Pocket Gems

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Fun, collaborative environment but extremely motivated staff with a passion for quality games shipped quickly.

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Current Employee - Product  in  San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Product in San Francisco, CA

Pros

- Very collaborative, feels like a shared mission of being the leader in mobile entertainment
- Free food, great office, casual feel
- Extremely talented people who work hard and are motivated
- Make fun, cool games in a fast moving and growing space

Cons

- Growing pains of changing from 10 to 150 people in less than 1.5 years is still felt
- Paying down technical debt from moving quickly

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exceptional group of extremely focused individuals achieving great success and growth together

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    * Great team. The company is essentially building the best team in mobile and solving some of the toughest challenges, pushing what's technically possible on mobile devices through it's games
    * Focus on innovation. It already has a dominant position in the casual gaming market with a lot of blockbuster genre defining hits, and with its strong focus on innovation it's poised well to build on this lead where most of the competitors in the space are busy copying and making cheap reskins
    * Opportunity to grow/learn. As is natural with a company that's growing so quickly ( in terms of revenue, business, # of products, employees etc. ) there are ample opportunities for individual growth and learning as well

    Cons

    * Less focus on pure research. As can be expected at a company of it's size, there are enough high priority challenges to be solved in the short term that you get few opportunities to work on less defined open ended problems.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Awesome people, supportive culture

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

    Pros

    Pocket Gems loves hiring people with unrealized potential. Probably because of that, the culture is extremely collaborative, with a focus on crowdsourcing ideas and mentoring individuals. Many of the recent hires are new college grads, and the more experienced "gemmers" are committed to making these new employees successful.

    Innovation has always been a priority for the company, as opposed to doing fast-follows or reskins. While Pocket Gems' most successful games are in the same "social gaming simulation" genre, they aggressively explore risky new themes and new mechanics. In addition, the company has begun exploring new genres in recent months.

    Cons

    It can be intimidating to be surrounded by people who are smarter than you. No one is slacking off here. Fortunately, everyone is humble and committed to seeing the best ideas win out in the end.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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