Spil Games

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Spil Games Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
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    Strategy changes like the wind, but an easy entry to the industry.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hilversum (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hilversum (Netherlands)

    I have been working at Spil Games full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working at Spil will mean you're "in", even without previous games experience they hire based on enthusiasm, capability and talent rather than how many years you've been in games or who you know in the industry. A great place to get your start.

    Cons

    The strategy changes quickly and often, there's a pretty hight turnover and the company seems to go through "culling" periods where lots of staff leave at once.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a CEO the board is happy with and follow the one direction. Less focus on "fail fast" (without releasing) and more focus on producing at least an MVP for all projects.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Out of touch management. Little morale building. Homogenous and non-existent corporate culture.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    -Work life balance (most would leave at 5pm - and no one works on weekends).

    Cons

    -Completely idiotic management / clueless about direction
    -Most VP's are 'robots' and trying too hard to hold onto their jobs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -They wouldn't listen anyhow, so no point.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. 8 people found this helpful  

    If you have a diploma in ego management, work here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Spil Games

    Pros

    Very laid back, everything is done really slow (this is a pro for foreign people if you want to retire)
    Great location just outside of Amsterdam
    Good support for foreigners

    Cons

    Zero games knowledge. People are not passionate about games

    Reputation of cloning, building uninspired games, based on "proven concepts". End result is always a compromise.

    Failing is never ok. Taking risks is never ok. Sitting in meetings 8 hours per day is.

    Extreme politics are a daily chore. 10,000 people companies don't have this much politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't keep people on your management team just because they're too expensive to fire.

    A good employee is the one that does his job well, not the one that tells you greatest stories

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Nice company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Spil Games

    Pros

    Nice people
    Low pressure
    Modern build system

    Cons

    Very very political
    Low salary
    Not evetyone is skilled, but get away with big mouth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More doing less talking

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Do not waste your life working here. All positive reviews here are written by HR.

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    Current Employee - Manager in Hilversum (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Manager in Hilversum (Netherlands)

    I have been working at Spil Games full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If you are tight with the "Boys Club" then you can pretty much do what you want. That includes attending every industry event in the calendar and getting in any time before 12pm and leaving at 4pm.

    Cons

    Hold no faith in the nepotistic, micromanage-mental approach from the MT/LT as it currently stands at Spil. There are too many people that came to Spil as interns that now hold positions that they have little to no experience in fulfilling to bring the best possible to its employees and the products it takes to market.

    It’s more often than not a question of ‘winning a discussion’ than solving a problem.

    Agile, UX and data driven are just words to these people who have no idea in how to implement them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wish nothing but luck to the folks I leave behind, because that's all I think that got Spil to where it is today.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    A great ride!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Spil Games full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, cool office, trainings, great canteen and an awesome crew.

    Cons

    Every year a turnaround strategy, tends to have a copycat mindset, lead by technology driven choices. Portal (desktop) audience is in fast decline.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the game studio with experienced people from companies like King. With the portal business being in rapid decline, this is Spil Games only route to a new success.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Interesting company with potential

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hilversum (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hilversum (Netherlands)

    I worked at Spil Games part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Spil Games has great people and a friendly vibe. People generally have a good skillset. Canteen food is usually acceptable. Free snacks. Plenty of training opportunities. Technology is often pushed to its limits.

    Cons

    There are no real career opportunities besides becoming "senior". Spil is "focusing" on 10 things at the same time. Management is too focused on old, rapidly declining business models like the desktop portals. I wonder if proper ROI analysis is ever done. Same goes for regular usability testing with actual target audience, both for the portals and the games. Salary could be a bit better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop looking at the "now" and start innovating. Use a few FTEs to innovate in game platform opportunities that might come out in the future (VR/Google Glass). Keep up with innovation and drop Erlang for anything but the back-end services. Spend some resources on offline marketing to become a better-known brand. Start small and then grow.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9. 12 people found this helpful  

    Could Be Great if Management Knew What It Wanted

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    -Some of the smartest people I've ever worked with
    -Young, energetic workforce
    -If you're aligned under the right MT member, the workplace can be great
    -Good work-life balance with plenty of flexibility to take care of your non-work life
    -Very generous training budget and offered courses
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    -There's a TON of potential here both in the people and in the tools and tech that's been developed or started. If Spil could narrow its focus and stick with a strategy it could achieve a lot of great stuff.

