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Goodgame Studios CEO Kai Wawrzinek
Kai Wawrzinek
120 Ratings
Pros
  • "The GGS Work-Life-Balance and Benefits fit perfect for a father like me (Kindergarten is in the same building as the company)(in 14 reviews)

  • "International working environment is a huge plus(in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low salaries and especially miserable salary increases(in 9 reviews)

  • "Die Firma leidet an zwei Problemen:(in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (29)

    A Good time

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    Current Employee -  
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Goodgame Studios full-time

    Pros

    Very good and friendly atmosphere, no dress code, benefits like cereal, drinks and other. Many events.

    Cons

    The salary could be higher as Hamburg is quite an expensive city, mainly as it comes to accommodation.

  2. Helpful (11)

    Management with delusions of grandeur

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Goodgame Studios

    Pros

    - Some benefits are nice (not the shared pool though, which is just a HR marketing tool) - Team spirit between colleagues is good in many departments

    Cons

    - Delusional management who made, and continue to make, one basic error after the next - When I say management, this is effectively the CEO, as the rest of the (under-experienced, but ego-inflated) leadership just nod off whatever he says - Middle management is mostly hired externally, many of whom lack any relevant skills and contribute to an unproductive work environment by sucking up to their superiors and keeping...

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    Advice to Management

    - Look for a benign investor that actually knows how to run a company and sell out, as that's what you always wanted. - If that fails, get external help for liquidating the remains of this one-hit-wonder shop in a manner that is, for once, fair and socially acceptable to your employees. - Pro tip: If you do copy another company's formula for success (i.e. Bigpoint), also learn from the major mistakes they made and don't...

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  3. Helpful (10)

    Inability to change with the times

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Goodgame Studios

    Pros

    Diverse culture, hardworking employees, free beer after 6pm

    Cons

    Management seems incapable of changing with the future trends

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the experts you hire instead of arrogantly assuming you know best and immediately dismissing any opinion that doesn't match your own.

  4. Helpful (50)

    Not a game developer, but a business that happens to make games on the side.

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    Former Employee - Developer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Goodgame Studios full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    - Free cereal, fruit on Monday and Wednesday and drinks after work (used to be pretty much unlimited, but quantity and hours have been cut progressively). - Flexible working hours, 10 to 5 base and the freedom to add hours to reach 40 hours per week (unless when you're in QA). The company does not keep close track of this and largely trusts you to work the hours you are paid for. - Company parties are amazing and...

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    Cons

    The biggest caveat you have to keep in mind when considering this company, is that it is run (very successfully from a financial point of view) by a dentist and a lawyer. They could have been selling insulation material and the company would not be all that different. Marketing, sales and PR are by far the most important teams, and a lot of issues stem from that. - No flat hierarchies. Despite what is still being said...

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    Advice to Management

    You proudly proclaimed that "the company does not hire *ssholes" at one of the company parties. Several women would disagree with that, and it's disgraceful that being high enough up on the corporate ladder gets you this kind of protection. Any other employee would be fired immediately (and rightfully so). I doubt that this is the reputation you want your company to have.

  5. Helpful (16)

    Poor Customer Service

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Goodgame Studios full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    A great place if you are under 40 and don't mind taking advantage of other people - primarily your customers

    Cons

    The company consistently turns a blind eye to the requests and needs of the majority of the customers. Catering to deep pocket players and lying to investors is part of the daily routine.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest and do the right thing!!!

  6. Helpful (24)

    Intransparent recruiting process

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

    I worked at Goodgame Studios

    Pros

    Company with a strong growth and therefore plenty of job offers in various departments. However, growth is financed by venture capitalists and not by current profits.

    Cons

    The recruiting process is completely intransparent. It seems to be luck to be selected for an interview, even if you fulfill all the requirements. No feedback will be provided.

  7. Helpful (37)

    Worst working experience of my entire career!

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    Current Employee - Community Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Goodgame Studios full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great company to do a intership, due to the fact that most its workforce are interns. Good people and working culture.

    Cons

    GGS hires staff with no games working experience, so they can pay low wages. People with gaming experience do not last because they make them train their interns. After somet ransfer of their knowhow has occur, they fire them, because is cheaper to pay a semitrained intern than a professional. The people that are "well paid" are constantly remided of how much they earned and how great it to work there.

    Advice to Management

    Get some balls and take some resposibility for your decisions. Always blaming your errors on your staff will get nowhere. Take some business management classes, you need them.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Amazing colleagues in a vibrant city

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Goodgame Studios full-time

    Pros

    Loved all the people that I worked with. The diversity of the team in terms of backgrounds and knowledge

    Cons

    Top Management was closed off

  9. Helpful (1)

    Not the best place to work at

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Hamburg
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Goodgame Studios full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Some sense of organization and transparency. Quite competitive salary if you really push it.

    Cons

    Often very stressful and toxic environment. "Flat hierarchy", but still a lot of hierarchy. Always speaking about being short on budget. Very corporate structure when it comes to asking for software/hardware, even though it feels like a startup - people are expected to handle the dishwasher, close windows before leaving, almost non-existent cleaning, etc. Often sounds like management has no real control over deadlines...

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    Advice to Management

    My only advice would be to get people together. Stop organizing parties for only people who just released the game, invite others too. This way you'll encourage knowledge sharing and friendship between coworkers instead of concurrency, which will in turn give back a lot more velocity. Also include people in high-level planning so that the deadlines are more reasonable.

  10. Can really recommend, but might not be for everyone

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    Current Employee - Frontend Developer in Hamburg
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Goodgame Studios full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There are really good developers working here. The general attitude in the company is cooperative and processes are up for change if needed. Payment is good for the gaming sector, but other sectors pay better. If you are in for the money, other sectors might be better for you.

    Cons

    There is a tendency towards micro-management coming from higher-up management. Be prepared to constantly fight for your teams independence.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to micro-manage. The people working here almost always know their job and don't need tight supervision.

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