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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)

  • 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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    Runner

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

    ConsIt was very busy work.

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    Hectic

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    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 Senior ManagementSenior 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Used to be much, much better.

    Product Manager (Former Employee) Costa Mesa, CA

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementPut 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Sales Planner

    Sales Coordinator (Current Employee)

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

    Conslittle 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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Professional Fun

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsVery fun and everyone is hard working

    ConsLong hours and not in the city.

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

    Intern Analyst (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Pre-Ziff Davis Takeover Review

    Project Manager (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsIt'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.

    ConsTerrible 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work

    Director of Product (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

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

    ConsCan 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 Senior ManagementIncrease interaction between the various offices as much as possible,

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    Best company culture.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsEmployees 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.

    ConsIGN 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.

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    Lots of ups and downs, but felt like family.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsPeople 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.

    ConsLots 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 Senior ManagementLead and inspire. Provide more focused direction. Stop acquiring companies just to let them languish.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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