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Updated July 11, 2017
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  1. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Can be very independent on decisions, great schedule flexibility, great staff

    Cons

    Economic restrains on projects small staff

    Advice to Management

    Stronger Human Resources


  2. "Senior Web Developer"

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in Chigasaki (Japan)
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Chigasaki (Japan)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    In fall 2016 we decide to make our own business – food delivery service. The main concept was already developed and tested on a few peoples. I was responding for all IT-stuff. One of my main goals was to design and build a CRM system with internet shop.

    Cons

    This job doesn't fit for me.
    This company needs talent designer.

  3. "Good Experience"

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    Current Employee - Art Director in Seoul (South Korea)
    Current Employee - Art Director in Seoul (South Korea)

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

    Pros

    Best place to try all of different types of work no matter what your position is. Modeler can experience animating as well as visual effect and 2D artist can experience the role as UI/UX Designer etc.

    Cons

    Due to all of the managing position is held by programmers. Artist roles are bit unappreciated.


  4. "Not recommended at this time"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Seoul (South Korea)
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Seoul (South Korea)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good to start your career as online/mobile game developer. Many chances to learn the real work.

    Cons

    But very few chances to be promoted. You need some connection with the supervisors even in this small company. Too many suspicious managers.

    Advice to Management

    Not recommended if you are not a newbie.


  5. "Server Developer"

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    Former Employee - Developer in Seoul (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Developer in Seoul (South Korea)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    It seems like the team culture is very different.
    I was in good team, with team leader having good personality as well as his performance. Under his management I could kind of freely develop the software and project.

    Cons

    For some teams, the atmosphere was very bad. I don't know for 2015 how it is changed.

    Advice to Management

    seems like company has changed as new boss come. should make people re-unite again.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Deadline is always too tight. Salary is not bad but quit not good"

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    Current Employee - Web Designer, Web Planning, Social Communicator in Bournemouth, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Web Designer, Web Planning, Social Communicator in Bournemouth, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are a few branches in the whole world so it is possible to work with another countries's colleagues

    Cons

    Business goal hasn't not clear

    Advice to Management

    Think seriously what GALA's business goal and also consider marketing Objectives. As a result of this, should evaluate itself how the company can implement instantly and penetrate market properly


  7. "Fun, hardworking culture, lots of development and opportunity to really get involved and be commercially focussed"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources
    Current Employee - Human Resources
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to deliver change and be involved in making the business a success. Rewarded for success. Fast paced and challenging. Great management team, no ivory towers here, just people wanting to do the best for the customers and the business.

    Cons

    Can be long hours as there is so much to do. Things move very quickly, change is delivered at a phenomenal pace and that can be hard to keep up with.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Dying business with a management that wouldn't follow their employees' ideas and preferred repeating the same mistakes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tokyo (Japan)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tokyo (Japan)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Used to be a good company to start with in the gaming industry. Great location in Tokyo and tons of holidays.

    Cons

    No real management. If the CEO and his female friends (promoted at c-level positions without any knowledge nor understanding of what is going on in the industry) like you, you will get a small raise but don't expect salaries matching the industry nor real promotions. There is a clear glass ceiling for males or people that might threaten people above you. There is no motivation package and they don't hesitate to fire foreign employees rather than trying to limit their expenses (CEO and c-level travelling to every show possible, taking taxi to and from home at the company expenses, drinking coffee all day, etc.).

    Advice to Management

    The CEO should retire and hire a real gaming specialist as well as a proper CFO. Other management positions should be filled by experienced, open-minded people that will be able to maintain a certain unity within the company. There is a clear brain drain and the good people remaining are not used properly.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Nothing but sheer disappointment."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GALA full-time

    Pros

    1) Shibuya location is great. very accessible.
    2) Some genuinely nice people are still working there.
    3) Being able to choose your own quarterly goals (within reason) was good.

    Cons

    1) No company identity: No clear direction on where the company wanted to go.
    2) Eyes on the prize: Trying to cash in on the latest fad, despite no experience in the markets they wanted to expand on.
    2) No common knowledge: Daily requests for bizarre power-points which explained the basics of game business. For example: "What's Steam?". If your company relies on the success of games, you should know Steam. No exceptions.
    3) No incentives: No benefits outside of the standard benefits given at any Japanese company (insurance and travel). A potential bonus of about 1000yen every 3 MONTHS to your salary if they felt you contributed enough. Manager based reviews.
    4) No career development for staff: Money pumped into C-level management for training and endless business trips, wielding no actual constructive results, otherwise literally 0 budget available for regular staff.
    5) BOD: Why are all the same people on ALL board of director for each subsidiary? And why do none of them have any actual true grass roots business experience outside of Gala? This is one of the most perplexing points. Bring in some real talent please. OR at least listen to what the staff had to say for ourselves!
    5) Low morale: No one wants to be there, but feel that they dont have any other options.

    Advice to Management

    Look at your 10 principals, and truly ask yourself (and the staff of your company) Do we still follow these principals. You already know the answer.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Immature management centered around a "boys club" of upper level directors"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tokyo (Japan)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tokyo (Japan)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The office is centrally located in Shibuya which is serviced by many train lines. It is also a good starting point to work in the gaming industry.

    Cons

    Horrible office atmosphere where no one does anything extra to help others. The CEO often hides in a cafe across the street rather than being in the office to motivate people, lead projects or just be present.

    Advice to Management

    Why has so many of your best employees moved on to bigger and stronger companies? Like; GREE, NHN, Storm8, Zynga, Gloops, Gumi? Maybe you should listen to your employees rather than stubbornly trying to "teach" your antiquated ideas to a younger, more tech savvy staff.


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