PopCap Games Reviews

Updated August 7, 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. Senior Artist

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    Former Employee - Senior Artist in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Artist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PopCap Games full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, nice environment, good pay.

    Cons

    Too corporate now. No new ip in years.

    Advice to Management

    Take risks.


  2. Awesome Time!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very collaborative environment, smart co-workers, great products, and positive work/life balance. Combine that with solid benefits, an awesome culture, and good leadership, you have an amazing org!

    Cons

    Because it is a smaller org there aren't a lot of advancement opportunities.


  3. PopCap

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    Former Employee - Artist/UI Designer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Artist/UI Designer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great, fun people. Fun work all the time. Good benefits and in-office perks.

    Cons

    Moderate turn over and team switching, company in flux with EA buy out.

    Advice to Management

    More structure and less movement is needed.


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  5. It's Alright

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PopCap Games full-time

    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.


  6. Great Team and Culture (pre-EA)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  7. Business System Analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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


  8. Changed after acquisition by larger company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.


  9. good place

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    Former Employee - Business Team in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Business Team in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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


  10. Helpful (2)

    Bad reputation for a reason

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    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.



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