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I've been working for PlayFirst for a few years and really enjoying it.

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Playfirst

Pros

The company has some really smart people. Some of the recent hires bring a lot of industry experience. The tech we work on is cutting edge. We've really built up a lot of experience in the mobile sector and are ahead of the current pack of mobile developers in a lot of ways.

Cons

As with others in the industry the going can get tough at times. Some projects are successful, others are not.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep listening to the advice of those in the game pods. Combined they have a huge amount of industry experience. Good management is a combination of listening to others along with decisive decision making.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Change happens on a whim, depending on how management feels that day.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Playfirst full-time

    Pros

    The people that handle the day to day projects are really smart and friendly. There are some extremely talented engineers, artists, designers, product managers, and producers; they just need to be allowed to do their job.

    Cons

    Upper management makes incredibly rash decisions on a whim. It leads to people being fearful for their jobs if they say something that may be out of line that day, depending on what mood management is in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management should trust their employees instead of getting offended when they ask for clarification on decisions. Staff know when you are trying to cover up for low morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not The Place For Exciting Innovations In Mobile Game Design

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Playfirst (more than an year)

    Pros

    - There are still some good/talented people there
    - You'll learn how not to manage a team
    - You'll learn how not to waste your team's time with meetings
    - Basically, you'll learn what not to do

    Cons

    - Executive staff is not interested in making games that are actually fun, interesting, and intuitively designed
    - Monetization strategies are cute/baffling at best
    - "Management" is reactionary and not qualified/fit to critique the mobile games space
    - HR is unprofessional and passive aggressive
    - Company politics is toxic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm sure you all knew what fun, passion, honesty, and creativity meant before you jumped into the games scene right?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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