Goodgame Studios Reviews

Updated July 31, 2015
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Goodgame Studios CEO Kai Wawrzinek
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Pros
  • A really great work environment, a fantastic balance between work/life balance with the various benefits offered by the company (in 4 reviews)

  • There is a great working environment, the people is really friendly, and from management are always preparing events for the enjoyment of the workers (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Wages aren't thaaaat great, but the office culture and the job itself definitely make up for it (in 2 reviews)

  • You cannot know everyone in the company because of the size and the fast growth (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (18)

    A Good time

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

    I have been working at Goodgame Studios full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good and friendly atmosphere, no dress code, benefits like cereal, drinks and other. Many events.

    Cons

    The salary could be higher as Hamburg is quite an expensive city, mainly as it comes to accommodation.


  2. Helpful (23)

    Not a game developer, but a business that happens to make games on the side.

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

    I worked at Goodgame Studios full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Free cereal, fruit on Monday and Wednesday and drinks after work (used to be pretty much unlimited, but quantity and hours have been cut progressively). - Flexible working hours, 10 to 5 base and the freedom to add hours to reach 40 hours per week (unless when you're in QA). The company does not keep close track of this and largely trusts you to work the hours you are paid for. - Company parties are amazing and you get 20 euro per person per quarter for team events. - Very loose dress code, room for individuality. - Quality hires, at least in my team (see below for internal promotions). - Very flexible and fair when it comes to personal wishes. Special vacation requests for example, getting time off in advance, were possible for me.

    Cons

    The biggest caveat you have to keep in mind when considering this company, is that it is run (very successfully from a financial point of view) by a dentist and a lawyer. They could have been selling insulation material and the company would not be all that different. Marketing, sales and PR are by far the most important teams, and a lot of issues stem from that. - No flat hierarchies. Despite what is still being said during interviews, there is a serious level of overhead you will battle. You talk to your project manager, who talks to the first, who talks to the lead, who talks to the team lead, who talks to the department lead, who talks to ... If you're lucky people are actually talking, but it might all go through Jira tickets. Trying to skip one of those levels could get you in trouble. - For a company that is 100% privately owned, it is run as though there are outside investors. With games that have zero hype built around them, it makes little sense that you let marketing dictate a release date and that teams end up working on Saturday. On that note, poor planning seems to be a common occurrence in general. Ideas become critical overnight only to be cancelled again when fully implemented two weeks later. Breaking releases of tools the company relies on get announced months in advance, but it gets ignored until the games stop working. - Good old boys club when it comes to management. Though they advertise with the company being multicultural, once you reach a certain level you need to be white, male and German speaking. Yes there are exceptions, but they are just that. - Internal promotions are questionable at times. I've seen more than one person get bumped up to a position they would never have been hired for if they weren't dating someone higher up, or were grandfathered into the company. - Poor communication skills from the top down. Major decisions that affect entire teams are taken without any input from the relevant parties and nothing is shared until the last second. Any available information comes from office gossip. Failed projects are swept under the rug without a proper retrospective, so the same mistakes are made over and over again. - Every decision is based on tracking data. This makes sense in many ways, but also kills the creative process of game design and development. No one seems to listen to actual customer needs and wants. The value of a feature is purely defined by weekly spreadsheets that list the amount of paying users.

    Advice to Management

    You proudly proclaimed that "the company does not hire *ssholes" at one of the company parties. Several women would disagree with that, and it's disgraceful that being high enough up on the corporate ladder gets you this kind of protection. Any other employee would be fired immediately (and rightfully so). I doubt that this is the reputation you want your company to have.


  3. Helpful (8)

    Poor Customer Service

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

    I have been working at Goodgame Studios full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A great place if you are under 40 and don't mind taking advantage of other people - primarily your customers

    Cons

    The company consistently turns a blind eye to the requests and needs of the majority of the customers. Catering to deep pocket players and lying to investors is part of the daily routine.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest and do the right thing!!!


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  5. Helpful (16)

    Intransparent recruiting process

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

    I worked at Goodgame Studios

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Company with a strong growth and therefore plenty of job offers in various departments. However, growth is financed by venture capitalists and not by current profits.

