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Updated May 12, 2014

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3.2 9 reviews

75% Approve of the CEO

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Mike Peronto

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63% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Love it here!

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsFlexible schedule. Great work life balance. Middle management does a great job of staying between product development and executives. No micro-managing. Treated like a professional and trusted to get your work done.

    ConsProjects tend to have so many dependencies that they take a long time to get out the door. Agile still feels like waterfall.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Unorganized

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIf you want to work on the sales team at WildTangent you will have to be able to work very independently. If that is what you are looking for this is great place for you. The work/life balance is great and the hours are not demanding. Salary and benefits are also great. Upper management is flexible with time off as well.

    ConsThere is little room for personal/career growth at this company. Very unorganized and the overall work ethic switches from intense to lazy. Little to no training involved, immediately thrown in to the fire without much support.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe Human Resource department is extremely unorganized. The hiring process takes months and if you are not working in the Seattle office communication internally is difficult and strained.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Office energy has left the building

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsMiddle tier down, employees are intelligent and hard working. Lots of cross team collaboration on projects, fast-pace, get-it-done mentality.

    ConsSenior level and Executive team members have little to no relevant industry experience. Executive team has had heavy turnover for the last three years in media sales and associated operations team. Health benefits have been cut which previously compensated for low industry salary. Open fighting among the senior leadership is petty and counterproductive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe inability to question decisions alienates employee trust, which is exacerbated when internal communication is conflicting.

    Improve clarity of messaging from senior management, if confrontation is inevitable make sure it's clear what the issue is and that emotion is not the focus of the argument.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    There are better places to be...

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsCompetitive salary, ample parking in the parking lot. Other than that, I can't find 20 positive words to meet the minimum word requirement for this section.

    Cons1. Gaming company trying to do online advertising - lacks focus
    2. Upper management is to old to understand landscape of both gaming and online advertising
    3. Company describes itself as a "start-up" environment...after 10+ years.
    4. Company is not able to recruite top technical talent when competing with Microsoft, Amazon and Boeing

    Advice to Senior ManagementAnybody that has been in the same technical role for more than 4+ years at the same organization has lost the ability see the landscape outside the organization.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Lots of turnover

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood benefits & onsite gym.

    ConsUnclear directions, do not reward people who do the work.

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    WildTangent, a Pretty Nice Place to Work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat benefits, small-company atmosphere, all levels of management are accessible when needed.

    ConsShares a parking lot with another company that sometimes makes it hard to find a spot close by.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDrum up enthusiasm and get back some more of the startup vibe by giving everybody in the company a free copy of each pay-for title WildTangent Studios produces.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great start-up feel company.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsFun culture, surrounded by video games, free parking, great healthcare benefits, great people. You feel like you're in a smaller company, but have the resources of a bigger company, which is nice.

    ConsSometimes you have to work quite a bit on the weekends and at night, and the commute can get old after a while since it's all the way out in Redmond.

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

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    Great little company but can one be promoted from within?

    Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsAwesome coworkers, free soda, twice yearly company parties, free games, gym access, GREAT benefits, laid-back atmosphere, plenty of diverse project opportunities, small enough that you can be known and shine for your work, free parking, management listens and cares, company sponsors charity events, funds continuing education, and employee morale incentives are given each month (gift cards/food). Almost a dream place to work!

    ConsRaises done on a yearly cycle for all employees. If you don't start before Jan. 1 that year then you must wait until the following year for an increase. This means in some cases you wait almost 1.5 years before a raise!

    Furthermore, raises done on unknown/obscure mathematical equation that effectively means less than a .25 cent raise for those in customer support each year. This is why the "Compensation and Benefits" score is low. The benefits are great but the compensation is not.

    While plenty of project work is offered and the company claims to promote from within, a divide seems to exist between those upstairs and those in customer support. Employees who have done work for the company above and beyond their job description are not usually compensated monetarily for it and, when a position in the project area opens up, CS employees have not lately been considered or even interviewed. While historically they have promoted from within, that policy appears to have changed in the last year or so.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSince customer support is on a much lower pay scale than the rest of the company it would make better sense to offer a different raise schedule. Perhaps a raise at 6 months, then a year, then a larger raise at the year mark and every year following. This would encourage continued loyalty among trained workers, improve morale, and reduce the high costs of quicker turnover.

    Also, HR would do well to either schedule a short interview for employees applying for positions from within or at least meet with the employee to discuss why they were not accepted for an interview and what they may do to be interviewed in the future. Lack of even an email response to a job application from within the company is inexcusable when there are fewer than 200 employees.

    Finally, if project work in the open position area within the company that is performed by customer support is not enough to garner an interview, please either: 1) inform employees what may also be done to increase their chances to get promoted in the future, or 2) don't dump the extra work on us. Employees would rise to the standards needed if those standards were simply voiced. But if that is not the m.o. and a chance for promotion into those other departments is non existent, we would better spend our time improving our own department rather than "filling the gaps" for those upstairs.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Dynamic fast-paced environment for self-starters... not a place for slackers

    Developer (Current Employee) Redmond, WA

    ProsSmall enough so that individuals stand out, yet large enough to be financially stable and have the basics like an HR department, IT department, etc. Fairly fast-paced environment lead by charismatic and outspoken CEO. Very open environment where you can speak your mind, contribute, and make impact.

    ConsThe downside of being medium sized is that there isn't a lot of redundancy in resources. Gotta get more done with less so it can feel like you're always playing catch-up. It's never boring though.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the machine well-oiled: point everyone in the same direction (lead), ensure priorities are matched across teams (communicate), keep your ears open (listen & respond)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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