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Playdom Co-President John Pleasants
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    Nice place to work, lacking in clear direction

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    Current Employee - Senior Artist in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Artist in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Playdom full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Nice office w/ lots of amenities. Gym, lunches and dinners provided, very large kitchen that is fully stocked, games, etc.
    -Mostly a nice and talented group of people. Management is nice, if a little clueless
    -Doesn't require a lot of long hours.
    -Disney perks are great, especially if you plan on visiting the parks at all

    Cons

    -Company hasn't been able to duplicate the success of it's earlier hits which has led to large layoffs and scrambling for a new direction. The game I was working was earning money and was on track to being their biggest success in sometime but they sold it and cut the team because they wanted to focus on more hardcore titles (something they've not done well at so far).
    -The start-up culture that existed previous to the buyout has been slowly supplanted by Disney corporate culture.
    -Health plans aren't great compared to most gaming companies in the Silicon Valley
    -Rigid studio system makes it hard to transition to a new team if you're unhappy with the work you are doing/game you are working on
    -Unstable work environment/not a lot of job security. Company is very much in a transitional state which may result in being completely shut down by Disney if they're able to turn it around quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Figure out how to make games that people want to play, don't just rely on Disney's IP to make up for stale games.
    -Don't sell games that are making money just because they don't fit the "vision" you made up while in the shower based on allegorical evidence of what's hot now
    -Adopt a Valve-style of team building, allowing people to work on the projects that they are most passionate about

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