GREE International Entertainment Reviews

Updated Mar 4, 2021

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GREE International Entertainment President Yoshikazu Tanaka
Yoshikazu Tanaka
40 Ratings
Pros
  • "Free lunch and dinner, lots of snacks and great coworkers in the team(in 15 reviews)

  • "perks are good, free lunch and dinner, nicely stocked kitchen(in 9 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Design decisions dictated by upper management(in 9 reviews)

  • "Work-life balance is unsatisfying, usually work late to 10:pm at night(in 7 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Outlook

      Nov 10, 2020 - Member Of Technical Staff in New York, NY
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      Pros

      Great place to work travel

      Cons

      Management need to listen to team

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    2. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Hood

      Mar 4, 2021 - Manager in Seattle, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Flexibility in working hours is good

      Cons

      Career growth are very limited

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Great people, groovy environment

      Sep 28, 2015 - Marketing in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I joined a couple months ago and so far really impressed with everyone I've worked with at all levels. High integrity, great intellectual curiosity, respect for varied opinions and commitment to trying different things until they get things right. There's been a lot of transition but people seem to be embracing the opportunity to work faster and drive improvement in how things get done. There is a lot of support for exploring new ideas and growing people internally into new roles they are interested in. In the time I've been on the team two people have already moved roles based on their passions. Office space is really nice with lots of perks. Lunch every day, dinner four days a week, boundless snacks, lots of light, good location for access to parking & transit by AT&T park.

      Cons

      If you're comfortable in a static environment this may not be for you. Mobile dev & marketing require flexible thinking and fast decision making in a lot of new and evolving situations. If you prefer predictability in a static industry consider somewhere else. The office is also definitely on a dev-style schedule with few people in before 9:30 our out before 5:30 which could be a hurdle for some people (although individual managers do seem open to flexible schedules).

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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

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

      Apr 25, 2016 - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
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      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.

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      13 people found this review helpful
    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Some great people and teams trying to adapt to a fast moving industry.

      Jun 9, 2013 - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      There are some very talented and highly competent people working together on some great teams. While this might not apply company wide, I have been fortunate to learn a lot and have an impact despite coming to the company with little experience in gaming. Business intelligence and analytics is very strong and executives have had to make tough decisions to reorganize and cut some games. For some, this may seem like the company lacks direction but it is actually intelligent, calculated business strategy as far as I can tell. The ex-Funzio team really drives the organization and it is a good sign that many are so adaptable. The company also invests a great amount of time improving and optimizing the game after it is launched and the results show.

      Cons

      Making hard decisions along with acquisitions and reorganizations leaves some people jaded. This also contributes to significant turnover rate. With the size of the company and constant changes, politics inevitably comes into play for some promotions. Some people have been put in roles that don't really make sense or seem redundant. There is often a large disparity in how much people work and the impact they have.

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    6. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      What happened to this place?

      Jul 29, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      1. Strong salary 2. Mobile device reimbursement upto $400 every year 3. Commute allowance of over $200 in MUNI cash reload 4. Lunch and Dinner served 5. Full snack bar

      Cons

      The company started out struggling in the US market. After failure of their first few titles, they acquired Funzio, which helped them to keep their head above water. But when the key members of Funzio team responsible for the successful titles departed, GREE started struggling once again. The people left to manage had no idea what they were doing. Simply put, two games that were both in production for over 2 years were both cancelled abruptly. There may be many different reasons as to why, but the simple answer (often the most honest answer) is that some of the leaders simply lacked vision and the games weren't very fun to play. In addition, the office politics were insane. Eventually there came a period of exodus. GREE couldn't keep up with the pace at which people were leaving. Hiring of the new COO didn't help the matter much. Since he's started, we've had: 1. Total studio wide reorganization 2. Exodus of VP's 3. One canceled game, which was in production for 2 years 4. Shifting the entire game design to aim at the whales (industry term for heavy spenders) 5. three seat changes 6. TWO big layoffs It's definitely no longer a place I once highly regarded to be a great work environment.

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    7. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Was a great company to work for, until the Funzio acquisition

      Feb 22, 2013 - Senior Software Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Device reimbursement Free Lunch and Dinner Well stocked kitchen

      Cons

      The dinner was moved to a later time, after public transportation has slowed, to encourage working later hours. Execs do not seem to care about non-Exec suggestions. We build what we're told and we have no say it's development. Any new game idea is battered and beaten until it is a shadow of it's original self and is then killed off because of "other priorities". Those other priorities are always the game ideas produced by the execs themselves. Funzio runs the show now. The studio isn't fun anymore. Innovation has been completely stifled. The only tech allowed to be used is Funzio tech. There is a very clear cut separation between Funzio people and GREE people. Culture has been completely demolished. If you're not on the Funzio side, you won't move up the ladder. Funzio people get special treatment. New hires are placed on Funzio teams.

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      10 people found this review helpful
    8. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Large company, growing pains, cultural mis matches due to constant stream of acquisitions

      Sep 18, 2012 - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great , bright , smart people Fast paced, hot industry , leader n mobile space Lovely China Basin offices Decent perks and overall benefits

      Cons

      Culture Lack of clarity of vision or communication from exec mgt about where the company is headed beyond the next acquisition HQ is in Tokyo, autonomy for the US office is hard won

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      8 people found this review helpful
    9. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Sinking ship

      Sep 15, 2015 - Game Designer in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good benefits including health, dental, vision, 401k, device reimbursement

      Cons

      The people who made this company successful have all left. I have worked here for over 3 years and have only seen one game actually made (that was over 2 years ago) with at least 10 games canceled. Everything else was either acquired or developed by another company and published by GREE. Following the massive layoffs, morale has been extremely low. At least 2 people quit each week, and have been doing so for months. Nearly everyone who is still there is looking for a new job. Management (who is very new) makes no attempt to hide the disgusting amount of nepotism going on as they publicly discuss who to hire from the company they just left to replace people who were recently laid off. Interviews are simply formalities, whether the person is qualified or not has nothing on whether or not they are friends with the hiring manager. There is zero growth opportunity, and it seems the goal has shifted from being a game developer to becoming a game publisher as they've all but given up. I would not be surprised if this place shuts down within a year.

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      15 people found this review helpful
    10. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Good career development, innovative company

      Jul 24, 2014 - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      You can build your career. After having worked for couple of years, I have learnt how to build highly scalable, resilient and highly performant systems. Sr. engineers and leads on the team coach and mentor jr. staff really well. Almost all teams follow improvised SCRUM development model. Good work/life balance. Its a decent mid-size company. Company is doing its best to keep the start-up culture alive. They have hackathons every 3-4 months where engineers get to work on stuff they like to build.

      Cons

      There are some strong personalities and you need to know how to work around them.

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      4 people found this review helpful
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