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  1. "Games were great, management was unfocused"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Meteor Games full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It had a relaxed atmosphere, lots of creative ideas, nice location.

    Cons

    The company no longer exists due to money being withdrawn by advertising partners.

    Advice to Management

    Try to structure more robust financial backing that doesn't count so heavily on just one financial partner.


  2. "Great peers poor management"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Meteor Games full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Energetic, creative environment, great people to work with

    Cons

    Great people except management. Owners let people go depending on their results from gambling on Vegas over the weekend.

    Advice to Management

    Grow up and treat the business as business not as a grade school playground


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA

    Pros

    Meteor Games had a great team of people, especially at the end. It's a shame the glass door closed. Meteor had a sense of camaraderie not found in many jobs and the team has largely stuck together even after the doors closed. Many of the staff pitched in to help others find jobs after 90% of the company was laid off.

    Cons

    Product lacked direction. More than one game was stopped or redone completely after an entire team was ramped up for production.

    Advice to Management

    Build games that are successful in the marketplace, not just pet projects of the founders.


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  5. "Good gaming company - too bad it is almost gone."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    * Excellent work atmosphere - team is like a family.
    * Good Facebook games.
    * Management is open to flexi-time.

    Cons

    * Management changes mind frequently.
    * Company is now almost dead.
    * Senior managers are not consulted even though they may contribute.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your senior managers and/or directors - they bring a lot of experience to the company and this experience can be leveraged to the company's benefit.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Chaos"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Exciting Projects, location, field of business

    Cons

    Bad Management and decision taking from upper management

    Advice to Management

    Be humble and listen to others have to say. Treat people with fairness and transparency


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great collegues, horrible executives"

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    Former Employee - Director in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Director in Beverly Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    There is an amanzing group of people that was brought together with the plan of creating a world class game studio. My peers were pretty amazing at accomplishing alot with very little direction.

    Cons

    Quite simply the C-level execs and founders of the company are utterly useless. When they aren't out of the office taking a trip to the Caribbean, Europe or someother exotic location they just caused confusion and showed a superb lack of judgement. Eveyone is entitled to their free time and vacations but when everyone else has to work the weekend while you cut out, something is wrong.

    Again the management had know idea on how to run a creative company. The goal is to have a sucesssful and profitable company, but you have to focus on creating a quality product first.

    Advice to Management

    Just get out of people's way. You hire people to do a job, let them do it. Make sure to tell people what is going on within the company and the strategy. You can't sit in your offices and expect information to go out through osmosis.


  8. "Great coworkers, horrible management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    -Talented art team
    -Nice coworkers
    -Free soda
    -Social game experience is a good thing
    -You can occasionally run into celebrities in the hallway of the office building

    Cons

    -Horrible upper management. They change direction every five minutes and are awful at communicating it out to the team. Instead, they expect their employees to be psychic and just magically know what it is they want.
    -Employees get fired weekly. Literally. An employee can get fired for anything at all - asking a question, or looking at someone funny, or just not making the founders happy that week. Don't get too attached to your coworkers as they can be gone in a flash.
    -This company is clearly just a plaything for the very rich founders. They don't care about long-term strategy, or their players, or their employees. It appears to just a big game to them. They frequently take long vacations while their employees struggle to get their games done, only to come back and change direction again.
    -There is no solid project management. Deadlines are just whims and don't mean anything. Employees are expected to work nights and weekends, and be prepared to be fired if you dare take time off.
    -Employees are seated on tiny desks with no cube walls, have no admin access to their computers, and are not given telephones.

    Advice to Management

    Management, you need to trust your employees to make decisions, and realize that your employees are people with lives that are every bit as important as your own. You need to change the balance of power at the company - and not allow people who have no business sense to make all of the decisions. Meteor's reputation is already so damaged in this industry that it may be too late to save it. It might be best to leave and start again without the founders.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Friendly coworkers, horrible management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    - immediate co-workers are friendly and fun to work with
    - occassional nerf wars

    Cons

    To anyone thinking of submitting your resume to Meteor Games, read through all the reviews here thoroughly. What has been said is beyond true. The problem with Meteor Games isn't at the ground level. It's not the design, the flash, the php, or the art team that has the problem. Your coworkers will be hardworking, funny, talented, and easygoing people.

