Goodgame Studios Reviews

Updated Feb 3, 2020

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3.2
48%
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84%
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Goodgame Studios CEO Oleg Savschouk
Oleg Savschouk
6 Ratings
Pros
  • "the greatest working environment in terms of off work social activities(in 20 reviews)

  • "Every week fresh fruits arrive in the office and free cereals are available every day(in 20 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low salaries and especially miserable salary increases(in 10 reviews)

  • "the salary is really low to live in Hamburg(in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (31)

    "A Good time"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

    Goodgame Studios2014-05-10
  2. Helpful (12)

    "Management with delusions of grandeur"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves 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 their team members down - Accordingly, hardly any career or even training opportunities for the majority of employees - Some departments are so politics-ridden and/or entangled in nepotism that the turnover rate is through the roof - Hired way too many people for way too many projects without any strategical direction or even common sense. The mass layoffs that happened recently were not surprising in the least for anyone in the industry.

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    Goodgame Studios2016-09-03
  3. Helpful (10)

    "Inability to change with the times"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves 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

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    Goodgame Studios2016-08-19
  4. Helpful (50)

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

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Developer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Goodgame Studios full-time for more than a year

    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 you get 20 euro per person per quarter for team events. - Very loose dress code, room for individuality. - Quality hires, at least in my team (see below for internal promotions). - Very flexible and fair when it comes to personal wishes. Special vacation requests for example, getting time off in advance, were possible for me.

    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 during interviews, there is a serious level of overhead you will battle. You talk to your project manager, who talks to the first, who talks to the lead, who talks to the team lead, who talks to the department lead, who talks to ... If you're lucky people are actually talking, but it might all go through Jira tickets. Trying to skip one of those levels could get you in trouble. - For a company that is 100% privately owned, it is run as though there are outside investors. With games that have zero hype built around them, it makes little sense that you let marketing dictate a release date and that teams end up working on Saturday. On that note, poor planning seems to be a common occurrence in general. Ideas become critical overnight only to be cancelled again when fully implemented two weeks later. Breaking releases of tools the company relies on get announced months in advance, but it gets ignored until the games stop working. - Good old boys club when it comes to management. Though they advertise with the company being multicultural, once you reach a certain level you need to be white, male and German speaking. Yes there are exceptions, but they are just that. - Internal promotions are questionable at times. I've seen more than one person get bumped up to a position they would never have been hired for if they weren't dating someone higher up, or were grandfathered into the company. - Poor communication skills from the top down. Major decisions that affect entire teams are taken without any input from the relevant parties and nothing is shared until the last second. Any available information comes from office gossip. Failed projects are swept under the rug without a proper retrospective, so the same mistakes are made over and over again. - Every decision is based on tracking data. This makes sense in many ways, but also kills the creative process of game design and development. No one seems to listen to actual customer needs and wants. The value of a feature is purely defined by weekly spreadsheets that list the amount of paying users.

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    Goodgame Studios2015-03-14
  5. Helpful (16)

    "Poor Customer Service"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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.

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    Goodgame Studios2015-03-09
  6. Helpful (24)

    "Intransparent recruiting process"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion 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.

    Goodgame Studios2014-03-10
  7. Helpful (37)

    "Worst working experience of my entire career!"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Community Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Goodgame Studios full-time for less 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.

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    Goodgame Studios2014-03-24
  8. "Good for f2p game programmers"

    4.0
     

    I have been working at Goodgame Studios

    Pros

    Good to learn existing code base

    Cons

    No organisation structure ....nothing much cons

    Goodgame Studios2020-02-03
  9. "Not as bad as people think"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Commissioning Editor in Hamburg
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Relaxed working environment * Friendly people

    Cons

    * Have been slow to promote * Arent very technologically developed

    Goodgame Studios2020-02-04
  10. "Good to put your foot in the door of the games industry"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Hamburg
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Goodgame Studios full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good perks and benefits, flexible schedule, good atmosphere

    Cons

    Low salary for living in Hamburg, little to know possibilities of promotion

    Goodgame Studios2020-01-29
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