IGN Entertainment Reviews

Updated July 14, 2014
Updated July 14, 2014
61 Reviews
3.4
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Review Highlights

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

  • most of teammates are fun to work with (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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  1.  

    Runner

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IGN Entertainment

    Pros

    I was only apart of their crew for the E3 event. I was treated well and learned a lot.

    Cons

    It was very busy work.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hectic

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IGN Entertainment full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -People are fun to work with.
    -Casual dress.

    Cons

    -Disorganization
    -Senior managers have too much time on their hands and push around mid-managers to do asinine tasks that make little sense to IGN's brand.
    -Low balling salary to the point of it being disrespectful.
    -Most employees are tasked with way too much to do.
    -Office politics play into decision making.
    -Firings without sufficient warning, going against most corporate protocols, and are completely dehumanizing.
    -HR is a joke.
    -What is a work-life balance?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management- work from home. You're in the way, and most everyone considers you a joke. Bump up the pay-scale; almost none of your employees can actually afford to live in the city.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Used to be much, much better.

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    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Costa Mesa, CA

    I worked at IGN Entertainment full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    It's the video gaming industry, and IGN is right in the center of it.

    Cons

    Grossly inept management starting from the top and trickling down to some departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put people in charge who understand the video game industry, not just the media industry.

    IGN and former parts (like GameSpy) was supposed to be more than just media. It had technology divisions and other types of services for gamers. Management spun those off or closed down to focus only on media (i.e. ad sales), leaving gamers underserved.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales Planner

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    Current Employee - Sales Coordinator
    Current Employee - Sales Coordinator

    I have been working at IGN Entertainment full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people to work with, fun place, flexible where you work (at home/office), always trying to do innovate.

    Cons

    little room to grow because people love the company, management can be a hit or miss, have to be very careful on your own managing work/family balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Professional Fun

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IGN Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Very fun and everyone is hard working

    Cons

    Long hours and not in the city.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great environment and culture, if you are into video games!

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    Current Employee - Intern Analyst  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Intern Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at IGN Entertainment as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Stay current and ahead of the game in video game news and culture

    Cons

    It's hard to fit in if you aren't a huge video game junky

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Pre-Ziff Davis Takeover Review

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at IGN Entertainment full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It's a very fun workspace, in a great area, and many of the people there are bright and interesting people who are passionate about gaming.

    Cons

    Terrible management - VPs ran their division like their own little kingdoms, little to no collaboration with other divisions, the review structure is vague with few solid metrics, you never really know where you stand. Layoffs happened often, with no warning and office politics played a huge role in who got let go and who stayed, moreso than skill or effectiveness at their job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Director of Product  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Product in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at IGN Entertainment full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere, smart co workers, great management. Definitely a positive experience.

    Cons

    Can be a little political sometimes, but most organizations are when you get to a certain size. The headquarters are in SF, so if you're in another office (like SoCal) it can be a little hard sometimes to build relationships with the mothership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase interaction between the various offices as much as possible,

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best company culture.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IGN Entertainment

    Pros

    Employees and senior leadership were committed to retaining the unique culture. Each interview candidate was screened for culture fit to ensure both the individual and company were a good fit. Lots of opportunity to take on more responsibility, grow and learn. Open and honest feedback encouraged and overall a really fun and talented team of people.

    Cons

    IGN was acquired in January 2013 and talent was lost but more accountability has been put on business results. Not sure how IGN culture will change with new management.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of ups and downs, but felt like family.

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

    I worked at IGN Entertainment full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People really care about each other. They encourage innovation and out of the box thinking. Cool industry. Fun place to work. I learned and grew a lot in my time there and made a lot of friends.

    Cons

    Lots of turnover. Burnout is a problem. Not enough focus from leadership, too many initiatives. There tended to be boom and bust cycles with hiring and layoffs, which impacts morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead and inspire. Provide more focused direction. Stop acquiring companies just to let them languish.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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