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Pros
  • Work life balance is just about okay, but that depends on what projects you are assigned to (in 7 reviews)

  • Great people, good benefits, one of the early pioneers of mobile gaming (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • The executives from Japan and San Francisco do not have any clear idea how to conquer the west market (in 6 reviews)

  • Cultural clashes in communication, management style and decision making led to high turnover rate (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "A great ride"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - People are very smart and friendly
    - No stress to work

    Cons

    - There are no nice products


  2. "It was a great ride"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, and a lot of great and talented people.

    Cons

    Too focused on whale-hunting for my liking. Also, closing.

    Advice to Management

    I don't really know what to say... Broaden your sights next time.

  3. "Middle of the road free-to-play game developer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits, laid-back work environment, nice and professional co-workers, the occasional fun IP to work on.

    Cons

    They have made some arguably questionable choices regarding the technology deployed for client and server software which have historically made development at times frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your developers and don't fall for the latest great craze.


  4. "ngmoco:) was promising until the acquisition"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DeNA (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of challenges, great people, interesting products, good culture.

    Cons

    Technical debt, mismanaged priorities, inability to merge Japanese and western mindsets

    Advice to Management

    Don't hire "90 people in 90 days". Listen to your employees when they suggest new ideas. Pay attention to the integrity of your products... the games used to be fun, but now they are just re-skinned versions of the same-old mechanics. If you expect employees to adhere to core values, then hold management to the same standards.


  5. "Great company with solid core values"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Commitment to building a quality product. Core company values. Creative culture of fun and innovation.

    Cons

    Sometimes the cold-brew coffee runs out.

    Advice to Management

    With DeNA's core values and vision, the company is poised to grow and succeed.


  6. "Good place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at DeNA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Had a good experience working here. When hired, they offered 1 month temporary housing which I declined. I had a rough divorce 4 months into my employment, and asked if they could give me that temporary housing still. They gave it to me, which was awesome. Almost 1 year into my employment, they had a major layoff. The severance was average, with the exception of giving me a macbook pro. The macbook pro was awesome; thank you.

    Cons

    Company was not doing so well and had layoffs.


  7. ""I love my job. Excellent benefits, people, laudable core values. Unclear path to profitability""

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beautiful location, catered meals, excellent HR staff
    Teammates friendly smart and interesting
    Flexible hours depending on project
    Results-oriented
    Unreasonable goals

    Cons

    Unclear path to profitability.
    Lots of "gatcha" mechanics in Western games; tendency to infuse games with Asian mechanics
    Hi Burn Rate- Benefits, perks, # of execs, # of projects that don't make money
    Efficiency does not seem to be a priority; often lots of interruptions and noise.

    Advice to Management

    Prefer ad-hoc one on ones with senior level staff and jr staff alike, from all departments, rather than top-down command and control meetings where we preach values.
    Ie, give people a chance to "speak-up" by creating opportunities to "listen down"

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great People, Great Games, Great Company."

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DeNA full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Culture of technological experimentation and innovation.
    - 6 fully stocked beer kegs
    - 3 catered meals a day
    - Very laid back and fun working environment

    Cons

    - Right next to AT&T ballpark, so there is sometimes traffic during ball season
    - Too many mobile devices, so the WiFi in the office sucks


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Horrible for engineers"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pros might be, getting an easy in to the game industry if you are a junior engineer. They also have plenty of snacks and catered breakfast, lunch and dinner. But so does just about every other company in the bay.

    You will learn a lot about javascript.

    Cons

    It's all javascript. I have never seen a company be so belligerent about using only 1 language for all of engineering (client, server, db, cache).

    Pay is low.
    No stock options.
    No bonuses.
    No chances for any career advancement.
    Hemorrhaging employees. People are leaving every week.
    You will have a manager but you will only see him every 6 months when he reviews your performance.

    Advice to Management

    Actually engage with employees. We have senior management but who are they? What do they do? This is the least managed company I have ever seen. It completely lacks any direction.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Keep doing what you are doing?"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DeNA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Obviously, HR, Marketing and PR have been hard at work crafting responses to some of the more recent (negative) reviews.

    My favorite line? "Getting crowded: Need a bigger office to keep up with growth"

    What growth? Recruiting can't keep up with turnover, and the same jobs have been posted for months.

    Outside of the free beer, snacks and catered meals, there is very little to gloat about.

    Cons

    Talent. The best developers are long gone, and when your CEO accepts a COO position with a competitor, that's not a good sign. If DeNA's upcoming releases don't fair well, I wouldn't be surprised if the San Francisco office is "long gone" as well. If you are seeking stability, this isn't the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    It's definitely not "keep doing what you are doing". Time to hit the "reset" button.