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Pros
  • There is also healthy work/life balance (which is rare in this industry) (in 7 reviews)

  • Nice snacks and free lunch twice a week (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Revenue pressure from upper management (in 8 reviews)

  • not too many open positions, business model is not for everyone (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing team with really poor vision and direction"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at RockYou full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I was treated with a great amount of respect, paid well, fed well, and had an incredible boss (EP of publishing). I was able to work remotely when needed and treated like an employee would want to be by a superior and mentor.

    I also was able to work with several brilliant and fun people who I have retained as contacts and friends to this day.

    The old facility was really great and conveniently located in the Redwood city suburbs.

    Cons

    Lack of commitment to company vision or direction.
    CEO chases tails of trends instead of leading
    Company hit big on Facebook early then failed to find niche
    Missed the mobile bandwagon with no intention of trying to catch up
    Company has too many overpaid, unnecessary upper management staff
    Needs someone like the GM of Publishing who has game experience and savy to drive the vision of the company

    Advice to Management

    Go back to internal development of games for mobile
    Focus on mid-core games as well as casual
    Cut fat from the top down and let EP of Publishing run things


  2. Helpful (4)

    "How Does She Do It?"

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    Current Employee - Sales in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I don't work there anymore. That's the "Pro", and am glad not to be there...the same as SO many other people agree on!

    Cons

    The female CEO is a disaster, everyone in Silicon Valley knows it. Few are more hated in all of Tech, then her. Truly the worst manager/leader I have ever seen in my career!

    Advice to Management

    Get a Board on board, that realizes how much their CEO is hated. Or if they know [which they must], then do something about it!


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Avoid like the plague (the plague would be better.)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They kind of, sort of, have a leading-edge angle in the Gaming market, for in-app. They are also a great place if you are a gambler and want to wager while at work, on how long until the next round of layoffs/firings begin. (Note: these will include you, so FYI.)

    Cons

    Does it get any better? Not really. And you should really ask how the Founder somehow "left" the company way back when. Oh yeah; expect them to 're-invent' themselves every 10 minutes or so. Lucky you!

    Advice to Management

    The person heading the place up, is by far one of the most hated exec's in all of Silicon Valley. A total disaster. Even better, their temperament is one that is very likely happy with that. Run, don't walk.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "fun and sad company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    the benefits and compensation were great. there were plenty of good people to work with and learn from as well. also, catered lunches

    Cons

    us vs them mentality between upper management and employees. CEO and execs were untrustworthy, as they kept saying one thing and doing another

    Advice to Management

    just be honest about what you want and what you are doing, and youll get the people you need.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Fun while it lasted"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was a fun environment with learning opportunities While in Redwood city, there was always food and drinks to be had,

    The in office games were great, nerf wars, dodgeball, ping pong, water fights. I had the most fun out of any company when with RockYou

    Cons

    Very high turn over due to management, and conflicting company goals. It seemed to be a case of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing. All while the foot is in a blender.

    Advice to Management

    No more EA cast offs.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "A stepping stone."

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great middle-management, at least in engineering. Catered lunch was always a plus, as well as unlimited PTO.

    Cons

    The exec team was the worst I've ever encountered. The company seemed to have a new outlook/direction after every single all-hands. Probably trying to mimic Zynga, the execs didn't care whatsoever how "good" a game was that was developed in-house -- it just had to make money. This led to poor morale on the creative side, which had incredibly brilliant game developers in it.

    During an all-hands that followed a devastatingly large lay-off (~40%), each of the 6 execs spoke about why they're choosing to stay with the company and why they weren't leaving. Within 4 months, all but 2 had left. The CEO lead a gaming/media company like it was a sales organization, and it didn't work at all.

    Advice to Management

    Get a new CEO. The current employees deserve better.


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Worst Run Company"

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

    I worked at RockYou full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good compensation, great benefits, free lunches.

    Cons

    No job security; 2 major sets of layoffs in 2 years; Horribly unqualified CEO

    Advice to Management

    Get a CEO in who knows what they are doing.


  9. "Poorly managed, bad work environment"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The reason most of the employees are still at RockYou is because they have good salaries and very good benefits. Also there's a lot of room for career advancement because people leave so often.

    Cons

    RockYou is very poorly managed at the top which creates a lot of unreasonable expectations on everyone. In addition, for a software company they are extremely management heavy and don't value engineers very much. They are very unfocused and try to do way too many things with too few resources.

    Advice to Management

    Focus, focus, focus. Pick one or two things and try to do them well. Don't try to spread your few, unhappy employees over too many products in too many directions. Also get rid of all the project managers and get good engineers who don't need micromanagement.


  10. "It was a good company when it was small"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It was a fun place to work at when it was small and focused. There were couple of smart people whom I enjoyed working with. Also had the opportunity to work on social applications before anybody knew what social was.

    Cons

    They did a horrible job figuring out monetization and lacked focus about the direction of the company. Ad network and app side was almost two different companies. Missed the opportunity to get into social games early on. Couldn't pivot to be a gaming company later.

    Advice to Management

    Leave. Shut the doors.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Company had enormous potential and frittered it all away"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers who are passionate about making good products and very talented at what they do. While they were in Redwood City, the office was fun, well-stocked with snacks and other goodies, and made decent attempts at building a culture and personality.

    Cons

    Serious mismanagement by the executives led to massive layoffs for two consecutive years and several large, high-profile, but ultimately cancelled projects. Furthermore, within a year, RockYou went from being a mostly flat company, with only as much upper- and middle-management that it really needed to keep projects running efficiently, to a company that was almost taller than it was wide. The introduction of many unnecessary layers of middle- and upper-management to oversee projects and teams that ultimately were cancelled or went nowhere unnecessarily bloated a company that had been running fairly efficiently, if not a bit lean.

    In short, RockYou's executives and upper management have shown a very serious disconnect from the people who are actually working on and making products in the past. The lack of a strong technical leadership during a vital period of growth led to the departure of a lot of strong engineering talent that were discouraged by the lack of support and understanding they were receiving from the upper management.

    Career progress is virtually nonexistent unless you're willing to play the political game, which - in a company of its size - is pretty ridiculous.

    Advice to Management

    Really listen to the people working on your products and consider where their concerns are coming from. Put into place a formal framework for career advancement and a rigorous feedback and review system for employee performance. Do not posture; be honest with your employees. Realize that making a show of morale boosting events is not the same as actually boosting morale, and figure out how you can actually make people feel positive about their work environment.


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