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Updated Jul 20, 2017

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3.4
56%
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DeNA CEO Shintaro Asako (no image)
Shintaro Asako
53 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people, good benefits, one of the early pioneers of mobile gaming(in 12 reviews)

  • "Youthful energy to help celebrate both the successes and the failures of a company focused on creating the next big hit in mobile gaming(in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "Little or no feedback on the decision making process, only results(in 6 reviews)

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

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  1. "One of the most welcoming companies EVER!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DeNA full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    An extremely productive, yet relaxed, work environment. People who care about their job AND their colleagues. A company that cares about its' people. Not to mention yoga and awesome food!

    Cons

    The commute can be pricey. But that's more an issue with San Francisco as a whole.

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    DeNA2014-01-17
  2. Helpful (4)

    "Keep doing what you are doing?"

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

    I worked at DeNA full-time for 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.

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    DeNA2014-01-10
  3. "Great Possibilities, Great Challenge, Lots of Variables"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at DeNA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    DeNA is trying to replicate the success of their business in Japan in the rest of the world. The challenge is immense and the paths to get there provide enough variety to keep anyone entertained. Overall team spirit is encouraging and you get a sense of being in something in the rise and unknown potential.

    Cons

    There are large disparities between the management structures between Japan and the Western studios, particularly DeNA San Francisco. The duality of leadership sometimes creates problems, and poor leadership skills in positions of large influence are at times, quite evident.

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    DeNA2013-02-23
  4. "Nice people, poor direction"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at DeNA full-time

    Pros

    Small teams, so you have ownership about your projects. Clear and passionate direction from mid executives.

    Cons

    The executives from Japan and San Francisco do not have any clear idea how to conquer the west market.

    DeNA2017-07-20
  5. "Best Mobile Games Studio in Vancouver"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DeNA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - This is an awesome work environment with an energetic and passionate culture that gets sh!t done. People take pride in their work and go the extra mile to polish and deliver. - We have the freedom to explore and develop games from internal game pitches. It's exciting to see some of our game pitches evolve into games that go into production and hit the world wide markets! - The studio has really strong tribal knowledge and expertise when it comes to monetization, retention and live operations strategies. Working here, you will learn a lot about the x's and o's of mobile and freemium. - Bar none, DeNA has the best work perks in the city versus other game companies (free lunches, free gym, personal internet/phone expense covered). You save a ton of your own personal money thanks to some of these perks. - Really cool office in terms of location and amenities including regular BBQs in a pimp patio set-up. It's just a chill place to be on Friday evenings to have a beer with your peers while the studio leads are cooking up something delicious on the grill. - DeNA does a pretty good job of practicing what they preach. Acting on the core values of the company are openly encouraged and demonstrated on a regular basis regardless of your position.

    Cons

    - The work life balance is pretty good overall, but there are times when everyone needs to crunch hard to hit deadlines. This is an issue in almost all game studios and DeNA is no exception. - This office has been so quickly growing that space is at a premium so desks clusters in some areas can be a little tight packed. It's not sweat shop yet, but we definitely could have used a bigger office in hindsight. - We have sister studios in San Francisco and Santiago that we work closely with. But as with any long distance relationship, it can be really challenging because if you're out of sight then you're out of mind. - Although the perks and benefits are top notch, the overall medical benefits plan could be improved with getting our basic MSP monthly coverage covered, but that's nit-picking a bit. - It would be nice to have resources in house to be a fully autonomous studio instead of having to rely on the San Francisco office and out-source companies. Doing as much as possible in house will improve agility, efficiency and quality in the long run.

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    DeNA2014-09-03
  6. Helpful (4)

    "Inexperienced Leadership and Poor Decision Making"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DeNA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Employees are young and multicultural so there's lots of energy around the studio - Nice office perks like free lunches, well stocked kitchen and ping-pong table - Nice benefits for full-timers like company paid coverage of home internet and mobile phone bills - Some game ideas and art themes came directly from regular employees

    Cons

    - No successful titles to come out of this studio yet since it started over 2 years ago - Lots of bureaucracy and red-tape tied to the San Francisco office - Sr leadership team lacks North American games and business experience - Career advancement is managed poorly - Salaries are below industry average and make it difficult to live on in an expensive city

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    DeNA2014-05-29

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