    Cons

    -It's been said on most of these reviews, but I'll repeat it anyway. Strategy changes constantly, and with strategy changes come large layoffs. New strategies are only given a few months to be wildly successful before they're canceled. The struggle here is that management tries to approach everything the same way they approached building web portals in the mid-2000s, and don't understand what new emerging markets like mobile require to succeed.

    -While Spil is a company that boasts 30+ different nationalities in the office, and that about 30% of the company is women (a high number for the industry), you'll be very hard pressed to find many non-Dutch men above the rank of "Team Manager". This isn't to say it's a racist office, but at the upper ranks it's very much a white, male, Dutch club.

    -If you're under the wrong MT member, the work environment can be ruled by fear and threats. Walking around the office, you can tell who works for what MT member by how they look and act. Some are relaxed, sometimes smile, and don't snap at people. Others are constantly running around in a panic, terrified that they'll be fired any second. If you're under the wrong MT member, and you don't have a manager or two between you and him to shield you from the crap.

    -No career ladder unless you are in IT or want to be management.

    -Communication from the MT group is poor-to-non-existent. We get a quarterly meeting that summarizes numbers and maybe talks about strategy, but there's very little detail, and questions are evaded instead of answered honestly, or with a simple "I don't know yet". Or worse, your questions are aggressively challenged.

    -Silo'd, conflicting business goals between departments. It's very common to have two or more of the major departments at the company to have conflicting goals for the year, which results in internal competition for resources. This creates an Us vs Them mentality when working between certain groups. Senior Management is aware of this problem but doesn't seem to care enough to fix it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If anything, I'd say be consistent and all try to work in the same direction. Pick a single overriding strategy with a few clear goals, and cut away ANYTHING that doesn't contribute to reaching those goals. And get the departments all on the same page. Marketing, Advertising, Studio, IT. You're all part of the same company and should not have conflicting goals. If Marketing has a Reach goal for its websites, Advertising shouldn't then get a more aggressive ad revenue goal for those same websites. If IT has a goal to unify the tech platform for speed and scalability, Marketing shouldn't let each website (run by non-technical people) go off in its own technical direction.

    One strategy, a few clear goals, and make sure everything the company is doing works together to reach those goals. You're in a declining market right now, and the only way to get any sort of traction to turn things around is to get everyone to work together. But that means you need to be clear and consistent on where you're deaded.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Mediocre internship

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    Former Employee - Intern in Hilversum (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Intern in Hilversum (Netherlands)

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

    Pros

    - High pay for an internship
    - free lunch, cheap cafeteria, travel expenses covered
    - Company parties
    - Good learning opportunities
    - Loads of nice people everywhere
    - Spacious offices

    Cons

    - Office politics are rampant
    - Greater attention is put into telling everyone everything's fine when it isn't
    - Management team isn't sure what it wants, barely communicates with rest of company
    - Managers everywhere
    - Dishonest managers
    - Company is trying too hard to be a fun place like Google, without achieving the same results.
    - Organizational changes will happen on a day's notice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make up your mind, let people know, and stick to it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Don't go there, everything is bad about it

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Spil Games

    Pros

    Good lunch and a few good nice people

    Cons

    Back stabbing happens a lot, trust no one in the company specially not in the higher management our people who have been working here longer than 3 years.
    There is no strategy, they change their "focus" every few months and with that get rid of anyone critical or creative.
    They promise mountains, they driver mountains. Problem is, no one warned the mountains are full of distrust. They actively read others email chat conversions and even more actively use that against their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of this business, you're ruining a whole bunch of good people.

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