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Great people, great games, great views!

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Playfirst

Recommends
Recommends

Pros

- I enjoy working with the people in the office - the work environment is open and friendly - while there are exceptions from time to time, compared to other places, there is a lot of respect shown amongst employees and between employees and management - great communication - regular company meetings, emails, etc. so you know what's going on - fun company activities - Making Games - Great views over the bay

Cons

- games industry is changing really fast and the company has had to do a lot of shifting over the past couple of years - this can be hard, but also invigorating to know we're not just sticking our heads in the sand - did I mention lots of change?

Advice to Management

Communicate even more - with all the change, it's helpful to understand "why". More creativity - sometimes we get too heads down working on projects, and we need to remember we're making GAMES! Fun! Creativity!

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  1. Top industry employees, challenging work, close-knit bunch of great people

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Playfirst full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    *Everyone is extremely good at their jobs and willing to go above and beyond at all times. *Managers are honest and helpful, not cutthroat or robotic. *The teamwork is supportive and fun, everyone is in it together rather than competitive. *PF takes care of employees in any way they can, definitely prioritized over anything else. *Company learns as they go, experts in some things, growing in other areas. Lots of room for personal impact on company's success. *Your career will be on a fast track here, high chance of many promotions.

    Cons

    *Hard work, will lose sleep during crunch time, typical for industry. *Roles and duties change, sometimes no choice. *Things are always unknown when acquired by another company, especially Glu Mobile. *Occasionally there are unreasonable expectations for workload, though it is often worked out as everyone learns what works.

    Advice to Management

    *Check in with employees more often about personal stress levels to make sure people aren't being overworked, and perhaps things can be distributed more equally on and off. *Could use more employees at all times. *Unfair that Art Team can work from home more often than other employees, though everyone understands that is up to managers of teams. Would be nice if departments felt like they had more equal treatment across the company. *Be more sympathetic during delivery of difficult news, and don't let Glu mobile ever deliver it.


  2. Nice people, but a revolving door

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Playfirst full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, friendly atmosphere. Lots of talent and capable employees.

    Cons

    Management was insecure, indecisive. Meetings take the place of actual decision making - what's said in one meeting is quickly nulled in the next. Lots of work wasted due to poor communication; producers, engineers, and artists are hamstrung by constant pivots. Attention is paid more to market fluctuation than faith in the product, and the games suffer because of this. Original ideas are lost to insecurity. Empty promises followed by layoffs. A tendency to give people high ranking titles without the roles to actually utilize those ranks. Almost everyone under executive level is a lead or director, without the authority behind the title. It's almost as if the titles are there to make people feel good, but it ultimately leads to a lack of a focused pipeline. There is no real hierarchy or chain of command.

    Advice to Management

    Have faith in what you make, and the people that make it. And good lord, make new things! Get out from under the shadow of Dash.


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