DeNA Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2020

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3.5
55%
Recommend to a Friend
35%
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52 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great people, good benefits, one of the early pioneers of mobile gaming(in 12 reviews)

  • "Youthful energy to help celebrate both the successes and the failures of a company focused on creating the next big hit in mobile gaming(in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "Little or no feedback on the decision making process, only results(in 6 reviews)

  • "The executives from Japan and San Francisco do not have any clear idea how to conquer the west market(in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Greatest place to work on this Planet :)"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    IT Manager in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at DeNA

    Pros

    The Management, HR, and Office Staff make :DeNA and exciting place to come into every morning

    Cons

    If I had any Cons, I don't think I'd be working here!!!

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  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great team and People"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at DeNA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Great people in team, Friendly and Professional - Good location right in downtown

    Cons

    - Upper management lack of vision that only listen to HQ

  3. "Software Developer"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DeNA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Great studio culture. - Good people.

    Cons

    - "Japanese way" for structuring and managing projects is not flexible at all which means there is no space for any kind of risk / innovation.

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  4. "Great co-workers, largely clueless local Management"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DeNA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some of the best and talented co-workers I have had the pleasure of working with.

    Cons

    Our top Management was a bit out of place in North America.

  5. "Nice people, poor direction"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at DeNA full-time

    Pros

    Small teams, so you have ownership about your projects. Clear and passionate direction from mid executives.

    Cons

    The executives from Japan and San Francisco do not have any clear idea how to conquer the west market.

  6. "Good people"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DeNA

    Pros

    Great place to work. Not perfect but good.

    Cons

    Some studios closed their doors.

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Animation Director"

    4.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Animation Director in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DeNA for more than a year

    Pros

    Great coworkers and generous benefits.

    Cons

    Eastern strategies were proven ineffective in the western market.

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "QA"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    QA Lead in Vancouver, BC

    I worked at DeNA

    Pros

    Had good culture Paid well for QA Location was awesome

    Cons

    Being controlled by another studio slowed down some procedures. Studio is now closed

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  9. "Great people, a lack of direction"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Producer in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at DeNA full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fantastic employees, but this varies per office Some fun projects

    Cons

    Company direction seems more towards infrastructure than content

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  10. "Interesting Experience and Good People"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
     in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DeNA for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Lunch provided everyday and lots of snacks. Hours for me personally were not bad, I had some overtime but it was paid overtime (others had their overtime compensated differently - it depended on the type of contract you had).

    Cons

    When I first started working at the Vancouver studio, the structure for how games were developed and how new games were created seemed to make sense. Teams were large, budgets were decent, quality was high, and players seemed to enjoy playing the games we put out. But the structure was changed dramatically within less than a year of working there and teams/budgets were slashed. This put a lot of extra stress on team members - many artists (and other positions) were split between multiple projects at a time. We were suddenly expected to put out more with less resources. Being one of the lowest paid/lowest positions at the company, the work load I had to deal with at times was questionable but not unheard of in this industry. I was also treated like a full time artist with my work load but I received no vacation days or health benefits (or coverage of any sort). Any days I wished to take off were without pay and I was expected to make up the time. There was no career advancement at this company or it was managed very poorly. The happiness level of people around me also seemed to decrease overtime as well. I can only speak for the artists, but as more work was outsourced, less creative work was done in house. Creative positions became management positions. And the 'creative' work that was done in house became rather cut and paste for the most part. Also for as much as this company talked about the importance of 'Transparency' they were in no way transparent with many of their Western employees.

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