MZ Employee Reviews about "free food"

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Pros
  • "MZ is a great place for folks who are motivated by their personal growth(in 30 reviews)

  • "Free food and drinks in the office(in 27 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Even the work-life balance doesn’t seem that bad as others describe it(in 43 reviews)

  • "It's almost like MZ just didn't plan to hire bad people, so there are no plans in place to address them unless they actually break a harassment policy(in 30 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Former QA Tester

      Jan 10, 2021 - Manual QA Tester 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Love the perks, free food

      Cons

      Sometimes had to work through lunch and after normal working hours

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    2. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      If you value your health do not work here.

      Nov 16, 2020 - Product Manager 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      - Free food(pre-pandemic) - Some really nice people to work with and spend long hours at the office with. - They pay really well.

      Cons

      - Horrible work-life balance: Expect to be working 50-80 hours a week if you are a part of the Design, Analytics, Live Operations, Product Management. You should also expect to be asked to cancel your time off, and be frowned upon if you refuse to do so. - Extremely fast environment that focuses on reactionary tactics rather than solid planning and execution. Expect for plans to change every single day MULTIPLE times. This will increase the amount of errors every team makes and lead to a lot of post-mortem meetings that could have been avoided. - Volume over Quality: If you're passionate about making GOOD video games, don't come here. They will make promises to you about your opportunities to build out and rebuild games. If you still aren't convinced, require your demands be written in your contract. They will refuse. - Micromanagement: The everything needs to go through the CEO, even your time off requests. Team leaders have no say in how their team operates and Executive Producers dictate every single thing you do. That's not to say the Executive Producers are bad, they have to deal with the CEO looming over their shoulders at all times. Expect to be contacted on your days off. - Discretionary Time Off = You're less likely to actually take time off. They say there's no limit to how much DTO you can take off, but HR keeps tabs on people the moment they've taken more than 40 hours of DTO.

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      6 people found this review helpful
    3. 1.0
      Former Employee

      From great to mediocre

      Nov 5, 2020 - Software Engineer in San Bruno, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
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      Pros

      Fun culture Great benefits for the family Free food

      Cons

      Work on a lot of random gimmicks No long term future Tight deadline

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    4. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Run. Don't look back. Keep on running.

      Oct 5, 2016 - SRE in Palo Alto, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      MZ has great people on most of the non-management levels (Art, Animation, SRE, DevOps, etc). Free food (breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served in house), snacks are constantly being filled.

      Cons

      Once you get past interacting with individual contributors, and start interacting with management, MZ starts to fall to tatters. The SRE team is one of the most intense positions in the company, and has an alarming turnover rate. As an SRE you will be instructed that regardless of the game's stability and availability being your priority, and that you are ensuring the game is up and stable, your top priority is to create as many tickets in jira as you possibly can, and close them. That is how the company will attempt to measure your 'commitment' to the company. Read an email and have to think about it? Create a ticket. Gathering information on one of the dozens of infrastructure pieces and projects? Create another ticket. Testing some changes? Create a ticket. *Every* *single* *action* ***requires*** *a* *ticket*. At MZ, SRE is another name for 'NoC'. You will be required to deal with more monitoring tasks than actual Engineering. If you hope to make an impact, you will be driven into a corner and told that you are not behaving like a model employee and you need to get in line. Having an opinion, or forward thinking will get you nowhere here. Pay is below average for the Bay Area. Parking, due to the building being under construction, requires that anyone that is not an executive take a shuttle. Prior to complaints from employees, the lot was not even patrolled regularly.

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      100 people found this review helpful

      MZ Response

      Global Head of People Operations

      We are a results driven company and use data to influence and drive a multitude of business decisions, in addition to calculating salary increases and discretionary bonuses. We are all responsible for tracking metrics and in some cases that may include a ticketing system. MZ is only as successful as our employees and we are committed to investing in everyone’s development. While your review indicates you no longer work for MZ you are welcome to still reach out to melissa@mz.com should you wish to share any additional concerns or constructive feedback.

    5. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Work Hard, Play Hard

      Mar 8, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Free food, massages, 3 meals a day, lots of care to make employees feel valued, incredible parties and company-hosted events, hard work is rewarded, coworkers are some of the most brilliant and dedicated in the industry, flexible hours (really depending on your job / team / manager - this definitely doesn't apply company-wide), basically unlimited overtime if you're driven to go above and beyond

      Cons

      Little work-life balance (if you care a lot about that - personally, it doesn't bug me), the food is not awesome quality so after a while you'll end up eating after / before work or just grabbing snacks instead of getting whatever is served, demands are INTENSE and not rising to meet the demands will get you let go pretty quickly and without much warning. Basically, if you want to stay at MZ, you have to be the best you can be and stay on top.

