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  1. "i like it"

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

    Pros

    great learning environment focused people

    Cons

    threre were no problems here

    Advice to Management

    great company


  2. "Great people to work with, development budgets got too high."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The company was full of energetic, creative, talented people doing delightful work on some great games.

    Cons

    When the company had a big hit, they tried too hard to get more hit titles - spending too much on them, pulling people from the content team that kept the original game making money, etc. Also they merged with a publishing company that soon decided to go back to publishing-only so their books would look more profitable to investors. Causing them to fire the whole game development team! That was a sad day.

  3. "Pretty cool company that unfortunately went under"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people were really cool for the most part. More laid back and scrappy and fun vs. other places I've worked at in the Bay which try too hard to be hip.

    Lots of traffic & scaling problems, good place to get experience at scale. Enjoyed working with Python & Pylons vs. Django or Rails or Java or something.

    Decent perks (great lunches three days a week).

    Cons

    Weekly releases led to pretty consistent late nights.

    My salary was pretty low but I was only there for a few months so I didn't get a review / raise yet.

    The social & mobile game industry is not a good, stable, positive industry to be in.

    Advice to Management

    Not much to give advice on at this point!

    Obviously the business model wasn't so hot.. Social / mobile games are dominated by 1-2 major players (Zynga, King.com) and everyone else is in a race to the bottom.

    The Triple Town / Yeti Town thing was a big misstep and just felt like a crappy move.

    Merging with 6waves killed the company.

    Why acquire so many companies if you're going to go under in a few months?


  4. "Lolapps was great while it lasted"

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    Former Employee - Flash Animator in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Flash Animator in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic community of passionate people. Serious artists who trained traditionally and work hard. Although I was only here for 9 months before the investors killed the company, it is the most amazing place I've worked at so far.

    Cons

    I would say the artists were paid less than they were worth overall. Also of course a major bummer when the investors pull the plug and fire 70(3/4's of the company) people out of the blue one day.


  5. "Getting in bed with 6waves wasn't the right move to make games."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great and talented people. Wonderful perks. Great location. A sincere desire to make quality product.

    Cons

    Lack of experience actually developing. Beholden to 6Waves that held the purse strings and ended up shutting down everything but publishing.

    Advice to Management

    Longer term planning and a clear agenda that included development (that everyone including investors) signed up for would have helped. And truly, it was an inner circle run company with most people just peering in.


  6. "Decent place until they laid everyone off"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Smart and kind people. Some interesting problems and challenges. Lots of users & traffic. Majority of backend code was written in Python. Free drinks, snacks, and lunch.

    Cons

    Facebook & social games are ultimately a scammy and unsatisfying area to work in. Questionable business decisions, e.g. acquiring companies and then giving them back a month later.

    Advice to Management

    Don't count on funding as your business model. If the company can't sustain itself, don't bother growing it to an unsustainable level. By doing that, you're just interrupting a bunch of peoples' lives when you inevitably lay them off.


  7. "Kickass Game Company Knows How to Combine Work and Play"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Community Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Community Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    An incredible tech company that understands how to play and work hard with free lunches, friendly coworkers, and office keg!

    Cons

    I think I'm going to gain weight from all the free delicious food?

    Advice to Management

    More starcraft team building tournaments!

  8. "One of the best companies ive ever worked in"

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    Current Employee - 2D Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - 2D Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    -fun working environment
    -challenging job related to my field
    -good opportunities to network
    -good management that respects their teams
    -competitive salary, good benefits

    Cons

    -should be more communication between management and the staff

    Advice to Management

    I hope lolapps keeps things the way they are as they continue to expand and grow into a larger company.
    dont forget that a working environment should be fun as well as challenging.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "chaotic start up"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    casual, fun group of people to work with

    Cons

    demeaning supervisor, priorities shifting too quickly, a lot of cliques within company

    Advice to Management

    review your mid level management & their abilities to manage directly (and suggest they avoid micro managing)


  10. "ok"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good health for my job feild

    Cons

    no working spce low salary


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