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Updated January 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Catered dinners and periodic lunches/events (in 9 reviews)

  • Great community of talented people that like to get stuff done (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Lack of structure, planning, professionalism (in 3 reviews)

  • It's hard to make a real impact on the decision-making for the games that are made (but small effects are easy) (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "A great Family!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TinyCo full-time

    Pros

    TinyCo is growing and working on some of the best brands in the world in a great, casual and fun environment.
    The company has great benefits and prioritizes work/life balance over short term goals.

    Cons

    Some growing pains remain that the company acknowledges and works toward fixing.

    Advice to Management

    Keep taking care of people, it pays off


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Beware"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good IPs (at questionable bargains)
    The standard start-up flair (free snacks, dinner, basic benefits package)
    Good location

    Cons

    Manipulates reviews so be warned. Chaotic (sometimes non-functional) environments are the norm. Most talent maintaining the studio is long gone or was let go with only a handful of competent employees keeping operations going. Power-hungry management is corrupt and cliquish. The company has survived on a revolving door of talent to hide their tenured shortcomings. Most managers are trench promotes with no ability or experience being one and it shows from their turnover rate. They often berate employees both privately and publicly to secure their own positions in the petty political environment. This creates a cultish vibe that oppresses original thinking.

    This is only a place for those desperate to break into the industry. The allure of big name franchises attracts but comes at a cost of their current potential and capabilities. Pay close attention to the non-5 star reviews and recent acquisition.

    Advice to Management

    If you haven't listened yet you don't plan to.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "A Fun and Rewarding Place to Work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Art Lead in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Art Lead in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    We make killer mobile games based on the best IPs in the world--what's not to love? I've been n artist at the company for two years and plan to stick around for the long-term. Stellar projects, great people and culture, good work-life balance, fantastic prospects for future success.

    Cons

    Office space is getting tight as the company outgrows its current office. Perks are good, but may be slightly less than you've experienced at other companies.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course. Continue to push the game design in new, fresh FUN directions. Continue to invest in the great 3D art pipeline that we're building--it's paying off.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "No, no & no."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Some amazing and talented people
    - Catered dinners and periodic lunches/events
    - Great location (easier to job hunt and interview for something better!)

    Cons

    - Middle managers and above are mediocre at best but mostly incompetent
    - Nonexistent HR. Would not be surprised if the company ever gets sued for HR violations
    - Below-standard pay and benefits/perks. They provide the bare minimum of the law and almost nothing more.
    - Tend to hire sycophants, resulting in piss-poor practices and minimal to no improvement in development practices and products. Actual good developers end up leaving or getting sidelined
    - Long hours
    - No bonuses, minimal to no raises
    - Executive team feels like a cool kids/boys club; entirely male-dominated
    - The company does not care about retaining talent. They take advantage of the fact that many people want to work in the game industry. This results in an unprecedented employee turnover rate

    Advice to Management

    Start thinking long-term.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "I have been working at TinyCo for less than a year."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - TinyCo definitely cares about the well-being of their employees, and our Culture Committee contributes greatly to that.
    - On that note, there's lots of fun events that provide a great work/life balance, like Fancy Friday, Bring your Dog/Stuffed Animal Day, Flannel Friday, quarterly/holiday Happy Hours, etc.
    - The company is growing very well in the short amount of time that I've been here.
    - Free daily catered dinners!
    - Tight-knit environment due to our start-up feel.
    - Location of the office is really great: it's right next to a Target, there's many food places around the area, and it's right off the Montgomery Bart station.

    Cons

    I wasn't really warned that I was going to be thrown into my work, but luckily the people here want to help you and get you up to speed! :)


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Yes, yes & yes!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart passionate people, really exciting projects and lots of career growth. You're surrounded by teammates that love what they do and actually care about their work. You'll learn from them and grow together. Plus, the projects we are currently working on are super exciting...I feel like TinyCo has finally gotten it right.

    Cons

    Benefits are not up to par with the rest of the industry.

    Advice to Management

    More office space and better benefits!


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Run. Keep running."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The people are nice but tend to have Stockholm syndrome (as evidenced by the 5 star reviews, almost all are from artists or recruiters). TinyCo depends on the social ties you make to keep you there because nothing else likely will.

    The office location is convenient.

    Cons

    Abysmal pay that is the lowest in the industry, shady HR that is more concerned with saving money than preventing violations, tons of internal politics.

    Advice to Management

    Management is aware but unwilling to change any of it so there isn't much of a point


  9. Helpful (6)

    "It's decent, not great"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at TinyCo full-time

    Pros

    Fun projects to work on. Lots of friendships will be made when you work here. There is room to grow here in the way you want to. Generally a positive environment. Flexible working hours.

    Cons

    There is a lot of favoritism. If your not part of that club it's very hard to rise to the top or earn meaningful raises. The HR management is almost non-existent. The only person in charge of that has all her interest in helping the higher ups and treats the rest of the company employees like scum. If your creative, you will be treated poorly by higher ups.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being cheap with the employees that deserve better wages. A lot of people are very dedicated to your company and deserve higher pay for it. The recent acquisition has only proven that you do not give back anything more then a few pennies.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Great Culture but Poor Management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at TinyCo (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people who work here are incredibly passionate, talented, and inspiring. The culture is second to none. Every day in the office is fun when you get to work on great games and exciting projects with amazing people.

    Cons

    Management and HR are very poor. HR pinches pennies at the expense of employee happiness. Compensation is a joke if you do not enter the company at a senior level. Don't expect management to go out of their way for you if you want to pursue a different team or project.

    Advice to Management

    Better commuter benefits and 401k. Do something about HR. Most employees are unhappy with the lack of compassion and compensation that is to be offered by HR.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TinyCo (More than a year)

    Pros

    Smart and funny people.
    Cool environment.
    Game lunches.
    Game room.
    Company outings.

    Cons

    Tight deadlines.
    Easy dispose of talented people.



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