Director of Operations and Customer Support (Former Employee) – El Segundo, CA – October 22, 2014
Lots of various duties everyday, always new challenges to be met, excellent co-workers, external vendors were very helpful and great partners. Ownership lacked competitive vision and IT was very poor compared to the competition. Benefits and compensation were excellent.
QA Senior Tester - Mobile and Social Gaming (Former Employee) – El Segundo, CA – November 22, 2013
Konami is very much a Japanese company, and as such it's steeped very much in Japanese business practices and mindset which can often lead to overly tense work environment. Favoritism often runs rampant and with no intensive to improve performance will leave many staff members often doing the bare minimum required of them.
Facilities Manager (Former Employee) – El Segundo, CA – August 29, 2013
Planned, budgeted and scheduled modifications. Obtained estimates on equipment, labor, materials and related costs. Maintained all OSHA compliance standards to ensure a safe working environment. Analyzed and rewrote procedures/training manuals to improve efficiency. Researched and negotiated vendor contracts resulting in 40% cost reductions. Great people, nice office near good lunch places.
Judge Volunteer (Former Employee) – San Antonio, Texas – July 28, 2013
The work environment was fast-paced, good management, and hard working co-workers. I learned how to build teams, good communication and organization skills, and how to cooperate and manage other people, and how to train employees. The hardest part of the job was dealing with difficult or self-centered people. The most enjoyable part of the job was getting to be a leader and helping other people.
Quality Assurance Analyst (Former Employee) – El Segundo, CA – July 27, 2013
My typical day was clocking in on time, checking out equipment in the morning, and performing given tasks: Play through the game, Regressing and Tracking Bugs, make sure the subtitles are correct and reporting bugs into a database. I initially learned how to report bugs, and much later FTC (Functionality Test Cases).
Several of the individuals in management (Seniors & Leads) were absolutely unqualified to work in their position. You can typically catch them on their personal Facebook sites or chatting with friends at and during work. Several seniors during meetings will remind testers that their jobs are temporary and that we can be let go for any reason.
The hardest part of the job is the dealing with superiors. They create spreadsheets based on projects that they don't know enough about and they never update these spreadsheets. If you have to interact with the supervisor about problems occurring for a different shift they ignore the problem and blame your shift. You and co-workers in the office are treated like they are in grad-school by superiors. If anything from your project leaks your team is the first to be blamed. Within a month you really learn everything that you need to know and afterwards it's repeating those tasks. The worst problem is that being a hard worker is not an incentive for promotion; they would rather keep the hard working testers without promotion. Those that do get promoted are not as hard working and spend time throughout the day chatting with their superiors.
The Co-workers that you work with there are the most enjoyable part of the jobmore... as they are great, insightful, and are typically helpful knowing more so than the supervisors appointed over them. They help each other get through the day.less
no job ladder, temporary employment, terrible management, underpaid
Quality Assurance Tester (Former Employee) – El Segundo, CA – June 29, 2012
Days were spent testing game titles for errors, entering errors into a database and then checking if these error exist on a new build. The job is tedious but that is no fault of Konami. Mt favorite part of working there is the people around me, and the strange conversations that come up.
Awesome Video Game Publisher with Many AAA Titles to Work With!!
Quality Assurance Video Game Tester (Former Employee) – El, Segundo – February 10, 2012
I will start off by saying that I had a great time working here. As it was my first job in the gaming industry I didn't know what to expect or how it would go. I was pleased to find out that is was fun and over all very easy to do. I learned a lot about the whole process and more about the industry from this job. I know that even through most QA jobs are temporary positions, there is still room for advancement in this field. It is very possible to get hired into the publisher and become a permanent employee.
work on games before they launch, name in credits, fun work environment, paid to play games for 8 hours a day, overtime
short breaks, bad health plan, tons of overtime= little time for life