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Updated May 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Very chill work environment - work from home EVERY FRIDAY (in 15 reviews)

  • Real work life balance -- which is hard to find, I still am waiting for my all nighters that just never came (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Some of the reorgs have made absolutely no sense, and the employee horse trading happened behind closed doors without any mid-level management input (in 3 reviews)

  • Lot of changes happening currently, and non performers are asked to leave (Which i think is a good move) (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Decent"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GSN (Game Show Network) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great company culture, decent wages, good coworkers

    Cons

    Extremely top heavy, little-to-no learning opportunities, lack of communication on teams and across departments.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Same ol' story; great developers, poor management and CEO"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GSN (Game Show Network) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Unlimited PTO
    Free Snacks and beverages
    Casual office

    Cons

    Mid level management constantly being bullied by execs
    Too many producers and production processes
    Too many meetings
    Bleeding talent
    CEO is clueless about the game industry and thereby has no vision or clear directive
    Low morale.

    So tired of reading about the same end to once great companies. Valuable and talented developers, artists, engineers, QA, and designers getting mishandled by incompetent upper management. Teams are pulled in every which way trying to address knee jerk reactions based on either greedy or inaccurate expectations. Premature layoffs based on fear and self preservation. Lack of innovation. Hollow promises from leadership of being invested in cultivating new products and employees. It was painfully clear in recent months that the execs were writing the studio off and were perfectly fine watching everything fall apart.

    Advice to Management

    Management, educate yourselves on how tech and mobile game studios are successfully run.

    Whoever is left, until management does the above, don't waste anymore time. You're undervalued by the leadership. Go find something better.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Palo Alto studio is amazing, but GSN Games, Inc. as a whole..."

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    Former Employee - Client Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Client Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GSN (Game Show Network) full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work-life balance, unlimited day-off, work from home every Friday(not any more), talented and friendly colleagues. Palo Alto studio (former Silvertree Studio) is amazing!

    Cons

    Laid-off recently, low salary (Yeah the bonus is gone), company doesn't have a clear direction.

    Advice to Management

    Find someone who are good at managing mobile game products.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "From awesome to desperate in 2 years"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GSN (Game Show Network) full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Unlimited PTO, free food/drinks, great healthcare benefits, super casual work environment, amazing people.

    Cons

    Little communication from executive level. We used to have All Hands meetings regularly, but this completely stopped over the past year.
    Extremely hard to get a raise..I got one small one in 3 years.
    Bonuses went from 2x a year to nothing.
    Limited WFH...this used to be very liberal but that ended in January because of freak-outs at the C-level. Taking away a benefit that was used as an incentive to hire people is not going to go over well!

    Advice to Management

    Instead of freaking out over decreasing revenue, work with the incredible talent GSN has (HAD) to try and fix it!


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Fun While It Lasted"

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    Current Employee - Game Team in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Game Team in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at GSN (Game Show Network) full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible working hours and work from home Fridays (RIP this benefit), competent and fun talent at the game development level. Close to mass transit stops for commuters in SF.

    Cons

    Lots of poor management at the higher levels: inability to make decisions lead to underused employees, poorly maintained product, morale at all time lows.
    CEO was allowed to take over driving and not only lost us the race, but ran the company into the tree and let the passengers go.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of ineffectual managers.Have a plan before making big organizational changes. Understand the product and stop being willfully ignorant of nonperformers.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "From The Best To The Worst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GSN (Game Show Network) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The pros come and go. It depends on when you were/are an employee. No vacation policy and a good work from home policy but that home policy was recently challenged internally for some silly reason recently. Free snacks are cool and so are bagel Wednesdays. Really bad coffee was provided for free and the location downtown was cool - if you didn't mind fighting the rat race to get there.

    Cons

    Management! Ugh!
    I've seen it all here at this company. When I started it was a VERY different culture because of the president at the time. He developed a very cool tight knit fun culture that was amazing to be a part of. Midway through this tenure, new management took over and things changed dramatically over time - slow enough that you didn't notice it at first. They moved us from the suburbs to a very expensive building in the financial district downtown, hired like crazy, acquired small companies, outsourced all game development and well, nothing made sense anymore. Nobody felt like they had ownership or pride in anything because we weren't creating anything anymore.

    We were guided by the vision of a single VP and eventually, after a year, that all came crashing down - hard on us a lot of us. Massive layoffs across several offices and many people out of work - all due to poor decision making from upper management. No clear sense of direction and if there is one, it's not typically in tune with what people want or what we agreed with as designers and developers.

    Difficult to deal with creative directors and bizarre creative direction left many scratching their heads.

    Advice to Management

    Cut all losses now. Close doors. Let everyone get on with their lives elsewhere. It's not working anymore. It's like they are not in tune with cutting edge gaming and try to copy what others are doing instead.


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Sinking ship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GSN (Game Show Network) full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Used to have great culture, until Executive staff killed it. Used to be a fun place to work, until Executive staff killed it. Ghost town now.

    Cons

    Do not go here. After two major layoffs, they have managed to take a profitable company and turn it into a golden parachute cash cow for the C level folks. Everything is being shipped overseas.

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves. The board should remove a CEO who doesn't even live in the same city as any of the major offices. Completely out of touch, and has no clue how to make games.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Inefficient HR, lousy products & failing leadership"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at GSN (Game Show Network) (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Semi-flexible hours, free snacks & drinks, good location for commuters and SF residents, somewhat fun games

    Cons

    Inactive HR, unqualified leadership, sub-par products

    Advice to Management

    Learn the mobile games business before creating a business model all the experts were not happy with, somehow get DG out of there, and start caring about your hardworking workforce. Instead of taking away perks that are marketed in the interview process, assure that leadership actually participates at work, and get more experts on the product


  10. "Fun place to work, but limiting"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GSN (Game Show Network) full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of different projects to work on. Very good team members to collaborate with. Generally a fun environment.

    Cons

    "Fun" environment in big open office space meant very hard to concentrate and get work done (especially for more introverted types). Advancement was very limited. They seem to prefer hiring managers from outside, as opposed to offering advancement opportunities to existing employees. The top management levels are very "clubby" and top execs are remote, so not in touch with employees very often.


  11. "Platform Developer"

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    Former Employee - Platform Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Platform Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    GSN is a great place to work for platform engineers. Very chill work environment - work from home EVERY FRIDAY! Management sometimes has issues deciding what to do - that seems to be a common theme in all companies, though. Very fun place to work.

    Cons

    Not the best salary package.


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