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Gamesys Reviews

Updated November 11, 2014
Updated November 11, 2014
66 Reviews
3.3
66 Reviews
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Gamesys CEO Noel Hayden
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Free drinks and parties are a nice perk (in 7 reviews)

  • Latest technologies, good people, perfect location, and very open minded (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Lack of transparency in career progression (in 8 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 (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 (less than an 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.  

    Data Warehouse

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Warehouse Developer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Data Warehouse Developer in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Gamesys full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good environment, good work life balance and working on cutting edge technologies.
    Also good for career growth. Senior management really listen to people and prioritisation of work is smooth.

    Cons

    Not much really too much to say in terms of cons. I just hope the company won't change office location any soon and keep head office in Piccadilly. Nothing else to declare.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward more people inside and retain them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    good company to work for

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    • 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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    you really feel value as an individual, good benefit and bonus scheme

    Cons

    - No flexible hours
    - slow career progression

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if you give your staff more flexibility the staff will be much happier and will be more productive.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    Nothing changes at Gamesys, only for worse

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Java Developer in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Java Developer in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Gamesys full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    As usual the drinks and the small perks, location could be good for some.

    Cons

    After meeting with some people who left recently I can say that nothing has changed, only for worse. Still the same ruling people who will use you as cheap labour - then discarded. Still the double standards, some people could get a promotion in a matter of a few months, meanwhile others work hard and get nothing. Hard work, technical knowledge and experience in this company matters nothing, only contacts and personal skills - of course in the right direction.

    This is not a fun company to work for if you are a good technical guy who tries to improve things and not spending your time at the Pub drinking or screaming in the technical floor to make sure everybody knows about every little thing you do.

    The career progression it is not clear and never will be, the bonus scheme it's a rip off as they will make sure you only get the minimun - so others get the maximum. Suddenly, your project it is not a priority for the company, so you don't get a good review, therefore a minimum bonus. Doesn't matter you have been working hard in difficult working conditions. And they wonder why people leave the company, their turnover it's huge.

    I won't discuss the bullying factor, but it exists and will make you leave the company for sure if they want to. People leave overnight and never returns, go figure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing, as you are not going to change, why would you? everything it's rigged there and you live very well at the expense of new joiners.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad management, poor HR Department. No progression unless you marry a director or have some connection to them.

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

    I worked at Gamesys full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The location is by far the biggest pro of the company. The building itself is nicely configured, nice meeting rooms, free drinks. The discounted gym at the third space is also a nice little perk.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the company has become a dead end for anyone looking to progress within their careers irrespective of their department. Management is extremely clique and unless you are somehow connected to the directors by either having worked at gamesys since the early years or you fully engage in their endless pub-nights disorders you are made out to be an outcast.
    Hard work goes unrecognised easily when you are not one of the 'preferred' ones, as others have pointed out, the bonus scheme is completely misleading, they constantly make up reasons to justify not paying you any decent percentage and yet they keep flying out the 'selected few' to Vegas or New Jersey every couple of weeks for 'work purposes' then you hear about the partying on company expense upon their return.
    Promotions are practically unheard of as they would rather keep hiring people rather than develop the current members of staff- something which the HR manager has not addressed for years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simple: Listen to your employees!
    A more robust HR department who have an idea of learning and development for employees would make a tremendous change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Inexperienced for company size

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Gamesys full-time

    Pros

    Startup feel, know how to have fun.

    Cons

    Not enough upper management accountability

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more experienced senior staff with proven success.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    A never ending slew of bad decisions, empty promises and disastrous tech planning.

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

    I have been working at Gamesys full-time

    Pros

    Great social aspect
    A handful of smart, motivated people.
    Great environment.

    Cons

    Meetings about meetings.
    Horrendously lazy developers.
    Ridiculous 'development' policies.
    Non-visible/non-caring management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your 'smart bets' are not smart - they are ridiculously OVER AMBITIOUS and you can't adapt when things go wrong in the interim.

    Try to put anyone with a long-term vision in charge, that way we may actually be able to avoid duplicate stacks.

    Maybe instead of smart bets, try sorting out you mobile product/website, seeing as 40% of your visits are from smartphone - that's #smart.

    Don't put people with politics into sub-director management - they are as transparent as glass and just a bore to work for.

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

    Leave the interview and keep walking. Don't even think about it.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Gamesys full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The salary was respectable albeit average for the industry.

    Cons

    The overall attitude of the senior managers seems rooted in some incarnation of Victorian level labour relations. Want to be treated like a human being? Look elsewhere. My own manager seemed to have learnt his people management skills from the Joseph Stalin School of Management. I would no wish a stint at this company on my worst enemy. I’ve left now, but most mornings I travelled to work accompanied by a terrible feeling of dread as I wondered how I was going to be bullied today.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just stop and look at what is happening. Stop engaging in this Orwellian doublethink which has you portraying yourself as a caring company devoted to its staff, whilst you simultaneously grind good people into the ground with your bullying.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Fail to trust employees until an employee proves himself untrustworthy.

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

    I worked at Gamesys full-time (less than an 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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