Storm8 Reviews

Updated 27 March 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    If old upper management == bad, new upper management == 10x as bad

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Storm8 full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    *Free Lunch + Dinner

    *Great perks, full dental, medical, etc.

    *Relatively high pay

    Cons

    *If you are hardworking, you will see lazy and not so intelligent people making more money than you are.

    *Sorry but being creative here means copying existing things out there that hasn't been financially successful

    *Not playing politics and not telling everyone that you love the company and physically stay in the company till 10 pm everyday means you are not investing enough into the company even when you are the person doing work of 2 people till 2am at home every working day.

    *Speaking of politics, at Storm8 it means getting your name on every meeting as much as possible so that people will think that you contributed to many projects at once. Remember to talk to all the managers occasionally and they will think that you worked hard on every project and you are the rock star.

    *Co-workers cannot take feedback well when their mistakes were pointed out. They will pretend to accept the feedback and putting the smile on their faces, but they will remember it and back stab you later on as soon as they find chance.

    *LOTS of brown noser here

    *Old Management: Favoritism = Merit
    *New Management: Favoritism = PERSONAL Favorite

    *Lower Management are terrible also, they have no idea how to set quality bars on many things and praise those that does very bad work as long as they are "done"

    Advice to Management

    To new upper management: Do not repeat your mistakes elsewhere at Storm8

    To lower management: Be humble. Title doesn't mean anything - your ability and charisma should give you respect naturally, don't need to literally ask for it.

  2. Producer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Producer in Redwood City, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Producer in Redwood City, CA (US)

    I worked at Storm8 full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Bennifit is good, offer free lunch and dinner

    Cons

    Poor managment for a lot of department

    Advice to Management

    less Micomanager

  3. They take great care of their employees, even if the games are utter garbage.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Artist
    Former Employee - Artist

    I worked at Storm8 full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Team is very friendly and the perks are great. Storm8 manages to avoid the pitfalls of many other game studios by not having insane overtime and by having an environment that try to minimize stress.

    Cons

    Zero creative freedom, zero drive to innovate, and very little critical intellectual thought. I can take pride that the titles have been financial successes but I'm a bit embarrassed to have my friends or other potential employers play them because they are so derivative and boring. The game design team doesn't really have any idea what it is doing (and its shows) but even the art is boring and derivative.

    Advice to Management

    The current streak of success is not sustainable; I won't stay at a job if it seems like the bubble is on the verge of bursting and you don't seem to notice.

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  5. Generally good company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Storm8

    Pros

    Company cares about it's people and generally good culture however recently there's been more of a change for the worse

    Cons

    Company is struggling to find its new direction after old strategy is starting to slow down in effectiveness

  6. Helpful (1)

    Incredible people, misdirected and overstretched

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

    I worked at Storm8 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salaries are great, the office is nice, food and snacks are plentiful and pretty good. Yearly bonuses are generous, and I feel overall work/life balance for the average worker is pretty good, especially compared to other studios. All artists get Cintiqs. Hardware is decent, good infrastructure. A lot of dogs in the office (might be a con to some people).

    Cons

    Managers are overstretched and often absent. This results in a lot of miscommunication, wasted work, and neglect of their reports. There are no yearly raises, and in general raises and promotions are hard to come by. The projects are reskins or re-hashes of existing games. There is an insane fear of innovation, which is a shame because they have a wonder team that could make amazing games if given the chance. Hackathons are awe-inspiring, but the games made there end up tucked away never to be seen again.

    Advice to Management

    Distribute the management layers appropriately. Some managers oversee upwards of 15+ people in multiple projects. Empower middle management to do their job and expand that layer as needed. Innovate! The recruiting team has done a spectacular job gathering the best of the best. Use people to their potential. You have a team of passionate individuals who want to make good games. If you want to keep them, allow them to be creative.

  7. Helpful (3)

    The potential is there - but we haven't delivered yet

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Game Designer in Redwood City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Game Designer in Redwood City, CA (US)

    I have been working at Storm8 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -New management is a vast improvement over old management. Feedback now matters and is seriously considered, instead of being thrown away.
    -Lots of talent in-house, especially artists and engineers. If we want to build it, we can.
    -Company is financially sound. Candy Blast Mania is a top 50 grossing game, and ~5 other games are top 100 grossing.
    -Lots of room for individuals to contribute and build a reputation in the company. Storm8 cares about what you do, and if you deliver it will be noticed (but see below)
    -Free lunches & dinners daily (unless you're in Customer Service, see below)

    Cons

    -Product design is inconsistent. Lower management doesn't have the design sense to separate winning products from losing ones, which is simply unacceptable. This is improving under new management but we're not there yet.
    -Work-life balance is not a company priority. Management recently pushed for a product ship at 9 AM - after working continuously through the night. As a result, bugs got through and we had to ship our product again a second time.
    -Compensation starts off competitive, but over time the workload on individual employees increases while salaries remain flat.
    -If you are a woman, you will need to work harder to match salaries with men in equivalent positions (this is a problem for multiple departments).
    -PTO is low for the amount of work that is expected of employees.
    -While there's lots of growth opportunity, there's absolutely no *structure* for that opportunity. If you aren't willing to fight tooth and nail to figure out what you need to do to get promoted, you'll stay in your current position, simple as that. As mentioned above, management is ill-equipped to help you grow even if they want to try.
    -Employees in Customer Service are treated like second-class citizens and do not receive the same benefits other employees do.

