Machine Zone

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5 people found this helpful  

Great place to grow

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

I have been working at Machine Zone full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

There are a lot of advancement opportunities at Machine Zone as the company is growing. The work is fast paced so you will need to be passionate to keep up and push the boundaries. If you are then you will go a long way.

Machine Zone treats the employees well with compensation, events, social outings, and listening to what you want.

Cons

The only people I have seen leave the company were looking for a relaxed place where you can sit back and code for a few hours and go home. This place demands passion for the work and what we do. But on the plus side, everyone that is working here are talented, passionate, awesome people now.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

As the company grows, try not to let it become like a big company "Feel".

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 9 people found this helpful  

    great ideas, terrible people

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

    I worked at Machine Zone full-time

    Pros

    really interesting game concepts, talented art and design, fun team

    Cons

    founder was really erratic/manic, bordering on unstable. too demanding of team for low comp

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 11 people found this helpful  

    Machine Zone has a lot of ambition but requires complete commitment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Backend Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Backend Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    The game and tech are ambitious and challenging. The people I worked with were knowledgable and competent. The compensation and benefits were excellent. They actually paid the bonuses they promised during the interview. They did at least try to work with me on the work/home balance issues.

    Cons

    The company is centered around people who are completely committed to the success of the company over anything else. Since so many of them spend so much time at work, the company makes efforts to provide small social opportunities daily and large ones reasonably frequently. This is a great environment, if you want to make friends at work and combine your social and professional lives. If you have a preexisting social or family life that is important to you or you just aren't very social, then the environment can feel isolating instead of inviting, like being a stranger in a large family's home.

    They will try to work with you on the work/home balance issues, but the culture is still centered around presence. Management tends to rely on people they can walk up to and have a conversation with; they haven't really embraced chat or teleconferencing. If you cannot be in the office every day when the important decisions are happening, you lose effectiveness very quickly.

    Also, operational and development responsibilities tend to fall in the same role for a component. Pretty much every engineer is effectively on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start to split operational and development responsibilities and rotate people through them so that the same people are not expected to be available 100% of the time.

    Allow space in the culture for people who want a separate social and professional life. Opting out of a social event should not automatically cause "Why aren't you doing...?" questions from everyone.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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