Pocket Gems Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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  1. Excellent career opportunities for engineering, product, marketing

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Product in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Pocket Gems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - People are some of the smartest I've ever been around, passionate, hard-working but also very approachable
    - Thoughtful leadership team
    - Upward mobility in terms of responsibilities and ownership of teams/products

    Cons

    - Passionate people leads to very hard working culture, not for everyone.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Freaking awesome and whole heartedly happy and excited about working here

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Pocket Gems full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People: The best perk or benefit about working at Pocket Gems is working with humble, down to earth, extremely smart and talented individuals.

    Great Culture: Pocket Gems is a true start up at heart. Zero red tape. Employees are given freedom to make right decisions to help the company grow.

    Mission: The company has a great mission to become #1 in mobile entertainment space and to build the best mobile team in world and I think every decision made by the management team is inline with Company's mission.

    Cons

    To nice: I think people here are too nice and I am not sure if they can convey a tough message to any employee as needed for the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing great things :)


  3. Best Job Ever!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Pocket Gems full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Collaborative environment
    Intelligent, Passionate and driven colleagues
    Flat Management Structure
    Myriad opportunities

    Cons

    Not enough conference rooms
    Need another ping pong table


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  5. Mobile Test Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mobile Test Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Mobile Test Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Pocket Gems full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great training and nurturing
    -Management is transparent
    -Great working environment
    -Heavy Teamwork
    -Structure and Process is organized
    -Great vacation and benefits
    -Work hard and play hard
    -Smart people all around
    -Very clear of company direction

    Cons

    -Hard work requires late hours sometimes
    -Pay is lower than most traditional tech companies

    Advice to Management

    -Promote to the many who deserve it


  6. Helpful (1)

    Awesome place, awesome people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mobile Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Mobile Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Pocket Gems full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good salary and benefits
    satisfying work
    flexible timings
    good culture

    Cons

    sometimes you have to work hard to meet the deadlines!


  7. Helpful (2)

    Great people - fun, smart and passionate

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Growth in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Growth in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Pocket Gems full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Your voice is heard
    Your work can impact millions
    Lots of opportunity
    Fast iterative cycle
    Collaborative
    Flexible
    Entrepreneurial

    Cons

    Growing pains as we head towards 200 employees, but also some great team building activities to help with that challenge.


  8. Helpful (1)

    A rare company. Basically a dream job.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Pocket Gems full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The perks are great. Fully stocked kitchen. Daily catered lunch and dinner. Unlimited vacation. The medical benefits are standard or above standard for a company of this size. You can tell that Pocket Gems really cares about their employees. It feels great coming in to work.

    Sounds great, right? However, the best part is the people and the work environment. You have a massive ability to make large changes in the company. There are so many opportunities to make a noticeable impact. Changes are recognized and appreciated by everyone. Pocket Gems has the most rewarding environment I have ever experienced. There is no excessive bureaucracy to slow you down. Everyone will step in to help. The phrase "that's not my job" is rarely, if ever, used. Many game companies have turned into very draining environments. At Pocket Gems, I actually feel energized by the environment.

    The tools and technology are great. You aren't forced to work with antiquated tech that would fit the norms of typical corporate environments. Even for a game company, the tech feels very new. I feel so much more enabled than I have at any other company. Pocket Gems is a leader in mobile gaming. They use the same mentality when choosing their technology, processes, and other aspects of the company. The result is a fresh take on all aspects of how a company can operate.

    Cons

    We have grown fast and we can sometimes run pretty lean. This is the tradeoff for ensuring we have the best people in the industry. The hours can be a bit intense. Depending on the role, it may not be a good fit for those with families.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  9. Helpful (2)

    Exceptional group of extremely focused individuals achieving great success and growth together

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Pocket Gems full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * Great team. The company is essentially building the best team in mobile and solving some of the toughest challenges, pushing what's technically possible on mobile devices through it's games
    * Focus on innovation. It already has a dominant position in the casual gaming market with a lot of blockbuster genre defining hits, and with its strong focus on innovation it's poised well to build on this lead where most of the competitors in the space are busy copying and making cheap reskins
    * Opportunity to grow/learn. As is natural with a company that's growing so quickly ( in terms of revenue, business, # of products, employees etc. ) there are ample opportunities for individual growth and learning as well

    Cons

    * Less focus on pure research. As can be expected at a company of it's size, there are enough high priority challenges to be solved in the short term that you get few opportunities to work on less defined open ended problems.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Fun, collaborative environment but extremely motivated staff with a passion for quality games shipped quickly.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Pocket Gems full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Very collaborative, feels like a shared mission of being the leader in mobile entertainment
    - Free food, great office, casual feel
    - Extremely talented people who work hard and are motivated
    - Make fun, cool games in a fast moving and growing space

    Cons

    - Growing pains of changing from 10 to 150 people in less than 1.5 years is still felt
    - Paying down technical debt from moving quickly


  11. Awesome people, supportive culture

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Pocket Gems full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pocket Gems loves hiring people with unrealized potential. Probably because of that, the culture is extremely collaborative, with a focus on crowdsourcing ideas and mentoring individuals. Many of the recent hires are new college grads, and the more experienced "gemmers" are committed to making these new employees successful.

    Innovation has always been a priority for the company, as opposed to doing fast-follows or reskins. While Pocket Gems' most successful games are in the same "social gaming simulation" genre, they aggressively explore risky new themes and new mechanics. In addition, the company has begun exploring new genres in recent months.

    Cons

    It can be intimidating to be surrounded by people who are smarter than you. No one is slacking off here. Fortunately, everyone is humble and committed to seeing the best ideas win out in the end.



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