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MZ Reviews

Updated Jul 31, 2019

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Kristen Dumont
38 Ratings
Pros
  • "MZ is a great place for folks who are motivated by their personal growth(in 43 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 48 reviews)

  • "Every single aspect of working at mz satisfies me entirely(in 39 reviews)

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  1. "Excellent"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Bangalore
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good exposure and authority. Loyal customers

    Cons

    Nothing much in particular. Can improve marketing

    Advice to Management

    Nada

    MZ2017-10-25
  2. Helpful (49)

    "Ok to work at"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MZ

    Pros

    Good growth of company, amazing perks and benefits and good colleagues to work with. Bright future. Good CEO

    Cons

    Not much Not much ..Not much ...Not muchNot much ...Not much Not much .

    Advice to Management

    None

    MZ2016-11-28

    MZ Response

    February 10, 2017Global Head of People Operations

    Thank you for your review! You've highlighted a number of positive things about MZ, and we agree with your assessment. We do have great perks, great people, and are determined to continue striving towards achieving our innovative goals. While it looks like you are no longer with ...

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Never a Dull Moment"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The single most prominent feature of MZ is that I am never bored. There is way too much to do and probably too little oversight, giving me enormous opportunity to do something new and make an impact. I often do things that are not my job and not part of a plan because they are the right thing to do, and I generally don't get in trouble for it, the times that it's even noticed. On another note, if you want to make games...

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    Cons

    It's chaos, more or less. Schedules are aggressive to the point of being delusional and often our optimistic plans degrade into little plan at all. The company is great at operating and marketing and selling games, so once one staggers out the door it's going to do great. I simply recommend taking deep breaths and letting go of a lot of the craziness. Other cons - I guess the hours can be long. This is a game company,...

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    Advice to Management

    Start with a realistic plan informed by the measure velocities of previous projects.

    MZ2019-07-26
  4. "Everyone here wants to win"

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    Current Employee - Director in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    MZ has refocused its business on its core of gaming and is well positioned for success. The company is releasing two new games this year which will be game changers and everyone is really excited about the future. I see a lot of complaints on GD about people working hard at MZ but in truth that is limited to a few groups in the company -- most people here work 10-7 (or less!) and never on weekends. It is true that...

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    Cons

    The last year has been challenging and it can be tough to keep up the energy we need to make it over the finish line.

    Advice to Management

    Just keep going. You have the right people in the right position and the right tech.

    MZ2019-07-26
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Well funded, hard working, future hazy"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Palo Alto, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Machine Zone has taken fantastic care of me financially, offering excellent opportunities for advancement, rewarding hard work and proposals. It's enabled experimenting with management techniques. It's well funded for future ventures and the board works to create a healthier road for the future. The CEO visibly works to make sure that rewards for company success can be shared well with staff. It's got 3 meals a day...

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    Cons

    We don't know what builds success, but have succeeded a lot, leading to very painful patterns (Projects without staff or roadmap or pitch). Decisions on major company timelines can shift quickly and multiple times a year. Building a 6 or 12 month plan is an exercise in futility for the most part. A lot of teams are understaffed from a constant drive toward shared service models. Promotions often lack filling the...

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    Advice to Management

    Build a solid longterm plan and staff for it. The constant struggle of 'what is most important to hire, we won't hire where it isn't important' leaves the company constantly fragile. Spend a year on fundamentals. There's lots of signs that the ground at which we're trying to run on and the way we spin up projects isn't sound, and we keep adding more without fixing. Actually have some folks responsible for what...

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    MZ2019-07-31
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Cool Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Concept Artist in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Location, Benefits, Perks, Food and Parties. Generally a pretty chill place to work. Even though it was not my choice to leave, I will always have a positive outlook for MZ for giving me an opportunity and helping me grow as an artist.

    Cons

    Housing/ apartments close by are pretty expensive ( Bay Area ) plus cost of living is high. But manageable with income earned.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication between leadership and subordinates. At least this is mainly what I believe led to me parting ways with MZ. Also, maybe try to improve in quality over quantity.

    MZ2019-07-03
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Hard work pays off....#triumphtogether"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The impact you have, every person in the building is critical! CEO is really making changes that are up leveling us like never before and being more open and transparent, the pay, bonuses and equity...and working with REALLY smart and passionate people! The culture has definitely made a shift, and while we all still work extremely hard, it feels more flexible. There are growth and development opportunities for me and...

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    Cons

    It is challenging to have core hours that are so late, but nice to come in later. I wish we had a little more flexibility there. The Game Production teams are working extremely hard, which means a lot of hours for them at month end. What makes MZ successful is the blood sweat and tears put in by everyone. That also means some teams have a window of critical crunch time, and we need to find creative ways to support them.

    Advice to Management

    Keep pushing the envelope, keep growing your people and giving opportunities to folks who have worked hard for the company! Find a way to keep the passion and drive, but give even more on the flexibility front.

    MZ2019-07-03
  8. Helpful (3)

    "Meh"

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    Former Employee - Game Designer 

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

    Pros

    Abudndance of Food & Beverages

    Cons

    Not the greatest management and organization

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees

    MZ2019-07-04
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Input = Output"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Palo Alto, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    MZ is a great place for folks who are motivated by their personal growth. There's very little that gets in the way of making big contributions, and impact is regularly recognized and rewarded. There's huge potential for people that are self driven and not afraid of stepping up. That said, MZ is not for the faint of heart or folks just looking for a job. Awesome perks and benefits that outclass most any other privately...

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    Cons

    Very aggressive schedules and goals. Makes an exciting work environment, but also takes it's toll. We are a business and need to keep the bills paid, but hopeful we can find a bit more balance between company objectives, catering to our player base, and employee lifestyles.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the momentum! We're making a lot of positive changes around top down transparency, focus on gaming products, and how the company will mature. Let's keep pushing the envelope! Keep a good pulse on employee engagement. Our teams work really hard, and staying engaged with front line employees will be the key to keeping moral high as we take MZ to it's next stage as a company.

    MZ2019-06-05
  10. Helpful (16)

    "Good place to start, bad place to stay"

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

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

    Pros

    Pros: -Team and co-workers in general are great -Review cycles/raises/end of year bonuses -lot of opportunity to grow and learn -A “we’re all in this together” mentality -free meals/snacks/gym/perks -A lot of people here who have talent and really love games Overall a great place to start out in if you’re single and willing to work. You get rewarded for the time and effort you put in, and accumulate a lot of...

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    Cons

    Running games 24/7 means a lot of opportunities to end up working late, weekends, and holidays. Management expects you to work late if needed but taking off early another day will quickly get you noticed. No WFH other than weekends and holidays means that people burn out quicker, and “DTO” is tracked and monitored, so it’s more like PTO without any payout. Company has little interest in changing culture or strategy...

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    Advice to Management

    Ask yourself where you want MZ to be in 5 years. The game market is evolving, the world economy will cycle. Do you really think people want to play the same outdated laggy game and that no one notices? MZ is capable of true innovation, not just copy paste builder games. No flexible WFH policy in 2019 tech in the valley will hurt you more than it helps. Trust your tenured employees to get work done.

    MZ2019-06-05
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