IGN Entertainment Reviews

Updated August 4, 2015
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  1. Great engineering team, politics mine the effort.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great engineering team. Open for inovation and new tech. Great relaxed environment.

    Cons

    Sometimes politics mine the efforts on the enhancements that engineers want to drive into the products.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the politics and let innovation drive the products.


  2. Great place for like-minded gamers

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IGN Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great shared culture of fun, game-loving folks with friendly work environment.

    Cons

    Management could provide a clearer and steady path for growth.


  3. Not great if you are time oriented

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at IGN Entertainment full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Laid back work environment, lots of distractions

    Cons

    Young staff, things happen when they happen, not a lot of drive to succeed


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  5. Worked at GameSpy. Great team doing amazing work under difficult circumstances.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technology Director in Costa Mesa, CA
    Former Employee - Technology Director in Costa Mesa, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I worked at GameSpy Tech. The team were exceptionally talented, very committed and tightly-knit. Working on multiplayer gaming technologies for the top 200 games in the world was a real high.

    Cons

    It's owned by News Corp, with all the hide-bound, bureaucratic interference that implies.

    Advice to Management

    Sell GameSpy to a company that knows what to do with it.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Great unrealized potential, new President will change things

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    Former Employee - Freelance in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Freelance in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IGN Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Post Roy company has lots of potential Great vibe and very easy going culture which sometimes translates into laziness for several departments. A+ video team, works really hard to produce high quality content amazing and talented askmen team, very classy team. Excellent creative team - high bar for getting in. New CFO is experienced

    Cons

    Technical team is strong but lacks product leadership to guide it, missing consumer internet sensibility one would expect at a company like IGN Management hasn't addressed low morale or the fact that great quality people are leaving. Many VPs lack basic business skills which leads to mediocre results. HR plans great parties but is at a loss when identifying and solving real problems. Content seems to be going through major growing pains, may need more clean up.

    Advice to Management

    Change everything you are doing. Live the culture, don't preach it Remove VPs that are not business driven or cannot provide a vision for a radically new IGN. Revamp Product and GROW esports!


  7. Helpful (4)

    Culture/Product win, management fail

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

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

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    Former Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. Helpful (3)

    Fun co-workers, pathetic management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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


  10. Good place to start a career.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Fun culture, great people, career development opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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!



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