GREE International Entertainment Employee Reviews about "lunch and dinner"

Updated Apr 25, 2016

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GREE International Entertainment President Yoshikazu Tanaka
Yoshikazu Tanaka
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  • "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)

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  1. "anonymous"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GREE International Entertainment

    Pros

    Great people, great products, great pay, great perks (free lunch, dinner, snacks (including Pocky), ice cream, Jamba Juice and Boba Guys ordered in, yoga, Japanese language lessons, etc)! Amazing family feeling here with lots of collaboration, support, and room to grow. They even have an iPad asking for meal feedback and always wanting to improve and make sure employees are happy. I also love that they have an art gallery where they display personal work from the artists. I really respect this.

    Cons

    Seems like they've been going through a restructuring which has shaken some people up. Near the ballpark which gets crazy on game nights.

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  2. Helpful (13)

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

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 for 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.

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  3. Helpful (10)

    "Funzio days were good,and downhill with New CEO"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Game Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GREE International Entertainment full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Comfortable environment -nice area/office -team that looks out for you..until new management came in -flexible hours...depending on team/management -nice kitchen/lunch/dinner

    Cons

    -Current Ceo who cancelled many projects -They dont care about making something new -not much communication/ transparency from upper management -too comfortable

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  4. Helpful (6)

    "the US office will probably close soon"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GREE International Entertainment full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    perks are good, free lunch and dinner, nicely stocked kitchen.

    Cons

    the company is scaling down, no new games planned, they bought a new studio and are closing others. San Francisco office will probably close in a year or so.

  5. Helpful (10)

    "What happened to this place?"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GREE International Entertainment full-time for more than 3 years

    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.

  6. Helpful (14)

    "Swimming in Lake Nepotism and Dishonesty"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at GREE International Entertainment for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Compensation is average to above-average. Benefits are nicely well rounded. Catered lunches and dinners. Game consoles setup for play in the eating area.

    Cons

    - Overtly shady nepotism from the top down Extremely top heavy management now. For months leading up to the massive company layoff recently, new management has been hired and continuously sweeping many pre-approved friends easily through interviews. All while overtly keeping those objective in existing Gree leadership purposely away from interviewing them as to not obstruct that friend's ease of hiring. Most of the company new hires all know each other well and were pre-conditioned about the layoff that they were safe. There is a strong distinct vibe of the new nepotistic blood entering the company replacing the old. Hence the shameless title "Phoenix" that management gave for this whole reorg as the a new rise from the old staff's ashes. - Existing Gree staff railroaded and retitled In all the layoff damage, many departments were nearly completely axed. Many existing employees had their title changed to made up non-industry recognized titles. Which easily allowed new management to fill in and around those roles with friends who have zero experience in their peers discipline. Naturally those in more disciplined fields who had their titles changed feel slighted, railroaded and their dignity taken away. - Culture of fear, passive-aggression, pseudo-rockstars and bros Cushy out-of-touch execs encourages blunt and honest values, but when challenged with great questions during company meetings they literally spend minutes spinning evasive word diarrhea that in the end doesn't feel blunt and honest. Nor does it help to flippantly punt most questions that do not exude top-down awareness and leadership either. It instead exudes sociopaths who are more interested in maintaining their cushy status quo through fear and finger pointing--as they won't hesitate to grief you openly for challenging them with good questions. Hence why most don't usually ask any anymore during company wide meetings because why bother or potentially put up with more spin and punts when everyone just wants to get out of there and get back to work.

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  7. Helpful (18)

    "It was fun while it lasted"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Concept Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GREE International Entertainment full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Free lunch and dinner, lots of snacks and great coworkers in the team.

    Cons

    Poor management. Hasn't made a new game in 2 years and cancelled a bunch of games. Also unoriginal and only rips off other successful games. COO is full of himself. Only hiires his buddies. Has pretty much run the company into the ground just like his previous one. After laying off 2/3 of the company he proceeds to add "awesomesness" as a skill to his LinkedIn profile.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Best of Both Worlds (Work/Life)"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GREE International Entertainment full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Super smart people, sharp new leadership with a very low tolerance for office politics, great development teams building really cool mobile games, tons of great food (lunch & dinner) with fully stocked kitchens filled with goodies. Great benefits. You actually WANT to spend time with your colleagues after work!

    Cons

    Honkin long building! Getting from one meeting to another takes some serious strides, but burns the calories from all the food that's available.

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Stable but somewhat boring"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GREE International Entertainment

    Pros

    + Content and Development pipeline is generally very well managed/planned out + Employees are treated very well + Free Lunch/Dinner/Snacks + Frequent Company Outings + Fairly frequent reviews, with opportunity for raises/bonuses

    Cons

    - Projects are fairly boring - Studio relies too heavily on aging games to make a large portion of revenue - Most employees will be doing the exact same sort of tasks day in and day out which leads to tedium and fatigue - Some employees in leadership positions have ego problems

  10. Helpful (1)

    "QA Enginner"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     

    I have been working at GREE International Entertainment

    Pros

    Team Environment, Warm atmosphere, Catering lunches and dinners, Team buildings, Huge ffice with nice views of the bay, opprtunity to trave

    Cons

    bad communications between teams, low salary

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