IGN Entertainment Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
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IGN Entertainment General Manager Damon Johnson
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Pros
  • Get to work on video games and other entertainment medium (in 7 reviews)

  • Laid back work environment, lots of distractions (in 5 reviews)

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

  • HR plans great parties but is at a loss when identifying and solving real problems (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Great coworkers, but they keep leaving; bad managers, but they keep staying.

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

    I have been working at IGN Entertainment full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Coworker culture can't be beat. This is THE place to work in your early 20's if you love video games and don't care what you're paid. Also THE place to work if you end up promoted into a senior role and don't mind "checking out" while collecting a paycheck and relying on those 20-something's to work non-stop to make up the difference.

    Cons

    Standard SF "tech job" issues - must accept poor work/life balance if you want to stand out as a potential future leader, nothing out of the ordinary. But the -1 star is for editorial senior mgmt. They're simply not in tune with media/content landscape past what feels like 2008. Mid/lower level employees still manage to produce great stuff, but inspiration comes from below, never from above.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at the turnover within every level of the company except upper mgmt, and begin to question why that is.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Software Engineer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at IGN Entertainment

    Pros

    Great talent and coworkers, great office location

    Cons

    Vacation and work-life balance aren't too great.

  3. Fun office, bad management

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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 (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    IGN hires great people and is a fun environment. Having them on your resume opens a lot of doors as seen by the places former employees end up.

    Cons

    Poor management and a huge lack of support to those at the bottom of the totem pole leading to rapid turnover. Lost many potential senior employees due to laughable offers, hoping their name alone will compensate for it. It works for most entry level employees though.

    Advice to Management

    Give smart, competent employees a path to grow and support ideas from other departments.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great teams lacking strong, focused leadership.

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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 (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of hard-working, smart, passionate people. Very casual workplace. Interesting industry.

    Cons

    No attempt at work/life balance. Management frequently shirked decisions and direction back to employees with "What do you think?"

    Advice to Management

    Take employee turnover seriously. When entire teams are turning over in 2-3 years, the problem isn't with those employees.

  6. Short Stop

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IGN Entertainment

    Pros

    Great working environment, the people are the best and it is FUN

    Cons

    Outdated marketing tactics an offerings, but are trying to move to be more innovative.

  7. Very relaxed and the people there were amazing

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    Former Contractor - IPL Staff in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - IPL Staff in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at IGN Entertainment as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very relaxed and the people there were amazing. There are hardly any pressure to get your task done on time, because it was just simply expected.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    None that I can think of.

  8. Helpful (1)

    avoid at all costs -- don't get tricked by the job description

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    Former Employee - Media Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Media Analyst in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at IGN Entertainment full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    IGN Entertainment's work environment is very casual with a dynamic environment -- it is a great place to work if you love gaming and there are some fun perks. That being said, there are employees who are professional and maintain a strong work ethic. There are many kind and friendly people, often at the rungs below upper management.

    Cons

    Many managers are shockingly incompetent and pathetic. There are no apparent growth opportunities for younger employees. Though they claim that the org structure is very flat -- there is definitely a disguised hierarchy. I would say this is a horrible place to start a career. All the high caliber well-educated employees left for better jobs with robust growth opportunities. Salary is somewhat of a joke and some other employees (myself included) felt completely misled by the job descriptions and titles (even after several rounds of interviews). I understand a job description is sometimes a wish list, but it should be somewhat representative of the general nature of the position instead of completely different.

    Advice to Management

    Provide competent employees with the opportunity to grow. Take a serious look at your recruiters and HR staff if you would like to improve retention.

  9. 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.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Hectic

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IGN Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

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

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Used to be much, much better.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Costa Mesa, CA

    I worked at IGN Entertainment full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    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 Management

    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.

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