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A dynamic place, with all that entails

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

I have been working at RockYou full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

The company is an interesting place to work. The pay is good, and the hours are good. If you carve out a niche you can stay there for a while, and there is a good chance for upward movement.

Cons

There is constant change, pivots, etc. It is nominally a technology company, but it is run as a sales company that happens to be in the tech space.

Advice to Management

Focus! Also, get some technical people in upper management.

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  1. It was a good company when it was small

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at RockYou full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    It was a fun place to work at when it was small and focused. There were couple of smart people whom I enjoyed working with. Also had the opportunity to work on social applications before anybody knew what social was.

    Cons

    They did a horrible job figuring out monetization and lacked focus about the direction of the company. Ad network and app side was almost two different companies. Missed the opportunity to get into social games early on. Couldn't pivot to be a gaming company later.

    Advice to Management

    Leave. Shut the doors.

  2. Helpful (2)

    Company had enormous potential and frittered it all away

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at RockYou full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers who are passionate about making good products and very talented at what they do. While they were in Redwood City, the office was fun, well-stocked with snacks and other goodies, and made decent attempts at building a culture and personality.

    Cons

    Serious mismanagement by the executives led to massive layoffs for two consecutive years and several large, high-profile, but ultimately cancelled projects. Furthermore, within a year, RockYou went from being a mostly flat company, with only as much upper- and middle-management that it really needed to keep projects running efficiently, to a company that was almost taller than it was wide. The introduction of many unnecessary layers of middle- and upper-management to oversee projects and teams that ultimately were cancelled or went nowhere unnecessarily bloated a company that had been running fairly efficiently, if not a bit lean.

    In short, RockYou's executives and upper management have shown a very serious disconnect from the people who are actually working on and making products in the past. The lack of a strong technical leadership during a vital period of growth led to the departure of a lot of strong engineering talent that were discouraged by the lack of support and understanding they were receiving from the upper management.

    Career progress is virtually nonexistent unless you're willing to play the political game, which - in a company of its size - is pretty ridiculous.

    Advice to Management

    Really listen to the people working on your products and consider where their concerns are coming from. Put into place a formal framework for career advancement and a rigorous feedback and review system for employee performance. Do not posture; be honest with your employees. Realize that making a show of morale boosting events is not the same as actually boosting morale, and figure out how you can actually make people feel positive about their work environment.

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