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Updated Oct 16, 2019

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Goodgame Studios CEO Oleg Savschouk
Oleg Savschouk
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  • "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
  • "Das Mittagessen in der firmeneigenen Kantine wird von GGS subvetioniert(in 11 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (31)

    "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.

    Goodgame Studios2014-05-10
  2. 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
    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
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  4. Helpful (1)

    "If the salary were good enough I could have given 5 stars."

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Hamburg
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing people and work environment. People are there to help you. Good trainings and office facilities. Every week fresh fruits arrive in the office and free cereals are available every day. Occasional team event also nice. Flexible work times, I love that you can decide the beginning/end of your work at your own timing.

    Cons

    Salary at my department (CS) is too low so even the company allows a side job with a permission of the Lead. But looks like tech people get a good salary so depends on the work you do here? Low salary with an amazing workplace is better than decent salary with toxic office or vice versa? You decide. When the game encounters bugs, you will get flooded with a lot of customer complaints but that's normal.

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    Goodgame Studios2019-10-16
  5. Helpful (1)

    "A frustrating, mixed experience."

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    Former Employee - Customer Support in Hamburg
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Welcoming office environment, free cereals and fruits, colleagues are (for the most part) genuinely great people. International working environment is a huge plus.

    Cons

    Management of all levels run the gamut from apathetic to downright narcissistic (apart from a few isolated cases), products are absolutely riddled with bugs that the company refuses to invest time in to repair - instead, updates and new features to games are rolled out without proper testing. Players are wise to these practices and often state this, but complaints seem to fall on deaf ears. Company culture is exclusively profit driven. Salary is poor by both industry and national standards. Training was almost non existent.

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    Goodgame Studios2018-12-18
  6. "Like"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Hamburg
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The offices are bright, modern and well equipped. Some of the hardware is a bit outdated, but it is replaced upon request. Unfortunately staff are not evenly distributed, so it is very busy with the developers and very empty in other offices. Here you should distribute the staff better, then everyone has more space. There is a cafeteria where you can lunch at Euro 4,00. I think the price ok, but the portions could be a bit larger. There is free fruit and cereal, coffee, tea, and whatever we need otherwise. For Snickers and other snacks there is a vending machine. Workload varies, overtime absolutely fair compared to other gaming companies. Leads are always prepared to take one's personal situation into consideration. No political behavior among colleagues, no choleric bosses, no discrimination. Very good communication culture.

    Cons

    I have to enter 5 words, so.... Only the usual "first-world-problems"...

    Goodgame Studios2018-10-19
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Customer Service Representative"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Hamburg
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Goodgame Studios full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    People you work with are your friends for life Conditions, office apparel, fresh fruit and cereals every week Flexible working hours

    Cons

    Management only see numbers Very underpaid comparing to the business and German standards No opportunity for career development

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    Goodgame Studios2018-04-10
  8. Helpful (5)

    "Terrible management"

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

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

    Pros

    Very nice colleagues from all over the world. Good tools to work with. Fruit, cereals, coffee, tea, milk, beer after 6pm. Lunch for 4 euros twice a week. At least in web development area there were the willing to improve the systems and the possibility to innovate.

    Cons

    Top level management had no idea what they were doing, they just denied reality until last time. Dismissed people on hundreds, some of them started one week before. No chance to get better payed or to get a promotion, no matter how well are you performed as an employee. No clear business path. A one hit wonder.

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    Goodgame Studios2017-10-18
  9. Helpful (6)

    "Making bad decisions based on random success"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Hamburg
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Nice and fun people - International teams - The common benefits (free drinks, cereals) - No crunching, so quite relaxed / good work/life balance

    Cons

    - The management appears to be quite clueless. They had one big success (Empire) and they didn't manage to repeat this because they always went for bad strategies. That Empire worked so well was pure luck and It would fail horribly if you would release it on today's market. - Prepare to suddenly get fired because that's what they did multiple times with huge amounts of people now. They went totally crazy after their success of Empire. There were months were they hired like 50 people - less than 2 years ago! Turned out that such insane growth is not sustainable at all. Still of course they claimed to be sustainable. - You're just cloning and copying stuff, no real innovation. - You have to be there from 10 am to 5 pm every day. Including Fridays. That's so the way too high number of managers has a bigger time frame for putting people in pointless meetings.

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    Goodgame Studios2017-02-07
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Dire, but there may be some hope."

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    Former Contractor - Server Developer in Hamburg
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Goodgame Studios for less than a year

    Pros

    Great community amongst the employees. Perks such as drinks and games after hours as well as fruit and cereal during hours (uncertain if that's continued).

    Cons

    Perfect example of how to mismanage both in terms on staffing and financially. Potentially fatal opacity between management, finances,and HR departments which led to both the employee representative council and hiring teams being completely blindsinded even as management prepared for massive layoffs. Case in point, they were still importing employees from around the world and welcoming them just 2 weeks before announcing the that those same newcomers would be the first to go. In terms of the products, there is worrying little analysis on what failed and worked, far too much priority is laid on sticking to the "whale" model of revenue generation and appeasing the highest spenders at the cost of the game's balance (and ultimately, the game itself) and it's not proving sustainable.

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    Goodgame Studios2017-01-08
  11. Helpful (6)

    "After the storm comes the bonanza"

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    Costumer Operations Manager in Hamburg
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Goodgame Studios

    Pros

    Cereal, milk, coffee, fruits and vegetable are free. Beer is also free after 18:00. Fitness Studios, billiard, table football and several consoles. Pool, garden with grill. Lots of space and well equipped offices, very nice colleagues. 1 department event per quarter and also 3 to 4 company parties per year. Help with transportation expenses. The company decided to to become smaller again. This is bad for the people who had to leave but great for the people who stayed. This new direction is fixing the problems caused by the fast growth of 2014 and 2015. Motivation and focus is growing but we still need to wait for the results. . If we exclude the toxic environment within the Customer Operations department, which was caused and is fed by current department manager, the company's environment is great and improving.

    Cons

    - The external image of the company is currently damaged by the recent developments. - Unfortunately not all bad managers left company, there are still a couple of rotten apples in mid and even high management who can slow down the company's recovery. - In order to get rid of some people, many great people left also. - Despite the reduction in personal, there are still departments who are too big. What is the point in having people bringing business in and triggering projects when there are no people to implement them? - Outsourcing is still seen as tabu, yet, it is essential. - The company culture is non existent and needs to be given high priority. - The problems already identified, need to be tackled and not forgotten. - Studios still refuse to perform Post-Mortems of dead games. The understanding of the value of that data, is simply not there.

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    Goodgame Studios2016-09-17
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