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Updated July 24, 2017
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  1. "Excellent While it Lasted"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SEGA full-time

    Pros

    Great people, great snacks, supportive culture. Open to people trying new things to encourage professional growth.

    Cons

    Coordinating with overseas teams is always a little challenging. Sometimes it felt like corporate HQ did not care as much about our studio,

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to your employees and being friendly awesome people.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Bittersweet experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing co-workers, great health benefits, Amazing backlog of under-exploited IP, Great learning experience

    Cons

    The company has a tendency to chase after brand new trends as opposed to refining older, proven experiences. Often hesitant to dip backwards into their massive IP catalog, unless the project is Sonic related. Underwent three massive company reorganizations in six years. Senior management, although well intended, often approved horrible projects that were prone to mismanagement and inexcusable delays.

    Advice to Management

    If Gearbox ever comes knocking again, run.

    Please don't mess with Atlus too much. They have been running a tight, productive ship over the past 10 years. Don't rock the boat and allow them to assist you when possible.

    Sega of Japan, please allow SoE and SoA to make their own decisions based on their own markets and stop making them compete for resources

  3. "Needs to change managements"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    Fun IPs, great experienced people to work with aside from executive managements

    Cons

    Company Politics, Sega japan tries to take over everything from you.

    Advice to Management

    Create another Sonic


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Sr Manager"

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    Current Employee - Director of Operations in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Operations in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at SEGA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company culture, good benefits and a chance to learn and make a meaningful difference in a medium sized company.

    Cons

    Rough industry that is constantly changing and struggling to stay ahead of the game.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication and transparency. Overall good place to work and management seems to sincerely care about the welfare of their employees.


  5. "Legal Department: great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Legal
    Former Employee - Legal
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great atmosphere
    - Awesome growth potential

    Cons

    I can honestly say there are no cons; my experience with this company was great!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Better than Zynga, but give it a pass"

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

    I worked at SEGA full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great entry into the video game industry and a good résumé building entry from a recognizable brand name.

    Cons

    Terrible hours (6-3 or 3-11), soul-crushing monotony, scattershot competency in team leads, and just generally an unpleasant work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Have people regularly shift projects to avoid monotony and over-familiarity (a bad thing when big testing), invest in more vid capture devices, and brighten up the workspace.


  7. "Felt Like Family with a very minimal budget"

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

    I worked at SEGA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment
    Friendly QA Team
    Lots of talented and great people

    Cons

    Pay too low
    Mediocre perks
    QA were temps
    Career Opportunities were non existant

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees, marketing and prepare for the mobile future by making the experience seamless.

    Among other things give the community what they want, great games from Japan and the willingness to take chances on new IP's whether they are on platform or mobile.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Overall, positive experience."

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    Former Employee - Development Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Development Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SEGA full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Took some chances on new and original IP. Had a good thing going, squandered many potential original IP franchises.

    Cons

    Insular culture. Very risk averse. Somewhat rudderless when it comes to overall SKU plan and company vision.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at SEGA full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Unlimited professional growth and expansion of professional qualities.

    Cons

    Communications with corporate always after 5 because of time difference.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to the needs of the American Market.


  10. "Fantastic Place to Work and Develop"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SEGA full-time

    Pros

    - Great work life balance and lots of quality of life benefits
    - Flat structure of organization means contribution across the business encouraged
    - Supportive environment where development is encouraged
    - A company that owns its niche and as a result has a clear path to success

    Cons

    - Office location isn't ideal
    - Salaries aren't competitive
    - Usual communication inefficiencies you'd expect from a company of this size and history


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