Aeria Games

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Good Learning Experience

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Management in Santa Clarita, CA
Former Employee - Management in Santa Clarita, CA

I worked at Aeria Games

Pros

-Good to use as a stepping stone to get experience either in gaming or at a start-up.
-You learn quickly how to work in ambiguous conditions and this will prepare your for success elsewhere.
-Casual dress code (ALWAYS a plus!!)
-If you are not a morning person, you have the flexibility to work a later shift.

Cons

-Not the kind of place many would call "home" in terms of a longevity.
-While Management feels they could compete with the other top companies in Silicon Valley for strong candidates, their low salary structure makes it difficult.
- If the game you are working on fails or you are not successful because of challenges outside of your control, you are guaranteed to be on your way out, either voluntarily or involuntarily.
-Very hard to reason with management once they form an opinion or make up their minds.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Listen to what your employees say....they actually want to help you be successful.
- Reevaluate your comp plans
- Be flexible and compassionate in your leadership style.

Doesn't Recommend

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    A fun place to work, just don't expect to be paid or promoted.

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    • Senior Management
    • 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

    Pros

    Aeria Games has a very open and fun atmosphere. The company is full of some very talented and competent people. You regularly see employees smiling and talking with each other. Many people stay after hours and play games together. The environment is the best reason to work here.

    Cons

    Everything at the company is evaluated based on the amount of money a particular game makes. If you get assigned to an aging game, you have almost no hope of a promotion or a raise. Employees are not evaluated or paid based on their effort or success and turnover is very high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Change the bonus structure - GMs should not be denied bonuses because they work on an old game.
    2) Have a standard method of evaluating and promoting talent - there is no pattern to promotions and there is a lot of suspicion around people who manage to get promoted.

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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    For entry-level and industry experience only.

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

    I worked at Aeria Games

    Pros

    Aeria Games is great if you're just out of college and looking to get into the Gaming Industry. Most companies won't hire you if you have absolutely no work experience with MMOs, but Aeria Games will give you the benefit of the doubt IF you prove you're competent in the interview. The employees and community base is generally the ONLY reason why many people stay at this company. Your coworkers are awesome and fun, and the communities truly cherish you as a moderator for their gaming addictions.

    Cons

    It is very, very, very difficult to promote at this company. They expect you to take on duties and responsibilities that are well-beyond your title and pay grade with claims that it's a part of your promotion plan. What that usually means is that you're going to work your butt off and be paid far below what you should.

    I also found that recognition for incredible work, hard work, and even massive sales goals rarely happen, and when they do its months later. I think a lot of the Game Masters are forgotten and it leads to a general decrease in motivation to work and productivity. But instead of addressing the issue by taking a look at what they're doing, they throw a bandaid over it. I find that they're promoting certain individuals more for the "hoosier-effect" than for actual management ability. I don't think making every lead GM read a book on leadership is the best way to make good leaders. If you need your Lead Game Masters to read books on management and leadership, then clearly they didn't get placed in the role with the right mindset or qualifications to start with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spot your best game masters early to ensure that they stay at Aeria Games. Make sure to have written, set promotion plans in place within a few months of employment so that they know they're not forgotten. Recognize which ones have the potential for amazing management ability. They're brand new to the corporate environment and you might be losing out on people who will go on to other companies and do amazing things there instead of at Aeria Games.

    Don't wait too long to promote people. People who feel that upward movement isn't likely to happen will look for better possibilities with the industry knowledge and inside information you have given them.

    You should also consider staring the pay at a grade that is a dollar, maybe two more than what it is currently at for GM level 1 to compete with your competitors, who are hiring as many GMs as you are and are offering a much better compensation package. That way, you're not only getting 'what's left' but real talent.

    In essence, retention, retention, retention.

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