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Great leadership team, wonderful culture.

Producer (Former Employee)
Mountain View, CA

I worked at Playdom full-time for less than a year

ProsGreat executive leadership team.
Wonderful culture.

ConsLot of middle management (and great talent) has already left the company

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Disorganized company with kids running it

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Mountain View, CA

I worked at Playdom full-time for more than a year

ProsForefront of social/mobile gaming. Free food. Nice office. Entrepreneurial environment and aggressive attitude & culture.

ConsKids running the company. No vision or strategy. Maybe better now that Disney has acquired & cleaned up. Too many cooks in the kitchen makes it difficult to produce anything of quality with a unified vision.

Advice to Senior ManagementFire the current management.

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

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Would Rather Not Say (Former Employee)
Mountain View, CA

I worked at Playdom as a contractor for less than a year

ProsFree food, Facebook games, etc..

ConsDisorganized!
Little consideration whatsoever or respect for people.
Did not understand how to leverage people's skills.
Had no clue how to properly test games (I was one of the highest ranked players of two of their top games with no outside help, at the time I joined the company and I watched in amazement at how they attempted to test things. It was cute but sad).

Advice to Senior ManagementDo ont make assumptions about people's ideal role in the company, solely based on their previous jobs or your team leads' biases and insecurities
Check in with your employees regularly
Allow employees to review managers and team leads!
Encourage everyone in the company to play games (seriously -- it works)
Remind team leads to check their egos at the door!!!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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There is good potential for short-term learning, but the future of the company is on rocky ground.

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Mountain View, CA

I have been working at Playdom

Pros- in general, most employees are smart and competent-- some very much so
- decent side perks-- free lunches and dinners, snacks, dual monitors, laptops, video games, etc
- young, fun atmosphere-- most employees are probably still in their early/mid 20s
- social gaming is also young and therefore an interesting industry to be a part of
- on the tech side, there are some interesting scalability issues being tackled
- work hours can be pretty light if you want them to be

Cons- lack of tangible technical/strategic vision across the company. if execs know what they are doing, they sure arent convincing anyone
- company is still struggling to find its place-- they have had a couple longterm successes and a couple flash-in-the-pans, but they haven't figured how to reliably reproduce either
- many, if not all, employees were disillusioned by the lack of any payout from the acquisition; a large number have left, and many of the remainder are just in a holding pattern until they vest
- poor communication across different teams
- due to inexperienced middle mgmt, many incompetent employees are allowed to linger, reducing overall morale

Advice to Senior Management- communicate in truths, not in empty rah rah rahs-- say exactly what you're going to do and how you're going to do it
- work harder to attract and retain top talent-- increase salaries and equity, but also expectations
- make true on your pledge to release high quality content-- consolidate teams into a half dozen quality games and hire experienced managers that have proven themselves
- take advantage of big-company economies of scale-- invest more in internal infrastructure instead of fragmenting resources and reinventing the wheel 10x

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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