Sumo Group is an award-winning family of businesses creating some of the best entertainment experiences in the world and employing over 1000 people.
The founding company, Sumo Digital, is a AAA games developer with nine game development studios in the UK and India. Atomhawk is a concept art services business with studios in Newcastle and Vancouver. Finally, Pipeworks is an established games development studio in Oregon. Together, they offer an unrivalled service to clients, contributing to some of the biggest IPs in the world, including Minecraft, Mortal Kombat, Madden NFL Football, LittleBigPlanet, the Forza series and the Sonic the Hedgehog franchise.
Sumo’s vision, ‘Achieve Wonder Together’, is built on four pillars: Family, Security, Trust and Collaboration. These are at the heart of the way everyone works and are reflected in the company’s policies and procedures. The pillars are underpinned by values of Respect, Innovation, Determination, Accountability, Recognition and Fun, behaviours and attitudes which help guide daily decisions and interactions.
Making Sumo a great place to work is the highest people priority. Sumo’s environments are relaxed, friendly, and inclusive, offering fantastic benefits, such as an Employee Assistance Programme, Mental Health First Aiders, five annual learning days, a social learning portal, charity giving, yoga, life drawing, free fruit and drinks among many others.
“Great people make great games, so putting our people at the heart of everything we do has always been a priority to Sumo. We believe that this ensures not only a great culture but also extends to the way we all work with our clients, our players, and investors. Thank you to everyone in the collective team at Sumo Group plc.” - Carl Cavers, CEO
Within the first month of lockdown, Sumo Group invited all managers to attend a webinar on ‘Managing through Crisis’. This webinar was delivered by a trained therapist who was able to give practical tips for supporting teams and to help them look after their own mental health in their roles. The company launched an internal social learning platform shortly after the first lockdown with a specific section on managing through Covid-19. Additionally, they invested in a five-month leadership programme to support senior leaders during times of continued change, including workshops and co-coaching sessions.
Sumo Group has shown genuine care for their people’s wellbeing, with constant messages of reassurance and support and signposting to internal and external avenues of help. They have held employee focus groups in studio to see how people are feeling, as well as giving people a voice through several different surveys/initiatives and by allowing them to talk directly to managers. They have given feedback on the results of these and provided updates on actions.
Sumo Group has enabled their people to work safely from home and operated from a basis of trust, giving people the opportunity to work flexibly according to their personal circumstances. The company’s exec team has sent regular communications to keep employees informed and have held live road shows to deliver wider business updates. The company has engaged their people in a variety of social and work-related activities, including competitions, quizzes, virtual parties and games, to keep the feeling of community and culture despite the pandemic.
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