MZ Employee Reviews about "free food"

Updated Jun 4, 2018

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3.3
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33 Ratings
Pros
  • "MZ is a great place for folks who are motivated by their personal growth(in 29 reviews)

  • "Free food and drinks in the office(in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • "Even the work-life balance doesn’t seem that bad as others describe it(in 42 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 31 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (34)

    "Culture"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MZ full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free food and snacks but that's about it.

    Cons

    Worst corporate culture. Culture of fear with zero dignity or value for a human being. The approach is very simple "People are commodities that can be discarded anytime". Looks like they never heard of this famous saying - "Treat others just as you want to be treated". Just terrible

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  2. Helpful (22)

    "Good.. at first"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at MZ full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, free food, nice building

    Cons

    Management doesn't like to share information with you, even if you ask for clarification. No room for growth

  3. Helpful (13)

    "High stress, same pay, game team lacks direction"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Game Designer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MZ full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Free food is consistently good, dinner is offered because people work until that time, company parties are lavish. Pay is ok.

    Cons

    Only 10 vacation days, no work from home opportunity, day-to-day tasks lack planning, and last minute changes are the norm. Expect to get in around 10, then something assigned to you around 2 to be done that day but it takes 5 hours to get the info you need, input and debug the data, then have to support it the next day during testing. Oh, did I mention that this can happen on weekends too?

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  4. "Good changes coming"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MZ full-time

    Pros

    MZ truly believes in the culture which is seen through the entire process of working here. Leads appreciate employees and encourage their personal growth through the online portal. Used to be not enough HR and support but now that team is huge. Full benefits package. Free food and drinks in the office.

    Cons

    The company keeps rapid growth, so there are a lot of newcomers every week, and it's getting difficult to remember everyone. Quick deadlines are pretty stressful. Not enough flexibility in a schedule. And also some people quit/leave so not enough team dynamic. Always in flux

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  5. Helpful (24)

    "Worst experience of my career"

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

    I worked at MZ full-time

    Pros

    - Free food - Comp is decent

    Cons

    - No work life balance, 80hr+ workweeks are common and expected, multiple instances of unethical and even potentially illegal practices in the workplace - "Boys' club" kind of culture - Verbal abuse and harassment are common from the higher ups, people seem to take pride in how mean they can be. This includes threats and demeaning insults at any time of day - No effort or attention given to individual development or career growth - Constant unethical treatment of the playerbase - Poor outlook in the future both culturally and financially

  6. Helpful (40)

    "Broken processes, no work life balance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MZ full-time

    Pros

    All the typical start up perks - free food and snacks. They serve three meals a day, though of course if you want dinner you have to stay very late.

    Cons

    Below market pay, completely broken processes that are only focused on short term gain, no consideration of people’s time - they will call you at all odd hours of the day and demand you work then too. If you have a family forget about seeing them during the week.

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  7. Helpful (39)

    "Police state"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MZ full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    All the free food you can eat 2 week paid shut down over the holidays

    Cons

    Constant monitoring of employees their computer use. Encouragement of "telling on" your peers Minimum requirement of 9 hours worked each day, no exceptions; zero work-life balance. Day starts at 10 am for everyone Unlimited PTO but time off is heavily discouraged outside the holiday shut down Problem resolution through in-fighting, insults, tattling, etc. Very hostile work environment No freedom to own your work/function/work product. Everything is dictated by superiors, all the way up to the COO & CEO No-trust environment Overall, it's a hostile work environment

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  8. Helpful (46)

    "You will be fired"

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    Former Employee - Senior Game Designer in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MZ full-time for more than 3 years

    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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  9. Helpful (33)

    "Bad Culture - make employees cry"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MZ full-time

    Pros

    Free food, free Caltrain, pay for phone

    Cons

    Bad executives, bad management, bad culture

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  10. Helpful (74)

    "Machine Learning / Data Science / Analytics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MZ full-time for more than 3 years

    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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