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Gamesys Reviews

Updated July 9, 2014
Updated July 9, 2014
58 Reviews

3.5
58 Reviews
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Gamesys CEO Noel Hayden
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The tangible aspects of the environment, such as the free drinks and regular socials, convey a "keep employees happy" philosophy (in 6 reviews)

  • Nice working environment (friday drinks, freed rinks/sweets/fruit, nice offices, good people, some capable people (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Career progression is not very structured so if you want to progress you have to take it into your own hands (in 6 reviews)

  • A small group of people have a majority ruling and way too much influence (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Gamesys = Family

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, awesome bonus scheme, great benefits, owners genuinely care about staff, fearless, friendly and fun, ambitious, family culture.

    Cons

    Overstaffed in some areas, some things get lost in translation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review Technical / Product roles and structure - some wastes of space and money.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work, every day is interesting.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Advisor  in  Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Customer Service Advisor in Jersey City, NJ

    Pros

    Company culture is fantastic, the office is located right across an amazing view of NYC; Relaxed atmosphere.

    Cons

    The benefits leave a lot to be desired, very basic health plan.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Brilliant company

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

    Pros

    Social and friendly culture, everyone is really approachable. The gym membership is excellent and there are some other good benefits such as management training, health insurance, free drinks and the parties. Bonus scheme is pretty generous too.

    Cons

    Management are addressing some of supposed things I have seen on here, so I have no complaints.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As above, problems are being addressed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great people, terribly managed

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Owner  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Product Owner in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Lots of employee perks focussed on physical comfort and pleasure
    Some seriously capable and talented individuals

    Cons

    Lack of transparency in management structure
    Lack of transparency in career progression
    Lack of regular communication regarding progress and sentiment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure you inform staff members how they're doing on a periodic basis. Don't drag them into a room one day to inform them that over the last 3-6 months they haven't been performing as expected or that their efforts have been running contrary to the desired business direction, and then fire them! Communication is the most important organisational tool, neglect it at your peril.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing company

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

    Pros

    Excellent teams with a lot of challenges

    Cons

    Sometimes processes can take time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good company but could be better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Team Lead  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technical Team Lead in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    - Location of offices are amazing.
    - Free drinks and parties are a nice perk.
    - Salary can be competitive if you prove yourself, but as with any company, they will pay you what they can get away with. Bonus is typically between 10-15% which if you pull your weight you will get.
    - Some of the best developers in the country work here
    - Laid back atmosphere promotes anyone to have their say and it feels very flat (junior members can talk directly to upper management with no problem)
    - Very honest good communication from upper management to employees.

    Cons

    - Some teams do complain about having to work long hours and weekends, but I personally have not experienced this. Go work for a bank and you will realise what long hours are!
    - Poor planning can mean that developers
    - Very slow tedious release processes
    - I would have to agree with some of the reviews on here regarding the politics in the business. There's lots of red tape that can make things take a long time to get done. It's not a startup any more but a large business.
    - Career progression is not very structured so if you want to progress you have to take it into your own hands.
    - Very high turnaround in staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company is predominately technical people, and how you reward and motivate technical people is very different from average employees. Not only are they in high demand at the minute (which means they can demand high salaries) but they are also motivated by difficult technical challenges and exciting work. If you want to keep staff happy, let them do the work they want to and you will reap the rewards of their creative work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good working environment, frustrating hierarchy and leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Department  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Marketing Department in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Nice working environment (friday drinks, freed rinks/sweets/fruit, nice offices, good people, some capable people.

    Cons

    A very small, cliquey management team who are skilled in some areas, woefully short in other areas and either do not understand their shortcomings or do not trust the skilled people they employ to drive strategy in certain areas. Not many marketeers in a marketing department and that dept being driven by someone clever but out of their depth in this area. Progression is limited (you are very much a hired hand helping the senior management team play at business) and it is more about impressing and helping key individuals rather than doing a good job and trying to implement the right things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As above.

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lack of leadership & direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Executive  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Marketing Executive in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    The people, the environment, social aspect,

    Cons

    Salary, bonus unrealistic, lack of protocol, politics, rigid working hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Speak to your employees more, your view of how great the company is, is very different to how its viewed on the floor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    A great company to work for, one of the best in the industry.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Marketing in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Good benefits, bonus structure.
    Visible senior management.
    Great location.

    Cons

    Personal growth can be tough. Holidays only 23 days/year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Started good, but politics and lack of investment in you as a person will get you down

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Developer  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Software Developer in London, England (UK)

    Pros

    Location, some good people, Noel the director, some internal movement prospects, gym membership

    Cons

    Imagine you have been working your butt off for two years, have a decade of experience, then one day you suddenly hear a guy will 1/2 years experience, fairly new to the company, is now your boss! And worse still, you had no idea such a position was available, because it was being in the right place, at the right time, and kowtowing to the right people. Well, thats what happened to me, and a few others during my time there.
    So politics, being in with the right crowd and sucking up may get you places, but this is a totally wrong approach, and during my time, alot of really talented hard working guys departed after being bitter as I had been.

    People say politics are everywhere, maybe so, but its hard to take it when roles are on offer, and you don't even get considered for the opening, because you never hear such a role was on offer, because it wasn't, it was created out of the ether and given to someone who "just got it", not on merit, but on the political connection tree.

    Another con, is there will be hardly no investment into your career, skills, you may get some token gesture training from time to time, but thats it. Salary is fair in my opinion, but many people were saying its below the market rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Select people for roles on merit, and not on contextual sucking up or social connections. Why not advertise to the teams affected such a role is being created, ask people who they would consider is appropriate, vet people through interviewing and then assess on merit. Simple really... but most importantly fair.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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