NaturalMotion

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Beware. successful company - bad habits.

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Former Employee - 3D Artist in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - 3D Artist in San Francisco, CA

I worked at NaturalMotion as a contractor (less than an year)

Pros

good tech and mid ware development back at the Headquarters in England. Seems like the studio over there is put together very well. Very success oriented.

I was able from home.

Cons

did contract work for the San Francisco branch. management was pretty neglectful.

I was able to work from home but this had an adverse effect when it came time to communicate.

Delays on feedback. poor feedback and communication. VERY slow to pay, taking over a month to finally deliver their half of the bargain.
long periods of downtime within a contract leading to depreciation in value of the agreed on rates.

Unprofessional and too much of an inconvenience to work for.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Take your jobs seriously. take a page out of the UK branch.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Figuring out their role in the mobile market

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

    I worked at NaturalMotion full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    *great people; the hiring process is VERY tough- very high standards in the talent they bring on
    *use of proprietary technology to use in mobile games
    *innovation is encouraged

    Cons

    *disorganized
    *no sense of company culture in the SF studio
    *seem to have a lack of directive in the company's overall mission when it comes to their mobile games in preproduction
    *breakdown in communication between Oxford headquarters and SF studio
    *very small (game) studio here stateside; projects are not given the manpower or resources they need, and the hiring process/ HR is very understaffed as they are split between UK and US needs.
    *minimal benefits (studio is so small, health and dental/vision options are very limited)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wish upper management had given the SF studio the resources and manpower it deserved and needed to properly make the games we had been assigned to make. Wish they had 1. had better organization and a solid plan moving forward with their games, and 2. had truly given the SF studio a fighting chance to succeed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great company, great people, great technology

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    Current Employee - Programmer in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Programmer in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at NaturalMotion full-time

    Pros

    On the technology (Morpheme & Euphoria) side of the company, the team has got a lot of very talented people, but no big egos, which is great. People are focussed on steadily making the product better, working together and helping each other out. The working environment is far more sensible in the technology side of NaturalMotion than in the games industry as a whole, yet it remains ambitious. The management (on the tech side) feels like it's there to help get work done (on the whole!).

    Cons

    The main Oxford office is split into two - technology and games. The two sides feel very different and rather disconnected. The focus is normally on the games side, which can be a little disheartening at times. Then we get back to the tech and all is good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As the company has grown and shifted focus, it has gained many more managers (in proportion to people who actually make stuff), layers of management, HR people etc. As a result it has cultivated a corporate sense (especially since the Zynga takeover), and much more of a feeling that people are working for their "masters" rather than each other. It would be good to get some of that back.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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