Gamesys Reviews

Updated August 20, 2014
Updated August 20, 2014
59 Reviews
3.5
59 Reviews
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Gamesys = Family

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gamesys full-time for more than 8 years

    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.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service Advisor  in  Jersey City, NJ
    Current Employee - Customer Service Advisor in Jersey City, NJ

    I have been working at Gamesys full-time for less than a year

    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.  

    Fail to trust employees until an employee proves himself untrustworthy.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Designer  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Designer in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Gamesys full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Interesting people, good equipment, parties and different and diverse projects. If they give you any...

    Cons

    Managers should explain exactly how every project will be measured. They should understand that when a job isn't right for a particular individual, and it's clear that further training or coaching won't change things, it's better to cut that employee loose, so that he or she can find a better match.

    Fail to get to know employees as people: Developing a relationship with reporting employees is a key factor in managing.

    Fail to provide clear direction: Managers fail to create standards and give people clear expectations so they know what they are supposed to do, and wonder why they fail. If you make every task a priority, people will soon believe that there are no priorities. More importantly, they will never feel as if they have accomplished a complete task or goal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value people

    Believe in two-way, frequent effective communication and listening

    Want to create an environment in which employees are empowered to take charge of their jobs

    Demonstrate leadership and clear direction

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Brilliant company

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

    I have been working at Gamesys

    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
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great people, terribly managed

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Owner  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Product Owner in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Gamesys full-time for less than a year

    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
  7. 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

    I worked at Gamesys

    Pros

    Excellent teams with a lot of challenges

    Cons

    Sometimes processes can take time

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

    Good company but could be better

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Team Lead  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technical Team Lead in London, England (UK)

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

    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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good working environment, frustrating hierarchy and leadership

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Marketing Department  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Marketing Department in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Gamesys full-time

    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.

  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Lack of leadership & direction

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Executive  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Marketing Executive in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Gamesys full-time for more than a year

    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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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

    I have been working at Gamesys full-time for more than 3 years

    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

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