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Updated September 11, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people and fun atmosphere (in 7 reviews)

  • Great work-life balance and supportive community amongst co-workers (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • The relentless pressure to meet quarterly revenue targets and get games out the door is not how PopCap used to be (in 2 reviews)

  • Emphasis on revenue (not customer experience) Pre-and-post EA acquisition (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Not too shabby"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at PopCap Games full-time

    Pros

    Pretty comfortable place to work

    Cons

    Not the PopCap of old.


  2. "Slow decline of some great IP"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Great Location
    - (Some) dedicated people
    - Great brands and unique casual gameplay

    Cons

    - EA acquisition and transition to F2P economies killed creativity due to EA overhead and many many cooks in the kitchen. In this environment, politics and LCD collective design wins.
    - Lack of titles and fewer hits over the last 6-7 years has made their brands fade out of the public eye. This is extremely unfortunate.
    - Retain top talent and your most passionate supporters instead of showing them the door.

    Advice to Management

    - Try and resurrect the gameplay and brands that people of all ages loves without trying to please everyone.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good people, community + strong IP in spite of poor studio leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at PopCap Games full-time

    Pros

    In spite of a recent layoff, there remain some really talented people, that genuinely care about PopCap's products and players.
    PopCap has strong IPs in Plants vs Zombies, and to a lesser extent Bejeweled and other nostalgic brands (Peggle, etc)
    Reasonable work/life balance
    True sense of community within the studio

    Cons

    Recently hired studio GM is business savvy, but has minimal experience building games and fostering a culture where game teams are empowered and positioned for creative success (although he thinks he does). GM will frequently play armchair designer with game teams resulting in high stress, uncertainty, chaos and churn within the teams themselves, often resulting in significant changes or resets of creative direction on products (live & in development).

    I would caution anyone female, or in a creative/lead position from joining PopCap until there is a studio leadership change, or studio can stabilize itself behind a successful new game.

    Advice to Management

    Get some space between the GM and the game teams before he drives out all of the remaining talent in the studio.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Women, steer clear"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People have heard of the games you make. EA's health insurance is nice.

    Cons

    I've never worked someplace worse for women. Over half the women I knew at the company quit during my time there. It's impossible to advance, and they're expected to shoulder an unreal amount of emotional labor. If you're a white dude looking to fail upwards, it's an excellent place for that, or would be were it not for the inevitable layoff cycle coming soon.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Doesn't live up to its old, innovative reputation"

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    Former Employee - Senior Artist in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Artist in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Casual game studio = casual work environment
    - Super talented, mostly nice people
    - Fun Belltown location
    - Recognizable IPs (Plants vs. Zombies, Bejeweled)

    Cons

    - Some real weirdos mixed in with the nice people. Like, no eye contact, don't reply to "Good Morning" weirdos
    - Intentionally stagnant creativity. Used to be known for making creative, innovative, quirky, fun games. Strategy for the past 6 years: do nothing except PvZ and Bejeweled sequels, no new IPs. The original PvZ would never have been invented in such an environment.
    - Less than ideal office layout. Spreading company over 3 non-adjacent floors does not facilitate teamwork or camaraderie, keeps people in silos.
    - In the space of 10 months, my last team hired 7 consecutive mid-20s white males as programmers.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to making fun, quirky games. King, Supercell, Halfbrick, etc. took your formula, ran with it, and they are crushing you.

    PS to Glassdoor: Dave Roberts was 3 CEO/presidents ago. Please update.


  6. "Great startup feel"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Online Marketing Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Online Marketing Analyst in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and fun atmosphere. The company lets you be yourself and work and different projects. You can learn a lot and advance your skills.

    Cons

    The culture changed when the company was purchased by EA games. They department I was in was over managed and the managers were not that good at their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Let the members of your teams work independently and feel that they have the room to fail.


  7. "The greatest job ever!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    An incredible group of talented and driven developers, artists, who truely LOVE games. The entire company if full of great ideas, inspiration, and passion. It's an excellent place to learn from some of the most talented individuals in the world. Teams often did a great job celebrating milestones. Decent hours for a game company. A great office location.

    Cons

    PopCap tends to expect too much from latest games, and thus many projects take forever or never see the light of day. The company was very slow to move away from their internal tools which were very clunky and hurt more products then helped. This has improved with the move to Unity3D.

    Advice to Management

    “You miss one hundred percent of the shots you don't take.” -Wayne Gretzky

  8. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant to EA Mobile, Legal in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant to EA Mobile, Legal in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PopCap Games (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The most inclusive, vibrant and fun environment I have ever worked in! An entrepreneurial approach to all positions which drives an outstanding, hard working staff. Social responsibility is a driving factor in all departments!

    Cons

    I can't think of any 'cons' .


  9. "Producer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PopCap Games full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Free soda and snacks. Lots of flexibility in hours. Cool office space. Big bejeweled game in the lobby. Lots of opportunities to be not working with social activities.

    Cons

    Nepotism. Inability to ship games. Management is fractured between three people with no clear vision. Too much focus on drinking at company sponsored events. No core understanding of target audience.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Artist"

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    Former Employee - Senior Artist in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Artist in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PopCap Games full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people, nice environment, good pay.

    Cons

    Too corporate now. No new ip in years.

    Advice to Management

    Take risks.


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