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Garena Online Employee Reviews about "long working hours"

Updated Sep 12, 2019

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Garena Online CEO Forrest Li
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  1. Helpful (14)

    "Awful worklife balance"

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    Financial Analyst in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Garena Online for less than a year

    Pros

    - fun place to play games, sure.

    Cons

    - no lifers - only recommedn if you're single - not worth because low pay and long working hours - unreasonable eexpectations - staffs can be snobbish - product managers set too high and UNREASONABLE expectations - staffs are overworked - works 24 hours (9am-9am) and get paid dog food - no Overtime pay - not worht at all

    Advice to Management

    Your staffs are snobbish. Teamleads act like they are 'superiors'. Put them down tell htem to be in the employees level and teach them how to be compassionate.

    Garena Online2018-05-29
  2. "Systems Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Garena Online full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits such as food and entertainment

    Cons

    Low pay and long working hours

    Garena Online2019-09-12
  3. "Accounting"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Garena Online full-time

    Pros

    great working environment and location.

    Cons

    long working hours, not recommend to those with family.

    Garena Online2018-08-29
  4. Helpful (6)

    "Developer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Garena Online full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Challenging tasks and you will grow fast

    Cons

    Long working hours and relatively low hourly pay. I believe most of the people in this company don't have options or stocks of Garena, even though the company is going IPO soon. Only minorities in this company can have some shares.

    Garena Online2017-07-20
  5. Helpful (17)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Singapore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free junk snacks and some fruits. Free dinner. Nice and open office. Gym 50% discount. Free massage. Young colleagues. Good working equipments.

    Cons

    Long working hours. High management level has no respect to employees. They just force employees to work till late night like nothing, no overtime money and the next day you have to work like nothing. Some teams even has to work until 1a.m and they don't have compensation for the next day. Manager some times wants to impress the big boss then just put the ridiculous deadline then nobody is allowed to go home... before 10p.m in a couple of weeks. Chinese exclusive working environment. They just speak Chinese together at the meeting and if you don't understand, screw you. You also have a very very very small chance to be promoted if you aren't Chinese. Most of products are cloned from others. Bad code base and design. And be careful with the notice duration in contract. They keep it long so that if they can't hire people they will force you to stay. But when they can, they will kick you out immediately.

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    Advice to Management

    Be respectful to your employees. You hired them for 40 hours working, not 60 or 80.

    Garena Online2017-06-01
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Operations Associate in Singapore
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Garena Online full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good benefits, great colleagues, many young people.

    Cons

    Chinese culture, sometimes quite long working hours.

    Garena Online2017-05-05
  7. "Awesome place to work at"

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    I worked at Garena Online

    Pros

    The company really values you and treats you well. The work is challenging enough so you can develop your skills, and there are many skill sharing sessions.

    Cons

    The office has quite long working hours, especially nearing project deadline. This is partially due to the smaller team size.

    Garena Online2017-01-10
  8. Helpful (19)

    "A Joke."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free snacks and fruits. In-house masseurs.

    Cons

    I would actually give 0 for rating but there is no such choice. There is basically no clear career advancement. Just a bunch of young fresh grads cluelessly doing whatever they are assigned to do and a lot of micromanagement going on. 500 bucks medical allowance is like a joke. Extremely hierarchical, China culture, higher management are all PRCs, and some colleagues have no respect to your privacy at all. Long... working hours. Developers and MA get paid well but it's quite normal for them to stay in office after 10pm. Their products are mostly rip-off from the big names in China. What they are trying to do is just to replicate the success of those products in SEA. Join if you are comfortable with China working culture, know how to flatter your boss, and do not need to have a clear boundary between your life and work.

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    Advice to Management

    Their CEO Forrest Li brags about how he attended and got motivated from Steve Jobs' speech in 2005 at Stanford all the time. But if you are so inspired by Steve Jobs, you should show that you can do something innovative, instead of just copying what others have done. Please don't just STAY HUNGRY FOR MORE REVENUE, AND STAY FOOLISH AT MANAGING PEOPLE.

    Garena Online2016-12-24
  9. "OK"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    I worked at Garena Online

    Pros

    It has a Cool office, a good pantry. Is a startup, so not very process oriented. Open concept office so it's easy to walk over N exchange ideas

    Cons

    Less diversity. Ideas not easily accepted. Very top down approach. Less autonomy. Very very long working hours and no pay to work on weekend or overtime. Very high attrition rate

    Advice to Management

    Change the company culture. Reduce working overtime or compensate for the same. Need more diversity and more collaboration among the people

    Garena Online2016-11-05
  10. Helpful (8)

    "They also own Shopee, which isn't doing too well"

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    Former Employee - Operation Executive in Singapore
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Garena Online full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The new office is fancy Long 2-hr lunch break Some of my colleagues were nice Food gets catered in for lunch at least 2x a year

    Cons

    A suspiciously high number of PRC staff Long working hours. Almost everyone works OT The management is terrible Garena has ruined LoL for gamers in SEA- not a good company image at all Huge amounts of money are being funneled into their e-commerce venture called Shopee, basically a rip-off of Carousell They used pirated software during my stint there

    Advice to Management

    Value your staff more. Maybe allocate some of the excessive pantry and "welfare" food funds to actual welfare benefits such as increasing the salaries of those who deserve a raise

    Garena Online2016-11-14
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