PopCap Games - Cute art on the walls, low pay, lots of work, incompetent managers. | Glassdoor
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    "Cute art on the walls, low pay, lots of work, incompetent managers."

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     in Seattle, WA
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    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PopCap Games

    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.

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    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.

    PopCap Games2012-02-14

Other Employee Reviews

  1. "Great startup feel"

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    Former Employee - Online Marketing Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PopCap Games full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people and fun atmosphere. The company lets you be yourself and work and different projects. You can learn a lot and advance your skills.

    Cons

    The culture changed when the company was purchased by EA games. They department I was in was over managed and the managers were not that good at their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Let the members of your teams work independently and feel that they have the room to fail.

    PopCap Games2016-10-27
  2. "Senior Product Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PopCap Games full-time

    Pros

    Great company, pretty awesome culture

    Cons

    Change of culture since EA bought PopCap in 2011

    PopCap Games2018-09-05

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