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3.3
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Pros
  • "Benefits are great and you can expect as much as the bigger companies in the valley.(in 34 reviews)
  • "smart people working hard.(in 28 reviews)
  • "Free food and snacks but that's about it.(in 20 reviews)
  • "The company rewards great contributions with great pay(in 18 reviews)
  • "Good Salary and aggressive culture(in 14 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Missed the old Time

    May 19, 2022 - Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great Team. Great meal. Great Staff

    Cons

    expectation of work overtime. Tired

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  2. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    MZ Through the years

    Oct 4, 2022 - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    So you've probably read a few of these reviews and see a bunch of conflicting information. To clarify the information, I've tried to breakdown what the company has been like over the years so you can try to sort the reviews into these more overarching culture buckets. The "Gabe" Era (Pre-2018): The craziest time for the company. I joined and we were working on Game of War and Mobile Strike was just releasing. The company was making money hand over fist. The culture was bananas. I would work until the last possible train out of Palo Alto and still was one of the first to leave each day on my team. Everything we were working on was going out later that day or the next day. At the worst of it, deployments happened TWICE A DAY with new content for players. Completely absurd but I look back on this time somewhat fondly as working in the trenches did build a bunch of strong bonds that eventually fanned out across the industry that I could tap to find new employment at the drop of a hat. The parties during this time were completely absurd and made the Alcatraz party in Silicon Valley seem quaint. Post-"Gabe" Era (~2018-2020): The Lawyers took over the company ousting the founder because he just couldn't stop talking about blockchain and it freaked out the executives. Belt tightening ensued. This was some completely abysmal years for the company. The direction was poorly thought out and it absolutely showed. People were fired for absurd reasons and it all felt really slimy. Years were spent on games before Game Design was even on the product. Once design was on the product, the game type changed entirely, art directors were fired and replaced, and so much money was spent. Once the product went live, management grew impatient, canned development that was required for the product to work, forced sales that killed the economy and quickly ruined the product. Little did we know the company was buried in bad debt and working on a buyout at the time with Applovin buying MZ. This was the only redeeming factor of this era as all the employees were bailed out of underwater options with lucrative in the money options. It's hard for me to hate the leadership at this time from this windfall alone. Applovin decapitated the leadership which was a godsend. Applovin Era (2020 to now): This has been great. The company has slowed down to the point where methodical steps are taken and there isn't a constant panic being transmitted from above causing short sighted decision making. Work life balance has been tremendously improved with the Applovin acquisition, not to mention reaping the benefits of an IPO, which while tech stocks are down now, the options are still providing lucrative value to employees. The company continues to struggle with lack of innovation although there is some hope on that front. There were layoffs earlier this year (July 2022) which seemed consistent with the industry but they really seemed to have targeted the worst of the toxic super pay to win people at the company which is an interesting sign. ---- General Pros Today: - Good Work/Life balance - Fully Remote - Solid office and cafeteria for people who do want to go into the office - Applovin is a public company (Ticker:APP) so options/RSUs have value, joining now would probably be a good strike price assuming you stick around through the ongoing tech recession. - Smart pleasant coworkers - Very low micromanaging (at least as far as I know for my teams and those around us)

    Cons

    - Uninspiring game production strategy causing a bit of apathy, favors low risk strategy yet still tries to target billion dollar games - Lack of internal people actually playing the games (its hard to inspire people to keep playing city builders, they are pretty demanding). This causes some development to be difficult as different teams are pretty unfamiliar with what they are actually building. - Lingering team structural issues since the layoffs have yet to be corrected.

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  4. 1.0
    Former Employee

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    Oct 20, 2022 - Manager 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    salary was pretty good there

    Cons

    not the greatest experience ever

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  5. 4.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    MZ

    Sep 14, 2022 - Technical Recruiter in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Had great food options, and awesome people to work with

    Cons

    Leadership lacked transparency and direction

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  6. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Good benefits, terrible managment

    May 25, 2022 - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Perks and Benefits as well as cool people

    Cons

    Terrible management, Nepotism, People who dont know how to do thier jobs

    2 people found this review helpful
  7. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Awesome

    Apr 4, 2022 - Director 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great everything no complaints at all

    Cons

    nothing to gripe about great place

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  8. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    They work you like a Dog

    Apr 4, 2022 - Head of Live Operations in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - Good Perks - Made some good friends

    Cons

    - Horrible hours - No work/life balance - Low pay - No career advancement - Once they know you're exploring opportunities at another company, they will fire you.

    3 people found this review helpful
  9. 2.0
    Former Employee

    Not so good

    Feb 22, 2022 - Director 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Location. Cafeteria. Parties were great.

    Cons

    Everything. The management was awful.

    2 people found this review helpful
  10. 1.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    salaries

    Dec 29, 2021 - Senior Technical Recruiter in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    full time position onsite only

    Cons

    work hrs controlled to specific hrs

    1 person found this review helpful
  11. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great company

    Jul 8, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    They are great to their employees

    Cons

    Sometimes you may be the last to know about change

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MZ has an overall rating of 3.3 out of 5, based on over 313 reviews left anonymously by employees. 44% of employees would recommend working at MZ to a friend and 37% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has improved by 5% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, MZ employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.9 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at MZ. This rating has improved by 1% over the last 12 months.

44% of MZ employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated MZ 2.9 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.0 for culture and values and 3.4 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at MZ to be career development, benefits, coworkers and the cons to be senior leadership, management, culture.

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