Playdom
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Updated May 15, 2014

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Playdom Co-President John Pleasants

John Pleasants

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64% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great times were had at this company...

    UI Designer (Former Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    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 Senior ManagementBusiness 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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A fine place to begin a career in computer game development

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsAmple opportunities for career progression. In my time at Playdom, I saw customer support representatives become senior business analysts, project managers become vice presidents, and engineers become executive producers.

    ConsSocial gaming isn't what it used to be. Far from its days as a startup, Playdom has become plagued by internal Disney politics.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIncrease transparency of management decisions. Entire projects have been scrapped with little to no explanation to outside teams.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Development Lead (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsIt was a good company 2 years back

    ConsBad Management and very bad career options.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a New Management

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Integration woes

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    Pros"We're not just using Disney IP - we're _creating_ Disney IP."
    Fantastic benefits.
    Awesome co-workers.
    Good location, right next to train.
    Three meals, and plenty of snacks.

    ConsSmall company acquired by large company can lead to some integration hiccups - and Playdom / Disney is no different.
    Red tape is sometimes unbearable.
    A better pipeline review process could make for fewer abandoned projects.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep an eye on the stress levels of your teams - pressure from executives is not always properly filtered.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    great work environment

    Executive Assistant (Former Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    Prosgood location
    fun team
    good work/life balance

    Consnot enough team members to deal with the amount of work load
    tight deadlines

    Advice to Senior Managementsome managers tend to micro-manage instead of trusting their teams to deliver the work

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Disorganized company with kids running it

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Mountain View, CA

    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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    Highly Competitive

    Engineering Lead (Former Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    Pros- Fast-paced and agile.
    - Highly metrics and data-driven.
    - Motivated employees.
    - Perks are nice, and the association with Disney can be inspiring.

    Cons- Highly competitive and cut-throat studio model leads to political backstabbing among groups. Personal grudges among senior management lead to transparently bad decisions.
    - Ability to bring in revenue is the only trusted objective measure of personal success across all disciplines. Reluctance to take risks and deep distrust among teams pervades the organization.
    - Blame-first tech culture has driven senior engineering talent away, and the rest into self-defensive holding patterns. Most creative/design talent outside of iterative monetization plays is gone.
    - Entrenched self-interests prevent acknowledgement of changes necessary to avoid becoming a passive victim of market disruption.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour greatest strength is your greatest weakness. Basing nearly every decision around short-term movements in the daily revenue tickers is blinding you to deep internal issues and greater market threats. An obsessive focus on avoiding risk is leaving you with people who are good at little else, and implicitly encouraging teams to always keep their knives sharpened for one another should those risks not pan out.

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

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    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsFriendly environment, people care about their jobs, dotted with smart people, interesting work, they feed you, you get to play games at work.

    ConsDon't be late when the food comes. You'll have to stand in line for 5-10 minutes!

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmployees are great. I think management is so so.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Company to work for

    Senior Recruiter (Current Employee)
    Palo Alto, CA

    ProsPlaydom was acquired by Disney Interactive Media in 2010 and even if it sits under a giant's umbrella, I love the fact that it continues to have a start-up environment and a fast pace.
    It is a flat organization where the distance from thinking to doing is very short.
    Management is available and friendly.
    The free breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks add to the fun of being here.
    Very professional environment and friendly.

    ConsNo Cons so far. Need more time with the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicaton with the employees can be definitely improved!

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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