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2 people found this helpful  

Nice people that are a pleasure to work with

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

I worked at Playfirst full-time

Pros

The staff are genuinely nice people and great to work with. They are also smart and talented. There is free food such as daily breakfast, rotating snacks and non-alcoholic beverages. Some play Rock Band in the game room after work. Though alcohol is no longer provided for free like most start-ups, it can be brought in for some after work fun after a hard day or to celebrate a milestone.

There is a lot of collaboration going on, sometimes too much. But let's leave that as a pro.

Cons

As much as they claim there is none, there is plenty of politics among the upper levels. Beware of backstabbers and people who pretend to be hard asses but can't stand up for their own team. There is no politics if you agree with everything the leaders say. If you don't, just be careful, or be a critical part of the team because if you're not, you'll be readily replaced. There is a reason why most of the staff has been at the company for less than a year and a half.

There is a lot of reactive instead of pro-active decision making. Often decisions are made with little data (from a very short time frame) which impact the teams who have to scramble to accommodate these "emergencies". Deadlines are also tight and are determined by the business people, not the ones who do the actual work so be prepared to work long hours if you're on a production team.

There is also decision making by committee in some departments. Those departments suffer from leaders who cannot make a decision without approval from external departments, often ignoring their own team when it comes down to the final stretch.

Finger pointing happens - if something goes terribly wrong, be prepared to have emails, IMs and other items on hand to prove you were doing your job. Some leaders will blame other teams for things going wrong or will have unrealistic expectations that result in consequences that they can't take responsibility for.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Collaboration is good but at the end of the day, make your own decision instead of getting universal approval. Plan ahead and stop reacting to every little blip on the radar. Listen to your teams, don't force your agenda on them and expect perfection.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Smoke and Mirrors

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

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

    Pros

    - Location
    - Nice food perks, such as free snacks
    - Benefits
    - The Few good people left who haven't been terminated and are trying to make good games.

    Cons

    - Unqualified "executives" who are poor people managers, lack integrity and are more concerned with protecting themselves than with providing a positive work environment (such that employees do not feel empowered nor are they recognized for all the sacrifices they have made for the company).

    - All reviews processes have been removed and so you are just left scratching your head as to if you're working towards anything ever and if there is any improvements it might be too late.

    - Irrational decision making - see advice

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you disagree with someones opinion or ideas try figure out a solution instead of terminating them so you can sweep it under the rug. Don't let VPs bully their own team members and throw them under the bus.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people, dysfunctional leadership

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Orinda, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Orinda, CA

    I have been working at Playfirst

    Pros

    Great people, casual environment, good benefits.

    Cons

    Leadership is constantly changing and as it does, so does your role in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate better with your people.

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