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Updated November 28, 2017
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Pros
  • Full snack bar, beers and catered dinners everyday (in 11 reviews)

  • Work life balance is mostly good other than understandably right before a big game release (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Most managers are trench promotes with no ability or experience being one and it shows from their turnover rate (in 3 reviews)

  • The product team is very much a boys club (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Passionate & fun people coming together to work on beloved IP's!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at TinyCo full-time

    Pros

    1. Respectful, helpful, friendly, and passionate people! I was always excited to come into the office every day, and I definitely made many great friends during my time here.
    2. Many fun company events ranging from an annual summer picnic at Golden Gate Park, Holiday party, quarterly happy hours, DIY avocado toast day, dress-up days, etc.
    3. Loved the full stocked kitchen, company-catered dinners, and fridge filled with La Croix!
    4. Teams are very close knit and they often show appreciation for one another.
    5. TinyCo is working on awesome IP's! I enjoyed watching people nerd out about their work. :)

    Cons

    1. Leadership doesn't feel as strong - I feel like Managers aren't actively empowering employees to reach their true potential.
    2. Although it's a tight-knit environment, there aren't much opportunities for cross-project collaborations and it could come off as a tad cliquey at times.
    3. The future of TinyCo always feels uncertain, but that's just the nature of the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the fun events around the office because that's something that I truly miss.


  2. "Good, passionate people trying to make great games."

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    • 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 full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There’s catered lunch a few days a week and catered dinner. Work life balance is mostly good other than understandably right before a big game release. Best coworkers you will ever work with!

    Cons

    401k marching is non existent. No bonuses or equity or any other structure exists to make me feel like I have a stake in company success.

  3. "Dedicated people working in a changing market"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Great people
    - Access to great brands for games
    - Strong employee culture

    Cons

    - Lots of recent changes happening. could make things choppy in the short-term

    Advice to Management

    Change happens but take care to not throw out the baby with the bath water.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Reasonable Place"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - C++ Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - C++ Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Good IPs
    - Convenient location
    - Talented and smart people

    Cons

    - No proper HR
    - Unfriendly people
    - Salary well under industry standards
    - Average benefits, no 401k matching

    TinyCo Response

    Jun 16, 2017 – Team TinyCo

    Thank you so much for sharing your honest feedback. We’re still a small but growing studio, and always eager to improve our current practices. As we move forward, we are/will be evaluating additional... More


  5. "Stable gaming studio"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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

    Benefits have improved, strong IPs, fun culture. Good work life balance. Smart and passionate people.

    Cons

    No commuter benefits or 401K matching. Management needs some structure.

    TinyCo Response

    Jun 16, 2017 – Team TinyCo

    Thank you for sharing your constructive feedback. We are definitely working on it! As we grow, we will continue to reevaluate our benefits & cool awesome perks for our talented TinyTeam. Just this... More


  6. "A great Family!"

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    • 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

    TinyCo Response

    Jun 16, 2017 – Team TinyCo

    Woot! Woot! For sure, this would not be possible without our family/team. :)


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Beware"

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    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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "A Fun and Rewarding Place to Work"

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    • 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.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "No, no & no."

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    • 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.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Run. Keep running."

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    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


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