Pros: great coworkers, great company culture, free massages, free snacks/drinks/coffee, spacious beautiful office, breakfast buffet, amazing work parties, our company meeting was on a boat for chrissake
Cons: benefits could be better (could use a 401k match), end-of-the-year crunches and deadlines can get crazy
I work at Double Down Interactive in the Art Department. I can say that this is the best job I have ever had, hands down. The location and office space is among the best in the city. The pay is very competitive within the industry; this company truly cares about its employees, and shows it in the form of lavish perks.
For starters, we get weekly massages from a local masseuse, free Wednesday break buffets, and a fully stocked snack/drink bar. We frequently receive freebies such as shirts, messenger bags, chocolates, and gift cards. Our company meetings take place at fancy restaurants, private theaters, even on a boat.
The artists work at large desks in an open-layout office that encourages socializing. The windows are huge and the view of Downtown Seattle is really quite beautiful. Our computer equipment is all top-notch, and the artists have the pleasure of working with 27-inch iMacs and Intuos tablets.
For many of the people working here, the management is nearly nonexistent. You get everything you need to do your work, at which point you can self-manage so long as the work gets done. Micro-managing is minimal, and coworkers are generally helpful and pleasant. The company does very well for itself and has had no layoffs, so people feel secure in their jobs and the general attitude is very positive.
Occasionally, there are times where the workload piles on (especially during the holidays), but in general I would say the work-life balance is very good. Expectations are high, and you may need to put in some extra hours during crunch time. The company goes through quite a vigorous interview process with new hires, so a lot is expected out of every employee.
That said, I can safely say that I enjoy coming to work every day. I can't recommend this company enough!