Gaia Interactive Reviews

Updated March 21, 2015
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  1. Web Developer Intern

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Web Developer in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Gaia Interactive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good team, good company. I really enjoy the 3 months intern working there as a full stack web developer.

    Cons

    Lots of snacks to eat


  2. Helpful (3)

    It was fun but I had to leave because it is no longer a viable company and did not seem like it was going to last.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Gaia Interactive

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are very pleasant. Atmosphere is pleasant aside from common disdain RE: the CEO. Decent perks. Nature of the work was fun.

    Cons

    Management fails to listen to its customers and meet their needs and thus has damaged the company greatly. Everyone is scared about not having a job in a year or two because of the change in management.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that this site was at its most popular in the form of a community-focused site that didn't just see its users as clients to be milked of all their money. Our approach has become annoying to the people who are supposed to be enjoying our site. If they stop enjoying it, they stop visiting it. If they stop visiting it, you lose your revenue.


  3. Gaia was a challenging and changing environment which maintained the interesting workplace.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gaia Interactive

    Pros

    Free company paid lunches everyday,
    Very relaxing environment. Couches lounges, colorful art all over.

    Cons

    Communication with the groups of people was very challenging. Very introverted individuals work here. Some very snooty.

    Advice to Management

    Be more friendly, energetic and personable! Not just to certain groups you are comfortable with but with everyone. Employees will enjoy interacting with you much easier.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    A company on the right track

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

    I have been working at Gaia Interactive full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I was surprised how passionate everyone here is about the product. Several employees are avid players and really want the company to succeed. I also appreciate executive managements focus on getting the right people in to fill in the current knowledge-base gaps within the company. Compensation is also competitive, especially when compared to other companies in the industry.

    Cons

    Previous employee retention issues have led to a loss in product knowledge across the company. Some individuals have not received regular cost of living increases despite being valuable contributors.


  6. Don't know what all the fuss is about

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gaia Interactive full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Collaborative environment and smart people. I joined Gaia this year, and was initially hesitant given the reviews on glassdoor. I was not around for the shakeout of 2013, and all I know is that prior to the change in management Gaia was losing money and is now profitable. Regarding perks, there's free catered lunch every day through eat club, snacks in the kitchen, and the best medical plan I've ever seen.

    Cons

    For a smaller company, leadership could be more present and vocal. There are also a few people who subscribe to the mentality of "Well that ain't my job so tough luck." or only do the bare minimum.

    Advice to Management

    More frequent communication to all levels would be beneficial.


  7. Something new and different

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Owner
    Current Employee - Product Owner

    I have been working at Gaia Interactive full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Agile, talented people, great leadership, but my favorite part is probably the benefits.

    Cons

    None at the moment. The only problem we have is resources. We're trying to hire aggressively, but the company brand is not well known, so it's tough recruiting at the moment.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Due diligence necessary

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Gaia Interactive full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    daily catered lunches, great health insurance, colorful walls in the office are inspiring

    Cons

    High turnover rate with frequent surprise layoffs & resignations, very strict 9:30-5:30 hours, CEO & senior management completely out of touch with a staff of less than 50 people. Sick days are subtracted from vacation time.


  9. Loved working here

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Gaia Interactive full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    some of the most talented and most devoted (to our users) employees i've ever worked with.

    Cons

    you have to 'get' the community / users to be really be impactful here. This is not a typical 'internet service'. Gaia succeeds because we built a multi-layered deep experience that is so valuable to users that we can monetize that. It's a complex thing to do well.

    Location is very far south - hard to live in SF and do this job.


  10. Helpful (8)

    To hell in a handbasket

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    Former Employee - Artist in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Artist in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Gaia Interactive full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    As an artist, Gaia began for me as an awesome place to work. Ideal, even. Casual atmosphere, plenty of creative freedom, respect for the art team and our work, lots of like-minded coworkers who shared similar tastes and culture. Unfortunately over the course of my time there everything that made it so good was slowly drained.

    I feel like its demise ultimately was a result of growing too big too fast. When I first came on board we were an agile, pioneering team in web gaming, full of talent, skill, and ambition. As the tide rapidly shifted toward social and ultimately mobile gaming, we took way too long to catch up and ultimately paid the price of multiple rounds of layoffs, losing a lot of talent due to frustrated workers leaving from the lack of direction and sluggish pace.

    So ultimately, not many pros left. Though I fondly remember my early years there, I unfortunately now share many sentiments with the other negative reviews here.

    * Health insurance covered almost everything when I was there, though the process to get things paid for was slow and convoluted. Before I left there was talk of reduced coverage.

    * Catered lunches, but the same 5 or 6 places eventually get dull

    Cons

    * New corporate management completely out of touch with the culture upon which Gaia was founded, much less how to maintain basic employee morale

    * Dismal atmosphere.

    * Too much management, not enough focus on merit or actual productivity.

    * Original fanbase upon which the site was based leaving in droves

    * Bad communication between departments - I would often complete work, send it off to complete silence and see it implemented incorrectly weeks later.

    * No room for advancement. Despite my time there, I never had an official position change, only token raises.

    * Strict core hours policy is terrible for creativity

    Advice to Management

    * Listen to your diminishing loyal fanbase. Stop valuing the appearance of a full office over actual productivity. Treat your employees with some respect.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Great place to start off.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mobile Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Mobile Analyst in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Gaia Interactive full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, autonomous, and a great place to learn. The people are what make the company good.

    Cons

    The benefits were poor and the culture as a whole was not great. Also, the company was in a bit of a turning point when I was there.



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