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Updated February 20, 2018
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Pros
  • Fully stocked kitchens with catered lunch and dinner (in 16 reviews)

  • And my fav part is the free food :) (in 21 reviews)

Cons
  • Even the work-life balance doesn (in 36 reviews)

  • No work life balance - mandatory 10-7 plus most people commute (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Having a great time at MZ"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Platform Developer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Platform Developer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MZ full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great intelligent employees to have fun with every day
    - Family-like environment, company’s core values, healthy working atmosphere
    - Lots of room to grow, opportunity to build up a great career in the gaming industry
    - Machine Zone truly cares about their employees and offers fantastic benefits/salaries/awards etc.

    Cons

    - Time-consuming, overwhelming
    - Can be stressful at times especially during crunch time
    - There can be a little favoritism - wrong people get promoted faster than those who deserve it more
    - Occasional long hours

    Advice to Management

    Don’t play favorites!


  2. Helpful (123)

    "Challenge Accepted!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Manager in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MZ full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    MZ time is an unique concept. We move a lightning speed and the projects we take on are enormous. We have big goals: "reach for the stars" aspirations, and we are determined to will them into reality NOW. That kind of vision requires dedication and determination as well as some patience. MZ is the most challenging environment I've ever worked within, it's also the most rewarding. I've grown so much in the last year and a half that I am not only a better employee and manager, but a better person, as well. The amazing feeling of looking back at a year's progress to marvel over visions realized is well worth every OT hour and every frustrating moment it took to do it.

    Cons

    There's always something that could make things faster, better, easier, cleaner, or less work, but I believe I learned more from the mistakes I've made, from the challenges I overcame and from the roadblocks I smashed than I would have if they weren't present at all. Every company has it's challenges. We work through them and learn from them.

  3. "Fast growing"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Data Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Junior Data Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MZ full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    * exceptional culture and people
    * great games
    * MZ values its employees with amazing benefits
    * flat organization with much autonomy to do your job
    * opportunity to travel and get experience

    Cons

    * poor management (excluding some genuinely great individuals)
    * things change too fast sometimes, and it’s difficult to get used to all of the amendments
    * lack of a parking lot is a crucial issue for employees

    Advice to Management

    You should certainly start talking into consideration employees advice and make improvements right now.


  4. "An inspiring place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MZ full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I feel very lucky working here, this company doesn’t disappoint! This’s definitely the best experience in my entire career, and there’s so much else to learn! I love people I’m surrounded by, everyone is driven and passionate about what they do. So, every day my colleagues inspire me to work as hard as possible. Being a part of such an incredible family means a lot to me.

    Cons

    I haven’t discovered any downsides of working at MZ so far and feel very optimistic about building a career here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you’re doing.


  5. "Once in a lifetime company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MZ full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It’s definitely a very stimulating place to go every day, cause you can see a real impact on what you’re doing. Best performers get best perks and bonuses. The competition is tough but fair - the more you stand out, the higher chances to get a promotion.
    The general vibe is very positive, and there are many incredible people to talk from day to day.
    It’s a great company to gain tons of valuable experience attending various training events which are free and available for everyone.

    Cons

    You must have much passion and integration for what you’re doing, cause those, who are not completely immersed in the gaming industry, burn out pretty fast.
    This job also demands much self-responsibility, ability to work both independently and as a part of a team. Some projects are overloaded with tons collaboration and communication, and decisions may take too long.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being honest and transparent with your employees. Take care of the best talents. Invest in people and keep them motivated all the way through.


  6. "Wonderful company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Game Designer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Game Designer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MZ full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The successful company, mission-led, fast-paced, focused on quality and creativity. People are genuinely nice and easygoing, many top industry talents eager to share their skill and knowledge. Cool perks, competitive salary, constant performance awards.
    Overall it’s definitely one of the best companies to work at.

    Cons

    For me, there are not many cons to speak of but long hours. Although, it’s been improving lately.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working on and being the best for your people.


  7. "Pretty good"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MZ full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company is filled with utterly talented employees.
    Everyone is working at their best giving lots of devotion to projects and the company in general.
    Perks and benefits can’t be beaten.

    Cons

    Lack of organization. At times it’s unclear what exactly everyone is supposed to be working on.
    Managers are not really transparent and fair regarding competition for a promotion.
    Rising bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Some managers are not experienced enough but keep deciding who’s getting a promotion and who’s not. Too many professional careers depend on people who don’t care- that’s not fair.

  8. "Some good, some not really..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MZ full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    1. You can run projects you like most
    2. People here are extremely respectful and supportive
    3. Lots of encouragement from the leadership
    4. Professional growth
    5. Lots of freedom and independence

    Cons

    1. Lack of connection with an upper management
    2. Some people are unwilling to change although the company is growing and developing really fast
    3. Lack of transparency in a competition
    4. Insane quantity of meetings

    Advice to Management

    Work on self-improvement, be more transparent and honest with your people.


  9. "Truly an amazing place"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Platform Developer in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Platform Developer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MZ full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with bright colleagues, learn a lot in a short time, work on unusual projects and problems. Great benefits including free food, strong health plan, business trips, skill up training and so on and so forth.

    Cons

    None of the standard challenges overweight an endless amount of pros you find working at MZ.

    Advice to Management

    I sincerely appreciate what you’re doing. Keep it up!


  10. "Great people, perks and products"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MZ full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Smart, dedicated, passionate people
    - Great ideas, not afraid of pushing the envelope and creating something new
    - Amazing free breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks
    - Great pay and benefits packages

    Cons

    - Hours are 10 -7

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work! Thank you for the opportunity to work for a truly revolutionary company.


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