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Updated March 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Great people and fun atmosphere (in 7 reviews)

  • The work environment is friendly and upbeat (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • There is way too much focus on keeping senior EA managers happy, at the cost of making great games (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Not too shabby"

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

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  3. "Great startup feel"

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    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.


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  5. "The greatest job ever!"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  6. "Administrative Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    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' .


  7. "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.


  8. 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.


  9. "Awesome Time!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very collaborative environment, smart co-workers, great products, and positive work/life balance. Combine that with solid benefits, an awesome culture, and good leadership, you have an amazing org!

    Cons

    Because it is a smaller org there aren't a lot of advancement opportunities.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "PopCap"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Artist/UI Designer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Artist/UI Designer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great, fun people. Fun work all the time. Good benefits and in-office perks.

    Cons

    Moderate turn over and team switching, company in flux with EA buy out.

    Advice to Management

    More structure and less movement is needed.


  11. "It's Alright"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PopCap Games full-time

    Pros

    Smart and talented people all around.
    Well stocked fridge.
    IP is fun to work on.

    Cons

    Management has no idea what they're doing.
    Expect to change direct managers every two months.
    Extremely hesitant to promote internally.
    Stock and bonuses are used as incentive to keep people as opposed to promoting them.
    Outsources quite a bit and strips people of people actually doing good work.

    Advice to Management

    Don't leave your team in the dust. Help them achieve their goals to keep attrition from occurring.



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