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"Cute art on the walls, low pay, lots of work, incompetent managers."

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
Recommends
No opinion of CEO

Pros

The Workforce and Culture department does a good job at making employees to feel good about being at PopCap with free Naked juice, some free food, activities, games rooms, gym, etc.

Cons

Lots of nepotism, incompetent managers, and low pay for working employees. Credit for work done is often given to the wrong people based on their connections to upper management, not based on who got things done. So-called "profit sharing" is really "arbitrary forecast beating." The more profitable the company gets, the smaller the profit sharing has been for employees. The company is at a stage where lots of middle managers with no relevant skills are being hired. It is becoming very top heavy. There is little incentive to work at PopCap after it was sold to Electronic Arts, as the pay is as low as before, the "profit sharing" is very low to non-existent, there are no more stock options, and there is a mad dash to earn the founders their over-ambitious EA earnout targets, which means burn-out work loads over the next three years.

Advice to Management

Given the low pay and other stunts you pull on your employees, you may want to show them that you value their commitment to the company by providing a fair working environment where credit is given where it is due, and where incompetent manager parasites are let go, no matter whose friends they are. The kool-aid is wearing thin.

Other Employee Reviews for PopCap Games

  1. "A legacy wasted"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    PopCap has some of the best IPs in the industry. It also still has some great employees, although many of the best ones have left.

    Cons

    PopCap has lost direction. With a handful of exceptions, the management staff works far beyond its capability. There is way too much focus on keeping senior EA managers happy, at the cost of making great games.

    Advice to Management

    PopCap needs to do a serious change of management if it is ever going to reach its potential. It still has great IP and some great employees, so not all hope is gone.


  2. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Benefits,Culture, social activities and people

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say about the company

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