Playdom

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Playdom Reviews

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
53 Reviews
3.5
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Playdom Co-President John Pleasants
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Great times were had at this company...

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    Former Employee - UI Designer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - UI Designer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Playdom full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great people to work with, very friendly, open culture
    - Good benefits and nice perks (catered lunch, dinner, etc. --dude-- disneyland pass)
    - Constant variety of work opportunity to grow

    Cons

    - Opportunity for growth really depends on your manager
    - Seeing the many abandoned or soon to be dropped projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Business decisions were not the best... oversaturating the company portfolio with hidden object games and overexpanding the company and putting all your eggs in one basket is probably one of the reasons why you ended up laying off everyone

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Nice place to work, lacking in clear direction

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    Current Employee - Senior Artist in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Artist in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Playdom full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Nice office w/ lots of amenities. Gym, lunches and dinners provided, very large kitchen that is fully stocked, games, etc.
    -Mostly a nice and talented group of people. Management is nice, if a little clueless
    -Doesn't require a lot of long hours.
    -Disney perks are great, especially if you plan on visiting the parks at all

    Cons

    -Company hasn't been able to duplicate the success of it's earlier hits which has led to large layoffs and scrambling for a new direction. The game I was working was earning money and was on track to being their biggest success in sometime but they sold it and cut the team because they wanted to focus on more hardcore titles (something they've not done well at so far).
    -The start-up culture that existed previous to the buyout has been slowly supplanted by Disney corporate culture.
    -Health plans aren't great compared to most gaming companies in the Silicon Valley
    -Rigid studio system makes it hard to transition to a new team if you're unhappy with the work you are doing/game you are working on
    -Unstable work environment/not a lot of job security. Company is very much in a transitional state which may result in being completely shut down by Disney if they're able to turn it around quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Figure out how to make games that people want to play, don't just rely on Disney's IP to make up for stale games.
    -Don't sell games that are making money just because they don't fit the "vision" you made up while in the shower based on allegorical evidence of what's hot now
    -Adopt a Valve-style of team building, allowing people to work on the projects that they are most passionate about

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Terrible HR politics within the group

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Playdom

    Pros

    Free food, snacks and beer Friday. But it stops there.

    Cons

    Horrible HR management. Two-faced. Snotty. Don't trust others to do their own work, micro managers. Think they are Greek GODS or something. Not a nice word to say to people who work hard and smart. They just put on a pretty face for their clients and that's about it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look into your groups, and weed out the people with major attitude issues. Spoils the culture of the whole company. So what if your company is made up of some 20 yr olds? That does not mean you need to act like you own the place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Just OK

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I have been working at Playdom full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Part of Disney
    Free Food

    Cons

    Nobody really knows what they are doing. they just act like they do

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great for starting out, but mismanaged and no opportunity for growth...too much "old boys club"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Playdom full-time

    Pros

    Great People under the management. Most managers do not look to use their employees strengths and instead put them in a position where their weakness show more.

    Cons

    Old boys club: Many low level management are protected by upper management making open-door policies a joke.
    Looking to the future: Not enough foresight as to what viable platforms are for new titles. Making bad decisions and not correcting course until its too late.
    Very stressful release schedule.
    Low pay when compare to other employers offering like positions.
    Management loves to pass blame down the ladder and act like they are doing it all right.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make your employees feel appreciated and they will do more for you. Make decisions that are good for the studios instead of just the bottom-line. Pay more attention to trends and don't be the last one to adapt to the changing market.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Software Developer

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Great work environment and good teams. Benefits are good. Flexible schedule. Everyone is very friendly and easy to work with.

    Cons

    Communication between teams is lacking. Salarys are fairly low compared to the normal.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Playdom

    Pros

    The culture and freedom to build great games

    Cons

    being cut hard by parent company / move to licensing more

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Execute the big games / IP's

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Relaxed atmosphere with many passionate people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Playdom full-time

    Pros

    Great community with lots of passionate people
    Relaxed working environment with many benefits
    Lots of different types of projects to work on

    Cons

    No guarantee of job stability on a project to project basis
    Occasional long hours during crunch time
    Segmented studios
    Catering could be better

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Incompetent management suffocates great talent.

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    Current Employee - Game Designer in Eugene, OR
    Current Employee - Game Designer in Eugene, OR

    I have been working at Playdom full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Incredibly knowledgeable programmers, great artists, most people actually doing work are skilled and dedicated.

    Cons

    Management might as well use a magic eight ball to make decisions, because at least then some would get made. Same mistakes are made over and over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do your job and invest in the people you manage, make decisions in a timely fashion and see them through. Make an effort to improve morale instead of seemingly driving it into the ground on purpose.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not amazing, but still great.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Playdom

    Pros

    Free food
    Great, friendly people for the most part

    Cons

    Lack of recognition
    Not a lot of information sharing across the board
    Just starting to recognize the value of good Designers

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