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GREE International Entertainment Reviews

Updated May 25, 2017
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GREE International Entertainment President Yoshikazu Tanaka
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Pros
  • Great co workers, flexible hours, free food (in 8 reviews)

  • Good benefits and perks, decent/good pay depending on your title (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • the company is scaling down, no new games planned, they bought a new studio and are closing others (in 5 reviews)

  • No Japanese employees are discriminated (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Waiting for the next big game"

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    Current Employee - Finance in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Finance in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at GREE International Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Recently acquired game and game in development nearing launch

    Cons

    Current portfolio consists of mostly harvest/sunset games

    Advice to Management

    More accountability at all levels


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Utterly hopeless company"

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

    I have been working at GREE International Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    You can move up very quickly if you're bro-y and unintelligent.

    Cons

    Leadership is laughably incompetent.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Artist"

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

    I worked at GREE International Entertainment (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great co workers, flexible hours, free food.

    Cons

    Abysmal management leading the company. There is an endless cycle of hiring and firing with no clear company goal in mind. Management plays hot potato in regards to responsibility so that there is always someone else to blame for the path they are on.

    Advice to Management

    Actually get competent management because the current group is going to bankrupt the company


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Current Employee Review"

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

    I have been working at GREE International Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Mostly good people, free snacks and meals, and located near public transportation.

    Cons

    Lack of mentorship, constructive feedback, and general guidance. Seems to be sink or swim unless you've worked with those who are now in charge before and were handpicked to join. Lack of gender diversity in leadership, which reinforces the idea of a boys club in the gaming industry.

    Advice to Management

    Be a little more transparent, set clear expectations with the teams, and give feedback where needed before axing people.


  6. "Positive Momentum"

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

    I have been working at GREE International Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Strong teams and approachable managers. The culture here is great, all the typical tech company perks like snacks, massages, catered meals, etc.

    Cons

    We need more new games!


  7. Helpful (11)

    "Boring games, cool coworkers, upper management that doesn't care about you"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GREE International Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free snacks and drinks, catered lunches and dinners, fun and smart coworkers, somewhat flexible hours, loosely tracked PTO (for engineers anyway). Good benefits. Fine compensation. Despite the cons listed, COO Andrew Sheppard seems to have turned the company around financially with the layoffs.

    Cons

    The company restructured so often that by the time we got used to one we would have another coming up (this practice may have changed). The games were mostly clones of other games and each other and designed to extract cash from rich people (aka whales) via pay-to-win mechanics, not to actually be fun, which didn't feel very fulfilling to work on. Everyone was waiting on promotions they deserved long ago. COO Andrew Sheppard is not a gamer and doesn't care about games, and after laying off large chunks of the company, filled the ranks with his former Kabam buddies. Our customers really didn't seem to like us.

    Advice to Management

    Now that you've cut the fat, have a little more heart, play games for fun, make games that are fun even for non-whales, make original games -- change customer sentiment for the better.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "New management team's plan"

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

    I have been working at GREE International Entertainment (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Lots of new management and lots of new leaders have given the company a clear vision for the future, which is working
    - Focus on both the products we already have live and what we will launch next
    - Everyone else seems to mention the food, and yes, it's plentiful and tasty

    Cons

    - Where we have offices and co-workers has changed, which was a difficult change to work through

    Advice to Management

    - Keep communicating what the company's goals are and how we are doing


  9. Helpful (8)

    "It was what it was........"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GREE International Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some of the teams were great, some very talented people working here. Good benefits and perks, decent/good pay depending on your title.

    Cons

    Poor c-level management, lack of real transparency and communication throughout. Internal competition to work on newer projects even though most were canned before they reached the market. No real drive to succeed in building real games. No real drive to innovate. Stagnant and (at times) toxic environment. Confusing and broken pipeline.

    Advice to Management

    Define your path and stick to it. "Reinvention" multiple times over while ignoring input from ground level employees seems pointless. Listen to your worker bees, they are the heart of the company.

    Listening and actively solving problems would go a long way. Hire experienced, passionate and mature leadership in the games industry to inspire your employees and drive your vision.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Wasn't A Bad Place A Time Ago"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at GREE International Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great People! Solid Talent. Catered meals, company events and happy hours were much appreciated. Friday Beer Cart with the Ice Cream Truck music playing was a fun detail.

    Cons

    New management, direction, and philosophy tanked morale and eviscerated talent pool. Products are dated and designed to extract as much cash as possible from its player base.

    Advice to Management

    Push the reset button to 2013 and step away.


  11. Helpful (7)

    "Missed potential"

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

    Pros

    - Great Perks including catered lunches and snacks
    - Mobile device reimbursement
    - Close to the Ball Park
    - Close to public transportation
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    Cons

    - No real attempt to create something new. Games are just reskins of each other or just copied from other games.
    - Why get rid most of your internal team? It seemed to work OK before

    Advice to Management

    - Try to make a game fun for people instead of just trying to squeeze money out of them. If the game is fun, people will eventually invest their time and money into it.
    - Build up the internal studio again.


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