PopCap Games Reviews

Updated June 8, 2015
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Pros
  • Still lots of great people there, and a lot of them are looking to get out (in 5 reviews)

  • It was a great company when I joined, great benefits, leaders who really appreciated their employees and treated them right (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management feels increasingly like they have no idea what they're doing, and it's taking its toll on the people that made the company what it was (in 4 reviews)

  • When they laid off the culture team, they sucked the soul out of the building (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Great Team and Culture (pre-EA)

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at PopCap Games full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Product quality is second to none.
    Team is ambitious, talented and focused.

    Cons

    Emphasis on revenue (not customer experience) Pre-and-post EA acquisition.


  2. It's Alright

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PopCap Games full-time

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

    Pros

    Smart and talented people all around.
    Well stocked fridge.
    IP is fun to work on.

    Cons

    Management has no idea what they're doing.
    Expect to change direct managers every two months.
    Extremely hesitant to promote internally.
    Stock and bonuses are used as incentive to keep people as opposed to promoting them.
    Outsources quite a bit and strips people of people actually doing good work.

    Advice to Management

    Don't leave your team in the dust. Help them achieve their goals to keep attrition from occurring.


  3. Business System Analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PopCap Games

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun filled environment
    Good work culture

    Cons

    Not much projects for BA
    I don't have any other complaints about this place


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  5. Changed after acquisition by larger company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PopCap Games

    Pros

    Very high standards result in great games.

    Cons

    Some "hardening of the arteries" in terms of being harder to get things done after acquisition.


  6. good place

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Team in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Business Team in Seattle, WA

    I worked at PopCap Games full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really smart people, good to work with, good culture.

    Cons

    Evolution to free-to-play took its toll on the studio.


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    Bad reputation for a reason

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at PopCap Games full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Incredibly smart and passionate employees.

    Cons

    Have a bad people philosophy. Only invest in their 1% and leadership team. Have pitted teams and groups against one another, very much a "them vs. us" mentality instead of a team.


  8. Great dev teams, senior management vision and leadership still looking for its groove

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at PopCap Games full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The dev teams for the most part are top notch - I think the best most ambitious devs working in the casual segment. Perks, while cut back, are still pretty good. Office culture is pretty friendly though somewhat passive aggressive and gossipy.

    Cons

    Leadership is lacking. That layer feels disconnected from the teams in the trenches. Decisions seem arbitrary, hiring is opaque, promotions, staffing and layoffs puzzling and not merit based.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the teams more. Grow and nurture talent. Plans should be the articulation of your strategy, and not a limitation to creativity. Be aware that people see your old relationships and feel excluded at best.


  9. Fun place to work with amazing talent and room for growth

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at PopCap Games full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    YOU HAVE A LIFE OUTSIDE OF WORK! This may sound like nothing, but at my last job, I was working 12 hours a day and weekends. I never saw my family. But the second I was hired by Popcap/EA, my family life improved beyond compare. That and my compensation went through the roof. I was actually getting paid to do what I love and have my weekends back! Not only can I see my family, I can actually afford to keep my head above the financial waters!

    Your hard work is recognized and rewarded with raises, stock, and/or career growth. Everyone is very friendly, and despite the industry giants that you WILL meet, there are zero egos. Everyone is just there to make great games and have fun doing it.

    If it's not for you, they won't get angry if you want to leave or have a better opportunity else where (like some companies in Seattle). In fact, they will encourage it and even help you on your way. Or at the very least, you will get a plethora of referrals.

    Feeling ill? Take the day off, they understand. Need to take a week off to spend with family? Go for it. The deadlines are reasonable enough to actually get things done even with vacation time. There are lots of team outings for celebrating releases or if the team did a great job pulling together. Like I said...you are rewarded a lot for good work.

    Cons

    Some entrenched management that do very little or are too money-hungry to listen to the devs to make the right decisions which can serve to be a problem in holding the company back. And the ones who suffer are the employees who actually make the games. Upper management don't make games, the employees do. If management screws up, they need to pay the price, not the workers.

    Advice to Management

    Clean out the upper management a little. Your employees deserve better than to lose jobs because of terrible decisions made by people who don't understand the inner workings.

    Start cycling out Poplabs developers to start newer and fresher ideas so the company stays fresh and on top of the leaderboards.


  10. Lost it's Way

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at PopCap Games full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    An amazing place when I started. A company that had lot's of soul and positive energy. Great people doing great work. Still lots of great people there, and a lot of them are looking to get out.

    Cons

    Lack of new IP, unorganized management on the PopCap side (they were trying hard) and parent company culture eroded the PopCap spirit.

    Advice to Management

    Vechey is making a great effort to improve everything. Keep fighting the good fight!


  11. PopCap on the up-and-up

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Business in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at PopCap Games full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Make great games and work with top-notch talent!

    Cons

    Lots of changes in structure over past year



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