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Updated July 21, 2017
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  1. "Great company, great people, great technology"

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    Current Employee - Programmer in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Programmer in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NaturalMotion full-time

    Pros

    On the technology (Morpheme & Euphoria) side of the company, the team has got a lot of very talented people, but no big egos, which is great. People are focussed on steadily making the product better, working together and helping each other out. The working environment is far more sensible in the technology side of NaturalMotion than in the games industry as a whole, yet it remains ambitious. The management (on the tech side) feels like it's there to help get work done (on the whole!).

    Cons

    The main Oxford office is split into two - technology and games. The two sides feel very different and rather disconnected. The focus is normally on the games side, which can be a little disheartening at times. Then we get back to the tech and all is good.

    Advice to Management

    As the company has grown and shifted focus, it has gained many more managers (in proportion to people who actually make stuff), layers of management, HR people etc. As a result it has cultivated a corporate sense (especially since the Zynga takeover), and much more of a feeling that people are working for their "masters" rather than each other. It would be good to get some of that back.


  2. "Great company, with exciting times ahead!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance compared to previous jobs, working at the forefront of mobile gaming and pushing the limits. Great managment and the chance to work with some of the best industry talent.

    Cons

    The company has grown rapidly in recent times which has caused some teething problems, but management listen and these problems are being addressed.

  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Team Lead in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Oxford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at NaturalMotion (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Really Innovative Technology
    - Very talented people
    - Lots of really good ideas
    - Office in the Centre of Oxford
    - Highly collaborative environment
    - Commitment to change and Improve

    I have been at NM for between five and six years and very much enjoy working here. This is without doubt the best job I have had. The technology is great and the people that I work with are very talented, helpful and work in a collaborative way. Having worked in a few places the thing that stand out is that the company seeks to improve and does so proactively - it is a part of the culture. It comes from the top. Most places that I have worked in do not, or have done for a bit and then stagnate.

    Cons

    The company has grown quite quickly, when I joined there were 70 now there are more than 200 - sometimes the evolution of the company has to catch up with the growth. This is not a "biggie" - a growing company is a really good thing.


  4. "Valued skills"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NaturalMotion full-time

    Pros

    I actually feel like my opinions are listened to, and they've had a real visible impact on some of the work. This is the first job I've had where I've been given time and opportunity to use the skills I spent years learning, even skills that I didn't think would be directly useful for my role. And it's nice to feel like you CAN just chat to the other people you happen to meet in the kitchen (even the CEO), there's very little awkwardness.

    Cons

    Like all growing companies, there are little niggles and things that are hard to get right for everyone. But in my view these are either dealt with or at least acknowledged and investigated.


  5. "Exciting times at NM"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    People, Talent, Ambition, Location of Offices, Awesome CEO

    Cons

    The ability to keep simple as we grow

    Advice to Management

    Keep it real and keep in touch with what made us great as we grow


  6. "Level Designer"

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    Former Employee - Level Designer in Brighton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Level Designer in Brighton, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong and very open team.
    Fun working environment and overall vibe.
    Rich Experience.

    Cons

    Nothing major enough worth mentioning.


  7. "Always exciting and challenging"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NaturalMotion full-time

    Pros

    Genuinely AAA and cutting edge products for mobile. Constantly improving tech stack and tools. Great company culture, teams know how to have fun both inside and outside of the office. Future looking very bright with current and future projects.

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Love it!!"

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    • Culture & Values
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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 NaturalMotion full-time

    Pros

    Really enjoy working here. benefits are up to par, can't complain. life and work balance is fair, never feel overworked. Yes, even with deadlines.

    It feels like they are still feeling their way through as a startup. All an all they are headed in the right direction.

    Cons

    I hate to be honest and say there is no real cons, at least for me.

    Only thing that comes to mind is.. training is lacking but nothing serious. you can read-up on most things and people are always willing to help.


  9. "Good place to perform"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NaturalMotion full-time

    Pros

    Very successful game studio at the time, high ambitions and very smart leader.
    Location super central in Oxford, and nicely built out office; even if a bit sterile.
    Good team, generally good atmosphere.

    Cons

    Top leadership was pretty tight and not always as open to outside influence as would be ideal. Decisions were made centrally and not as much freedom given to individual teams in terms of ideation and vision, more focused on execution.
    Also, not sure how the acquisition has influenced the company; imagine things have become more complicated.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Great company. Good management compared to AAA companies. Some inexperienced people."

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

    Pros

    Great management, management actually listens to your feedback. (as long as you put the effort in to make them listen to you)
    Very ambitious projects with amazing one of a kind tech.
    Nice atmosphere and friendly people.
    Very approachable CEO.

    Cons

    Some inexperienced people. The gap between AAA studios in overall experience is very noticeable however it is closing at a rapid rate.
    Experience is not always recognized.
    Big differences between the different studio's.

    Advice to Management

    Get more high quality experienced people and pay for it!!


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