Aeria Games Reviews

Updated September 24, 2014
Updated September 24, 2014
56 Reviews
3.1
56 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great place to learn a lot of skill sets (in 8 reviews)

  • Aeria teaches you by example what type of game companies to avoid in the gaming industry (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • No career opportunities, no employee improvement (in 3 reviews)

  • Low pay comparing it with other companies (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great people, casual environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I have been working at Aeria Games full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    For those wanting to learn, this is a great place. Company rewards people who take initiative. Lately there has been more involvement with executive leadership. Recently underwent big change -- selling the PC biz. This has been hard and i know people who worked on pc may be bitter, but it seems that they were treated fairly in the process. Seems to be trying to make things better for employees

    Cons

    In certain positions, the pay is below market and the feeling is that this ok because the roles might be easy to fill

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate clear strategy, recognize performance. more development of big IP. better pay/benes. new office

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Decent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Aeria Games full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work to get into the gaming industry

    Cons

    Hard to move up

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good & Bad :3

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mobile Game Designer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Mobile Game Designer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Aeria Games full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    People are fun and work hard!
    It's really cool to tell people you worked on an X-Men game & that you get to interact with Marvel.
    Flexible work hours and free bagels/donuts/fruit/beer on certain days.
    The work you do directly affects the games you work on! You get to see that work in the events which is cool, but can be bad if mistakes were made and not caught.

    Design team is very nice and so is production, they both work incredibly hard and always pull off events!

    Cons

    There is a lot of segregation of 'teams' especially with design and production. This causes a lot of tension and sometimes makes things awkward.

    There aren't enough female employees which makes for a 'boys club' atmosphere.
    I ran into some sexism while working here, but unfortunately that can happen anywhere.

    Biggest con!! I saw the biggest cockroach ever in the kitchen, so nasty!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let the teams 'go to bed angry.' Make a very strong effort to force collaboration/compromise between design and production before it's too late.

    Get rid of the cockroaches!!!!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great people, interesting work, bottom-tier pay

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Localization Editor in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Localization Editor in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Aeria Games full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I worked at Aeria games for over 5 years and witnessed their growth from a scrappy startup to a worldwide contender in the free-to-play gaming market. Perhaps the main reason I stayed as long as I did is because I thought the work was interesting and worthwhile, and because of the good relationships I had with my coworkers. Both of these aspects are strong selling points for me, and likely for the majority of people working at Aeria. It's also enjoyable to see one's work have a direct impact on the success of a product. The company offers insurance plans too, which is nice.

    Cons

    The most significant downside of working at Aeria is certainly the pay rate. It's not only below the industry standard for most positions, it's a wage completely at odds with the cost of living in the area. Sick days are limited to 5 paid days off per year, and non-salaried employees don't get any paid vacation time (you can TAKE vacation time...you just won't be compensated for it). There's also a lot of ambiguity as to what direction the company wants to take, and how it plans to get there. At the moment, mobile gaming is the hot thing, but there doesn't seem to be much of a path on how to make that consistently profitable, and most of the offerings there are low-interactivity card battle games, more of which have proven misses than hits. Finally, I feel that too often, the company has put fast profits above the longevity and health of their games, and as a result has engendered much ire from the communities of many of the games for what could (many times rightly) be seen as burning the games at both ends and leading to an unhealthy in-game economy and, ultimately, the game closing sooner when it's no longer profitable. Managed, well, an MMO can survive and be profitable for years. However, a shortsighted profit-at-all-costs mentality burns through solid games faster than equal-quality replacements can be found and published. That's been a pretty consistent thing, especially in the last several years at the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to actually pay employees wages commensurate with Silicon Valley's cost of living, or they'll never be able to retain top talent - much of which has gone on to more successful and certainly more lucrative careers at other companies. Not investing in the people most likely to help you be successful sends the message that you don't reward loyalty and effort, and sends the message to employees that the company is just a step ladder to be used to reach higher ground. Both the employees and the company deserve better than that.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Underrated

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Glassdoor labels "3 star" as neutral, and "4 star" as satisfactory. My experience with the Mobile department, is certainly satisfactory and not a bland feeling of neutral. It is easier to criticize than to praise. Many negative reviews are likely a result of a cancerous branch of the company that has since been cut off.

    -Influence: Many players in the gaming industry work with and/or have roots with those that had their starts here. Overall "stereotype" of the Aeria name can be seen as neutral, however.
    -People: Yes, there are shining individuals that are an absolute joy to work with. There IS solid talent here. There is MUCH to be learned, especially if you choose to associate yourself with the right people.
    -Work/Life Balance is solid.

    Overall: Great for those interested in getting their foot in the door of the gaming industry. The people you work with here, make or break your experience.

    Cons

    -Management (Upper and Middle): Common complaints include, lacks vision, indecisive, unable to recognize talent, poor judgement, inability to recognize unnecessary components of processes and/or content, unable to effectively align all teams toward a common goal
    -People: Despite the presence of talent, they are unfortunately sprinkled amongst a pot of inexperience, non-professionalism, resentment, and even delusion
    -Benefits/Compensation: As everyone says, needs improvement.
    -Workflow: Cluttered, inefficient, unorganized. Poor judgement often replaces sound logical reasoning and data analysis. Those who are loud, somehow obtain more weight in the decision-making.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Align your workers.
    Tear down silos.
    Recognize talent (especially when they are not loud) aka those who are loud, should not pull more of your ear.
    Hire new talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good Place to learn

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

    I have been working at Aeria Games as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to work and learn basics of the business
    Managers and coworkers are great, everyone there is very helpful

    Cons

    Low pay comparing it with other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more!!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Mobile QA Tester

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mobile QA in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Mobile QA in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Aeria Games as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fun place to work, friendly team, good communication between management.

    Cons

    Aeria Games (New name "Play Next") isn't the place with top pay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cut throat, two faced, and heartless.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Support in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Support in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Aeria Games full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A handful of the employees were cool. There were a lot of highly talented people working there. Great place to learn a lot of skill sets.

    Cons

    The management did everything in their power to make sure that the game masters, localizers, and billing representatives did not move up or moved up as slowly as possible. The Customer Service Representative manager was sexist, would change the rules on the fly, and would pit employees against each other. The executives were a boy's club that cared very little for video games and just cared about the bottom line. The employees did not end up trusting each other because it was easier to move up by throwing someone else under the bus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen, empathize, and pay people what they deserve.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aeria Games full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly, and good work environment

    Cons

    low pay and compensation for the work done

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good atmosphere, and friendly people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Engineer
    Current Employee - QA Engineer

    I have been working at Aeria Games as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    There are very friendly, and easy-going people. They are responsive, and are always willing to help. The whole atmosphere is engaging.

    Cons

    The compensation is quite low. No food, even snacks has to be paid for.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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