WildTangent

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Great start-up feel company.

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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

I have been working at WildTangent full-time (more than a year)

Pros

Fun culture, surrounded by video games, free parking, great healthcare benefits, great people. You feel like you're in a smaller company, but have the resources of a bigger company, which is nice.

Cons

Sometimes you have to work quite a bit on the weekends and at night, and the commute can get old after a while since it's all the way out in Redmond.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great little company but can one be promoted from within?

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Redmond, WA

    I worked at WildTangent full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome coworkers, free soda, twice yearly company parties, free games, gym access, GREAT benefits, laid-back atmosphere, plenty of diverse project opportunities, small enough that you can be known and shine for your work, free parking, management listens and cares, company sponsors charity events, funds continuing education, and employee morale incentives are given each month (gift cards/food). Almost a dream place to work!

    Cons

    Raises done on a yearly cycle for all employees. If you don't start before Jan. 1 that year then you must wait until the following year for an increase. This means in some cases you wait almost 1.5 years before a raise!

    Furthermore, raises done on unknown/obscure mathematical equation that effectively means less than a .25 cent raise for those in customer support each year. This is why the "Compensation and Benefits" score is low. The benefits are great but the compensation is not.

    While plenty of project work is offered and the company claims to promote from within, a divide seems to exist between those upstairs and those in customer support. Employees who have done work for the company above and beyond their job description are not usually compensated monetarily for it and, when a position in the project area opens up, CS employees have not lately been considered or even interviewed. While historically they have promoted from within, that policy appears to have changed in the last year or so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Since customer support is on a much lower pay scale than the rest of the company it would make better sense to offer a different raise schedule. Perhaps a raise at 6 months, then a year, then a larger raise at the year mark and every year following. This would encourage continued loyalty among trained workers, improve morale, and reduce the high costs of quicker turnover.

    Also, HR would do well to either schedule a short interview for employees applying for positions from within or at least meet with the employee to discuss why they were not accepted for an interview and what they may do to be interviewed in the future. Lack of even an email response to a job application from within the company is inexcusable when there are fewer than 200 employees.

    Finally, if project work in the open position area within the company that is performed by customer support is not enough to garner an interview, please either: 1) inform employees what may also be done to increase their chances to get promoted in the future, or 2) don't dump the extra work on us. Employees would rise to the standards needed if those standards were simply voiced. But if that is not the m.o. and a chance for promotion into those other departments is non existent, we would better spend our time improving our own department rather than "filling the gaps" for those upstairs.

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dynamic fast-paced environment for self-starters... not a place for slackers

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Developer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Developer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at WildTangent

    Pros

    Small enough so that individuals stand out, yet large enough to be financially stable and have the basics like an HR department, IT department, etc. Fairly fast-paced environment lead by charismatic and outspoken CEO. Very open environment where you can speak your mind, contribute, and make impact.

    Cons

    The downside of being medium sized is that there isn't a lot of redundancy in resources. Gotta get more done with less so it can feel like you're always playing catch-up. It's never boring though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the machine well-oiled: point everyone in the same direction (lead), ensure priorities are matched across teams (communicate), keep your ears open (listen & respond)

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