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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Lots of freedom, no exit opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - you can own whatever you build
    - there's a lot of freedom in what you build
    - a large community means you have a lot of scale to play with

    Cons

    - shrinking company
    - too beholden to Sales/revenue projects
    - too much investment $$$ for a company its size


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Unsure of Company Viability Within the Next Year"

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

    I worked at Gaia Interactive full-time

    Pros

    - Friendly Coworkers
    - Excellent Benefits Package
    - On-site Meals
    - Paid Holidays Off
    - Nature of the work is fun!

    Cons

    - Upper Management is out of touch entirely with user-base and with employees. The focus has shifted drastically in a negative way where everything is about the bottom dollar. Unsure if the company will be around in the next year.

    - The current crew is very understaffed with the amount of work that is being placed on employees. Morale is at an all-time low.

    - Lack of direction from upper management and refusal to listen to employees and/users (customers) resulted in lack of trust from users (Geemoji is an example).

    - Very difficult to move up and shine as an employee.

  3. "Product Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Gaia Interactive (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice community of co-workers, free lunches!

    Cons

    Back in 2011, full focus was on Facebook games and let online site stagnate a little


  4. "Akila - iOS Developer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Gaia Interactive (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great team, Learning curve

    Cons

    - Revise remuneration range
    - Remote work


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Nice Env. but"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    nice environment , lots of freebies , catered lunch everyday, onsite zumba class , friendly coworkers

    Cons

    lack of direction , caring about money and not about the users


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Good Company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Gaia Interactive (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Health Insurance Benefits, Free Lunches.

    Cons

    No Stability, Uncertainty regarding the company's Future Plans. The Revenues are declining monthly and the user base as well.

    Advice to Management

    Need to Pay More attention to the Core Values and Mission of the GAIA business model rather than wasting the time, energy, and resources on mobile apps. Also, need to have annual employee performance reviews and merit increases annually based on performance and goals achieved.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "trainwreck"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    nice people, good office enviroment

    Cons

    leadership is greedy and fake

    Advice to Management

    prioritize better

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Stagnant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    When I worked it was a fairly social atmosphere. Liked the very casual dress code. One of the few entertainment/casual games studios in San Jose. Loved the people I worked closely with as they were inspiring to me.

    Cons

    Very difficult to move up and shine as an employee. When I worked for nearly 5 years it felt I didn't have much of an opportunity because I was almost always tasked with a lot of small short term projects that weren't much of a highlight to the users. My job title didn't change either so I was stuck with a basic title but I'd get a bit of a raise each year. I would have liked a better title too. I felt very stagnant.


  9. Helpful (16)

    "It was fun but I had to leave because it is no longer a viable company and did not seem like it was going to last."

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are very pleasant. Atmosphere is pleasant aside from common disdain RE: the CEO. Decent perks. Nature of the work was fun.

    Cons

    Management fails to listen to its customers and meet their needs and thus has damaged the company greatly. Everyone is scared about not having a job in a year or two because of the change in management.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that this site was at its most popular in the form of a community-focused site that didn't just see its users as clients to be milked of all their money. Our approach has become annoying to the people who are supposed to be enjoying our site. If they stop enjoying it, they stop visiting it. If they stop visiting it, you lose your revenue.


  10. "Web Developer Intern"

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    Former Employee - Web Developer in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Web Developer in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good team, good company. I really enjoy the 3 months intern working there as a full stack web developer.

    Cons

    Lots of snacks to eat


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