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Spil Games Reviews

Updated January 30, 2017
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  1. Helpful (11)

    "If you have a diploma in ego management, work here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Very laid back, everything is done really slow (this is a pro for foreign people if you want to retire)
    Great location just outside of Amsterdam
    Good support for foreigners

    Cons

    Zero games knowledge. People are not passionate about games

    Reputation of cloning, building uninspired games, based on "proven concepts". End result is always a compromise.

    Failing is never ok. Taking risks is never ok. Sitting in meetings 8 hours per day is.

    Extreme politics are a daily chore. 10,000 people companies don't have this much politics.

    Advice to Management

    Don't keep people on your management team just because they're too expensive to fire.

    A good employee is the one that does his job well, not the one that tells you greatest stories


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Out of touch management. Little morale building. Homogenous and non-existent corporate culture."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Work life balance (most would leave at 5pm - and no one works on weekends).

    Cons

    -Completely idiotic management / clueless about direction
    -Most VP's are 'robots' and trying too hard to hold onto their jobs

    Advice to Management

    -They wouldn't listen anyhow, so no point.

  3. "Nice tech stack"

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    Former Employee - Developer
    Former Employee - Developer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    nice tech stack to work on

    Cons

    CEO changes too many times


  4. "System Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Systems Engineer
    Former Employee - Systems Engineer
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Talented people
    International environment
    Great opportunities to learn

    Cons

    Cons nothing much to mention


  5. Helpful (20)

    "How to destroy an amazing Dutch company"

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

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

    Pros

    - Food
    - People which already left
    - Flexibility
    - Office and parking
    - Near Amsterdam
    - Multiculture

    Cons

    - CEO
    - Strategy

    The CEO brought in a big network, but does not understand gaming , sadly only how to milk casual gamers. Used to be a great company to work for, but once the milking started, players of the sites and employees left. Many promises are made from which not even one has succeeded so far. "Cats" caugh... The company has a higher burnrate of cash, than success. Used to be #1 Dutch gaming company and today people laugh at it. I do not support bashing, but you clearly can filter out reviews here which are biased and the ones telling you a sad story of a casual gaming company before the bubbleburst.

    Advice to Management

    Rather an advice to the owners and investors...you shot yourself in the foot by getting the CEO and now you are waiting for the revenues of the milking to increase company value for a cash out. You really had something built up from nothing. Took you 10 years and only 2 years to destroy company culture, a vision set from the start and your Dutch reputation!


  6. "game studio"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Big company and nice people.

    Cons

    No clear direction of the company management.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Go elsewhere."

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

    I have been working at Spil Games full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good office atmosphere.
    Great lunch option.
    Fun colleagues.

    Cons

    Extremely low salaries and no chance of raise.
    No stability within the company.
    CEO is creepy.
    Temp employees have no possibility of permanent.
    Head of departments are stuck up.
    Reorgs are ongoing.

    Advice to Management

    a) if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys.
    b) value your employees
    c) figure out what you want and do it.

  8. "Mananger"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hilversum (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hilversum (Netherlands)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good team, multicuture, great chance to be significant

    Cons

    Wrong business choice , top down management, you can not influence and make a change

    Advice to Management

    next time make the right choice, it is critical


  9. "Turnaround in progress!"

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

    Pros

    Very nice company to work for. It has been through rough times (reorganized in 2014 - read also some older reviews), but in midst of a very exciting turnaround. Experienced CEO with very strong industry network who brought in many new employees with the right experience. The working environment is excellent, young, dynamic, great perks (lunch, after work activities) and it is exciting to be part of the transition to mobile.

    Cons

    Although many proof points for successful turnaround, not there yet. If you can't handle some insecurity regarding the future success of the company, not the place to go to.

    Advice to Management

    No big things, keep focusing on most important topics and do not try to do everything. Execute what is in progress


  10. "Fun to work place. Needs small reshaping actions"

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

    Pros

    The culture of the company is great and most people i worked with were amazing.

    Cons

    Like every company, Spilgames had and have its own flaws. Corporate project structures, Wrong people at wrong positions, wrong attitude of certain people.

    Advice to Management

    Decrease tech size
    Optimise employee satisfaction


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