Mind Candy Reviews in London, England

Updated September 29, 2014
Updated September 29, 2014
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  1.  

    Challenging and ambitious - lots of change afoot!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Mind Candy full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Hugely exciting products in the pipeline, with the change to pitch your own for the future
    Moshi brand is still huge (in the UK)
    Amazing people who aren't just there for the paycheck
    Fantastic connection to the customers who are super passionate about the games
    Lots of opportunities to learn and grow and change your role
    Most approachable senior management team of anywhere I've worked - though hugely busy they are alway open to talk to
    Very high profile tech company in the UK - deserves to be higher elsewhere in the world
    Aiming and thinking big

    Cons

    Having 'difficult second album' issues at the moment, so lots of changes and some mis-steps.
    Being without CTO for a year resulted in over-focus on product ahead of sustainable development, which has caused some folks to leave. But I believe this can be fixed!
    Needs to make more smaller bets and be more agile - but senior management are aware of this and taking steps to change
    Until very recently didn't have a pension (but now does).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognise what has/hasn't worked and make changes accordingly
    Develop sustainably
    Be more agile and mix small & large bets/projects

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    you are expandable

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Mind Candy full-time

    Pros

    good study atmosphere
    professional engineers

    Cons

    constantly changing requirement and company strategy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A previously great company that now suffers from an increasingly bad working environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Mind Candy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Mind Candy has given me a chance to really improve my abilities and learn a huge amount. If you're in the right team, then the opportunity to really get stuck in with lots of things is there.

    Hands down though, the people are the best thing about the company. Many of them are amazingly talented, really friendly, ready to teach you and always happy to tell you about what they're doing. They're really sociable and are the primary reason that I'm still at the company.

    Cons

    The working atmosphere is becoming more toxic by the day. It used to be great, but has been going steadily down hill for a while.

    Management has directly stated multiple times that they don't believe in "work life balance" and this is seen in the way that some of the product teams are expected to work long hours, denied time off, and berated or fired when they push back.

    There have been a few instances of people being let go for being disruptive or negative when they speak out, and this does nothing except help foster a general feeling of fear.

    Management spends a lot of time talking about the company values and how important they are, but having a set of principles does nothing if actions aren't taken to back them up.

    Ultimately, management don't seem to trust the talented people working under them, causing teams to feel that their work isn't important, but get annoyed if people don't have required level of passion. They spin lines about wanting smart, creative, interesting individuals with great ideas, but these days it feels like they just want people to get the work done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to people, stop pretending everything is ok, and treat people with more respect. It's fine to want people who are invested in the company, but telling people that means working long hours is unfair and disrespectful

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great people, terrible management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Mind Candy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Amazing people - extremely friendly and superbly talented
    Fun office environment
    Great Parties

    Cons

    When I first started at Mind Candy I really believed in the product and loved working with people who were so passionate about what they do. Unfortunately that passion doesn't seem to extend to management.
    In a very short space of time MC seemed to go from creating content that was well developed and well executed and kept users engaged, to churning out the same thing again and again with more concern about the speed it was put out then the quality of the work.

    Many new projects have been started only to be shelved several times (letting members of staff go in the process) and then resurrected again. This leaves people feeling incredibly deflated and unmotivated, and moral was declining significantly.

    I was led to believe that there were many opportunities at MC but those never seemed to come to fruition - despite trying to work with management to put steps and goals in place for me to achieve in order to progress, they seemed disinterested and as though they were constantly pushing back or postponing.

    There was a severe lack of management, and hearing a manager say they couldn't do an annual review as they didn't know what the employee had worked on was appalling. Members of staff have been publicly berated for leaving work when its already 2 hours later than their contracted finishing time, others are told they are to move to a role that is not within their remit or leave.

    I voiced all my concerns when leaving, as I know several others have since, but it seems these concerns have fallen on deaf ears and things have gotten progressively worse, which is heartbreaking to hear as there are so many incredibly talented individuals there who are completely wasted and unappreciated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees, be aware of what people who report to you directly are actually working on, give people goals to work towards

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Lots of potential, but hampered by lack of direction

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    Former Employee - Developer  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Developer in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Mind Candy full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    One of the London tech scene success stories, the office is cool and the tech is exciting. The company used to offer a wide range of snacks, breakfast, soft drinks, beer but there's less / lower quality now.

    Cons

    The company is unsure where they're going, starting and stopping projects (one in particular has been cancelled and resurrected three times now). There's a greater emphasis on being seen to work than actually working, and verbal and mental abuse if people have to leave at the end of the day instead of working all night.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Moshi Monsters was a phenomenal success, but comparing all new projects to it and then cancelling them because they might not live up to the potential is demoralising and hurts staff enthusiasm. When you're relying on that enthusiasm to keep people in the office all night you should at least provide some payoff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    If only they lived up to their potential

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Mind Candy full-time

    Pros

    Amazing people.
    Amazing office.
    Great perks.
    Good salary.
    Potential for great IP.

    Cons

    Poor management.
    No team ownership.
    Poor hires over the last 24 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower your teams.
    Be true to your company values.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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