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Big Fish Games Reviews

Updated August 29, 2018
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Pros
  • "Excellent work-life balance (haven't crunched once)" (in 24 reviews)

  • "Good advancement opportunity, relaxed work environment, management has a vision for growth" (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • "It could be really stressful, especially in customer service" (in 5 reviews)

  • "low pay, often meet people with poor work ethic or professional manner" (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Opportunities Abound"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Big Fish Games full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Major growth opportunities
    - Excellent work-life balance (haven't crunched once)
    - Transparent leadership
    - Fun, nice, passionate coworkers
    - Stable product gives job security

    Cons

    - Pay is a little less than competitive
    - Social casino isn't the most exciting genre to work in

    Advice to Management

    You've got a lot of talented, creative folks; remember to give them outlets to express it.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Worst company ever!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are a few good people who make the environment more tolerable

    Cons

    I would highly discourage anyone from working at Big Fish. The biggest reason is the awful management- there is no communication, they don't listen to the needs of their team, they have superior attitudes and provide absolutely no guidance or mentorship. The executives take credit for any wins, and never show any appreciation for individual achievements. They also demand 80 hour work weeks with no reprieve. For these reasons, they have had very high turnover, hence why they are always hiring. The constant re-pivoting with all the acquisitions and team changes only further complicates the work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring jerks in management and focus on your strengths, rather than trying to do everything at once.

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Big Fish Games full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    New office location is amazing, the building is built to inspire creativity. I love it.

    Cons

    no food in the building , but the lower level is open for rent so hopefully soon.


  4. "Great work environment, not-so-great manger level"

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    Former Employee - Translator in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Translator in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work environment. Lots of fun event and food around that seem they tries to make the employees keep happy.

    Cons

    Translators and Language editors' hourly payment seems lower than other tech companies around Seattle. Translators $17- $21.40 per hour for Level II. Language Editor $17.00 -$20.80 for Level II.

    Manager level people don't have much enough skill and mind to manage their team. Some are great, the others are so bad. Once you have to work under the bad type of manager, that's the trigger you decide to leave the company.

    Advice to Management

    The company should give more decent trainings to manager level.


  5. "Not pleased. Looking elsewhere."

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Big Fish Games full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Chance to work with developers.

    Cons

    Disorganized, leads have no time for you.

    Advice to Management

    Make more time for reps, fix your database and search options. It wastes time.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Terrible pay and leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you're looking for a sub-par salary and high-stress demands, then this is the place to be! Here are some pros: Games on-sight, friendly coworkers, one monthly free lunch, and a good place to get your foot in the door.

    Cons

    The pay is nowhere near competitive enough for the Bay Area. While this is varied between department, the better you are at your job, the more the company will try to suck out of you. Don't bother asking for a pay adjustment or a raise, because you'll be met with excuses upon excuses as to why you're not valued.

    Advice to Management

    Pay competitively for starters, but also listen to your employees and recognize the work they contribute to the company, regardless of their team.


  7. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - SDET2 in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - SDET2 in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Nice people, great company culture

    Cons

    location is a bit too far

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Upper Management Doesnt Get It"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good work life balance
    relaxed work environment

    Cons

    LOW pay
    NO strategy from the top down

    Advice to Management

    Let people know where they stand, actually manage so people know if they are on the right track


  9. "Not bad, but not fantastic either"

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    Current Employee - Tester III in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Tester III in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Big Fish Games full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great community/culture
    - Good opportunity for transfer from one profession to another if desired. I know lots of people who have successfully done such during my employment here.
    - Historically a very stable game company to work at; you don't have to fear lay offs

    Cons

    - Notoriously low pay
    - Just bought out by another company and the old CEO retired. This could impact my "very stable game company" Pro from earlier.


  10. "Good collaboration but okay communication"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Get to work with other like minded people. Also got a chance to grow and foster self education and learn new skill sets and softwares on the job. Everyone is there to help each other when needed and wants everybody to succeed.

    Cons

    Communication can get muddied from managers to employees sometimes causing strain and confusion on some projects. Just transparency in general on what is going on in the office.


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