IGN Entertainment Reviews

Updated October 2, 2014
Updated October 2, 2014
62 Reviews
3.4
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Review Highlights

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. 4 people found this helpful  

    Culture/Product win, management fail

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at IGN Entertainment full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great culture, cool work environment, irreverence encouraged, enjoyable product (games!). Despite cons, I had fun (at times).

    Cons

    poor upper mgmt & communication, lack of direction, innovation encouraged but little process in place to assist, large technical debt

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if you expect your direct reports to set direction, you're doing it wrong. Think small, think simple. Remove unnecessary clutter. Look to your upper mgmt to see who isn't pulling their weight and delivering on expectations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at IGN Entertainment

    Pros

    Open 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.

    Cons

    Core 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun culture, great people, career development opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at IGN Entertainment

    Pros

    IGN 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.

    Cons

    Communication 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 ManagementAdvice

    Find 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!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Fun co-workers, pathetic management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at IGN Entertainment

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to start a career.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at IGN Entertainment

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great teams with horrible leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at IGN Entertainment

    Pros

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

    Cons

    CEO 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 ManagementAdvice

    Honestly, 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great co-workers but terrible management!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounting Department in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Accounting Department in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at IGN Entertainment

    Pros

    Everyone 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.

    Cons

    Specifically 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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at IGN Entertainment

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Short-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 ManagementAdvice

    Don'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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Let's Get Better

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at IGN Entertainment

    Pros

    Feels like a start up.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at IGN Entertainment

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    Speak 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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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