GSN (Game Show Network)

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GSN (Game Show Network) Reviews

Updated September 24, 2014
Updated September 24, 2014
19 Reviews
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19 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at GSN (Game Show Network) as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great team of co-workers.
    They were all friendly and created a positive fun atmosphere.
    A good amount of social events to make work more fun.
    I was given meaningful projects to complete and learned a lot!

    Cons

    As an intern, there was a learning curve and little training.
    Also, some days with nothing to do

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement an intern training program or at least assign mentors to shadow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Not a great experience...

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

    I have been working at GSN (Game Show Network) full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are some really good people working there

    Cons

    lots of restructuring and very top heavy

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Dysfunctional

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

    I have been working at GSN (Game Show Network) full-time

    Pros

    The people are friendly and the job perks aren't bad: free food, booze, & unlimited vacation to mention a few. GSN makes a decent effort to make this a fun and enjoyable work environment.

    Cons

    Constantly shifting priorities, incompetent team managers, outdated technologies, and an old crappy code base make this an engineer's nightmare. The engineering teams ultimately have no say in how the product is developed and bad engineering practices are prevalent. Suggestions to improve the product and code are constantly disregarded by the product team as having no "business value", ultimately leading to terrible and confusing code to work in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give the engineering teams a seat at the table, listen to them and embrace their opinions!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A fun, relaxed, and flexible work environment in the game industry!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GSN (Game Show Network)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, work remotely whenever you like, and unlimited paid vacation.
    The employees are smart and talented; many worked at well known companies before.
    Employees often have some free time to socialize, relax, or play ping pong.
    Generally, everyone is friendly and fun to be around.
    A well-stocked kitchen.
    New projects to work on all the time.
    Tons and tons of team spirit!
    Company/team outings and game nights!

    Cons

    Perks are quite modest in comparison to similar companies in the Bay Area.
    We're not making the most thrilling games out there.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    A great, fun & interesting place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at GSN (Game Show Network) full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very laid back environment no dress code being comfortable and being yourself is encouraged.
    Always new opportunities and projects to get involved with if you want to.
    Kegatron has arcade games and free draft beer for employees!

    Cons

    Lack of upward mobility.
    Not great collaboration across different business lines.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great work/life balance, feels like a mature start-up, but has big company resources and funding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

    I have been working at GSN (Game Show Network) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    1) Benefits - unlimited vacation time, lots of free food, generous holiday schedule
    2) Culture is work hard/play hard, but there is a very manageable amount of pressure. It's a fun work environment.
    3) Industry/space - we're building and marketing games!

    Cons

    1) Good amount of politics
    2) Strategy shifts too frequently
    3) Company does re-organizations 1-2 times/year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You've made excellent decisions about the benefits and culture of the company. Key for moving forward and growing the company is to have a more unified senior leadership team, that is aligned and supportive of one another.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good to Be There, Hard to Stay

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive, Marketing/Programming in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Executive, Marketing/Programming in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at GSN (Game Show Network) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some very good people work here, but at the time I was there it was quite top heavy management wise, which left a bit of a vacuum at the middle-mgmt. level. That said, it is a fun place to be.

    Cons

    Lack of upward mobility within the company. They don't promote from within much, though they do increase workload. That could be good or bad depending on your perspective. I saw it as an opportunity to learn, some would see it as more work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Incentives for people to innovate would be good, as is, there were not any.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Fun job, but...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GSN (Game Show Network) full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pleasant day to day experience. My immediate coworkers and supervisors were personable but professional and the job itself was pretty fun, as far as work goes. The office itself is a nice space, and I didn't have many problems aside what's mentioned under cons.

    Cons

    Corporate nightmare. As with many large employers, they strung along some temp employees without benefits, which in the end made for a stressful work environment.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    GREAT COMPANY!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at GSN (Game Show Network) full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Creative, innovative and fun culture and enviornment, really great team of people that all work together, hard workers, challanging, catered lunches, fun events throughout the year! Really enjoy how open executives are to new ideas and encourage suggestions from employees. They encourage participation, value competition and strive to really listen and understand employees. They value leadership and team spirit and there is a sense of family in this organization.

    Cons

    What comes with a innovative and creative atmosphere? Work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best Gaming Company in SF

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analytics in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Analytics in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at GSN (Game Show Network) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you want to learn the ins and outs of game design, product management, art, analytics, software engineering, or anything else you'd be hard-pressed to find something better.

    The technology is absolutely cutting edge, and management is more than happy to support (monetarily and time-wise) a person's desire to explore new ways to accomplish things. There is no "GSN way" or arrogance here, and you're given freedom to experiment, while being supported if you fail.

    Culture is amazing at GSN, and you'll realize within a few weeks this is waaaaay better than Zynga, EA, Storm8, Kabam, TinyCo, Booyah, Crowdstar, Kixeye, or wherever else someone might also (erroneously) consider.

    Everyone at the company is awesome, top to bottom, in all the departments. Might sound like BS, but seriously, this is a fantastic place to work, and the people are a big reason why. Bring your A game, because GSN doesn't hire dummies. You'll level up just being around the talent they have.

    Compensation is high, company outlook is good, great benefits, tons of fun parties and events. Why would you not want to work here? Seriously, get applying!

    Cons

    Depending on your role, you might have to work a little late on occasion. But this is pretty rare, and nothing crazy. Um.... Nothing else comes to mind. They even have really comfortable chairs.

    Not really much to complain about, the pay is good, the company is good, the people are good. It's even in a convenient location!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on keepin' on, you guys rock.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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