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Updated March 23, 2017
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  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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  3. "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.


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  5. "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.


  6. "Relocated to Southern California..."

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

    I worked at SEGA of America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I had the privilege of working with the most talented group of people while I was with their San Francisco office.

    Cons

    Unfortunately (to me), they closed the San Francisco operation, and relocated to Southern California. I hope their business will do well there.

    Advice to Management

    There were communication gaps between Tokyo HQ and the US operation. Japanese management should listen more to the local management.


  7. "Great people ruined by committee"

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

    Pros

    The people you bring in know their stuff. Let them do what you hired them to do!

    Cons

    Every decision must go through multiple layers of bureacracy, and each layer kills something valuable. By the end of the process, you've wasted 9 months deciding whether to include the logo on your icons.

    Advice to Management

    DO, do not hem and haw. Risks are how you advance. Being overly conservative and safe is anything but. The missed opportunities are growing and you're running out of time to make yourself into something relevant again. You're routinely 1-2 years behind the curve because of all the extra evaluation and the wait-and-see approach to success in the market.


  8. "Senior Producer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Producer in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Producer in San Mateo, CA

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

    Pros

    Great people and atmosphere. Enjoyed working there.

    Cons

    Challenging working with the Sega Europe and Sega Japan teams.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great People"

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    Current Employee - Assistant QA Lead in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant QA Lead in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You will learn a lot
    People that have come from SEGA QA have gone on to do much better things in the the industry
    Great co workers
    Fun place to get into the games industry

    Cons

    QA is ostracized from the rest of the company
    Low pay
    Long hours
    Job security is especially lacking

    Advice to Management

    QA is something that should be on the same level as other departments. QA should be on even ground with production


  10. "Good company. Great people."

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

    Pros

    People were great and treated you like family.

    Cons

    Too much politics between HDQ in Japan and America.


  11. "Fun People, Terrible Managment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SEGA of America full-time

    Pros

    The people were amazing. Rich video game history and lots of terrific IP.

    Cons

    Executive Management from Japan was completely, and hilariously ill equipped for the job. Executive management was stuck in the 1980's with an antiquated sense of how the game industry works, which lead to poor decisions of when, and how to invest in the IPs. Sonic is a great example. the IP grew stale, boring, and each game was worse than the previous. Unless the Executive management is cleaned out - this company has no hope of even mild success.


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