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Garena Online Reviews

Updated 19 March 2019
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Pros
  • "good working environment and culture" (in 25 reviews)

  • "Very good environment, fast pace working style, it is a very good place in current fast pace society; Good knowledge sharing and engineering culture" (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "long working hours, not recommend to those with family" (in 17 reviews)

  • "Better work-life balance and training" (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Not too bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Garena Online full-time

    Pros

    Have some good experience there

    Cons

    Nothing much in particular a.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Mostly speak in mandarin"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The office facilities are good

    Cons

    Quite difficult for non mandarin speaker

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great if you do not have family/ friends"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Garena Online full-time

    Pros

    - Fast paced growth if you can perform and not burn out
    - Challenging environment and responsibilities
    - Autonomy over many decisions and processes
    - Autonomy to initiate change and improvements
    - Nice office, young colleagues, many in-house events and free food

    Cons

    There is very little work-life balance here. By little I mean close to none. Expect to be on standby most nights and forget about making plans to meet other people on weeknights. It is common to be back on public holidays and weekends too. Tis is the case for all depts, esp shared services (data, IT, finance, law, corp). It is the culture set by managemnt.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great Executive, yet Normal Pay"

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    Former Employee - Tech Lead in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Tech Lead in Singapore (Singapore)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Executive, if you are in the core team, you will get much more resources and see your product built really fast.

    Cons

    Do not stay in the team not doing core business.
    And the pay is so so.

    Advice to Management

    Value your employees.


  5. "Product Associate Taiwan"

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

    I worked at Garena Online full-time

    Pros

    Flexible and free working style

    Cons

    Need strong self-discipline ability


  6. Helpful (1)

    "It's great but not ok"

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    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Egypt, Marshall, AL (US)
    Current Employee - Audit Senior Associate in Egypt, Marshall, AL (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Garena Online full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Learning & training
    Curve all mathematics
    Superb

    Cons

    Nothing much to see


  7. Helpful (1)

    "You will do more than what you imagine"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Singapore (Singapore)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible, lot of snacks, good environment for game lover. Good benefits for employees like massage. If you are passionate about game, you can learn what really happens in game company.

    Cons

    Once you start your job, you will face unnecessary process you have to do. Lots of work will wait for you. Overload is crazy and upper managers are just crazy about cost cutting. They don’t care your feeling and just measure your work efficiency. You have to be perfect part of machinery.

    Advice to Management

    Game is business, yes.
    However, you should not ignore what customers and employees really want. See Blizzard(money money money) and learn from that. “Connecting dots” will not happen through your ‘business-mans’. Respect ‘nurds’. Nurds will let you achieve the goal and make your company great.

  8. "Great hands on experience"

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    Former Employee - Sea Explorer Program
    Former Employee - Sea Explorer Program
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    decentralized decision making, freedom to work or initiate projects

    Cons

    Quality extremely varies from team to team


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Awful environment"

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    Former Employee - Specialist in Hanoi (Vietnam)
    Former Employee - Specialist in Hanoi (Vietnam)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Garena Online full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice office in Vietnam: fancy building with a lot of benefit (of that building)

    Cons

    In Vietnam:
    - Low Salary
    - OT continously day by day without any pension
    - Ridiculous KPI, and often raise immediately so staffs can not get it
    - Bonus depends on how good have you smarmed your manager
    - Strong bully office: some people have to do everything and suffer every mistakes, while some do nothing
    - Corruption culture: some staffs earns their own money using company's resource. Sometimes managers collaborate
    This company can turn you from good to evil.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to advice. Some people just the way they are.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Awful work-life balance, Awful time management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangkok (Thailand)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bangkok (Thailand)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Garena Online full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - High pay
    - Flexible working hours

    Cons

    - Awful work-life balance
    - Awful time management
    - Flexible working hours make staffs undisciplined, making work flow slower and late

    Advice to Management

    Kindly plan before proceeding any thing, espacially ETA for each task.

    And please avoid assigning works right before the time to get off work, while you have time "all day" to assign.