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IGN Entertainment Reviews

Updated August 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Video Games, Comics, Movies ALL DAY (in 12 reviews)

  • Great place to work, and great people (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • people tend to be very rude to you (project mgr (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Pre-Ziff Davis Takeover Review"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IGN Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's a very fun workspace, in a great area, and many of the people there are bright and interesting people who are passionate about gaming.

    Cons

    Terrible management - VPs ran their division like their own little kingdoms, little to no collaboration with other divisions, the review structure is vague with few solid metrics, you never really know where you stand. Layoffs happened often, with no warning and office politics played a huge role in who got let go and who stayed, moreso than skill or effectiveness at their job.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Director of Product in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Product in Los Angeles, CA
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IGN Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere, smart co workers, great management. Definitely a positive experience.

    Cons

    Can be a little political sometimes, but most organizations are when you get to a certain size. The headquarters are in SF, so if you're in another office (like SoCal) it can be a little hard sometimes to build relationships with the mothership.

    Advice to Management

    Increase interaction between the various offices as much as possible,

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Best company culture."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Employees and senior leadership were committed to retaining the unique culture. Each interview candidate was screened for culture fit to ensure both the individual and company were a good fit. Lots of opportunity to take on more responsibility, grow and learn. Open and honest feedback encouraged and overall a really fun and talented team of people.

    Cons

    IGN was acquired in January 2013 and talent was lost but more accountability has been put on business results. Not sure how IGN culture will change with new management.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of ups and downs, but felt like family."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at IGN Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    People really care about each other. They encourage innovation and out of the box thinking. Cool industry. Fun place to work. I learned and grew a lot in my time there and made a lot of friends.

    Cons

    Lots of turnover. Burnout is a problem. Not enough focus from leadership, too many initiatives. There tended to be boom and bust cycles with hiring and layoffs, which impacts morale.

    Advice to Management

    Lead and inspire. Provide more focused direction. Stop acquiring companies just to let them languish.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great employees, tough market"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IGN Entertainment full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I made many great friends while working here. The culture is great. The new location is way better than the old one. There are many people who care about the company still there. Way too many have left either voluntarily or not.

    Cons

    Biggest challenge is the game industry itself. It's changing so fast and IGN has been slow to adapt and find where the new growth is. Editorial is still inconsistent. Some content is great while others are sub par. Quality over quantity would be best, but it's hard to argue more articles get more clicks.


  6. "Fun Place to Work At But..."

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    Former Employee - Sale Coordinator
    Former Employee - Sale Coordinator
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at IGN Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Get to work on video games and other entertainment medium.

    Cons

    Working with other departments can be hectic

    Advice to Management

    Identify the company's philosophy and hold everybody accountable, especially upper management.


  7. "Great experience not as great pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at IGN Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Great employees, sense of fun and camaraderie, love of games and the industry, E3 access, focus on how to be great and improve.

    Cons

    Pay is less than a lot of Silicon Valley and SF tech roles, so you have to believe in what you're doing, the industry, and the perks. The merger with GameSpy wasn't handled well, but most of those assets have been shed now, although it was a painful period. Because it's a smaller company, it was tough to advance.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management has turned over, but there was a desire from them for all employees to be entrepreneurial yet not enough resources to make bigger bets due to a pressure to remain profitable.

  8. "Great engineering team, politics mine the effort."

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

    I worked at IGN Entertainment full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great engineering team.
    Open for inovation and new tech.
    Great relaxed environment.

    Cons

    Sometimes politics mine the efforts on the enhancements that engineers want to drive into the products.

    Advice to Management

    Cut the politics and let innovation drive the products.


  9. "Great place for like-minded gamers"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IGN Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great shared culture of fun, game-loving folks with friendly work environment.

    Cons

    Management could provide a clearer and steady path for growth.


  10. "Not great if you are time oriented"

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

    I have been working at IGN Entertainment full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Laid back work environment, lots of distractions

    Cons

    Young staff, things happen when they happen, not a lot of drive to succeed


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