Bigpoint Reviews

Updated Jun 30, 2020

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2.4
35%
Recommend to a Friend
57%
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Bigpoint Managing Director Brian Morrisroe (no image)
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8 Ratings
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  • "Lack of vision from upper management(in 6 reviews)

  • "incentivation is intransparent, unfairly shared and not depending on performance/commitment(in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (8)

    "Weak studio leadership"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Bigpoint full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good products and licenses, every employee empowered to contribute

    Cons

    Not all employees should contribute, studio leadership unable to provide concrete guidance to development teams, existing company expertise withheld

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  2. Helpful (6)

    "Bigpoint Doesn't Get the Point"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Bigpoint full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Good salary compensation - Friendly colleagues - Snacks and drinks provided for free - Good distribution and partner network - Good business development unit

    Cons

    - Upper management does not understand game development - Upper management that does not meet the qualifications needed for a successful studio - Severely understaffed teams on games they wish to be AAA-quality - Teams lacked specific skillsets needed to ensure success - No mechanisms for ensuring repeat successes (no reuse of core technology, best practices, publishing requirements, etc) - Heavy marketing push for games that barely meet Minimal Viable Product status and then wonder why more people aren't converting to the game - Extremely high turnover rate - Producers are the single point of failure for a game; there is no one keeping tabs on their decisions nor anyone there to provide any veto and/or mentorship - Not willing to adapt to the behaviors of different markets even when trying to push in to those markets - Horrible tools support - No career advancement opportunities - Revenue generators are valued significantly more than game play features or bug fixing - Lack of discipline leadership and mentorship - Outside of base salary, benefits were seriously lacking - There was absolutely no company or studio goals or visions

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  3. Helpful (8)

    "Very talented people doing great things in spite of management"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Bigpoint full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    On the development level, some of the best people I've ever worked with anywhere. It's hard to describe the passion, intelligence, and talent of the people I worked with here at Bigpoint San Francisco. Work/life balance is actually quite important here. I've built a lot of fond memories at Bigpoint.

    Cons

    Very hard to convince European managers how Americans view gaming differently (especially in the F2P space). Upper management are not from the games industry and have very different views on how the games should be built. Benefits are sparse and frankly not competitive to other similar studios in the region (leading to a constant churn issue where top talent is consistently sniped by other studios both in the Bay and across the country).

  4. "not bad"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Student in Sheffield, England

    I worked at Bigpoint full-time

    Pros

    good people & flexible hours

    Cons

    meh games not bad but not good

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Meh"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Berlin
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bigpoint full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice team, no overtime, good work life balance

    Cons

    Messed up salary and he policy. C level management broken.

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible Lack of COmmunication"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative in Hamburg
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Bigpoint full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Salary is Okay, Always Hiring

    Cons

    Horrible Group organization and gather of player feedback

  7. Helpful (2)

    "What's the point?"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Game Developer in Hamburg
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bigpoint full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I am employed. I "become" a salary.

    Cons

    Boss oriented company: you get a boss and you have to follow orders to the T. Fun: if you have it, most "managers" and leads will make sure you stop having it. Most people working here hate their lives. You can easily see that in the company kitchen (but don't count the crickets, the crickets are having a great time! The rats too) The office space is decorated with a beautiful stained grey carpet, cables hanging from the walls and... trash. There is no workflow or any decent project managing: people just do stuff that they were told to do like 6 years ago and since then no one gave them any next orders so they're still "beep bop must do work". Every employee knows exactly what to do to save the company and always express their opinions: "You know what? We should focus on making games!"

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  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good if you like the chaos and uncertainty of game development"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bigpoint full-time

    Pros

    Varying problems to solve Great colleagues with a vast range of different skill sets in the same place

    Cons

    Often not possible to solve problems in a good way Poorly managed company

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  9. Helpful (3)

    "Very nice company to work for! :D"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hamburg
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bigpoint full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    PS 01: This list is in no particular order PS 02: I would like to remember that everything has two sides: good and bad. We need to evaluate both sides! ALWAYS! In my particular case I see more positive than negative! - It is a game company! The environment is very nice!!! :) - You receive cool equipment for your work: THINKPAD, MACBOOK, DESKTOP. Linux? MACOS? Windows? Your choice! - THE PARTIES ARE SIMPLY AWESOME! Summer party, Christmas party, Winter party! All VERY DECORATIVE! A lot of games! They make giveaway of contests like Apple Watch! iPads! All very fun!!! - The colleagues are very nice and very fun to work with :) . Serioulsy, everytime I need help, they are VERY SUPPORTIVE!!! - The Office is beautiful: quite nice furnitures, space :) - LOCATION: very well located! You will be near the Plant und Blumen park, near the Gänsemarkt, near the Alster! - VERY FLEXIBLE! Do you need to arrive later? Do you need to leave earlier? No problems! The common-sense here works quite well and the company is very supportive; - The company makes GREAT AND VALUABLE EFFORT to have a fun environment! They organized a VERY NICE CINEMA ROOM to watch (LEGALLY, OF COURSE!) GAME OF THRONES! How COOL IS THAT? You have to appreciate fun moments like this! :) - Every special date has great food and sweeties! For EASTER, they bought chocolate for everyone and organized a lot of great sweeties from bakeries in the Big Kitchen :) - The Management is supportive for events and trainings; For example: a special technical event hosted in Hamburg? Management bought tickets for us! - Beer Day every Thursday: every Thursday afternoon you can enjoy FREE BEER and FREE COLA! - They have a video game room! A ping-pong table! A table soccer! You name it! - The KITCHEN is SPECTACULAR: VERY BIG, a lot of ovens (nice for warming some kind of foods :) ) and microwaves, frigobar! You can bring your own food! - You can order your Amazon buyings and get them delivered to the Company 24/7! They will store them for you until you can pickup later! - End of year bonus: by the end of the year on the Christmas party EVERYONE received a BONUS!!!; - Cool benefits!: - Fruits EVERY DAY! - Coffee machine and milk available everyday! - Water Machine with CO2; this is very nice!; - Discounts available on FITNESS STUDIOS; - German Classes; => IMPORTANT DETAIL: the time spend in the class makes part as NORMAL WORK HOUR! - You can also join INHOUSE fitness sessions; - BIGPOINT offers for free the services from FÜRSTENBERG INSTITUT. It is an Institut that offers assistance to ANY KIND OF PROBLEMS the employee may have! Depression, personal problems, mental health problems, etc; - HVV TICKET;

    Cons

    - Some projects may be cancelled but I think this can happens to anyone anywhere in the IT industry!!! - People like to complain regarding salary: they argue that it is below market standards; but I like to remember those people that complain: you also have a LOT of flexibility! I am sure that not every company is that flexible like BIGPOINT is;

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Changes going into the right direction"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hamburg
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bigpoint full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Games industry, but: * with a works council - so employee's rights are being looked after * with a transparent remuneration policy, salary bands, job groups - so everybody knows what he's up to and can plan his carreer. <= this is the change into the right direction

    Cons

    Successful new game titles are missing. Sometimes hard to keep the faith due to this fact.

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