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MZ Reviews

Updated June 14, 2018
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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 46 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    - The Best team I ever worked with.
    - Free Healthy Food.
    - Always ready to accept new technologies.
    - Great support from Director, HR, and Immigration team.

    Cons

    - Hiring more people will help to reach the high expectations and demand.


  2. Helpful (34)

    "Going downhill fast"

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

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

    Pros

    - Great free breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks
    - Lots of smart people
    - Pay is better than most places
    - Super cool office with a gym

    Cons

    - No transparency, no trust
    - Fear based motivation tactics
    - Lots of people leaving (a few rounds of layoffs and others leaving on their own)
    - Managers need training
    - Leadership doesn’t value their employees or their employee’s opinions (if you even suggest that there are better ways to do things, you are seen as weak and you are seen as a problem)
    - Work/ Life balance (expect calls and texts on weekends and late at night)
    - Terrible bonuses

    Advice to Management

    - Don’t put people in management positions if they don’t know to manage
    - Be transparent
    - Take care of your employees and they will care about improving the company
    - Inspiration works better than fear

  3. "Amazing place to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MZ full-time

    Pros

    1) The company actually cares about the employees and also provides lots of opportunities to newcomers
    2) many training to learn new and skill up
    3) the brilliant team with many talented passionate people
    4) love the fully catored workday!!!
    It is probably the best company in the industry.

    Cons

    Mentorship with older managers/leaders may be more challenging

    Advice to Management

    hire more people because we are all overworked


  4. Helpful (54)

    "The Realest Review You'll Read"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MZ full-time

    Pros

    Fast paced, always something to do
    Some of the most rewarding work I've ever done has occurred here
    Genuinely good, smart people all over the place
    Really amazing benefits

    Cons

    Fear mongering occurring constantly
    People get yelled at on the floor, belittled in chats and emails, and are sometimes even made to cry
    No matter the win, there is always something that could have been done better - extreme nitpicking occurring constantly
    The nagging issues never get addressed and ultimately are ignored no matter who they're brought up to
    Certain departments have major culture problems where sexism runs rampant i.e. a woman will mention an idea that is ignored and a man will reiterate and it's a masterpiece, some women treated like personal assistants to more senior men, an assertive woman is frowned upon while an assertive man is rewarded, etc. Sadly these issues get surfaced and belittled.

    Advice to Management

    Stop paying for reviews, responding to other reviews with things like "I'm sorry you're not a culture fit" and try to consider that maybe some of these issues presented on this platform exist and take them seriously because if they were focused on, they'd could easily be resolved. The people committing said acts above are putting your company in danger.


  5. "3D artist"

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    Current Employee - 3D Artist in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - 3D Artist in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Nice people
    - Very driven culture
    - Lots of opportunities to operate independently
    - Room for growth

    Cons

    Overall interesting work not really a con. There are tedious moments we could be without if only we had more talented people

    Advice to Management

    MachineZone is clearly number one in the mobile gaming industry so far. Keep it up!


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great place, but slipping..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MZ full-time

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, brand new office, in Palo Alto, talented employees. Good cafeteria. Relatively crunch-averse culture. Good culture in Vegas office.

    Cons

    Detached HR and management have minimal relationship with game studio; does not keep up with hiring so some teams are critically understaffed, while others are oversubscribed. Non-games projects are major burden on game studio resources. Bloated director-level upper-middle management. Work/Life balance can be awful or incredible, depending on team.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Good pay and benefits"

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

    I worked at MZ full-time

    Pros

    + Usually good-to-high pay
    + Lots of perks
    + Good benefits
    + Lots of room for promotion and growth
    + Cafeteria with breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    + On-site gym

    Cons

    + Lots of turnover
    + Some departments are run well, others can be long hours
    + Recent large layoffs across multiple departments
    + Future seems directionless and indecisive

  8. Helpful (3)

    "machine"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    very nice people to work with

    Cons

    rigid work environment too many rules


  9. Helpful (22)

    "Good pay, uninspiring work, awful management, emotionally erratic CEO"

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

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

    Pros

    Good pay + perks. On site food.

    Cons

    Unskilled and unqualified management. A lot of lay-offs. The work often expands beyond job-title and employees are expected to take on more responsibilities and put in more time without any bump in pay or perks.


  10. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Support Agent in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Customer Support Agent in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, uplifting atmosphere, lots of training

    Cons

    Sometimes there's nothing within company policy that can be done for a player, and that affects your measured performance


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