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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

Recommends
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

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 Management

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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  1. Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PopCap Games

    Pros

    Benefits,Culture, social activities and people

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say about the company

  2. Once great, fell on EA's sword

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PopCap Games full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people, the location. The benefits were good, the parties awesome. What was once a fun place to work is now overshadowed with fears of lay offs.

    Cons

    Things were going bad long before EA snapped them up mostly due to the over inflated egos drafted in from other tech sectors. Work life balance is verbally encouraged but is actually frowned upon.

    Advice to Management

    Look to your own ranks for future lay offs.

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