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Pocket Gems Overview

San Francisco, CA
201 to 500 employees
Company - Private
Computer Hardware & Software
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Pocket Gems wants to build the greatest games and interactive entertainment in the world. With backing from Sequoia Capital and Tencent, we’re constantly breaking new ground with graphically rich mobile games, fun new genres of mobile entertainment, and innovative ... Read more

Mission: We have 2 missions: Build the world’s best mobile engineering team & Become a global leader in the mobile entertainment industry.

Company Updates

  • Nicholas Pezarro (Product Manager on War Dragons) discusses the importance of in-game events: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vIJId

    Pocket Gems on the importance and best implementation of in-game events

    People Pocket Gamer Connects will be heading to Vancouver for the first time ever on 28-29 June. Tickets are still available. So, to give you a hint at what you can expect, we're shining the spotlight onto our speakers to provide a deeper look at the personalities who will be taking the stage.

  • Chris Luhur (our Director of Marketing) explains the new world of marketing: http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vIJXS

    5 Ways Mobile Games Marketing Is Changing In 2016

    Story written by Chris Luhur, director of marketing at Pocket Gems There are very few constants in life. Benjamin Franklin once said that the only certain things in this world are death and taxes. Had he made mobile games, Franklin may have added rising CPI costs to the list of certainties.

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Pocket Gems – Why Work For Us?


Pioneering Mobile Games and Entertainment

Our strategy is driven by the belief that extraordinary results come from the creation of new categories, and we go after these opportunities fearlessly.

Our initial slate of games created the simulation genre on mobile, one of the very first successful categories. Over the past couple of years, we have been building on our legacy through the establishment of two new categories:

Storytelling in the form of an interactive mobile-first platform

Synchronous AAA-quality multiplayer 3D games

If you want to be part of building an incredible creative organization and enjoy a work environment that requires strong problem solving skills and independent self-direction, check out our open roles!



Life at Pocket Gems

What kind of games company would we be if we didn’t like having fun? Pocket Gems has something for everybody: great parties, in-office yoga, board game nights, Magic tournaments, open mics, and more. It’s not just about fun though. We also have a recurring lecture series, Pocket Gems University, where team members teach everything from stained glass design to effectively running a scrum.

As great as our office is, we don’t want you to spend all your time here. We believe strongly in a healthy work-life balance and encourage our team members to do the same. We also don’t keep track of vacation days and we work closely with parents to find flexible hours that make sense for them.

The perks are pretty awesome too. We have competitive salaries, a 401k plan, meaningful equity and commuter benefits to name a few. Plus, we cover 100% of employee health insurance premiums and 75% for partners and families. We also give every new hire $100 to contribute to something cool to the office. Recent purchases include a 3D printer, a Mahjong table, and a massage chair.

undefinedPocket Gems is looking for the best developers in the world to join us in revolutionizing the mobile gaming paradigm!

As a mobile engineer for Pocket Gems, you will build games and features with rapid release cycles that have an immediate impact, allowing you to reach tens of millions of users instantly.

We are looking for talented engineers who want to:

  • Collaborate closely in small, nimble, cross-functional teams with product managers, artists and designers to define our next generation of games
  • Develop and code innovative features using groundbreaking technologies
  • Enjoy the freedom of writing native applications while exploring the latest cross-platform technologies
  • Participate in all aspects of the project life-cycle, from specifications through release
  • Design and implement scalable, reliable and maintainable technologies for our iOS and Android gaming platforms 
  • Control, manage and analyze big data flows, allowing us to fully leverage our massive data streams
  • Work with brilliant and fun people!


We also offer some awesome perks and benefits:

  • Amazing, open plan office in the heart of San Francisco
  • Convenient Caltrain and BART access
  • Competitive salaries
  • Generous medical, dental and vision plans
  • Pimp your computer – Mac, PC, one monitor, two monitor, red monitor, blue monitor. We let you choose your weapon
  • … And, an endless supply of double rainbows.


  • Top 50 Devs

    Founded: September 2009
  • Titles Released: 17 on the iOS platform – And 9 on the Android platform
  • Titles are free-to-play and allow users to personalize their experiences through the purchase of virtual goods
  • iOS titles that have hit the top 10 iOS free apps list: 14
  • Accolades: #1 and #4 Top Grossing Apps in 2011 (Tap Zoo & Tap Pet Hotel)
  • Downloads: 80+ million
  • Amount Raised: $5 million from Sequoia Capital and Angel Investors Michael Dearing (Stanford Professor and former eBay executive), Jeff Fluhr (co-founder and former CEO of StubHub), and Omar Hamoui (co-founder and former CEO of AdMob)
  • Founders: Daniel Terry and Harlan Crystal
  • Board Members: Daniel Terry (CEO), Harlan Crystal (CTO), and Jim Goetz (Sequoia Capital)
  • Case Sutdies: Google App Engine, Twitter

Pocket Gems Reviews

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    Nice people! Company skews toward the younger side, but the people are still super nice and very enthusiastic about games. Lots of opportunities and challenges. You will learn a lot and have a ton of responsibilities. Great perks. No strict hours and face time isn't valued as highly as many places. Very tolerant of different personality types. Tolerant of mistakes as long as you learn from them.


    You do work very hard (but you do learn a lot). The company isn't always run as well as you'd like, but it's small. Training is mostly by fire. Pay is lower than more opportunities out there, but the responsibility you get is pretty amazing. Career progression can vary dramatically and stalls for some while accelerates for others.

    Advice to Management

    Consistency from management would be appreciated. I left, but love the place. Please keep the door open.

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Pocket Gems Photos

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Pocket Gems Interviews



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    Finance Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in San Francisco, CA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview


    The process took 5+ weeks. I interviewed at Pocket Gems (San Francisco, CA).


    I had 2 phone screens that I felt went well. I had business cases during each phone screen. After the second phone screen, I was asked to do a take home exercise. This was a very time consuming exercise, but I did it anyways and I put a lot of effort into it. About a week after I submitted the exercise, I emailed to follow up. Instead of responding via personal email, they responded with a generic rejection email from a ‘no-reply’ email address. Interesting way to deal with a candidate who spent over a month interviewing and hours on a take home exercise. Definitely left me with a bad taste in my mouth.

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Pocket Gems Awards & Accolades

  • Top 50 Developer, PocketGamer, 2012
  • Top Grossing App of 2011 (#1 Tap Zoo and #4 Tap Pet Hotel), Apple, 2011

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