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Storm8 Reviews

Updated February 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Good job perks (free lunch and dinner, movies, annual gifts) (in 22 reviews)

  • Excellent work life balance, healthy collaborative attitude, and great benefits (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Mentioned ad nauseum above, but very little concept of work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Difficult to move up and become a regular full time employee (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (3)

    "Great job"

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

    I have been working at Storm8 full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people here are unbelievably collaborative, creative and humble. I look forward to coming to work every day and facing challenges surrounded by an awesome team. The work hours are flexible, the comp is great, and the benefits are some of the best I've seen.

    Cons

    Commute can be a little rough from San Francisco, but everything else about working here makes it worthwhile.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great until sudden layoffs"

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

    I worked at Storm8 full-time

    Pros

    Excellent people, nice benefits, decent pay.

    Cons

    They randomly fired over half the company.


  3. "Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Storm8 full-time

    Pros

    Nice culture within ENG department, knowledge are shared frequently.
    Very smart people.

    Cons

    Lack of transparence from management team.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Good if you want to coast"

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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
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Storm8 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great, smart colleagues.
    Free food.
    Pretty stable.
    Good to get a feel for mobile games.

    Cons

    Micromanagement.
    Petty political decisions that hurt teams sometimes.
    Dev-leads picked on technical skill, even if person has poor management/leadership skills.
    Trapped in a box. No creative bone in the company, nor ample opportunity to grow technically unless you luck out and get a good (rare) project.
    Stuck porting features between games (BORING unacceptable for senior-dev skill level)
    Managers too far removed from day-to-day work, so your colleagues input determine your fate (even if they've never been trained to look for skill sets).
    ZERO acknowledgement for soft skills.
    You get credit for staying late and fixing bugs, not for making good bug-free code in the first place, or having solid design.
    Devs pushed to do *everything* including covering for understaffed QA, take over producer responsibilities when they pull yours of the team because of inner politics, do UI even if you hate it.
    OFFICE PLAGUE EVERY MONTH. Because they only give 5 sick days a year and make a fuss whenever you work from home so colleagues come in with awful colds.

    Advice to Management

    Trust us to do our jobs and pay attention to what we do.
    Soft skills matter.
    Stop only making 100% safe carbon-copy games, you'll never keep enough creative, driven people otherwise.
    Give unlimited sick days. "Someone abused it in the past" isn't an excuse. Handle that on a case by case basis instead of punishing everyone.


  6. "Review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Storm8 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good job perks (free lunch and dinner, movies, annual gifts)

    Cons

    Company isn't making anything new, many employees are both overworked and bored


  7. "Extremely positive interview process especially since I was relocating from another country"

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Storm8 full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    1) People first and extremely considerate to individual needs.
    2) The right size company (not too big nor too small - this maybe a con for some people).
    3) Talented and passionate teams.
    4) Compensation and Benefits.
    5) Exciting pipeline of upcoming products.

    Cons

    1) Not a market leader currently with the current line-up of games. Hopefully this changes soon though!


  8. "Professional individual contributor"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Storm8 full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - People: teams are nice and supportive of each other
    - Benefits are great - free food, great insurance coverage
    - Freedom to do your job: we have set goals and business objectives, but at the end of the day, I am given the latitude to do my job how I see fit.
    - There's no micromanaging here and no one tells you that you can't do something if it's for the good of the company (of course as long as you do your work)
    - There's room for exposure into other areas and departments
    - It's sad to see all the negative comments here from our own team members. Some of them are quite shocking as my experience for the most part has been the opposite!

    Cons

    - Some people are very easy enough to be swayed by other people's thinking -- especially when you think that the grass is greener on the other side. People moving to find other jobs is normal, but that can be seen as "everyone is leaving!" by some folks here.
    - Morale can be pretty low right now, especially since we're working towards launching that "next hit."

    Advice to Management

    - Let's continue to work together to keep S8 a positive place.
    - Don't let the negativity affect decision making.
    - Build our teams and find more passionate and talented EPs to make the next hit game!


  9. "One of a Kind"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Storm8 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Work to life ratio is amazing and way over looked by many
    - If you're motivated and passionate career growth and opportunity is great!
    - The people here and culture this company has created are like Family.
    - People may look at the company as non risk takers. But in my opinion they invest in smart risks. This is why Storm8 has not needed outside investors.
    -The benefit package is amazing its provides for my entire family.
    - Spoiled with Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and snacks. They also throw many small events just to relax.

    Cons

    - It has been a while since Storm8 has created a great game. But in the game industry it's not an easy task to do. The CEO has set the company up to continue to explore and search for that next great game.

    Advice to Management

    Continue treating us like family and I for one will continue to give the company my all.


  10. "Great Company to Work For"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Storm8 full-time

    Pros

    Excellent opportunities to learn and grow here. Leadership actively challenges me to take accountability and develop my own career path. There is as much chance to succeed as you care to take on. Excellent work life balance, healthy collaborative attitude, and great benefits.

    Cons

    Traffic can be a bit congested around the office location.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "You don't know what you got...."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Storm8 full-time

    Pros

    - People
    - Awesome benefits coverage. What company out there covers employees AND dependents at 100%? And no weird plans to select from where they require a high deductible first. Good wholesome plans that has the standard co-pays.
    - You can easily get the Freshman 15 (lbs) from working here! Complimentary catered lunch and dinners 5 days/wk! Plethora of snacks, drinks, & frozen goodies! Oh and booze at every all-hands meeting! =)

    Cons

    - Unfortunately sometimes morale can be a little low when there are any types of changes that may occur internally. Whether it's employees leaving, some org changes, It's inevitable. But to see how the company continues to be pacing with no outside funding does speaks volume.
    - If it weren't for the commute, there would have been all-stars!



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