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      11 people found this review helpful
    6. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Some of the Smartest People I've Ever Worked With

      Aug 21, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Yes, the company has great perks - free food, drinks, snacks, social events, etc. And yes, the company is very successful and enjoying hyper-growth right now. But the best part of working at Machine Zone is the chance to work with some of the most talented people in the industry. The talent at the company is truly best-in-class. If you come in, ready to roll up your sleeves and work, the experience will definitely be a rewarding one.

      Cons

      The company is growing to a size where there are a lot of new faces. It can sometimes get difficult to keep tabs on who is doing what.

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      20 people found this review helpful

      MZ Response

      Global Head of People Operations

      We appreciate your feedback. These are exciting times for Machine Zone, and we agree that our employees are amazing. Thank you for taking the time to write a review and share your experience at Machine Zone.

    7. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Machine Learning / Data Science / Analytics

      May 1, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Decent free food. Some good people to complain with daily. Benefits for young people who don't need them.

      Cons

      Top level incompetence trickles down throughout all management levels into your headache continuously. MZ should stick with games and they shouldn't make too many more. I don't believe they are a tech company by any means and any effort to brand themselves as such is only in the interest of higher valuations, which doesn't make much sense since there doesn't appear to be a plan to go public. The stock options promised are toilet paper and you shouldn't factor them into your total compensation. Generous bonuses are only given to the buddies of management and are not merit based. The politics are worse than big companies and it would be wise to change your race to get ahead. Everyone there who are performers know how crappy the company is and are only awaiting better jobs to be lined up so they can bail. The only happy people there are those who work long hours producing nothing meaningful or the fat cats on top who don't actually do anything except bloviate all day. In a nutshell, if you actually apply (or stay if you are currently there) then you are a moron and you deserve what you get.

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      74 people found this review helpful
    8. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Don't let the reviews fool you

      Sep 12, 2016 - QA Analyst in Palo Alto, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Free Food and casual dress

      Cons

      Part of the new hire packet and orientation is to do a review on Glassdoor on your first day, after they give you a swag bag, and tell you about the free food and massages. All this means nothing once you are sucked in. Insane hours, Culture issues, Very High turnover, unpleasant PM's, Leaderships hands too clean, quick to through workers under the bus. Way to many meetings with no real work. Fast pace??? Not at all my experience. Long hours are based on lack of leadership You will be shunned if you don't eat lunch with your team everyday. Compensation is not worth a miserable work environment.

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      107 people found this review helpful

      MZ Response

      Global Head of People Operations

      We appreciate you taking the time to share your review. We are constantly encouraging our employees to reach out and share their honest feedback. It is very important to everyone at MZ to ensure our employees feel valued. We also want to make sure anyone coming to work for MZ understands who we are which is why we are engaging employees and candidates in discussions about our company values. It is important to us to build teams of talented people who are driven to deliver quality work and thrive in fast-paced environments with limitless opportunities for growth. As Gabe says himself, if you want the promotion or the chance to work on top priority projects it is yours for the taking here at MZ. Should you wish to address any of your comments in further detail you may reach out to melissa@mz.com.

    9. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Some matter of facts from small data analytics

      Mar 16, 2017 - Software Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      free food is the best one and that's it

      Cons

      Out of the reviews here, Some matter of facts from small data analytics: - Most reviews are on the 2 extremes: either 1-star or 5-star. - Usually there's a series of 5-star reviews after a couple of 1-star reviews. - Those 1-star reviews have much higher number of "Helpful" votes than those 5-star reviews. Most 1-star reviews have around 30 votes while most 5-star reviews have nearly 0, for apparent reasons. - Keywords in 5-stars: hyper-growth mode, best company ever to work for, smart people - Keywords in 1-stars: bad management, firing, no work-life balance, no ethics, too much politics, I'd say my opinion aligns with most, if not all, of the 1-star reviews.

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      116 people found this review helpful
    10. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      You will be fired

      Dec 6, 2017 - Senior Game Designer in Palo Alto, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Free food and you can occasionally meet celebrities.

      Cons

      Lots of lies going on in Glassdoor which is a sign of what MZ is about: a facade to lure people in and fire them, typically after they've been burnt out on 14-18 hour workdays and usually right before their 1 year raise. The CEO walks around the company, chatting with coworkers like he's one of the guys, but as soon as our revenue slips by a marginal amount, he comes shouting down the halls, scaring people and making examples out of random people through fear tactics. No one cares about your name, nor your work ethic, nor your loyalty. As soon as you start showing physical or mental signs of stress, you're out. I saw a guy pass out and was rushed to a hospital. The next week, his desk was being cleared out as he was now on "indefinite medical leave". This place is a nightmare. MZ is like one of those cartoonishly horrific companies you see in movies, treating their own people as expendable tools just to make ends meet.

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      46 people found this review helpful
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