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Pros
  • Free Food, Great people, Fantastic IP, great location, very strong leadership (in 10 reviews)

  • Enjoyed working with some of the great people (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Remote studios have more difficulty working with the central departments at headquarters than the in-house studios (in 5 reviews)

  • Bangalore and Dhaka studio are closed (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Principle Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Playdom (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great compensation and management that can execute well.

    Cons

    A lot of churn in the studios due to cancelled projects.
    Not enough emphasis on employee skill development.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage employee career development


  2. "Fun place to work, very profit motivated"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was a very creative place to work; fun, agile, fast-paced. People were very open to new ideas and ways to change or make things better.

    Cons

    There was an underground. People were asked to talk behind their coworkers backs to evaluate their peer's performances.

    Advice to Management

    Do not allow managers to ask for dirt on fellow employees. This causes people to create an underground where some people can be trusted, others are kept out.


  3. "Senior Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Development Lead in Palo Alto, CA
    Current Employee - Development Lead in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Playdom full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good perks, fun projects, smart people. You get fed every day, and most teams also order dinner for folks who stay (which seems to be far too many and far too often).

    Cons

    Unrealistic deadlines, unreasonable (and occasionally abusive) management. Everything recently said about the post-Disney culture change is true. It used to feel agile and like a startup, but the structure and management style has shifted considerably in the last few years.

    Advice to Management

    Start looking at how to take care of your people. Turnover is increasing.


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  5. "Fantastic perks, toxic management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Playdom full-time

    Pros

    Free meals - breakfast, lunch, and dinner all catered - so you never have to leave the building.
    Owned by Disney, so Disneyland passes.
    Green company - Caltrain/BART pass
    On-site dry cleaning drop-off.

    Cons

    Management out of touch with the people with the feet on the ground.
    Unrealistic expectations, no communication.
    Some departments have significant favoritism/nepotism problem.
    Many low-level employees mis-categorized as exempt
    10-12 hour workdays expected (why else provide enough food you don't need to leave the building?)
    Owned by Disney, so some significant bureaucracy


  6. "Sr. QA Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Senior QA Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior QA Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Playdom full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome environment, great place to work, tons of fun

    Cons

    Swallowed up by Disney and ruined


  7. "Cool place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Playdom full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of smart people;
    Owned by Disney so you get a silver pass

    Cons

    Games is a tough business


  8. "A good place to work before Disney acquisition"

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager, Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager, Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Playdom full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with smart people in the industry.
    Good perks: free food/gym.
    A great place to learn analytics and data-driven thinking.

    Cons

    Company doesn't have a consistent mission.
    Product vision was not clearly communicated.
    House could be long.

    Advice to Management

    Clarify company vision with employees.
    Better work/life balance.


  9. "Great people to work with"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Playdom (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Enjoyed working with some of the great people
    Free lunch/dinner and snacks.
    Awesome campus decorated with cool disney art
    onsite Gym

    Cons

    Pay was not very great.
    we used flash as our front-end technology which is useless now.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing much. This company is now shutdown. so, management doesnt need any advice.


  10. "Was great before Disney aq."

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It was awesome place to work before Disney got involved.

    Cons

    After Disney everything went downhill


  11. "Attitudes Galore!! (The bad kind)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free food, some nice managers, others not so much.

    Cons

    Horrible HR management! HR team is the worst, too dramatic! They think they own the place. No respect, they treat adults like children. Micro-managers, don't trust their own team members and behave like spoilt rotten rich kids.

    Advice to Management

    Hire grown ups who also act like responsible adults! HR is supposed to be a service organization, not someone who acts like they come from a superior planet! They are not revenue generators, but instead of supporting the business, they act like the police, the bad kind! Gosh don't know how this company is still surviving with such bad leadership.


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