    Be wary of the executive team, too many cooks in the kitchen, and absolutely no trust in the good people of the company to do their jobs. The exec's would rather fire an employee (or two or three!), than admit to their own incompetence. The turnover rate is ridiculous.

    While working here, you will constantly wonder if you'll be on the next up for the firing squad. There will be discriminatory commentary, retaliation by the executive team for going through the proper channels to voice your dissent with upper management, and re-occurring sudden major changes to a game at the very last minute. You will be asked why you're asking for pertinent information needed to do your job, and chastised for asking for any sort of details or feedback to give the execs exactly what they wanted. The biggest overall problem: they don't know what they want. Directions will shift with little to no information being passed down to the teams. Let me make this crystal clear: in order to work here, you must be psychic.

    Payscale? Horrid for industry standard. In the same breath, they will make you feel guilty for asking for a raise, while talking about the extended trip overseas they absolutely must take (flying first or business class... of course).

    Location: Horrible. Nothing within walking distance as far as food places go, so you must either bag your lunch, or go out. Note, the lunch time given is 30 minutes, far too short for any real lunch. If you take an hour, you must make that 30 minutes.

    How to work here: As long as you do not have to directly speak with, take direction from, or engage in any type of conversation with the executive team, you'll be fine. Unfortunately what this means is that if you have any vision about moving up in the company, it only means you're a step closer to being fired.

    Take the advice of another reviewer, if you MUST work here, keep your resume updated, and if you can interview with another company, jump ship from here as fast as you can, because this is a sinking ship. Meteor Games ranked in the top ten of Social Gaming back in 2009, but since has fallen past the rank of #198 as noted on AppData.com's Developer Leaderboards.

    This is a company that could be awesome, but unfortunately, lives up to its name. Because what else do Meteor's do except burn up in the atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    Let the teams do their jobs. Let the creative teams be creative, let the programmers come up with the solutions. You have hired immensely talented people, and you squander their talent with your inability to direct or manage them. Stop pretending you know better than the rest of your company, because many of these people have years more experience than you do.


  10. "Look for better"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beverly Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The other employees are cool. The enviroment seems fun at first. Free parking and soda.

    Cons

    Senior management is aweful. People fired for trivial mistakes. Lateral advancement is impossible. Unhealthy atmosphere. Staff fearful of reporting bad news to executive team. Management makes multiple project changes at last minute. Last minute changes, and firing staff for minor mistakes makes for a lousy work enviroment.

    Advice to Management

    Allow opportunities for people to advance or change careers. Quit firing people at the drop of a pin. A number of good people constantly have their resumes circulating due to lack of support from upper staff..


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Work here only with great caution"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Hollywood, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Hollywood, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The people there were great, some of the smartest, most creative and friendliest folks I've ever worked with. As a small company there is a lot of excitement over potential growth and a can-do attitude to get things done rather than struggle with moutains of red tape. For the most part there wasn't a lot of crunch time, or expectations for people to stay long hours to get their work done.

    Cons

    In 15 years I've worked at some of the largest games companies in the industry and without a doubt Meteor has the very worst executive team I've ever had the displeasure of working with. Absolutely no support, when minor problems are brought to their attention they are prone to point fingers and fire people rather than attempt to fix the issues. A paranoid atmosphere permeats the company with employess constantly stressing over who will be fired next without warning. Projects change on a whim withouth any consideration to efforts already put into them, and can result in terminations if the managers were not able to adequately read the minds of the executive team.

    Advice to Management

    To heck with the management - Advice to anyone considering taking a postition here - do so with great care and caution. If you do accept a postition make sure your resume is constantly up to date and consider a jump to another company if there is a rash of firings. Keep in mind at all times that any disagreement with the executive team, even if it is to help save the company time and wasted effort, will result in eventual termination.


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