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Updated Feb 26, 2021

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Being a woman in tech, I only recently started advocating for myself at work about advancement opportunities. Because of this I wanted to ask this question to my male counterparts. When you have 1:1's with your direct reports and talk about career growth / aspirations what is your managers’ response typically? I’d like to gauge how my experience (negative) differs from others. For instance are you met with blockades, enthusiasm, dread, etc?

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Top Review Highlights by Sentiment

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 25 reviews)
  • "Free food and snacks but that's about it.(in 22 reviews)
  • "The company rewards great contributions with great pay(in 20 reviews)
  • "Great culture (on my team at least)(in 14 reviews)
Cons
  • "Due to all of this there was just a lot of bad management and results that were accepted.(in 21 reviews)
  • "No work/life balance(in 19 reviews)
  • "Between politics and careless middle and upper management you can expect your career to take a hit.(in 10 reviews)
  • "Long hours are based on lack of leadership You will be shunned if you don't eat lunch with your team everyday.(in 9 reviews)
  • "The clueless and childish managers following the CEO are what one expect from a place like this.(in 8 reviews)
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  1. 2.0
    Current Employee

    No Work/Life Balance

    Feb 1, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Onsite food is good. Compensation is good for certain job roles. Depending on your department, the discretionary time off can either be a great thing or a bad thing.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance. You'll be at the office on average about 10+ hours per day. You'll frequently be expected to work weekends. Any who hesitate to work weekends "are not team players". In addition to spending all your time at work, expect to have your time micro-managed as well. During orientation, HR will "jokingly" tell you "We hope you brought your sleeping bag". It's not a joke. They aren't kidding. You'll seriously be expected to devote your entire life to work.

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    67 people found this review helpful

    MZ Response

    Global Head of People Operations

    Thank you for taking the time to submit your feedback. This is a very busy and exciting time for Machine Zone and we recognize the fast paced culture of our company may not be a good fit for everyone. Our HR Business Partners spend a lot of time with each group they support and are always available should you have any concerns you wish to discuss. If you are not sure who your partner is please reach out to our People Operations team and they will be happy to assist.

  2. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great place to work at!

    Feb 23, 2017 - Senior Database Administrator in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - Everyday you're challenged to think outside the box to solve problems. - You're constantly forced to learn and pick up new technologies. - Ton of food and snacks - Work with really smart and experienced people. - Tech OPS works to create a safe and blame free environment. No finger pointing.

    Cons

    - Pace is very high. Management do their best to slow down things as much as they can but just like any fast growing company there is a lot of work to be done.

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    7 people found this review helpful
  3. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Culture

    Jun 4, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Free food and snacks but that's about it.

    Cons

    Worst corporate culture. Culture of fear with zero dignity or value for a human being. The approach is very simple "People are commodities that can be discarded anytime". Looks like they never heard of this famous saying - "Treat others just as you want to be treated". Just terrible

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    34 people found this review helpful
  4. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    high impact

    May 16, 2017 - Senior Marketing Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    I feel like my work makes a real difference here which feels good. Compensation is good and tons of food. New campus looks awesome.

    Cons

    Culture and hours feels like ibanking

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    4 people found this review helpful
  5. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Machine Learning / Data Science / Analytics

    May 1, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Decent free food. Some good people to complain with daily. Benefits for young people who don't need them.

    Cons

    Top level incompetence trickles down throughout all management levels into your headache continuously. MZ should stick with games and they shouldn't make too many more. I don't believe they are a tech company by any means and any effort to brand themselves as such is only in the interest of higher valuations, which doesn't make much sense since there doesn't appear to be a plan to go public. The stock options promised are toilet paper and you shouldn't factor them into your total compensation. Generous bonuses are only given to the buddies of management and are not merit based. The politics are worse than big companies and it would be wise to change your race to get ahead. Everyone there who are performers know how crappy the company is and are only awaiting better jobs to be lined up so they can bail. The only happy people there are those who work long hours producing nothing meaningful or the fat cats on top who don't actually do anything except bloviate all day. In a nutshell, if you actually apply (or stay if you are currently there) then you are a moron and you deserve what you get.

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    74 people found this review helpful
  6. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Good changes coming

    Feb 26, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    MZ truly believes in the culture which is seen through the entire process of working here. Leads appreciate employees and encourage their personal growth through the online portal. Used to be not enough HR and support but now that team is huge. Full benefits package. Free food and drinks in the office.

    Cons

    The company keeps rapid growth, so there are a lot of newcomers every week, and it's getting difficult to remember everyone. Quick deadlines are pretty stressful. Not enough flexibility in a schedule. And also some people quit/leave so not enough team dynamic. Always in flux

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  7. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Awesome company to work for !

    Oct 5, 2015 - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    They take care of like like anything. Superb perks, lots of benefits, great people & truly fun place to work. Everyone here treats you equal. And my fav part is the free food :)

    Cons

    Sometimes working hours but hey who does not like to work late when u have free dinner too ! And yes, they spoil you lot with benefits so if u leave the company it would be hard to adjust anywhere else ;)

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    16 people found this review helpful

    MZ Response

    Global Head of People Operations

    We appreciate you taking the time to share your review. It is important to Machine Zone to provide great perks and benefits our employees will love. We strive to create an environment where every employee feels valued and appreciated for their contributions. Thank you for your feedback.

  8. 1.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Some matter of facts from small data analytics

    Mar 16, 2017 - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    free food is the best one and that's it

    Cons

    Out of the reviews here, Some matter of facts from small data analytics: - Most reviews are on the 2 extremes: either 1-star or 5-star. - Usually there's a series of 5-star reviews after a couple of 1-star reviews. - Those 1-star reviews have much higher number of "Helpful" votes than those 5-star reviews. Most 1-star reviews have around 30 votes while most 5-star reviews have nearly 0, for apparent reasons. - Keywords in 5-stars: hyper-growth mode, best company ever to work for, smart people - Keywords in 1-stars: bad management, firing, no work-life balance, no ethics, too much politics, I'd say my opinion aligns with most, if not all, of the 1-star reviews.

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    116 people found this review helpful
  9. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Still growing

    Feb 13, 2018 - Developer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - mission-driven teams and leads - strong core values - endless learning opportunities - amazing balance between creativity and business - great health benefits - free delicious food and snacks

    Cons

    - little visibility from the management - the company’s grown and its culture took a hit - quite a limited opportunity to get a career promotion (depending on department)

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    1 person found this review helpful
  10. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    You will be fired

    Dec 6, 2017 - Senior Game Designer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Free food and you can occasionally meet celebrities.

    Cons

    Lots of lies going on in Glassdoor which is a sign of what MZ is about: a facade to lure people in and fire them, typically after they've been burnt out on 14-18 hour workdays and usually right before their 1 year raise. The CEO walks around the company, chatting with coworkers like he's one of the guys, but as soon as our revenue slips by a marginal amount, he comes shouting down the halls, scaring people and making examples out of random people through fear tactics. No one cares about your name, nor your work ethic, nor your loyalty. As soon as you start showing physical or mental signs of stress, you're out. I saw a guy pass out and was rushed to a hospital. The next week, his desk was being cleared out as he was now on "indefinite medical leave". This place is a nightmare. MZ is like one of those cartoonishly horrific companies you see in movies, treating their own people as expendable tools just to make ends meet.

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    46 people found this review helpful
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