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IGN Entertainment Reviews

Updated Jul 14, 2014
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3.3 61 reviews

0% Approve of the CEO

IGN Entertainment General Manager Damon Johnson

Damon Johnson

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60% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Get to work on video games and other entertainment medium(in 7 reviews)

  • I want to be cleear that there are plenty of reasons to want to work here(in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management was poor in many areas(in 4 reviews)

  • random-seeming firings, in hiring negotiations make low-ball offers and in general show a shocking lack of respect(in 3 reviews)

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    Great small company environment, need to work on perks and retaining great employees

    Sales (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsOpen culture that is generally pretty collaborative
    Autonomy to get things done
    Lots of cool personalities at the office tremendous talent on the editorial and video teams and they are passionate about games. I have to love this having worked at a technology company before.

    ConsCore executive team is smart and dedicated but there are some people that if compared to an outside Director of VP wouldn't even be close. Make VP a true VP ...

    People are leaving in droves which is a bummer and hard on morale.

    While the office in SF is in the best part of the city to work in, has games and the people are great, it generally feels like there isn't much thought put into the look and feel and layout/design.. Get experts in to design the place.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTraining for everyone. Market competitive salaries and perks. Seems very cheap on even having snacks or lunch catered, etc.

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    Fun culture, great people, career development opportunities

    Sales Manager (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsIGN is a great place to work with lots of emphasis on fun, people, and excellence. It's in a great industry - games and guy's lifestyle - and the office, culture, and work reflect it.

    If you are a rockstar, management will do everything they can to make sure you propel forward in your career and development. If you aren't a rockstar, you won't experience those same advancements or rewards.

    ConsCommunication sometimes lags from managers to employees.
    Many projects and priorities can get overwhelming and create too much workload.
    Tensions between various departments sometimes occurs - but don't they everywhere?

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind ways to cut back on the email overload that happens at IGN.
    Focus on a few major priorities and attack them wholeheartedly vs. taking on too many new projects that don't return as much investment.
    Keep on keeping on - IGN rocks!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Fun co-workers, pathetic management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    Pros- Fun, video-game themed workplace. Conference rooms are well themed and decorated, giant statues of characters adorn the walls and there is even a game room (though no one ever plays there).

    Cons- No communication, universally throughout the company
    - They treat their employees like crap. Regularly string them along promising a permanent position for a year+, random-seeming firings, in hiring negotiations make low-ball offers and in general show a shocking lack of respect.
    - Managers do not know their employees - neither level of experience nor capabilities, and set them up to fail with mismatched assignments.
    - Long hours, no support

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good place to start a career.

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsFun, fun, fun. You can do whatever you want, as long as you get your work done.

    ConsSmall team, small team mentality. Pro or con depending on how you look at that.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great teams with horrible leadership

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsBest coworkers that you're ever likely to get to work alongside in the trenches.

    ConsCEO Roy has little to no concept about what he's doing with the company. Anyone from the director level and above focuses only on what's above them and liberally abuses the heck out of the rank and file. most productive things get done in spite of management, not because of them. Poor compensation. Average to poor benefits relative to the bay area norm.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHonestly, we should desperately a serious cleaning of house at the upper levels of management. Send them out the door and get people who truly understand the audience and the business opportunities we have before it's far too late.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great co-workers but terrible management!

    Accounting Department (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsEveryone that works there (below management) is awesome. Everyone is really friendly and works hard for each other so their teammates don't have to stay any later.

    ConsSpecifically for the accounting department:
    - The whole department is falling apart. Notice the many openings at this time.
    - Quantity of work you get done is far outweighed over quality. The management pushes you into the wee hours of the night when you can't think straight anymore, therefore the work performed is never the best.
    - Working 11-15 hours has become the standard rather than a reason for praise. The whole department stays late.
    - No appreciation will be shown and if you miss a deadline, you will have to have a meeting about it
    - Everything is disorganized: no formal plan is ever made, random things will get thrown at the employees with no explanation, and meetings constantly get pushed back or don't even take place at all (so you can never plan for the day let alone an hour).
    - The processes are manual and not automated to the tune of industry standards as the dept is so short staffed, no one has time to think about it.

    Advice to Senior Management- Thank you and small acts of appreciation can go a long way
    - Get organized and come up with a plan and account for unexpected items.
    - Look to make processes more automated
    - Find money in the budget for the appropriate amount of staff and stop worrying about the bottom line!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The energy of a startup with the comfort of an established corporation, and video games everywhere.

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsThe people are skilled at their trades and are rewarded for doing well. Employee happiness is regarded as an asset to the company, which gives the office a pleasant and productive atmosphere. The sounds floating around the office are symbiotic mixtures of high stakes decision-making, side-splitting laughter, and the orchestral melodies of Final Fantasy.

    ConsShort-term initiatives almost always trump the improvement of the overall system infrastructure, from an engineering and operational standpoint. This causes a lot of recklessly duct taping new ideas to the brand, and hacking new functionality to old code. IGN could be, and deserves to be, cleaner and classier than it currently is. This is known within the company, but progress in that direction is slow.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't allow anything less than really awesome to hit the users of IGN. Everything should be discussed all the way down to the pixel. And the coffee machine could be tastier.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Let's Get Better

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsFeels like a start up.

    ConsNo start up payout. No place to offer constructive feedback. Need more employee input.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your people. Ask questions and do not assume to know their jobs unless you really dig deeper.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I have a great opportunity to try different projects at IGN, get helpful feedback, and enjoy my time with colleagues.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsGreat work atmosphere. Co-workers are friendly and the open work environment and multiple common areas make it easy to interact with each other.
    Ability to get your ideas heard. We use Yammer in the office, which is a direct line to the leadership and influencers within the company. If you have a great idea, you'll get it heard here.
    Office activities. Something new is always going on at the office. Whether it's a happy hour in the game room, our speaker series, or after work festivities, there's never a dull day.

    ConsNo free lunch. The area has plenty of great food but you won't find free meals at IGN.
    On-site parking lot is super tight, dings highly likely.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpeak positively of other groups and approach interactions with a mind toward doing the right thing for IGN. The less time spent politicking, the more time spent killing it for IGN.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    IGN does video games, has a great culture and is focused on innovation

    (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsFreedom to innovate. Failure is seen as evidence that you are attempting to kill status-quo for the better. If you're up to it, there is a real opportunity to act as an entrepreneur inside of IGN.

    At IGN it's all about providing value to people that play video games. If you're a gamer, it's just fun to work at IGN.

    ConsAlthough IGN is #1 in gaming category on the internet games are changing in big ways and IGN needs to keep up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork on communicating the long term vision for the company. The context of where we're going together is not well understood by everyone.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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