Playdom

  www.playdom.com
  www.playdom.com

Playdom Reviews in San Jose, CA

Updated September 26, 2014
Updated September 26, 2014
53 Reviews
3.5
53 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Playdom Co-President John Pleasants
John Pleasants
12 Ratings

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)

More Highlights

17 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Great times were had at this company...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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.  

    Just OK

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5.  

    Software Developer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    A fine place to begin a career in computer game development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    Ample 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.

    Cons

    Social 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Development Lead

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Development Lead in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Development Lead in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    It was a good company 2 years back

    Cons

    Bad Management and very bad career options.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a New Management

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Integration woes

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Playdom full-time

    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.

    Cons

    Small 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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep an eye on the stress levels of your teams - pressure from executives is not always properly filtered.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    great work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Palo Alto, CA

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

    Pros

    good location
    fun team
    good work/life balance

    Cons

    not enough team members to deal with the amount of work load
    tight deadlines

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    some managers tend to micro-manage instead of trusting their teams to deliver the work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disorganized company with kids running it

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Highly Competitive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Lead in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Engineering Lead in Palo Alto, CA

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Your 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

Work at Playdom? Share Your Experiences

Playdom

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.