RockYou Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
34 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great Company, Smart People and Great Environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at RockYou full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Ability to make an immediate impact. I've worked at companies where my and my counterpart's ideas were disregarded because of an Autocratic Management style. That's not how it works at RockYou. If I had an idea that I believed could better the company, I didn't hesitate to approach my manager. Management would give us their full attention and evaluate.
    -fast paced environment that procures high performance from each team member.

    Cons

    High expectations - It was frustrating working long hours but seeing the light at the end of the tunnel, makes it worth it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm excited to see how much the company grows!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    They suck you in and then spit you out

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at RockYou full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Great friendly coworkers (as long as they are on the same level as you).

    Cons

    - Heavy level of office politics especially at the top.
    - You have no say in your product, no matter how long you've been a part of it.
    - If you outlive your usefulness, you are thrown aside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should actually try to develop your employees instead of favoring yourselves all the time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Company needs to replace CEO and upper management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at RockYou

    Pros

    -A lot of great people, and can be a fun work environment.
    -Stay a while and you will probably get an inflated title of Director with a high salary.

    Cons

    -CEO is not qualified to run this company.
    -Company wastes money expensing non work-related purchases.
    -Job security pretty much guaranteed if you party with the CEO. Otherwise don't count on it. (Was not laid off, just an observation).
    -Company is completely unethical.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to the Board and Investors: Replace the CEO and bring on some focused, mature, and ethical leaders/executives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing team with really poor vision and direction

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at RockYou full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I was treated with a great amount of respect, paid well, fed well, and had an incredible boss (EP of publishing). I was able to work remotely when needed and treated like an employee would want to be by a superior and mentor.

    I also was able to work with several brilliant and fun people who I have retained as contacts and friends to this day.

    The old facility was really great and conveniently located in the Redwood city suburbs.

    Cons

    Lack of commitment to company vision or direction.
    CEO chases tails of trends instead of leading
    Company hit big on Facebook early then failed to find niche
    Missed the mobile bandwagon with no intention of trying to catch up
    Company has too many overpaid, unnecessary upper management staff
    Needs someone like the GM of Publishing who has game experience and savy to drive the vision of the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to internal development of games for mobile
    Focus on mid-core games as well as casual
    Cut fat from the top down and let EP of Publishing run things

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Avoid like the plague (the plague would be better.)

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at RockYou full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They kind of, sort of, have a leading-edge angle in the Gaming market, for in-app. They are also a great place if you are a gambler and want to wager while at work, on how long until the next round of layoffs/firings begin. (Note: these will include you, so FYI.)

    Cons

    Does it get any better? Not really. And you should really ask how the Founder somehow "left" the company way back when. Oh yeah; expect them to 're-invent' themselves every 10 minutes or so. Lucky you!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The person heading the place up, is by far one of the most hated exec's in all of Silicon Valley. A total disaster. Even better, their temperament is one that is very likely happy with that. Run, don't walk.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Account Director

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in South San Jose Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Account Executive in South San Jose Hills, CA

    I worked at RockYou full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good in beginning, small, nimble social applications company.

    Cons

    Rock You is poorly managed and lack any strategic vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set strategic direction and stay with the strategy.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    There was a lot of potential

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at RockYou

    Pros

    Great group of people. Free lunch and lots of snacks.

    Cons

    Crazy politics.
    CEO can't choose and execute strategy.
    Lots of new hires (often friends of the executive team) to come up with new ideas but no one seems to be able to actually complete a project.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people who can get the job done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    fun and sad company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at RockYou full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    the benefits and compensation were great. there were plenty of good people to work with and learn from as well. also, catered lunches

    Cons

    us vs them mentality between upper management and employees. CEO and execs were untrustworthy, as they kept saying one thing and doing another

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    just be honest about what you want and what you are doing, and youll get the people you need.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun while it lasted in a bizarre way

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at RockYou full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    --I learned a lot about being a leader
    --The work was really incredible
    --I learned a lot about how to constructively deal with people and negotiate when there were conflicts.

    Cons

    --the CEO was a real liability
    --constantly laying off
    --the bad rep about the password fiasco
    --some people simply would not consider anything but their own opinion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    --don't bark at your employees, the company wouldn't be there without them
    --find a strategy and stick to it, they generally take longer than 2 months to change
    --if you can't make a go of it, step aside and let another person do it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun while it lasted

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at RockYou full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It was a fun environment with learning opportunities While in Redwood city, there was always food and drinks to be had,

    The in office games were great, nerf wars, dodgeball, ping pong, water fights. I had the most fun out of any company when with RockYou

    Cons

    Very high turn over due to management, and conflicting company goals. It seemed to be a case of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing. All while the foot is in a blender.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No more EA cast offs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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