Olga Novikova

Olga Novikova

Director of Human Resources and Operations at Arkadium

New York, New York (Greater New York City Area)
Human Resources

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Olga Novikova's Overview

  • Director of Human Resources and Operations at Arkadium

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Olga Novikova's Summary

I always knew that I wanted to work with people but I also had a passion for business. When the time came to decide which path I was going to take in life, I chose what in my mind is a perfect union of the two. I obtained a BBA with a major in HR and a Minor in IO Phycology. For the last four years I have been running HR at Arkadium, a games development studio in NYC.

•Expertise with passive candidate recruitment utilizing LinkedIn Recruiter, Social Media and face-to-face networking.
•Knowledge of a variety of best in class applicant tracking systems that are best suited for the new age candidate.
•Development and implementation of a hiring process from the ground up, accompanied by a toolbox of documents and processes to improve the hiring managers chances of success.

•Expertise building comprehensive training program from the ground up, with a strong focus on Leadership and Technical development.
•Curriculum and content building in-house, as well as sourcing 3rd party vendors.
•Strong presentation skills, equally comfortable with small and large audiences.
•Implementation and rollout of comprehensive performance review processes.

•Thorough understanding of medical plan nuances and the health care reform. Experience with medical plan analysis, cost and value comparison, seamless implementation and rollout of new plans to the organization of 60+. Annual reevaluation of plans and facilitation of the open enrollment process.
•A wide network of broker connections and best SaaS medical administration solutions. Familiarity with PEO models and major providers.
•Implementation of all ancillary benefits: Commuter, FSA, 401K, Life Insurance, Key Man Insurance and Supplemental.
•Experience organizing health fairs and employee appreciation days, including chair massages at work (employee’s favorite!)

Olga Novikova's Experience

Director of Human Resources and Operations


Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Computer Games industry

June 2014Present (4 months)

Heading up Human Resources and Operations at Arkadium's HQ's office in NYC
● Member of the MGMT Values Committee focused on cultivating, communicating and reinforcing Arkadium's culture, values and goals across the organization
● Developer and Leader of the Education Program comprised of three verticals: Leadership Development, Technical Training and Curiosity Learning
● Strategic Business Partner to the Executive Management group.

Senior Human Resources Manager


Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Computer Games industry

June 2012June 2014 (2 years 1 month) New York, NY

● Oversee Human Resources function at an organization of 150 employees
● Strategic HR Business Partner supporting VP’s of all functional groups within the organization, including Engineering, Development, Creative, Marketing and Sales. Provide support on talent reviews, high potential talent, succession planning, skills development and flight risk management.
● Provide support to the first line managers to ensure that they scale, onboard, engage, and retain their staff successfully.
● Design, implement and sustain Human Resources efforts that effectively communicate and support the
organization’s mission, values and strategies across two of our offices in New York and Ukraine.
● Owner of the Global Leadership and Development program.
● Manage all immigration cases including but not limited to: L1A, L1B, H1B, O1, J1 visas
● Manage a team of two HR Associates between NY and Ukraine offices, providing feedback/mentoring and performance assessment. In addition to HR, also manage Studio Operations Manager who is responsible for general operations of the organization.

Human Resources Manager

Arkadium, Inc.

Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Computer Games industry

June 2010June 2012 (2 years 1 month) Greater New York City Area

Arkadium is a premier developer, publisher and distributor of casual, social, and mobile games. Arkadium reaches over 8.5 million unique gamers per month across multiple distribution channels, including Facebook and 30+ premium web destinations including Hearst Magazines Digital Media, Discovery, Lifetime, BBC, ESPN, and AARP. Additionally, the company owns the world’s largest Flash game library, consisting of games in every genre for all user demographics. When we’re not making games, we’re probably playing them. Our employees are passionate, smart, dedicated, and share the common goal of becoming the #1 game company in the world.

Responsible for providing comprehensive support and administration of all areas of Human Resources for the Arkadium Headquarters office in New York City. Offer strategic and consultative suggestions and guidance on a variety of HR related issues including recruitment, employee relations, separations, benefits, compensation, payroll, performance assessment and interpretation of policies, procedures and practices. Strong focus is on partnering with Senior Leaders to create a positive work environment where employees feel valued, respected and empowered to perform their best.

● Lay the foundation for the Human Resources function
● Administrator of all employee benefit programs including but not limited to Payroll, FSA, 401(k), Medical Health Insurance
● Responsible for the full cycle employee experience from hiring, to on-boarding, to separation
● Management of all HR vendor relationships. Including high level contingency firms, health benefit brokers and HR SAAS providers
● Facilitator of all Company events and evangelist of Organizational culture!

Olga Novikova's Education

City University of New York-Baruch College - Zicklin School of Business

BBA, Management in HUMAN RESOURCES, Minor in Industrial Organizational Psychology

Olga Novikova's Skills & Expertise

  1. Recruiting
  2. Employee Relations
  3. Benefits Administration
  4. Applicant Tracking Systems
  5. Human Resources
  6. Organizational Development
  7. HR Policies
  8. Strategy
  9. Management
  10. Employer Branding
  11. Employee Benefits
  12. Social Media
  13. Computer Games
  14. Deferred Compensation
  15. Talent Management
  16. Leadership Development
  17. HR Project Management
  18. Conflict Resolution
  19. COBRA
  20. Advergaming
  21. Social Networking
  22. Onboarding
  23. Training Delivery
  24. Policy Design
  25. Immigration Law
  26. Free to Play
  27. Start-up Environment
  28. ADP Payroll
  29. FSA
  30. ADP
  31. Software Implementation
  32. Leadership
  33. Hiring
  34. Corporate Communications
  35. Organizational Culture
  36. Interview Skills Training
  37. Training Facilitation

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Olga Novikova's Languages

  • English

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)
  • Russian

    (Native or bilingual proficiency)

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