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GSN (Game Show Network) San Francisco Reviews

Updated March 2, 2017
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GSN (Game Show Network) President and CEO David Goldhill
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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
  • Massive layoffs across several offices and many people out of work - all due to poor decision making from upper management (in 5 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 (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.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "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 (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.


  4. 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


  5. "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.


  6. "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.


  7. "Game Programming Intern"

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    Former Employee - Game Programmer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Game Programmer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The San Francisco office had a really positive, encouraging, team-oriented culture, where people were really excited to come into work every day and work together to solve problems. The office and location are also great. As an software engineering intern, you are treated with respect and given real problems to solve, and your input is valued.

    Cons

    Engineers are often thrown around from project to project without having a clear sense of the company's direction. People who were hired to do games often end up working on services and other things.

    Advice to Management

    I only interned for just over 10 weeks, so I can't comment too strongly on management. However, I would certainly recommend that engineers be allowed to see a project to completion instead of constantly getting moved to new projects.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Amazing coworkers, horrible leadership"

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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) (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Working at GSN games can be incredibly fun and rewarding thanks to the people you have the privilege to work with. It's a place where the background noise used to include lots of fun laughter.

    Cons

    The leadership went from being friendly and very worried about the individual worker to unstable and unapproachable in just a year. The current situation made it a very stressful environment.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Victim of its own success."

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    Current Employee - Game Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Game Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Started out fun. Has good benefits of a large company. The ability to work remote once a week is great. (SF office).

    Cons

    Tech has become so over-engineered it is difficult to accomplish even the simplest tasks. Many positions are going overseas. Losing great talent over cost. Outsourcing the fun parts of gaming.
    Marketing and executive staff impact engineering seemingly based on their whims (Why is this feature good?)

    Advice to Management

    Keep it simple. Keep games creation local (too late for that, i know).


  10. Helpful (8)

    "TV execs failing at mobile"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at GSN (Game Show Network) full-time

    Pros

    Nice work life balance
    Great peers

    Cons

    Executive team needs does not know mobile.
    CEO/COO have zero understanding digital publishing.
    All executives look out for themselves first and are very political.
    Negative growth rates

    Advice to Management

    Learn mobile publishing


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