. "company review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good for people love toys

    Cons

    no much to do and too much test


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Not a very nurturing environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You get to work on some well known Japanese series from yesteryear.

    Cons

    Lots of politics between department heads. High turn over rate, ending up in you taking on extra work loads. Upper management have no respect for employees

    Advice to Management

    Employees don't trust management. That creates a very toxic work environment. Executives should really look into how the department heads are managing the team beyond what they see on reports. So having blind trust on them.


  5. "In a rough economy....give it a shot."

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    Former Employee - QA Tester in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - QA Tester in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people you work with are cool, it's a well known company, so it's good to have on your resume. It is also near major companies like Intel, Yahoo!, Citrix, McAffee, etc. A good job to have if you don't have a degree.

    Cons

    Dated computers with pentium 3 processors, ego-driven supervisors, poor training program for QA testers, supervisors are often condescending and always arrogant. Pay is very low and has no benefits.

    Advice to Management

    If you want Namco to still be in business in 2025, you ought to change your beauracratic tendencies and treat your employees better. Satisfied employees + good computers + strong communication + respect = formula for success in the gaming industry.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Employees are completely dispensable."

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

    Pros

    Being in the entertainment industry, people like to have fun. They tend to be relatively laid back and casual. Always surrounded by art and creativity. Also, this industry is safe - the video game industry seems to be going strong in this weak economy.

    Cons

    I simply do not understand the hiring process here. They never like to pull people up, even those who have been dedicated and knowledgeable employees for years. Instead, they tend to hire new people from different industries who end up not working out. The complete lack of hope for promotion or recognition has resulted in a VERY HIGH turn-around. Ex-employees have mostly gone to competitor companies. Upper management is vicious and there is absolutely no feeling of trust or sharing of information. The pay here is notoriously low for this industry, so not much motivation there either.

    Advice to Management

    Employees should be a company's best asset - however, your treatment of the employees suggest the opposite. Listen to the employees and build them up.


  7. "Far from innovative."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at BANDAI NAMCO full-time

    Pros

    They have made famous works like pac-man.

    Cons

    Far from innovative. You can't create new types of games.

  8. "Challenging"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at BANDAI NAMCO full-time

    Pros

    Good amount of autonomy over your work and good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Poor upper management and pay.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to work together, better identify your weaknesses and work to address them.


  9. "Bad comunication low salary European division"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    strong company, some good people working there.

    Cons

    Really bad communication at local level and a lot of problems of organization an communication between the different divisions.
    Salaries are low and promotion almost impossible.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Good place to grow skills and gain experience in gaming industry"

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    Former Employee - Programmer in Bucuresti (Romania)
    Former Employee - Programmer in Bucuresti (Romania)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fairly good technical level - comparing to other companies in the gaming field
    Friendly environment, colleagues ready to help and teach

    Cons

    Poor usage of human resources (allocation per teams)
    Unbalanced report effort vs. benefits
    Lack of motivation for most employees (huge amount of time worked but not properly valued in terms of benefits, career advancement)


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