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"Love it!!"

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

I have been working at NaturalMotion full-time

Pros

Really enjoy working here. benefits are up to par, can't complain. life and work balance is fair, never feel overworked. Yes, even with deadlines.

It feels like they are still feeling their way through as a startup. All an all they are headed in the right direction.

Cons

I hate to be honest and say there is no real cons, at least for me.

Only thing that comes to mind is.. training is lacking but nothing serious. you can read-up on most things and people are always willing to help.

Other Employee Reviews for NaturalMotion

  1. "Oxford Studio is Circling the Drain, Other Studios Uncertain"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NaturalMotion full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    *Lots of talented people.
    *Generally good atmosphere.
    *Basic perks, plus the recent introduction of (unfortunately unsubsidised) private Healthcare.
    *Regular social events.
    *Offices are generally nice, and well kitted out.
    *Some projects have interesting technology to play with.
    *The office closes for the three days between Christmas and New Year, but this isn't guaranteed.
    *The CSR2 team are an example of a well built, well run and well organised team.
    *Work/Life balance can be good, if you're on the right team.

    Cons

    *Wages are 10-15% lower than average for non-management positions, even when taking (irregular and normally low) bonuses into account.
    *Wages are not adjusted in anyway for people that work in the London office.
    *Minimum and maximum pension contributions matched by the company aren't beyond those required by law.
    *Little to no reward for continued service.
    *Career progression opportunities aren't fantastic.
    *The company is now Zynga wearing an ill-fitting Naturalmotion suit - Utterly, facelessly, soullessly corporate.
    *Getting a decent pay rise will require you to seek work elsewhere and then extort a matching salary.
    *Totally unable to schedule or manage a project to completion on time and within budget.
    *Abysmal at both keeping the right people and dismissing the wrong people.
    *Zynga's approach to making a game, i.e. try to make a quick buck by quickly copying someone's popular title, is constantly at odds with Naturalmotion's approach, i.e. make a good profit by making a very stylised, visually impressive copy of someone's popular title.
    *The Naturalmotion COO (and interim CEO), is unwilling or unable to fight Zynga's corporate machinations.
    *The CPO is staggeringly incompetent and has managed to steer virtually every project into disaster.
    *Zynga are obsessed with studio head counts and not studio running costs. So, during the semi-regular cost cutting layoffs, you will find many capable and useful employees let go, whilst grossly overpaid and extraneous managers and executives keep their jobs.
    *There is a significant lack of transparency from management.
    *Zynga control how bonuses are given out, specifically if they are in cash or stock. When the stock is doing well, your bonuses will likely be in cash, and vice versa.
    *The Dawn of Titans project was an unmitigated failure, dogged both by atrocious management and Zynga's inability to manage a game more complicated than a Scrabble knock-off or a Ville game. This led to regular crunch, massive team churn, disenchantment and overall dissatisfaction - something that's still persisting.
    *Zynga frequently transplant managers into Naturalmotion when they believe something is missing. Unfortunately, almost all of these transplants is unqualified and ultimately leaves a trail of destruction in their wake when they inevitably return to a heroes welcome back at Zynga.
    *Bizarrely unbalanced on spending - you'll find expensive coffee machines and frequent office refurbishments, but also frequently broken toilets and other facilities.
    *Work/Life balance can be dreadful, if you're on the wrong team.

    Advice to Management

    *There's an undercurrent of nepotism within the company that can determine the success or failure of an employee, if they say yes to the right people, they're rewarded - even in the face of terrible business decisions. This behaviour cannot continue, if the business is to succeed.
    *When a project fails, you should take a long hard look at who has been directing the project into that failure and that person should be retrained or removed from their position.
    *Zynga are not creative or original, and this began their post-IPO implosion. Naturalmotion were supposed to have filled this niche, but instead are continuing to make knock-offs of popular titles that then fail to be as popular. You need to regain your creative edge if Naturalmotion is to even continue as a notion.
    *Embrace your technology, extend it, support it. Some of it is unparalleled within mobile games, and yet, you've allowed Zynga to dictate headcount limits and stifle any further improvement or development.
    *Stop promoting and rewarding yes people, this attitude has driven Naturalmotion into the doomed rut it's currently in. Listen to everybody, not just the one's who agree with you.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great People, Poor management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NaturalMotion full-time

    Pros

    - Great people to work with
    - Friendly environment
    - Central Location
    - Good perks (private health, perks system with discounts etc)
    - Fun company outings
    - Good work life balance for the most part

    Cons

    - Low pay even for the gaming or tech industry
    - Management interface on projects, constantly changing targets and goal make it hard to properly plan and develop projects
    - Mixed messages from management, they will say making the best quality games unique games is the most important but they really just want profitability above anything else.
    - Every earnings call is scary as teams and experienced personnel seem to get the chop, even from profitable departments, all for the trimming head count for shareholders rather than save money or “trim the fat”

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent in your message and aims

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