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  1.  

    Many Pro's and Cons

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent colleges and work environment, I enjoyed most of my 2.5 years there with the exception of the final few months.

    I progressed well covering many positions in my time there and don't regret my overall experience and managed to work on some great IPs

    Cons

    Execs balldoze into a project, turn it upside down and when thepoo hits the fan they are no where to be seen

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose the dead weight

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Weak studio leadership

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Producer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Bigpoint full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good products and licenses, every employee empowered to contribute

    Cons

    Not all employees should contribute, studio leadership unable to provide concrete guidance to development teams, existing company expertise withheld

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Roll up US studio into successful European parent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bigpoint Doesn't Get the Point

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

    I worked at Bigpoint full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    - Good salary compensation
    - Friendly colleagues
    - Snacks and drinks provided for free
    - Good distribution and partner network
    - Good business development unit

    Cons

    - Upper management does not understand game development
    - Upper management that does not meet the qualifications needed for a successful studio
    - Severely understaffed teams on games they wish to be AAA-quality
    - Teams lacked specific skillsets needed to ensure success
    - No mechanisms for ensuring repeat successes (no reuse of core technology, best practices, publishing requirements, etc)
    - Heavy marketing push for games that barely meet Minimal Viable Product status and then wonder why more people aren't converting to the game
    - Extremely high turnover rate
    - Producers are the single point of failure for a game; there is no one keeping tabs on their decisions nor anyone there to provide any veto and/or mentorship
    - Not willing to adapt to the behaviors of different markets even when trying to push in to those markets
    - Horrible tools support
    - No career advancement opportunities
    - Revenue generators are valued significantly more than game play features or bug fixing
    - Lack of discipline leadership and mentorship
    - Outside of base salary, benefits were seriously lacking
    - There was absolutely no company or studio goals or visions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your first responsibility is to protect your employees. Your second responsibility is to provide education and mentorship to those under you. Your third responsibility is to ensure your teams have whatever they need to deliver good games. None of these things were done in the San Francisco office.

    You can be a successful game developer, but you need to completely understand what is required to reach that success. Success should not be solely measured in revenue generated but in the retention of your players and the satisfaction of your developers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Very talented people doing great things in spite of management

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

    I worked at Bigpoint full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    On the development level, some of the best people I've ever worked with anywhere. It's hard to describe the passion, intelligence, and talent of the people I worked with here at Bigpoint San Francisco. Work/life balance is actually quite important here. I've built a lot of fond memories at Bigpoint.

    Cons

    Very hard to convince European managers how Americans view gaming differently (especially in the F2P space). Upper management are not from the games industry and have very different views on how the games should be built. Benefits are sparse and frankly not competitive to other similar studios in the region (leading to a constant churn issue where top talent is consistently sniped by other studios both in the Bay and across the country).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Many possibilities to progress and learn new things - but success is highly dependent on who your direct superior is.

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

    I have been working at Bigpoint full-time

    Pros

    Fast-paced and flexible, basically you can choose to take on as many responsibilities as you want, and learn a lot about all aspects of the industry.

    Cons

    Many of your colleagues will take on as few responsibilities as possible, making for a very frustrating work environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve communication and clean house!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Good School

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Bigpoint as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    You are in the core of the market, where you can learn a lot of things.

    Cons

    You have to press hard to get where you want to be. If you just sit back you get lost due to the eize of the company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Positive

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

    I worked at Bigpoint full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Lot's of interesting people with a vast variety of skill sets to work alongside.
    A huge amount of interesting games to work on. One week you will be animating Pony's the next week, Sea Creatures or a first person shooters. It keeps you on your toes and engaged in the development process.
    The company runs a scrum process which really helps understand everyone's role at the studio. This helps guide the artist through the development process.

    Cons

    Some tight schedules, however this is the norm in the industry.
    The studio runs a few tutorial classes, it would be better if they increased the amount of classes and invested a little more time into this area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep going, I think the plan to get amazon on board is a positive move.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    An amazing place

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

    I have been working at Bigpoint

    Pros

    Start-up culture, backed by a hugely successful, global company.

    Cons

    Communication between groups on different continents can be challenging - must be flexible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Our CEO and Founder is one of a kind...the kind of guy you want to work for, forever.

