Gazillion Entertainment

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Gazillion Entertainment Reviews

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
17 Reviews
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17 Reviews
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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    Gazillion is gGreatreat

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

    I have been working at Gazillion Entertainment as a contractor (more than an 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
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Tremendous potential impaired by poor planning

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nice work environment, no support, highly unorganized and looked down on by middle management

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

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

    Pros

    WORK:

    - There are a lot of great talent to work and network with

    - Casual work environment, somewhat convenient office floor plan in meeting people

    - Game art and random art displayed around the office, so that makes it a fun working environment

    - Flexible work hours and time off from work

    - Average Pay, slightly better than some game companies in the Bay Area

    PERKS:

    - Conveniently located near the freedway, Caltrain, free parking, multiple gas stations

    - Accessible vending machines that is stocked often with goodies and drinks (healthy and unhealthy), bagels (with toaster ovens), cereal, coffee machine with freshly ground beans, fresh fruit galore!

    - Several groups to join if you are a social person

    - Company events

    Cons

    WORK:

    - Contractors don't get treated with as much respect as the permanent staff does (looked down upon)

    - If you want to meet other people, you have to go out of your way to introduce yourself. There is no introduction and it feels like you are just another student in a classroom filled with 300 people (Think of it like an above-average sweat shop).

    - What the company motto feels like: "Don't make mistakes, don't ask questions, just do your work, and mind your own business (E.g. 'Don't be nosey' is what middle-management will say)"

    - NO SUPPORT from middle or upper management, NO TRAINING and they could care less if you dropped off the face of the planet.

    - Looked down on by some fellow colleagues (due to jealousy, evilness or pure unfriendliness)

    - Highly unorganized, middle management doesn't seem to know what they are doing nor know about the details in the games they are making. Instead of trying to find a solution, they just dump the issue back to you and expect you to know the answer and take care of it.

    - Instead of middle-management supporting you, they step on you and put you down.
      It's like being the only human left and zombies are after you. Fear is eminent.

    - Not a lot of career advancement, you may be stuck in the same position for years

    PERKS:

    - Contractors don't get any benefits, not even transportation assistance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support your staff, be transparent, be open to change and follow through on what you say. Don't treat your workers like they work in a sweat shop and treat them like a decent human being with feelings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Getting better

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    Current Employee - Level Designer in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Level Designer in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at Gazillion Entertainment as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I've been at Gazillion for a number of years and projects. There have been more than a few management changes and false starts, but they seem to be on the right track now. Everyone is working tremendously hard and Marvel Heroes is getting better by the day. David Brevik and the other senior management really seem to care, and are here around the clock with us. Support staff, salary, and benefits are reasonably good.

    Cons

    Communication has always been a rough patch and needs to get better. Some middle management folks could be better at directing their teams and collaborating with others. A lot of people seem to expect improvements in the company and its products, but appear unwilling to make the effort needed themselves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more with your teams and your customers. Recognize the talent that's being underutilized and promote them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 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
  9. 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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Gazillion rocks!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Gazillion Entertainment as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    I had a 100% positive experience working at Gazillion. I was compensated well and was provided many opportunities to use my skills and grow professionally. The HR team was especially helpful and made themselves available to all employees for any concerns and/or questions. The company consistently hires talented employees. I met and worked with incredible people during my time at Gazillion, most of whom I have stayed in touch with. The atmosphere is very open and friendly. The company provides several social events every year that have become a fun way for the employees to unwind after a hard day's work. My personal favorite was the Cirque Du Soleil show, but there were countless other really fun outings for the employees to participate in (mentioned in other reviews). The company is also conveniently located over a KMART and near the post office/ several gas stations. Great company -- I would recommend Gazillion to everyone if I could!

    Cons

    The building is old, so the heating/cooling system acted up once in awhile. However, the facilities manager is very proactive and takes care of these problems quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I agree with a previous post--please continue to reward your hard-working employees with fun events

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    hollow and toxic

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in San Mateo, CA

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

    Pros

    great location, close to highways and public transportation

    relatively not too much in the way of "crunching"

    casual work environment

    Cons

    toxic environment to work in

    no values or culture, including the closing and relocation of two studios, frequent layoffs and extremely poor management especially in regards to QA

    most of the advertised benefits on company website are half truths, e.g. "beer friday" amounts to getting a beer and walking back to your desk to continue working 80% of the time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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