At, 91 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 143 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.91. It was published on Jul 18, 2017. 5049 Visitors

What Employees Say

People celebrate special events around here.
This is a fun place to work.
People look forward to coming to work here.
People care about each other here.
I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.

What They Do

We asked to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say. is an online hub for all things geek culture. We build applications and technologies that connect thousands of businesses with customers across the globe, powering sales through their physical store, website, mobile apps and the TCGplayer Marketplace.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Information Technology
US Headquarters: Syracuse, New York, 13202 US Sites: 3
Major Locations: Syracuse, New York; Atlanta, Georgia US Employees: 174
Corporate Structure: Private Founded: 1998

TCGplayers taking a coffee break at one of Downtown Syracuse’s main hangouts, Cafe Kubal.

Perks and Programs

We asked to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Stock Options for All: We’ve doubled in size four years in a row, and that kind of growth is only possible through the daily contributions of all TCGplayers. Whether they’re developing innovative new software, fielding questions from our customers or ensuring buyers receive their packages on time, every TCGplayer affects the company as a whole. That’s why we provide stock options to everyone at every level—so everyone has a vested interest in the company’s success and sees the long-term results of their contributions.
  • Progressive Family Leave: We believe new parents deserve to spend time with their children without worrying about work responsibilities or job security, so we offer family leave for any new parents, including those in same-sex partnerships and those who adopt or use a surrogate. New moms get 6 full months of time away, including up to 12 weeks of paid time off, so they can bond with their babies. We also provide flexible leave for family illness, so you can take time to care for a sick parent or child.
  • Day One Benefits: New employees get access to all benefits starting their first day of work. This includes paid time off, health and dental coverage, 401(k) plans and even stock options. You’re part of TCGplayer the moment you accept a job here, so we don’t see the point in putting any additional barriers between you and your benefits.
  • Giving Back: Employees are integral to our community giving philosophy. We’re strong financial supporters of the United Way and other employee-driven causes and charities. One of our signature community initiatives, Safe Place to Game, enlists TCGplayers as mentors at community libraries. Supported by funds and materials donated by TCGplayer, employees host game nights at 10 different local libraries for at-risk children.
  • Employee Hackathons: We want to give employees the opportunity to unleash their creativity and change the course of our business. A few times each year, our Technology and Product Teams dedicate their time to collaborative innovation. Many hackathon projects wind up on our roadmap, and some of the greatest features of our website have come out of this initiative. Projects can be anything from new products and services to enhancements and upgrades, and employees get to present their ideas to the company’s founders.
  • Commitment to Collaboration: As a growing company, we understand the importance of communicating openly and listening to ideas. To keep everyone connected, we hold Town Hall meetings. We also get together for quarterly meetings where we discuss our company goals through objectives and key results (OKRs). Employees are encouraged to provide their insights and influence company decisions. All company meetings close on an Ask Me Anything session with our founder and CEO to provide complete transparency across teams.
  • Keeping It Fun: With a culture where play is encouraged and development is key, it’s easy to see why TCGplayers are delighted to come to work each day. Weekly Greet & Eats and all-day free snacks help fuel collaboration, while “Stress-Free weeks” offer fun activities to relax, including free meals, free massages and time to play with puppies and kittens. After-work activities, including game nights, group movie screenings, Magic & Pokemon leagues, karaoke and our summer field day, celebrate TCGplayer’s culture and build strong camaraderie.


$110,000 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Software Developer 4% Average 401(k)/403b company contribution per employee
100% Company-paid health coverage for employees (for Salary) 50% Company-paid health coverage for dependents


  • 401(k) or 403b Program
  • Stock options
  • Employee stock ownership plan (ESOP)
TCGplayers enjoying free lunch at a weekly Greet & Eat at Syracuse’s Otro Cinco.


Unlimited Paid time off after one year of full-time employment Unlimited Paid time off as of first day of full-time employment


  • Flexible schedule
  • Telecommute option
  • Compressed work weeks
  • Onsite Amenities (Free lunch, free snacks, company gear, game nights, treadmills, ping pong)


130 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 30 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
90 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)90 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave.


  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)
  • Fertility treatments

Community and Environmental Impact

Yes Recycling program Yes Locally-sourced food program


  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
  • Medical care covers gender confirmation surgery

Leadership Diversity


Workforce Diversity

Members of the Technology Team unleashing their creativity during one of our Hackathons.


TCGplayers get to decorate their desks however they want and dress however they want so they feel at home at the office.

How to Get Hired

We asked for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

At TCGplayer, we believe that innovation comes from teamwork and inspiration. We strive to create an environment where people can inspire others and express their passion every day. Can you motivate others to greatness? Are you dedicated to your own personal growth? Are you a curious, life-long learner? Can you collaborate with others in a team-oriented culture? These are the qualities we look for in an ideal candidate. 

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Culture is a big deal to us at TCGplayer. That starts with our five core values: Motivate Your Peers, A Quest for Knowledge, Go Beyond, Inspired by Passion and Community for All. Candidates who know our core values—better yet, who can show they live them—get noticed.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

Our commitment to technological innovation is what enables us to power businesses across the globe. That means we’re always looking for talented developers and software engineers to build new and creative platforms for businesses and customers worldwide. Bringing these innovations to fruition also requires incredible project managers and business analysts who can effectively streamline the flow of information. We also need passionate marketing people who can make our technologies look and sound great, then get the word out to businesses and customers.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Visit to learn more about our unique culture, what we do and what makes us a nationally recognized workplace, as well as one of the fastest growing businesses in New York State.

hiring Outlook

100 Forecasted positions to fill in coming year 60% Job Growth
25 Average applicants per opening 2,143 Total job applicants
40% New hires by employee referrals 30% Openings filled by current employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.


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