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Updated December 10, 2017
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  1. "Start Up With a Corporate Sugar Daddy"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Director of Ad Monetization in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Director of Ad Monetization in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SEGA of America full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Medical/Dental/Commute Benefit
    401K matching
    Relaxed atmosphere
    Helpful people
    Excellent hires
    Great downtown location near restaurants and bars
    Snacks always refilled
    Great brand and games
    Culture is enormously important from CEO down
    People stay with SEGA and come back regularly after sojourns to other companies

    Cons

    Wi-fi can sometimes be unstable which is frustrating
    There could be an additional bathroom
    Working from home is frowned upon
    It's strange people feel compelled to apologize to the entire group via email when they are running late (on the other hand I guess it's nice to know if certain people are just running late).

    Advice to Management

    Keep the focus on culture and product development.Fix the wifi.


  2. "Coulda been one of the greats"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SEGA of America full-time

    Pros

    If you're a fan of the properties

    Cons

    Lack of vision by Sega Corporate in Japan

    Advice to Management

    Advice would no longer be relevant as so much time has passed

  3. "Old Style Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    location, games, car allowance benefit at the time

    Cons

    Too many men who didn't value women or their opinions.

    Advice to Management

    Be open to forward thinking, opinions of women.


  4. "Lost potential due to company reorganization"

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

    I worked at SEGA of America full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers
    Nostalgic companyto work for
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Reorganization of company obliterated us side of buisness


  5. "Six Month QA Tester Stint"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Kind colleagues.
    - Knowledgeable colleagues.
    - Fun environment.

    Cons

    - Financial troubles in the company led to a lack of continued work.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great opportunity to work with fun brands and new technology"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Working in the mobile division means you effectively are part of a small, entrepreneurial team. Mobile gaming is the next frontier for SEGA and will have lots to be excited about over the coming years.
    -Very experienced team and great talent
    -Fun brands and a chance to relive and deliver nostalgia to fans
    -Chance to work with teams across the globe and travel
    -Flexible work hours to accomadate collaboration iwth international teams
    -FULL HEALTHCARE FOR FREE
    -401k matching

    Cons

    As an entrepreneurial unit within a large company, you will have to negotiate some bureaucracy from the parent company. With teams all over the globe you may have some very early meetings or very late ones.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "It's Sega. A short lived and great experience."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    We were a small mobile game developer bought out by Sega.
    We had lots of creative freedom, wore many hats and were appreciated.
    Sega has one of the best health plans out there.
    Worked with a great, talented and diverse team.
    Middle management cared about the employees.

    Cons

    As the company grew, a few important goals and player focus dwindled.
    Full company layoff by Sega of Japan because of this.
    Language barrier in communicating from Sega of America and Sega of Japan which resulted in taking too long to resolve issues.

    Advice to Management

    Assess projects that aren't failures and only scrap what isn't working; not the whole company.
    It is a great thing that many team members have a voice and are able to contribute in game design and play ideas; however, there is a time when management needs to make a final decision and keep continuity in a given project.

  8. "Route Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pensacola, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pensacola, FL

    I have been working at SEGA of America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Freedom, running route when I want to, money ok not great. Get paid contract amount to drive my car, reimbursement for fuel, vacation health benefits a portion is paid by company.

    Cons

    Use my own car, always loaded up with toys. Can't take vacation over black out days of Thanksgiving and Christmas. Have to try to fix machines when they break down, if possible. Collect money from stores.

    Advice to Management

    Raises every now and then would be good.


  9. "Lead Software Engineer"

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

    I worked at SEGA of America (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Low pressure, comfortable and generally friendly environment. Usual perks of working at a tech company.

    Cons

    Too many cooks in the kitchen. Continually adding and promoting directors that provide nothing of value. Games needed to be GIANT multimillion dollar hits to be considered viable. Small games, even if they were profitable were canceled.

    Advice to Management

    Try to invest in a number of small, experimental titles and get those in front of players quickly. Nurture any that show signs of success, instead of investing a year or two in a copycat title before finding out whether people like it.


  10. "SEGA"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company and great people to work with.

    Cons

    Office in SF closed. Moved to southern CA.


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