Big Fish Games Reviews in Oakland, CA

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  • great work life balance, fun to be part of the shifting game industry (in 8 reviews)

  • Friendly employees and causal work environment make it a fun place to work (in 7 reviews)

  • However, I found that there was a consistent hiring of C-level employees (in 3 reviews)

  • Salaries offered are below industry average for the game industry (in 3 reviews)

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    Review for Oakland, CA office (Self Aware Games)

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    Current Employee - UI Designer  in  Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - UI Designer in Oakland, CA

    I have been working at Big Fish Games full-time for less than a year


    I can't speak for the Seattle location but here are my thoughts on the Oakland, CA office (Self Aware Games)-

    - Everyone is very intelligent, driven, and very good at what they do
    - A slew of wonderful perks and activities: offsite events, parties, physical therapist, kitchen
    - Versatility in projects (at least in the Art Dept.) get to work on what you are really interested in/want to get exposed to
    - GREAT work/life balance. It's a strong value here and that's very rare in gaming and tech
    - People here know how to work hard and have fun doing it...every day is a total joy!
    - Relaxed environment with very reasonable deadlines
    - Wonderful health benefits


    - Pay can be lower than average (I took a large pay-cut from previous position but it's been 100% worth it)
    - A big disconnect from the Seattle office (our parent company Big Fish Games)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Put more focus on internal development of your people: offer external learning opportunities, unique challenges, and promote a stronger culture of open communication and feedback.

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