Pocket Gems
4.6 of 5 19 reviews
www.pocketgems.com San Francisco, CA 150 to 499 Employees

Pocket Gems Reviews

Updated Feb 10, 2014
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4.6 19 reviews

                             

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Pocket Gems CEO Ben Liu

Ben Liu

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89% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great place to make an individual impact

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Pocket Gems

ProsThe people, hands down. Some of the best and brightest that could easily work else where but chooses to work here. Some of my closest friends I've met here.

ConsTypical to the industry, fast paced and tough work-life balance, but I think most people choose it out of passion for their work.

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

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Freaking awesome and whole heartedly happy and excited about working here

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Pocket Gems full-time for more than a year

ProsPeople: The best perk or benefit about working at Pocket Gems is working with humble, down to earth, extremely smart and talented individuals.

Great Culture: Pocket Gems is a true start up at heart. Zero red tape. Employees are given freedom to make right decisions to help the company grow.

Mission: The company has a great mission to become #1 in mobile entertainment space and to build the best mobile team in world and I think every decision made by the management team is inline with Company's mission.

ConsTo nice: I think people here are too nice and I am not sure if they can convey a tough message to any employee as needed for the organization.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing great things :)

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

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Work hard, play hard

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Pocket Gems full-time

ProsThings are done fast here once you convince the right 1-2 people that it's worth doing. It's a very agile environment and we try to be flexible with our priorities. Everyone is super friendly and easy to get along with. There's lots of social events and the whole office turns into a party on Fridays. Pool table, foosball, ping pong, Nintendo Wii -- it's like a gigantic playground!

ConsYou do have to work hard at this company. Working late into the night past midnight is not the day-to-day norm, but definitely something to you'll come to expect around major release dates, emergency bugs etc. This might be due to the fact that we are quite ambitious with the features we try to cram into each release and management does get stressed out at times.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up with the positive and fun environment, but be less impulsively reactive when dealing with live issues.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Exhausting workplace, but great people.

Engineer (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at Pocket Gems full-time

Pros-Colleagues are all very hardworking and talented people.
-Free food.

Cons-People are very highly opinionated, and sometimes don't listen to what others have to say.
-The engineers often gripe about product management -- it sometimes feels like they walk all over the engineers (not every manager is alike, though.)
-Since this is a startup, the average age is really young, which is both a pro and a con. It can be frustrating at times that less experienced people (often times fresh out of college) exude over-confidence and arrogance in the workplace. (Again, not everyone is like this, but it does happen enough that it's bothersome to some of us).
-As others have mentioned, this is a very fast-paced environment, so there's a lot of pressure, and it's a huge time commitment.
-I never thought I'd say this, but I'm getting tired of playing games. You HAVE to be a big gamer in order to thrive in this environment (seems intuitive, I know), but the non-gamers often feel like they don't fit in the work culture, because it consumes after-work activities too.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Pocket Gems is a wonderful place to work and learn how to be a great Product Manager

Product Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at Pocket Gems full-time

Pros- lots of ownership and responsibility early on in your career
- ability to see impact of your work on a daily basis
- lots of management experience since you get to manage a cross-functional team

Cons- can be stressful / long hours
- it is difficult to work from home as a Product Manager because your team works less efficiently when you aren't there

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

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Best Job Ever!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Pocket Gems full-time for more than a year

ProsCollaborative environment
Intelligent, Passionate and driven colleagues
Flat Management Structure
Myriad opportunities

ConsNot enough conference rooms
Need another ping pong table

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

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Mobile Test Engineer (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Pocket Gems full-time for more than a year

Pros-Great training and nurturing
-Management is transparent
-Great working environment
-Heavy Teamwork
-Structure and Process is organized
-Great vacation and benefits
-Work hard and play hard
-Smart people all around
-Very clear of company direction

Cons-Hard work requires late hours sometimes
-Pay is lower than most traditional tech companies

Advice to Senior Management-Promote to the many who deserve it

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

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Pocket Gems is a gem for interns

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Pocket Gems

ProsWhen I worked there it was about 30 employees so things have presumably changed. Anyway, I found pocket gems to be:
- a great learning environment
- fun
- relaxed
- food was delivered from a variety of delicious places
- good team dynamics. At the time they had hired pivots and I was on a team that adopted a variety of the Agile methods. This included pair programming which really did strengthen team relationships. However, I don't think the rest of the company adopted this particular practice.

ConsIt's really rather hard to think of any cons... I suppose longish hours but it didn't seem that bad.

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

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Awesome place, awesome people

Mobile Engineer (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Pocket Gems full-time for less than a year

Prosgood salary and benefits
satisfying work
flexible timings
good culture

Conssometimes you have to work hard to meet the deadlines!

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

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Great if it's your first job just out of college

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Pocket Gems

ProsNice location, lots of perks like lunch and fully stocked kitchen.

ConsIt works best if you are a gamer and want to hang out after work and play games, otherwise, you don't fit in.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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