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"Good Learning Experience"

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Former Employee - Management in Santa Clarita, CA
Former Employee - Management in Santa Clarita, CA
Doesn't Recommend

Pros

-Good to use as a stepping stone to get experience either in gaming or at a start-up.
-You learn quickly how to work in ambiguous conditions and this will prepare your for success elsewhere.
-Casual dress code (ALWAYS a plus!!)
-If you are not a morning person, you have the flexibility to work a later shift.

Cons

-Not the kind of place many would call "home" in terms of a longevity.
-While Management feels they could compete with the other top companies in Silicon Valley for strong candidates, their low salary structure makes it difficult.
- If the game you are working on fails or you are not successful because of challenges outside of your control, you are guaranteed to be on your way out, either voluntarily or involuntarily.
-Very hard to reason with management once they form an opinion or make up their minds.

Advice to Management

- Listen to what your employees say....they actually want to help you be successful.
- Reevaluate your comp plans
- Be flexible and compassionate in your leadership style.

Other Employee Reviews for Aeria Games

  1. Helpful (2)

    "For entry-level and industry experience only."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Game Master in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Game Master in Santa Clara, CA

    Pros

    Aeria Games is great if you're just out of college and looking to get into the Gaming Industry. Most companies won't hire you if you have absolutely no work experience with MMOs, but Aeria Games will give you the benefit of the doubt IF you prove you're competent in the interview. The employees and community base is generally the ONLY reason why many people stay at this company. Your coworkers are awesome and fun, and the communities truly cherish you as a moderator for their gaming addictions.

    Cons

    It is very, very, very difficult to promote at this company. They expect you to take on duties and responsibilities that are well-beyond your title and pay grade with claims that it's a part of your promotion plan. What that usually means is that you're going to work your butt off and be paid far below what you should.

    I also found that recognition for incredible work, hard work, and even massive sales goals rarely happen, and when they do its months later. I think a lot of the Game Masters are forgotten and it leads to a general decrease in motivation to work and productivity. But instead of addressing the issue by taking a look at what they're doing, they throw a bandaid over it. I find that they're promoting certain individuals more for the "hoosier-effect" than for actual management ability. I don't think making every lead GM read a book on leadership is the best way to make good leaders. If you need your Lead Game Masters to read books on management and leadership, then clearly they didn't get placed in the role with the right mindset or qualifications to start with.

    Advice to Management

    Spot your best game masters early to ensure that they stay at Aeria Games. Make sure to have written, set promotion plans in place within a few months of employment so that they know they're not forgotten. Recognize which ones have the potential for amazing management ability. They're brand new to the corporate environment and you might be losing out on people who will go on to other companies and do amazing things there instead of at Aeria Games.

    Don't wait too long to promote people. People who feel that upward movement isn't likely to happen will look for better possibilities with the industry knowledge and inside information you have given them.

    You should also consider staring the pay at a grade that is a dollar, maybe two more than what it is currently at for GM level 1 to compete with your competitors, who are hiring as many GMs as you are and are offering a much better compensation package. That way, you're not only getting 'what's left' but real talent.

    In essence, retention, retention, retention.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Fun job but pay is low."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Game Master in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Game Master in Santa Clara, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Relaxing & fun atmosphere: most Game Master shifts are from 10am-7pm and everyone wears jeans to works. The work is fun and its a great opportunity to get your foot in the door into the gaming industry. Great benefits too!

    Cons

    The pay is the only down side, starting range is about $11-14/hour with no paid time off. Bonuses are very small and hard to get. You either have to live with a room mate or work your way up fast to be able to make ends meet.

    Advice to Management

    You guys are excellent at taking suggestions and making changes. You are very flexible and this is a wonderful thing. The vast majority of your employees are very smart, they work very hard and the base pay + monthly bonuses is not enough for how much they work, it should be raised.

    Those people who stand on corners and wave pointing signs make $10-12/hour. Your Game Masters deserve more then manual labor pay, give them what they deserve or you risk loosing them because that is the only down side to working at Aeria.

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