Report: Japanese Employees Vent Online About Square Enix

Last year, there were unconfirmed reports that Square Enix's Tokyo headquarters was a dark place to work. This latest report doesn't sound nearly as bad as those. Doesn't sound like rainbows and sunshine, either.

NicoNico News points to comments made on Japanese employment site Career Connection. The site aims to help jobseekers find out more about companies, such as salary or working conditions and these comments were apparently made by Square Enix employees.

"For each project, each position is then turned into a clique, and without a big time creator's recommendation, it's impossible to get ahead," wrote one employee in his late 30s. "One's practical worth isn't really looked at, but rather, personal friendship is how merit is assessed."

"You're given so much work and the atmosphere is that if you cannot keep up, they'll axe you," wrote a 24 year-old employee. "There's a tendency to ask workers to do more physical labour than mental labour."

Granted, these are a couple comments on a job seeker site, so keep that in mind. Maybe these folks are disgruntled. Maybe the work atmosphere at Square Enix's Tokyo headquarters is fantastic. Maybe.

Career Connection does quote someone connected with Square Enix as saying, "There's dissatisfaction with the salaries and the auditing system. Motivation is low because the ways to move ahead in the company are not clear. Because producers are unable to clearly express their visions for games, the titles must be reworked over and over. That's related to games missing their release dates."

Square Enix has been having a rough time of late — for a variety of reasons. And, these alleged worker gripes come as Square Co.'s former boss recently called the Square Enix merger a "complete failure" with "no vision".

If these latest complaints are true, Square Enix is not alone, among large, traditional Japanese companies for having rotten work conditions. That doesn't mean this is right. It means it should change.

スクエニ 13年第2四半期は赤字転落 「頭よりも体で稼ぐ会社」と社員 [Career Connection via NicoNico News]


    Creators with no heart = Games with no heart i.e Final fantasy

      And yet people still enjoy FFXIII and XIII-2 (as well as XIV, after the entire staff was replaced).

        FF13 is the game I hate the most. The game that killed myh love for earlier FF's. If FF13 was a puppy that happened to be minding its own business walking ahead of me I'd hunt it down and murder it.

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          Meh. Different strokes for different folks. I enjoyed the game.

    How is this different to any other company of that size?

    Are you implying that Disney has heart?

    Square are definitely not what they used to be. I never thought that their best games would become the western published ones.

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