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3.8
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66%
Recommend to a Friend
73%
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Kristen Dumont
31 Ratings
Pros
  • "Including Chef's that prepare breakfast, lunch and dinner for employees - no cost to employees :)(in 18 reviews)

  • "Free food and drinks in the office(in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • "Even the work-life balance doesn’t seem that bad as others describe it(in 47 reviews)

  • "Almost everyone here works long hours that are paid very well btw(in 22 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (1)

    "Good company but"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MZ full-time

    Pros

    MachineZone keeps rapidly moving forward because of the brilliant teambuilding: small groups get along better, so performance gets higher. Everyone is also trying to reach a 100% transparency including the upper management and CEO.

    Cons

    Be ready to work a lot! It's not a secret that the success comes with 'blood and sweat' especially in such a competitive business.

    Advice to Management

    Let's shoot for the moon

  2. Helpful (34)

    "Love it..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MZ full-time

    Pros

    Good work-life balance; company culture is stellar

    Cons

    - We are not yet fully taking advantage of PR – we have an amazing product, one that is better than any other in this industry but we don't rebuff attacks. We need to focus more on this. Brand image is half the battle. Hence why we will draw a lot of our attention to PR, in terms of creating a fair image of who we truly are, and reflect the benefits that our users can grasp, at the same time promoting "Us".

    Advice to Management

    Preserve the culture of the company as it grows, as ours is the receipe for sucess and we want to keep it that way.

  3. Helpful (35)

    "Staying optimistic"

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    Current Employee - QA Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MZ full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Machine zone provides lots of opportunities to take advantage of. You can grow your career here, learn new things, get a unique experience, improve skills, and meet incredibly gifted people. High pay, endless benefits, and much more to gain working hard and humble.

    Cons

    Work hours can be really long sometimes, that’s the main con you’ve got to know about the company. Yet that won’t be a great surprise for those who’ve been at the gaming industry for some time.

    Advice to Management

    Continue doing your best to keep everyone satisfied!

  4. "Great place if you want to learn UA"

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    Former Employee - Media Buyer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MZ full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Huge learning curve if you aren't from the mobile industry. Everyone's very helpful and are very data-driven. Great place to work if you're single. Great benefits and generous bonuses.

    Cons

    Zero work-life balance. Everyone works long hours. Face time is very important. There is no WFH culture. If you're not in the office then you're not working. Expected to make quick decisions on unbaked data expecting to hit goals. Mismanagement in terms of comummunication and guidence. Managers and directors take all the credit. Unlimited vacation time but not allowed to take any time off due to workload or blackout...

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    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better and you might be able to retain them. Reward those who work hard and not the ones at the top who reap off the benefits from the ones that do work hard. Managers and directors take all the credit.

  5. Helpful (15)

    "Terrible place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MZ full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    There are no pros unless you consider ruining your life a pro.

    Cons

    - bad culture of fear and overworking - horrible leadership - fake glassdoor reviews - hr up to illegal stuff all the time

    Advice to Management

    lol

  6. Helpful (10)

    "Case Study in Mismanagement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at MZ full-time

    Pros

    The games are played by people with lots of disposable income allowing the company to offer higher than average salaries and great perks.

    Cons

    The board of directors and other executives allowed the founder to take the company in too many directions and the wrong direction. The Legal and HR teams eventually demoralized the staff with arcane work hour policies, overly litigous requirements, poorly handled layoffs and divestitures, and deception through avoiding divulging information about the company. Due to all of this there was just a lot of bad management...

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  7. Helpful (33)

    "A Fine Job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MZ full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Pretty monotonous if you are not sure whether gaming is your thing

    Cons

    The secondary stage of developing the project can be a bit repetitive.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing, just make sure that this is something that you like, otherwise it will be hard to succeed.

  8. Helpful (34)

    "No job security (too many fake reviews)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MZ full-time

    Pros

    Great food, drinks, snacks, perks!!

    Cons

    The company is run by lawyers (the mean girls). The CEO doesn’t believe anyone should take a sick day unless they are on their death bed. Total management nepotism. It’s like HS, if you’re not liked by management (CEO), you’re out. No job security. Don’t trust Kristen Dumont! She’s all about fear mongering. I’m looking to get out fast.

    Advice to Management

    Stop all these fake positive reviews. It’s nothing like that from within. Fix the company culture and management style.

  9. Helpful (16)

    "Too many faked review"

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    Former Employee - Finance in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MZ full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great perks and benefits

    Cons

    No work life balance ... Treat employees like a machine

    Advice to Management

    Employees need respecting and work life balance ... not just working for paying.

  10. Helpful (10)

    "Great while it lasted"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at MZ full-time

    Pros

    Had a great environment.

    Cons

    It all went down hill with one word. Outsourcing....

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