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Good company. They seem to want to make good games.

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Former Employee - Senior Game Designer  in  San Mateo, CA
Former Employee - Senior Game Designer in San Mateo, CA

I worked at Gazillion Entertainment full-time for more than a year

Pros

The company backs their products to give them as much a chance at success as possible.

Cons

They reneged on multiple parts of their benefits package, including 401k's and full coverage for medical.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    It was a fun place to work, they treated me well enough, but the game I was working on got canned.

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    Former Employee - Designer  in  San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Designer in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Gazillion Entertainment full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere, nice offices, good location for commuters (in general).

    Cons

    At the time Gazillion was overambitious without the required experience to really make a AAA MMOG. So, after a long project, the one that the company was founded on, most people were let go. I can't speak to what was happened recently, and the management of the company has change greatly since I worked there (end of 2009).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Aggressively pursue the right people before starting a project in earnest. Keep any project in incubator mode until the vision for the game is solidified both technically and creatively. Keep the team as small as possible through preproduction because is a lot less expensive over time than ballooning up to a large team that doesn't really know what they are doing or are supposed to do. Don't reboot an entire project multiple times. Either cancel it early or take one design vision to its inevitable conclusion.

    Or, in other words, learn from the mistakes made on Project Redwood, which hopefully you already have.

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  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    The most frustrating professional work experience of my life.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Gazillion Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    There were (and continue to be) a number of quality people working there
    Generally hard-working and dedicated employees
    Casual atmosphere
    Marvel license

    Cons

    Executive management is weak and ineffective
    There is a complete lack of transparency between executive team and rest of staff
    Company leaders speak with more authority than they have
    Company culture is pretty sterile
    Legal and HR inexplicably command more power than is healthy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your staff
    Communicate with your staff
    Provide career growth and learning options

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