    Advice to Management

    -Product design has improved dramatically - keep it up! But make sure that the training opportunities are there for product employees (producers, game designers, product managers).
    -Compensation and titles need to be fair across the board. Management's #1 priority should be to make sure each and every employee is satisfied with their compensation and title, and opportunities should be abundantly clear for how to advance. Many employees (including myself) feel that we're part of a successful and stable company that doesn't share any of its good fortune with us.

    Storm8 Response

    Jan 13, 2015People Team

    Thanks for the feedback. We're equally excited about the additions to our leadership team!

    The health and well-being of Stormies is important to us, and this extends to work/life balance. Given
    ... More

  8. A gaming company that really values their employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Storm8 full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Let's start off with the actual location. The office is an open space and everyone is given a stipend to decorate their desk, so you see lots of creativity and personality throughout. Of course you get your nerf guns, toys, and other random decorations, but sometimes teams pool their money together to get a communal thing, like the recruiters turning their area into a tropical paradise or the UI team building a bar.

    The executives really value employee satisfaction too. The work-life balance is manageable since there are a lot of people with families and pets. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are catered every day and there are fully stocked snack rooms. They also sponsor team outings every quarter that include activities like wine tasting, go-kart racing, bowling, Santa Cruz boardwalk, etc. On the 5th anniversary, they actually flew everyone out on a 4-day all-expenses paid trip to Hawaii! Aside from that, there are the usual benefits of medical, dental, and 401K. They also sponsor health fairs and reward hard work with surprises like catering boba or handing out new swag.

    Storm8 is also very profitable so salaries are much better than any competition out there. There is also room for bonuses each year. The longer you work at the company, the better your benefits get including extra PTO.

    Lastly, the company culture and the people here are just amazing. Coworkers are friends outside of work and during company-wide events it's awesome to see people from other teams mingling with each other.

    Cons

    As for most companies, there are occasional nights or days where people may need to work later to meet a deadline. These are not often but can sometimes be draining the next day.

    Advice to Management

    I would recommend focusing on how to improve the overall structure of the company, especially when it comes to raises and promotions.

  9. Amazing culture, perks and leadership team!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA (US)

    I have been working at Storm8 full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I could exceed the max character limit on this one...

    Let me just start by saying this, I would highly recommend Storm8 to my friends, family, or anyone looking to learn, build, and have fun while doing it. This is actually the second time I've worked here, after venturing out into the big bad world of failed startup attempts. When it was time to come back to reality, I didn't even consider interviewing around. I knew where I wanted to go to battle everyday and with whom - my fellow stormies.

    Here's what comes to my mind:
    - Leadership proactively cares about our happiness and career growth
    - Fun! I truly enjoy spending time with the people on my team and throughout the company
    - Highly intelligent coworkers. I've come to appreciate and value being surrounded by people way smarter than myself
    - Is it taboo to talk about money? Oh well - very competitive comp and aggressive bonus structure companywide
    - Just the right size. Still small enough to move quickly, yet bootstrapped and highly profitable
    - Perks!!! Swag, vacations, benefits, free devices, $$ to pimp out your desk, free breakfast/lunch/dinner
    - Dog friendly
    - Come as you are and dress comfortably
    - Show off your creativity
    - Flexible schedules
    - Challenging
    - Rewarding
    - Did I mention fun?

    I know I'm forgetting stuff, but it doesn't matter. Come find out for yourself. :)

    Cons

    My commute from SJ isn't always enjoyable... my fault, not Storm8's though. :) And with flexible hours that hasn't been a problem lately!

  10. Helpful (3)

    Talented people misdirected

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Storm8

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun coworkers, great food, huge workplace, pimp your desk, hackathon, great vacations, BEST PAY

    Cons

    Zero innovation, copied concepts, copied algorithms, copied art, copied UI. Storm8 is a reskinning company headed towards doom. Great for immigrant visa support (mostly Asians in the company) and pays well but has some arrogant leaders who do not like feedback and belittle others. Some deserving talented people are still not promoted while others have been climbing up the ladder at a young age lacking in maturity.

    Majority of these reviews are positive because positive reviews were 'requested'

    Advice to Management

    Innovate, don't copy blindly. Promotion criteria should not be just talent but management skills and maturity. Reward humility not arrogance. Respct fresh ideas

  11. Awesome company to work for!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA (US)

    I have been working at Storm8 full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -talented and smart people
    -cooperative environment
    -promotes career growth
    -pet friendly
    -"pimp you desk" contest

    What else can you ask for?

    Cons

    A bit of a long commute but they are flexible

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the amazing work!

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