    Recommends
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Keine Ahnung, wie man ein Unternehmen führt No idea how to run a business

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Game Designer in Hamburg (Germany)
    Current Employee - Senior Game Designer in Hamburg (Germany)

    I have been working at Bigpoint full-time (more than a year)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Bier-Donnerstage sind sehr angenehm - Freibier und Geselligkeit mit Kollegen

    Kostenloses Obst einmal pro Woche, wenn Sie schnell genug sind, es zu erwischen

    Großartige Work/Life-Balance

    Beer Thursdays are very pleasant - free beer and socializing with coworkers
    Free fruit once a week if you're fast enough to snag it
    Great work/life balance

    Cons

    Warnung: Diese Firma hält routinemäßig hinfällige Stellenangebote aufrecht, die veraltet sind oder die Position wurde abgesagt, um wettbewerbsfähiger auszusehen!

    Management ändert die Richtung für das Unternehmen alle paar Monate

    Allzu offensichtliche Vetternwirtschaft in den leitenden Rängen

    CEO ist entschlossen, alles zu dezentralisieren, indem er die Spiel-Teams autonomer macht; das ist nicht alles schlecht, aber der Verlust der Unterstützung der Zentralabteilung (UX oder UI, zum Beispiel) zerstört eine Menge der Vorteile eines Großunternehmens (Erfahrungsaustausch usw.)

    Bezahlung ist nicht wettbewerbsfähig in der Branche

    Aufstiegsmöglichkeiten ist selten unter dem Rang von Leiter

    Weitere Vorteile werden verbessert, aber sind nicht annähernd wie die in vergleichbaren Unternehmen

    Geringes Vertrauen in das Management

    Schlechte Stimmung in der Belegschaft

    Sehr wenig Ausbildung oder Weiterbildung

    Wenig bis keine Firmenkultur und/oder -werte

    Wenig oder keine Unterstützung bei Umzügen

    Keine anständige Aufnahme, was vor allem Nicht-Deutschsprachigen und internationalen Mitarbeitern weh tut

    Warning: this company routinely keeps obsolete job postings up long past the time they're obsolete or the position has been cancelled, so as to look more competitive!

    Management changes direction for the company every few months
    Blatant nepotism in the managerial ranks
    CEO is determined to decentralize everything, making game teams autonomous; that's not all bad, but losing central department support (UX or UI, for example) negates a lot of the advantages of *being* a large company (sharing experience etc)
    Pay is not industry competitive
    Upward mobility is rare below the rank of Lead
    Other benefits are improving, but are nowhere near the level of those offered at similarly sized companies
    Low confidence in management
    Low employee morale
    Very little training or Weiterbildung
    Little to no company culture and/or values
    Little to no relocation assistance
    No decent onboarding, which especially hurts non-German-speakers and international employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reaktion auf veränderte Märkte ist schön und gut, aber früher oder später sollten Sie eine Richtung wählen und versuchen, damit für mindestens ein Jahr zu arbeiten! Und wenn Sie etwas wählen - wie in Mobile-Spiele zu gehen - dann unterstützen Sie es! Ein paar hochkarätige Mitarbeiter einzustellen und dann sofort ihre Berufsbezeichnungen, Aufgaben, Projekte und Teams zu ändern oder zu entfernen, hilft keinem.Wenn Sie ein Prototyping-Team schaffen, sollen die sagen, wo es lang geht

    Wenn Sie nicht mindesten die Industriestandards bezahlen, müssen Sie andere Vorteile bieten.

    Suchen Sie aktuelle Rückmeldungen aus allen Ebenen des Unternehmens, nicht nur von den Leitern.

    Responding to changing markets is all very well, but sooner or later, pick a direction and try sticking with it for at least a year! And if you're going to choose something - like getting into mobile games - then actually support it! Hiring a couple high-profile people and then instantly changing or removing their job titles, responsibilities, projects, and teams does no one any favors. If you're going to create a prototyping team, let them tell you what
    If you're not going to pay at or above industry standards, you need to offer other benefits.
    Seek out actual feedback from all levels of the company, not just directors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Seltsam und seltsamer Strange and Stranger

    Former Intern - Coffee Boy in Hamburg (Germany)
    Former Intern - Coffee Boy in Hamburg (Germany)

    I worked at Bigpoint as an intern (less than a year)

    (Translated from English)

    Pros

    Sehr nette Leute und wundervolle Pflanzen!!!!!!

    Very nice people and wonderful plants!!!!!!!!!

    Cons

    Seltsamer Geruch in der Luft.

    Strange smell in the air

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reinigen Sie die Luft.

    Clean the air

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