TinyCo Employee Reviews about "talented people"

Updated Nov 30, 2016

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  • "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. Helpful (6)

    "No, no & no."

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at TinyCo full-time for 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

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  2. Helpful (4)

    "Good company"

    4.0
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    Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at TinyCo

    Pros

    A lot of talented people in every area. Participation in all the stages and areas of development Challenging tasks. Full snack bar, beers and catered dinners everyday Frequent company outtings Gym on site Location

    Cons

    Easy disposal of talented people if they feel they don't need you anymore, principally artists, product managers and content people. Really tight deadlines.

  3. Helpful (20)

    "Only if you're desperate"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Dinners, large snack kitchen, happy hours. -Genuinely fun talented people. -Business dev brings in high quality 3rd party IPs to develop into games. -High turnover means someone new to games can easily get an entry level job here. Word of caution: leave before you think the entire industry operates this way!

    Cons

    -Game development pipeline is a disaster. Half of the middle and upper management employees don't know how to make a game, nevertheless a quality one. -Since the pipeline is poorly managed, developers have to put in a lot of unnecessary crunch. Employees who work really hard and leave at a normal time are intimidated by management about their 'dedication' to the company. -Any original gameplay ideas are quickly thrown aside in favor of making the exact same FTP city builder over and over and over again. -Employees who try and suggest how to make things better, even if they come from a good-hearted place, are brow-beaten and treated with suspicion. -Employees who fall from favor are actively treated horribly until they quit. -Random individual layoffs happen very frequently, with little to no explanation why. Moral is very tense, and this is actively being used by management to pressure developers into doing extra hours and putting off raises. -Raises are non-existent, even to employees that have been there for years. There is no system in place to reward employees for investing themselves long term in TinyCo. -Developers, especially artists, are severely underpaid. Artists are being offered salaries at the rock bottom of their market value, then are openly mocked by HR when they object. -CEO doesn't trust the talent he hires to make good products, micromanages. -There is a peer bonus system in place, originally created to reward people who do exceptional work. Now it is strictly abused by upper management to be only used as a way to unfairly compensate people who are (sometimes forcibly) working unpaid overtime.

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Product Team"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
     in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TinyCo

    Pros

    - There is a ton of free flowing information and hard work to accomplish. People learn a ton here. - Free flow of ideas and thoughts on how to improve the business or the products. - Great community of talented people that like to get stuff done. No politics. - A solid strategy that has put us on a path for differentiation in a very difficult market. - Everyone loves games

    Cons

    - We still aren't as organized as we could be and there can be a lot of chaos, but that is also a part of making games. - Sometimes aren't able to get the resources we need quickly enough and have to prioritize a bit too much sometimes. - The CEO has his hands in a lot of things very directly which can be really great, but sometimes feels unnecessary.

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  5. "Great people, great location, great titles"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at TinyCo full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Talented people you learn from - Great downtown location, beautiful views - Fun events regularly - Small company size means good potential for growth - Lots of cute company dogs! - Opportunities to work on really amazing IPs

    Cons

    - The problems of any mobile gaming studio are present here, so if you do not like fast paced content production this may be a poor fit for you

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  6. Helpful (10)

    "Talented People, Terrible Management"

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

    I worked at TinyCo full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There are some incredibly talented people working here, driven, self-motivated and passionate about their field.

    Cons

    Managment. Projects are often hindered, or entirely sidelined by last minute decisions by management, which not only affect company morale, but also stress company relations with third party partners. Lack of transparency, when these changes are handed down from management, it is handled in an abysmally poor way. Team members may go for days or weeks without any clear direction or assignments. Which leaves team members with poor morale and unsure as to what they should be using their time for.

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  7. "Current projects are a gamers dream. An established company that still has small teams and a lot of potential"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Incredibly talented people who really care about their work. You have the chance to be the person that makes a difference. Most down to earth engineering team I've ever worked with. Every day I wake up and I'm excited to go work with the people around me. Best environment I've ever worked in. No one is sitting behind a closed door in an office behind a big desk. Everyone, including the CEO, is extremely approachable and open to a conversation. (People communicate across levels & departments) With smaller teams, decisions can be made quicker. Generous vacation time & great work life balance I've seen the company go through growing pains but fully believe things are changing and 2014/2015 looks bright.

    Cons

    - Leadership should focus more on/ allow more time for future planning

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  8. "Amazing people but company is having growing pains"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Associate Data Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Amazing talented people - Family like atmosphere - Lots of food and perks - Flat hierarchy, easy to be heard

    Cons

    - Too much bureaucracy as company has grown - Some Product Managers micro manage

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  9. Helpful (9)

    "Company is Going Downhill Fast"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Data Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Chance to use latest technology - Lots of perks - Some talented people to work with - Compensation varies, but if you know what you're worth it can be good to very, very good

    Cons

    - Work hours are brutal, long, unrewarded. Dinner served at 8 pm to keep people from leaving. Weekends are not "off". - Executives and senior management (directors & up) are relatively incompetent and not used to running a business or managing others. They would make great employees or be great at running a small firm, but TinyCo is too big for their haphazard style. - Increasingly moving away from high quality games to trying to copy whatever is hot. Being known as a rip-off studio makes it difficult to get excited about the work. - Booth MBAs are running the show, but despite their degrees, they can't effectively manage anything, and generally have very limited skillsets (i.e. presentations, corporate finance, etc) - Male dominated culture, makes being a female difficult. Limited HR means lots of off color humor.

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