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This Company is nothing more than a Money-Greedy Zynga Clone

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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 Storm8 full-time for more than a year

Pros

- Friendly artists, designers, and producers.

- Chance to make you own title once every 6 months during the company's "Hackathon" event.

- Free lunches & dinners every Monday thru Friday (10 meals a week), including vegetarian options at each meal.

- A few special interest groups for dog lovers, Starcraft players, beer connoisseurs, assuming your workload allows you time to enjoy these things.

Cons

- The games Storm8 makes are all clones of titles Zynga or Popcap make that are proven to be profitable. Up until now, Storm8 is not willing to take a risk on coming up with an innovative game.

- Some of the Hackathon game ideas employees make are wonderful, but upper management refuses to use any of them because they only care about things that make money and never want to task risks.

- As a software engineer, once you are assigned to a group at the 2-month point, you are stuck in that group and can never transfer.

- Some of the decisions team leads and managers make are short-sighted, resulting in a lack of communication between different teams, and prohibitively more time to market than needed.

- Every team is being pushed so hard that unless you are THEIR manager, your ideas get ignored, no matter how helpful they are.

- The company has more than doubled from the point when I started until the point when I finished at the company, but the average workload per person has quadrupled. This is because management thinks that twice the number of people, including engineers, allows them to crank out eight times the number of new games or updates to existing games, but the math clearly doesn't add up. This results in a diminishing work & life balance per employee.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Take RISKS, take RISKS, take RISKS. I would absolutely KILL to see Storm8 try for a game that's not some stupid clone of something someone else already made!!! Sometimes you gotta take risks to make the big profits, otherwise, if you're just making Zynga-clones, you're doomed to suffer a similar fate as Zynga.

- Listen to your employees' ideas! You can start with some of the cool stuff people came up with at your OWN company's Hackathon event!!!

- Encourage more idea-sharing between the different groups. This can also help reduce some of the redundancy as the company grows.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook

23 Other Employee Reviews for Storm8 (View Most Recent)

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  1.  

    Great perks, weak development strategy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Storm8 full-time

    Pros

    The work life balance is really great. Flex hours are truly flexible, and there is rarely any crunch. Lots of perks, like meals and events. Lots of talented people on staff.

    Cons

    Product Managers and Executives have little to no game experience, so the company's primary strategy is to company games that have already proven successful. No drive towards innovation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire product leads who actually know how games work.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Awesome culture!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Storm8 full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The people we get to work with everyday are incredibly talented and the culture that has been created is one of the best I've ever worked in.

    Cons

    The company is growing at a very fast rate so things get a little crazy around here. But we're a start-up so it's to be expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work and continue growing this company!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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