MZ Reviews

Updated Jul 11, 2020

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3.1
43%
Recommend to a Friend
46%
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MZ CEO  Kristen Dumont (no image)
Kristen Dumont
34 Ratings
Pros
  • "MZ is a great place for folks who are motivated by their personal growth(in 29 reviews)

  • "Free food and drinks in the office(in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • "Even the work-life balance doesn’t seem that bad as others describe it(in 42 reviews)

  • "It's almost like MZ just didn't plan to hire bad people, so there are no plans in place to address them unless they actually break a harassment policy(in 31 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Very Competitive Team"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - LiveOp Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MZ full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    This is a job that can help you grow your hard skills. This is my first month, and I feel like learning a lot of stuffs. I mean hard skills like SQL, python, which really help you increase your value in the market. If you are young and passionate about game industry, this is the right place for you. I would love more people join LiveOp team. This is best team for you to grow in MZ. Plus you have awesome teammates and super nice boss :)

    Cons

    You have to get used to game industry culture.

  2. "Great culture. Everyone is focused on shared success."

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MZ full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    People are not siloed which provides a lot of growth opportunities. Very collaborative, supportive culture.

    Cons

    Fast paced. Most people work 10-7.

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  3. Helpful (3)

    "Needs leadership and vision"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Perks, pay and people. Good place for a boot camp.

    Cons

    Have a hard time learning from the past. Unorganized, every project had to go through at least one art direction change if not 2 or more. No vision for their games, design is developed alongside production causing massive rework. If you have a passion for making fun experiences I would think twice. Whenever the game is designed, how fun is not part of the discussion and the CEO explicitly said not to use that word, rather how fun the game is measured in how much the player spends.

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  4. Helpful (6)

    "Worst place I've ever worked - Seriously"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great cafeteria, solid health insurance, phone stipend, commuter benefits

    Cons

    I think it would be misleading to list many of the "perks" as "pros" since you'll never get to use them. Permanent crunch mode. The game teams are disorganized messes and individual contributors make massive, costly mistakes without even a sense of regret ("Ooops, I just blew out a vertical and cost us tens of thousands of dollars with one keystroke.. Better luck next time!") There's no established way to get work done. By this I mean no real processes. There are reports and dashboards that people forget exist or don't care about where you find ancient bugs and logs of high impacting user issues. The only thing you might learn here, if you last long enough, is how to recognize tons of red flags for your next job.

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  5. "Good perks and compensation"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Analyst 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at MZ full-time

    Pros

    Very good perks and compensation, and nice office

    Cons

    Management is very secretive and can be hard to be exposed to them

  6. Helpful (4)

    "Mixed"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Senior Site Reliability Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    cool technologies, large team, not too much micromanagement

    Cons

    business is poorly run by upper level management

  7. Helpful (6)

    "Good temporary experience but bad for your career"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at MZ full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Best food ever - seriously Good campus - new buildings and plenty of space / parking Great perks - phone/gym/laundry/personal grooming bills covered, yearly reimbursement towards new phone

    Cons

    Lack of direction - company copies gameplay ideas from other games (Crystalborne) / adds on their outdated "pay to win" and "throw tons of content at them" formula for new games. No original content. Games perform poorly. Poor management - senior management used to regularly have 1-1 with everyone to collect feedback about managers. They stopped doing that and put incompetent managers into positions of power. Lack of processes (quality control, automated tests, etc) - 2-3 live incidents EVERY DAY.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Terrible place to work"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MZ full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good salaries, all round good people.

    Cons

    Clueless managers, upper management never cared about employees

  9. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent benefit, expect hard work"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at MZ full-time

    Pros

    Excellent medical/dental/perks benefit, unlimited three meals + fruit + snacks

    Cons

    On call happens frequently to resolve real time issues

  10. Helpful (5)

    "Unfortunate"

    1.0
    Former Employee - Product Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good people, Good pay, Good meals

    Cons

    Every thing else can go

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