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Cute art on the walls, low pay, lots of work, incompetent managers.

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

I have been working at PopCap Games

Pros

The Workforce and Culture department does a good job at making employees to feel good about being at PopCap with free Naked juice, some free food, activities, games rooms, gym, etc.

Cons

Lots of nepotism, incompetent managers, and low pay for working employees. Credit for work done is often given to the wrong people based on their connections to upper management, not based on who got things done. So-called "profit sharing" is really "arbitrary forecast beating." The more profitable the company gets, the smaller the profit sharing has been for employees. The company is at a stage where lots of middle managers with no relevant skills are being hired. It is becoming very top heavy. There is little incentive to work at PopCap after it was sold to Electronic Arts, as the pay is as low as before, the "profit sharing" is very low to non-existent, there are no more stock options, and there is a mad dash to earn the founders their over-ambitious EA earnout targets, which means burn-out work loads over the next three years.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Given the low pay and other stunts you pull on your employees, you may want to show them that you value their commitment to the company by providing a fair working environment where credit is given where it is due, and where incompetent manager parasites are let go, no matter whose friends they are. The kool-aid is wearing thin.

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    heck, what a gret place to work at

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PopCap Games

    Pros

    great benefits, cool work. smart people, and truly caring

    Cons

    work life balance was quite tough, but it's a well known issue in the game industry. casual games market does not changed it much

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    Was Once Great

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    Former Employee - Senior Producer in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Senior Producer in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    super smart, super civilised people. Lots of money and time. Great atmosphere and very generous fringe benefits and working conditions. Great games, very hard working and conscientious employees and a very spacious, well supported office environment

    Cons

    Alas EA bought them, which led to a short term focus on earnout and the loss of what made Popcap so great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    never, ever, sell a controlling stake in your company if you wish to retain what you once had and continue to be a success. Your company is only as good as the people you employ.

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