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Pocket Gems Reviews

Updated May 1, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Hard but rewarding work"

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

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

    Pros

    Pocket Gems is a place filled with exceptionally smart and dedicated people. You will get to work with incredible artists, engineers, designers, and PMs and there is a ton to learn from simply working through projects with these people. And you get to work on products that are played by millions of people. The perks are in line with what you expect from most startups - onsite lunch/dinner, decent 401k options, personal development opportunities (GDC, learning reimbursements), and a monthly budget to expense toward playing games. Culturally, the people are genuine, and care a lot, and there is very little politics compared to other places I've worked at or heard of. The management genuinely seems interested in building a long lasting company, and so do many of the employees.

    Cons

    It's a hard working place. Hours can be longer when it's crunch time, and while the company has made strides in decreasing how often this happens, it's a reality of startups. It's also a hit driven business, and while Pocket Gems has been managed well and has plenty of cash, it can be draining to deal with the ups and downs. Another area of improvement is more clarity on career progression and levels across all functions - this is happening but it still needs work. Like most startups, people management and career development needs to catch up as the company grows. Despite all of this, it's a place where working hard can be very rewarding, and if you want to work on entertainment products, it is very hard to beat.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Its ok"

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

    I have been working at Pocket Gems full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some really great people here. The company is really growing and making great games.

    Cons

    Some huge egos that get a pass.

  3. Helpful (10)

    "Cool office....but very Clicky"

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    Current Employee - Gemmer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Gemmer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for, they try to take care of their employees. Lunchs are provided and it's a cool working enviroment (office wise). The CEO seems like he's got his head on right and the company is growing like crazy.

    Cons

    It is definitely a millenial run place. The groups are very clicky and trying to fit in can be a challenge for "older styled" workers. And the office is not definitely geared toward workers with families.

    The pay is much lower than market. But they try to make it up with other amenities.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "If you want to make mobile games - not bad. Else better options exist."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Pocket Gems (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work culture. Employees don't get numerically scored on their reviews in lieu of detailed write ups that managers take a lot of time to craft.

    Great talent around you. That's undeniable, people do leave as I have done, but maybe that's just par for the valley.

    Cool Office - great parties , fun to come to work - no doubts there.

    While the CEO is a bit of a dial tone, he seems like a nice enough guy, though I only ever talked to him about sports.

    Great friendships, my two years here were really impactful.

    You can learn A LOT here, but you may have to leave to progress.

    Plenty of Ramen in the kitchen!

    Company even Stocks Yakult on request!

    A lot of lowly employees have come here and moved on to big success at Companies like google and facebook. So even if it's not forever it's not a bad springboard elsewhere provided you can avoid being undertitled.

    Cons

    Company only recently started actually changing job titles to align with what people actually do. Even then it's pretty bad. There are employees that have left that were essentially in a completely different functional unit than their title would suggest.

    Talented people seem to leave, might be normal for the valley but its hard to see your super talented team leave all around you.

    Salary is below market but pretty much on par for games. If you're only in it for the money - there are a lot of reasons to be elsewhere.

    Some senior employees rest on their laurels, some seem completely checked out. There is at least one senior level employee that I'm not sure I've ever even seen in the office.

    Different standard for different employees. I saw this play out repeatedly when I was there. PM's and Developers can do whatever they want with nothing but a slap on the wrist. Other classes of employees get come down on much harder.

    Advice to Management

    Just a bit more focus on retention and career growth. I know its a challenge. Also try to make sure all employees are on the same page when it comes to following the rules.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I love working for Pocket Gems for 5 reasons.
    - I have ownership over my work
    - I know my work has immediate impact - I can see the charts move when I make something better
    - The company rewards initiative. If something's broken, I can just fix it
    - Everyone's smart here and shares my initiative.
    - We get to work on games. What could be better?

    Cons

    - High standards. Don't apply if you're not passionate about the job.
    - We're still learning about how to stand by our values.
    - As a company, we still have some process improvements to complete.

    Advice to Management

    - Keep going. Keep building great stuff.
    - Make sure to demonstrate that we can stand by what we say we stand for.
    - More free food.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great People"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pocket Gems full-time

    Pros

    Great people and awesome teams!

    Cons

    Lack of recognition from directors/management.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Review Title"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pocket Gems (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Lots of food. Cool and friendly people.

    Cons

    Legacy code. No well-defined promotions.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Leandro, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Leandro, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pocket Gems (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work environment, good work culture

    Cons

    lower pay, pay is not as good as similar positions in other companies


  9. Helpful (11)

    "Associate Test Lead"

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    Former Employee - Associate Test Lead in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Test Lead in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a great place to start your career and learn the basics and foundations of mobile apps, processes, and best practices.

    Perks are good, the people outside of work environments are fun.

    The pay is more or less above average for gaming only, below average for tech industry unless you are a high level executive or a software developer.

    Cons

    -poor upper level management constantly making poor product decisions
    -elitist culture in which only prestigious backgrounds are taken seriously
    -extremely corporate answers for any questions, almost zero transparency
    -no longer a major innovator in mobile gaming
    -company culture is spiraling downwards with recent hiring

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget where the company came from, and promote within.
    Admit mistakes were made more often and hold accountability within upper management
    Remember that culture is what built the company great, and build on that before it disappears
    Get rid of elitist culture and listen to people who are passionate about the product, not the ones who have fancy degrees


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great place."

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

    Pros

    Great people, Great benefits, super fast paced.

    Cons

    Things move fast. If you are not comfortable doing that it could be a difficult place to work.,


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