Playspan

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  1.  

    good startup

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Playspan

    Pros

    It's a good place if you're looking for a startup experience. Good management. Good peeps. Good business model.

    Cons

    You'll work harder than you thought you could work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to focus more. There are lots of opportunities to chase; be more selective.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Management Needs To Get Their Head Together

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Playspan

    Pros

    VISA just purchased, so hopefully the company is on the up.

    Cons

    Management isn't the best and can be quite rude and disrespectful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A better business model, and better treatment of your employees. A more vigorous interviewing process, rather than just hiring random kids straight from college. Hopefully Visa will fix the company, and not kill it.

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    Satisfied

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    Former Employee - Web Quality Assurance in Santa Clarita, CA
    Former Employee - Web Quality Assurance in Santa Clarita, CA

    I worked at Playspan

    Pros

    Friendly environment and good kitchen

    Cons

    Too much work and less payment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The environment is really friendly. However some managers are non approachable and expect to work a lot with less payment

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    "Startup" Refuses to Grow Up

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at Playspan

    Pros

    PlaySpan works in an interesting business space, and there are a lot of dedicated people there keeping things running. They have partnerships with a LOT of big games companies, too, so there's (top-line, anyway) revenue coming in.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, it's run horribly. Most employees are hired as part-time interns and then worked way more than 40 hours a week. Upper management is amazingly cheap. Nothing is documented, and things only run because they're hacked together at the last minute to overcome the complete lack of architectural planning, or significant planning of any kind. The management style is best described as "openly hostile", and they also claim to have a "flat" organization -- which means, in practice, that executives will steal people from one another's projects constantly. And also means that the CEO meddles directly in everything. And if you interview there, expect to be pressured to sign an offer letter before you leave -- be sure you get *everything* you negotiate down in writing before you do, too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire in accordance with the level of work you want done. Stop being afraid to spend money. Stop hiring kids off the street at SJSU and start paying for people with actual experience. Unflatten the org, hire people with actual management experience, and let them manage.

    Unless, of course, you really are committed to selling out in a year or two, in which case: good luck to you, and to whoever buys your bill of goods.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Good development methodologies with cutting edge technologies

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mumbai (India)

    I have been working at Playspan full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible, cutting edge technologies, good guidance

    Cons

    more load, less spacious, no canteen facility

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Not very good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Playspan

    Pros

    insurance benefits and other services

    Cons

    No personal growth in term of technicality, software used are not upto date

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    start up environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Playspan

    Pros

    Good code.
    Good product.
    Smart People to work with.

    Cons

    Still run like a start up.. they are working on providing more structure.
    Shouting.
    Too much pressure at times.
    Almost everyone works extra hrs regularly. They are so used to it now that they do not even notice it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great vision and product. Provide consistent message from upper management. Respect employees no shouting there are more effective ways to communicate.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Easily the worst company I have worked for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Playspan

    Pros

    You interact with a variety of interesting people from all over the world in day-to-day activities.
    There are a few employees who are among the best at what they do.

    Cons

    The experts within the company are rarely consulted on a project before a feature set and timeline are committed to. Quick hacks are done to get a project out the door and rarely fixed later. Urgent issues are ignored until they become crises. Important projects with fixed delivery dates are sometimes sat on until there isn't enough time left to do them right. The few members of management who do know what they're doing are so overworked that it can be hard to get what you need from them.

    There's a lot of management by intimidation and temper tantrums going on. Some managers regularly yell at each other and their subordinates. Trying to use vacation time feels like asking a manager to give you a vital organ. There's constant pressure to work more and more hours. Management is still acting like the company is a start up who can only get business by delivering everything in one tenth the time of competitors. Management decisions are sometimes politically motivated with no regard for the merits of the choices.

    There's a steady exodus of the most talented people.

    The employment screening process is nowhere near rigorous enough. People who don't have the knowledge to do a job are hired then turned loose with very little training or oversight. Meanwhile management looks like they're trying to drive out the best people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Involve your subject matter experts in decision making, particularly the hiring process. That goes double for the hiring of managers. Get rid of the "always at work" culture. Overwork leads to more mistakes, which require more effort later to correct. Encourage people to use their vacation time instead of resisting when they do. Set schedules based on how long it will take to complete a project correctly. When there's client pressure to meet an early deadline start on the project sooner and clear people's schedules so they can focus on it rather than requiring them to work nights and weekends to get it done in addition to their other responsibilities.

    To Visa, who acquired Playspan earlier this year: Playspan needs real leadership in a hurry. It's rapidly losing it's most experienced and knowledgeable people, and few of the ones being hired to replace them are up to the task.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    By far the worst company I have ever worked for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Playspan

    Pros

    You'll get to work on some interesting technologies, and there are a handful of talented people you'd get to work with.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, none of those talented folks are in a position of authority. The management team is full of themselves, and they think they know more than they actually do. The arrogance has gotten worse since Visa has purchased PlaySpan. There is very little coordination between engineering teams, which makes everything that is built a kludge. Projects are never finished to completion, so most things are left at being 50-75% done when folks are force to move onto the next project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put some trust in the folks who've been with the company for awhile. And come to grip with the fact that you don't know everything.

    Doesn't Recommend

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