Gazillion Entertainment

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Gazillion Entertainment Reviews

Updated February 16, 2015
Updated February 16, 2015
21 Reviews
3.3
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Financial Analyst

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Foster City, CA

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

    Pros

    This is the best place to work. It has the glamour of any start up: nice, beautiful offices with a lot of art decoration, full free stock kitchen with snacks, soft drink, candies, cookies... The management teams are talented veterans with vision and passion. They fully support the development of staff and provide the best guidance. Working there is a dream comes true for me. Thanks for the wonderful memories.

    Cons

    Free snacks will make you gain weight quickly if not paying attention

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. You guys are the best.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Going places fast!

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    Former Employee - Senior Game Designer in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Game Designer in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Gazillion Entertainment full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great Team - No real politics, truly player focused, well-oiled machine, and supportive of employees (to a fault, almost)

    Huge games, huge IP - Marvel Heroes and Super Hero Squad are live games that are always hungry for fresh, new ideas

    Huge opportunities - This company has paid its dues, and are now reaping the benefits. Gaz is poised to make some huge strides as they apply force from their new foothold.

    Perks - Great location, fun culture, and marvel movies free!

    Cons

    Hard work - Those games are always, always hungry. Iteration is fast and furious. Decisions must be made both carefully and swiftly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The team is enjoying a positive feedback loop of improvement, so just keep up your work of supporting morale and keep supplying the resource to succeed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A terrible experience

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

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

    Pros

    Not many in my experience. Free candy/snacks and "car wash food" (ramen noodles, pop tarts, etc)

    Cons

    Was sometimes bullied into working weekends without pay by certain managers
    Raises were under 25 cents
    Volatile developers who were unprofessional and very confrontational when the didn't get their way, made for a very uncomfortable work environment
    Nepotism runs strong
    As mentioned in another review, some managers literally watched movies (Netflix) 8 hours a day for several months on end, instead of supporting their department and doing their job
    Bad decision making simply ran rampant and the games and community suffered for it
    QA was forbidden to participate in weekly social gatherings the studio held resulting in poor morale

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set a higher bar when hiring people

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to work, has issues like most game companies

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gazillion Entertainment full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The company has recruited very talented people. The team has delivered a great game in Marvel Heroes and has done a good job improving it over time. Great work/life balance.

    Cons

    When I was there, there were a lot of difficult personalities that were not dealt with (either fired or disciplined) in a timely manner. This alone reduced the quality of the game greatly and made the culture of the company a difficult one to be happy and productive in. The games industry is a messy one and Gazillion is not sheltered from it, so layoffs are not uncommon.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Frustrated dreams at a company that never reached its potential

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gazillion Entertainment

    Pros

    Gazillion has managed to recruit some incredible talent over the years, and has had a number of very ambitious projects in development. After many years of near-misses, it appears that Marvel Heroes may deliver on the company's promise.

    Cons

    Job security has been a problem for the company and many of the projects have not panned out and have been canceled. This is in part due to the volatile nature of the industry, but also due to poor planning.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing Company and a real inside look at a startup

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gazillion Entertainment full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very talented people with a ton of passion will do anything for the company

    Cons

    Little vision and not allowing the troops to understand the companies vision

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please give the troops more info

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Gazillion is gGreatreat

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    Current Contractor - Can't Say in San Mateo, CA
    Current Contractor - Can't Say in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at Gazillion Entertainment as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Really smart creative people. Solid Executive team. Terrific work/life balance for a game company

    Cons

    Games - it's tough business to be in the game industry

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Tremendous potential impaired by poor planning

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Gazillion Entertainment as a contractor

    Pros

    Many fantastic, passionate, hardworking people who truly care about their products and their players.

    Cons

    No real business plan with very little research done. Poor prioritization of tasks due to lack of understanding of their impact on the success of the product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please face the reality that studios like Riot are exceptions to the rule; let go of failed philosophies and start to use proven business practices. You have a studio depending upon you. I really want you guys to succeed and you have all the tools to do so, you just need to use them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    An eye opening opportunity in the games industry

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

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

    Pros

    -Made some excellent professional connections with some talented co-workers
    -QA was decent despite being treated like second class human beings
    -Game consoles in break room
    -Well stocked kitchen
    -Great experience in how NOT to run a game studio

    Cons

    -Production team on Marvel Heroes is petulant and disorganized
    -The same production team continued to hire members of the same family
    -Middle Management lacks the spine to fire underperformers (Some due to personal ties)
    -QA Management wasn't much better
    -No real opportunities for advancement
    -Raises were a non-existent myth, or a joke when one was finally issued

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the entire company: It is real hard to respect a company full of shady business and secrets. Try being more transparent for a change. Your workforce may be more upbeat.

    To some of you in middle management: Work on your people skills, and at least pretend to be involved. Spending most of the time playing games and watching TV online doesn't look so good when your whole team knows about it. Becoming active in a project weeks before a product launch doesn't fool anyone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fun place to work!

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

    I have been working at Gazillion Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Gazillion is a great company to work for. David B is a great leader, and the company hosts regular fun gatherings (Giant's games, movies, etc) and encourages meeting goals and sharing across teams. The benefits package is solid for a startup and HR has an open door communication style and supports employees. Fun place to work and excited to be here!

    Cons

    I wish there was more natural light, but it is a game studio. Also lots of hard to resist snacks haven't been great for my diet!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep rewarding our hard work with fun activites and events!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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