    Cons

    The recruiting process is completely intransparent. It seems to be luck to be selected for an interview, even if you fulfill all the requirements. No feedback will be provided.


  6. Helpful (26)

    Worst working experience of my entire career!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Community Manager
    Current Employee - Community Manager

    I have been working at Goodgame Studios full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to do a intership, due to the fact that most its workforce are interns. Good people and working culture.

    Cons

    GGS hires staff with no games working experience, so they can pay low wages. People with gaming experience do not last because they make them train their interns. After somet ransfer of their knowhow has occur, they fire them, because is cheaper to pay a semitrained intern than a professional. The people that are "well paid" are constantly remided of how much they earned and how great it to work there.

    Advice to Management

    Get some balls and take some resposibility for your decisions. Always blaming your errors on your staff will get nowhere. Take some business management classes, you need them.


  7. Sad, but true...

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hamburg (Germany)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hamburg (Germany)

    I worked at Goodgame Studios full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You will meet very nice and friendly people. They are the ones that give you strength to come to work every day. Offices are also great, parties, fresh fruits, massages, gym, canteen, free beer.

    Cons

    While many will think it Goodgame Studios is a great opportunity to learn and develop in their career, will soon realize that it can be a very frustrating place to work. Teams are demotivated due to lack of communication and promises that never come true. Days seem endless and you will use your time searching for tasks which, if somehow depends on other departments to be completed, they will never finish as they always consider it low priority. There is no appreciation, no recognition and somehow yet suspicious behavior from inadequate supervision. You might try to communicate and tell your thoughts and ideas but it all is a waste of time.

    Advice to Management

    Please understand that, if you want to have a great business, you need to care about your employees. They are there every day to help the business to grow and need to be motivated and recognized. Nice parties and fruits will not make up to them. Make sure you have adequate leaders to do so.


  8. Helpful (1)

    too much growth

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

    I worked at Goodgame Studios

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - colleagues are biggest plus - hamburg is a vivid town

    Cons

    - salary - vacation rules - strict hierarchy - "inner circle"


  9. Helpful (5)

    Good company, for a short time

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

    I worked at Goodgame Studios full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good offices (swimming pool!), good people, good advantages

    Cons

    Many things don't make sense. They want to go too fast

    Advice to Management

    They hire a lot of people but they don't seem to really need the manpower.


  10. Helpful (1)

    A company with a bright future

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Game Developer in Hamburg (Germany)
    Current Employee - Game Developer in Hamburg (Germany)

    I have been working at Goodgame Studios full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great relocation service - Great benefits (like a kindergarten right at the company, language courses and many more stuff) - GREAT people! My co-workers are awesome and very professional. This is a team where important things get done. - A trustwhorthy management with a great vision for this company - Hamburg! I moved from Sweden to Hamburg (Germany) where the company is located. This city is multifarious and awesome. - The vacation system of the company - Career opportunities.

    Cons

    - There could be more informations passed on from the management

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. You guys have a great vision and the base to reach it!


  11. Helpful (1)

    Disorganised, incompetent, incredibly frustrating

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

    I worked at Goodgame Studios full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people I worked with were great

    Cons

    -Upper management do not know what they are doing and will eventually destroy the company -Too dependent on a single revenue stream -Not willing to create or learn as a company -Production times are too long -Complete lack of direction in management -Micromanagement at all levels of game production -Company Values are not actually followed -Opportunities for promotion are non-existent due to lack of structure -Employees have zero responsibility and therefore zero accountability, people who are talented never progress, people who are incompetent never get fired -Low pay -Culture of exploitation -Lack of meaningful work

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the company to 50% of it's current size. Maybe then you will actually be able to manage it properly and be productive. Establish a culture of allowing specialists to do their jobs, particularly in the area of design. Don't be scared to release games. You need new revenue streams, yes, I know, but it will not come from releasing 1 game a year due to cancelling everything else. The speeches at the parties are not inspiring. Let the games you make speak for you.



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