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SEGA of America Reviews

Updated Jul 16, 2019

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John Cheng
12 Ratings
  1. "I like the people, but we're at the mercy of people who are far removed"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SEGA of America full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The people that work here are great for the most part. Everyone is happy to help each other, and not many try to dump work onto others. At least not at this branch.

    Cons

    Forecast doesn't look great. There doesn't seem to be much opportunity for growth.

    Advice to Management

    Fight harder for what you believe in. Push a product if you truly believe in it. If you need a bigger staff, justify it and make it happen. You're team will back you up.

    SEGA of America2014-09-19
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Sega is a company where good people go to waste their careers"

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    Former Employee - Director 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SEGA of America full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are some genuinely good people there (or there were good people there - recent layoffs have gutted the place). Benefits are OK and work/life balance is OK. It is great to work with well-known brands like Sonic and Crazy Taxi.

    Cons

    It is a Japanese run company. It is impossible to get anything (and I mean ANYTHING) done in the US side of the business because the Japanese execs mistrust the US execs. Its a long term problem within Sega and it has caused them to miss so many great opportunities. You know how you keep on reading about Sega's gloried past? This is why its in the "past" - there's nothing left there now. The HR staff will go out of...

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    Advice to Management

    1. Develop a strategy. Stop being a 'has been' company and start being part of the future. You've got great IP, now do something with it! 2 Listen to your employees - they are actually some smart people who work there 3. Be agile - be quick but make decisions and stick to them. 4. STOP changing direction every 3 months.

    SEGA of America2014-05-14
  3. "Like a family, with all the good and bad that implies."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SEGA of America full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    SEGA employees are generally fantastic, and tight-knit like a family. People genuinely like each other, often hanging out after work and on the weekends together.

    Cons

    You know that one eccentric uncle that every family has? SEGA has some too. They come in different forms, but often you have to mange upward/around them in order to get things done.

    Advice to Management

    Stop re-organizing every 30 seconds. The problems this company has won't be solved with that.

    SEGA of America2014-03-24
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Shifting company priorities are poisoning the culture"

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

    I have been working at SEGA of America full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Camaraderie. The staff and middle/upper-middle management all get along really well. When deep cuts occur, you can expect a director or senior director to open a tab at the bar. Deep cuts sometimes leave vacancies, which can provide opportunities for advancement. However, don't expect to be paid close to what the individual you're replacing was. Benefits package. For those lucky enough to move from temp/contract...

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    Cons

    Increased pressure. There is a new directive that everyone be 100% busy 100% of the time. It's pressing people to invent busy work for themselves so they never appear to be dawdling, or risk getting the stink eye from the new VP as he helicopters around the office. Deteriorating morale. The new oppressive environment, the constant fear that you'll be the next to go. It's poisoning the camaraderie that was always...

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    Advice to Management

    Stop penalizing the staff for high level mismanagement. There is a refusal to invest in anything but high risk AAA projects, a hesitance to diversify or expand the company's line up. The company's "pride" won't mean anything when the doors are shuttered and the lights go out.

    SEGA of America2014-02-23
  5. "Quality Assurance/CS"

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance/CS in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SEGA of America full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Great coworkers to be around with

    Cons

    - Treated like a number - Suck ups get to stay longer than hard and dedicated workers - No Benefits - Low Pay for California

    SEGA of America2014-02-11
  6. "Great people, management issues."

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

    I worked at SEGA of America full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work with smart, passionate people. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    A little behind the market in compensation. The business moves a little slow, and new ideas can be hard pressed to gain approval.

    Advice to Management

    Move faster, communicate better. Stop playing regional games.

    SEGA of America2013-03-18
  7. "Better management and SEGA is great"

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    Former Employee - Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SEGA of America full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    THe people, the teams and the history

    Cons

    Management...its always the same. They manage thru fear and threats...why can't we get good managers?

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to hire people who care about the team AND the product...not just themselves and the product.

    SEGA of America2013-02-12
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Going nowhere...slowly."

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    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SEGA of America full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits, Good colleagues and great team. Was great and very exciting at the time of the 2005 reset...but...

    Cons

    ...the reset ran out of steam and the products didn't sell. Some didn't sell because they weren't any good and that wasn't addressed by many people involved, but there were plenty of products that were good too. While the market does play a role in this I have to say that it's not fully to blame. Most problem products weren't righted and the organization in general just didn't collectively have its stuff together to...

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    Advice to Management

    Make some decisions. Grow the business, but don't fear cancelling products that are not meeting expectations, it will at least allow you to double down on the winners. Put some local leadership in place to represent SOA and sever this ridiculous leash that SOE has. It hasn't worked out so change it.

    SEGA of America2012-09-06
  9. "Very strict corporate enviornment"

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    Former Employee - Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SEGA of America

    Pros

    Great benefits, competative salary, good location.

    Cons

    Poor performance on new and existing game titles. Reputation as a hole has been dropping like a rock. Many people do not even know they still exist.

    Advice to Management

    I think you should make the corporate enviornment a bit more fun and work hard play hard. The corporate atmosphere is more like a work hard only strict enviornment. It may be the cultural differences with Japanese culture vs American culture which contribute to this.

    SEGA of America2012-05-18
  10. "Sonic"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at SEGA of America

    Pros

    great people, fun industry, great brand

    Cons

    limited communication, could use more colaboration

    SEGA of America2012-04-19
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