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Current Employee - Language Editor  in  Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Language Editor in Seattle, WA

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

Pros

Values, great co-workers, relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Cons

Company does not pay competitive salaries, promotions are not treated as they should in terms of salary.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Incompetent and unappreciative management

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    Former Employee - Business Intelligence Engineer  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Business Intelligence Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Big Fish Games

    Pros

    Opportunity to wear multiple hats, get broad business & technical exposure. Flat organization, unbuereaucratic business processes.

    Cons

    Wrong people in wrong positions. Constantly re-inventing the wheel on best industry practices. Lack of respect of experienced and motivated employees. Startup culture has given way to corporate politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less top-down micro-management, empower people, respect subject matter experts instead of forcing people to "collaborate" on team's lowest common denominator (weakest link in chain often defines teams' contributions)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    All the challenges of a successful startup, but loads of fun.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Big Fish Games

    Pros

    Working at Big Fish Games has been a great ride. If you are a self-starter, there are many opportunities for personal advancement.

    The people who work for Big Fish are all kids at heart and it shows during the workday (and after hours!). I've enjoyed my time with every coworker I've ever had and have made some great friends over the years.

    As a startup, Big Fish has shown tremendous strategic savvy while navigating the challenging digital gaming waters. Most of their best games are exclusive to Big Fish. The company has grown and continues to grow by leaps and bounds.

    Cons

    There are two major challenges to working at Big Fish. Both are common among successful startups.

    First, engineering resources are stretched to the limit. With so much tech competition in Seattle, Big Fish struggles to land new engineers. This makes it challenging to secure resources for projects not deemed critical. Even the simplest updates to the site can sometimes take weeks or even months.

    Second, with a workforce of less than 500 (and many of them in Customer Support), there aren't a lot of opportunities for career advancement.

    Lastly, if you want to be successful at Big Fish, be prepared to 'play the game' (no pun intended). It is critical that you buddy up to everyone at the Director level or above. Learn the humor (dark and cynical), hone your persona, and get people to like you. It's a very buddy-buddy working environment and you don't want to end up on the outside looking in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the overall level of transparency and get serious about properly implementing analytics, testing, and improving the new user experience.

    Recommends
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