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Playdom Reviews in Mountain View, CA

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Pros
  • Free food, snacks and beer Friday (in 8 reviews)

  • Great people to work with, very friendly, open culture (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Personal grudges among senior management lead to transparently bad decisions (in 3 reviews)

  • Old boys club: Many low level management are protected by upper management making open-door policies a joke (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great leadership team, wonderful culture.

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    Former Employee - Producer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Producer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Playdom full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great executive leadership team.
    Wonderful culture.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disorganized company with kids running it

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Playdom full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Kids 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 ManagementAdvice

    Fire the current management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Revolving Door

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Would Rather Not Say in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Would Rather Not Say in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Playdom as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Free food, Facebook games, etc..

    Cons

    Disorganized!
    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 ManagementAdvice

    Do 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!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in 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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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

    Doesn't Recommend

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