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Updated February 21, 2017
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  1. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Concept Artist in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Concept Artist in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly environment, positive work place

    Cons

    Long production timeline, some miscommunication


  2. "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.


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Don't do it"

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

    I worked at NaturalMotion full-time

    Pros

    Happy hour is pretty great, as are the Christmas parties. Most employees are friendly and decent people.

    Cons

    - Low pay
    - No respect for employees from upper management
    - Frequent undocumented (and unpaid) overtime
    - Employee turnover is way too high
    - There is no longer a company culture
    - HR are too involved, making it impossible to approach them about issues with other staff members
    - They hand out formal warnings like candy
    - Promotions are saved for staff who have been there the longest, not for those with the skill or experience required for the job
    - etc

    Advice to Management

    Change your ways


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  5. Helpful (7)

    "A sinking ship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NaturalMotion full-time

    Pros

    Great products, some good staff, locations

    Cons

    Leadership team that CEO seems to be blinded by, boys club culture, ever changing product targets leading to never ending production, Zynga managed now regardless of what they say, HR, IT, Operations, Marketing,Recruitment, Product management all managed Zynga down. Poor judge of character with hiring decisions, loss of some of the foundation blocks that were senior staff previous years.

    Advice to Management

    Look further than the management team you have in place, common sense should prevail. Value and look after the staff you have left, you can not afford to loose any more value.


  6. "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


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Pros and Cons"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at NaturalMotion full-time

    Pros

    The titles that employees work on are of a very high calibre (from a marketplace perspective). Clear intentions to improve processes on projects. Good social schedule and fair-to-good benefits package (though not able to compete with King, Facebook or Google in London). Good new facilities, though seems to be a short-term solution.

    Cons

    A few quite old-school people in management positions who are unwilling to change. Cliquey-ness and "establishment" habits. Not clear paths for progress for everyone. Unsure what their support-level from Zynga is. Bad communication with a number of stateside Zynga employees.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more for and promote quality staff or even just those showing dedication, rather than those within the "clique". Improve benefits and pension package.


  8. "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.


  9. "Values Innovation"

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    Former Employee - Animator in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Animator in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NaturalMotion full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Natural Motion is currently pushing the boundaries of the definition of Mobile Games, and is an exciting and forward thinking place to work at in the art department. I truly believe that upper management care about the quality of its product and the morale of it's teams.

    Its nice to have a CEO that has been transparent in the business' direction and is open to questions from any member of staff.

    If you're proactive and hard working its fertile ground to learn new skills and grow.

    Cons

    Unsure of the part that Zynga has to play in Natural Motion's future.

    Some cross studio development makes communication harder than I would have liked.


  10. "Valued skills"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. "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.



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