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THQ Chairman & CEO Brian J. Farrell
Brian J. Farrell
7 Ratings

Pros
  • Great ideas on how to push established game genres forward, with a "think big or go home" mentality (in 3 reviews)

  • Nice benefits, challenging work, great games to work on (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management was a Little disconnected (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Poor leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at THQ full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Started out as a decent place to work

    Cons

    High pay, raises and bonus given to people who didn't deserve it.


  2. It's Make or Break for THQ

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    Current Employee - Artist in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Artist in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Right now there are few, but if the company survives its current situation, opportunities will be there as the studios expand once again

    Cons

    Morale is currently very low, products not receiving support, management seems lost, career opportunities are slim, work environment seems political and strained.

    Advice to Management

    Cultivate and reward strong leadership over populist management qualities in those placed in decision making positions. Make yourselves able to bear risks of developing new IP rather than relying on history and what everyone else is doing as a model for geenlighting projects. Find great creative teams and turn them loose and support them.


  3. A frustrating experience

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    Former Employee - No Comment in Warrington, North West England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - No Comment in Warrington, North West England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at THQ full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some very talented people working on the shop floor and middle management types also fall under that hat, the real problems came when the guys at the top end of the scale could never agree to 'anything' !! which made sure that we never progressed. And now they've fallen fast behind and will fall flat sadly before long. That's the problem in a nut shell

    Cons

    As I said above,many great people there that I've worked with mid management and on the shop floor. Managed to get a couple of great selling titles out but there could of been so many more.

    Advice to Management

    Allow the creative talent of those below you to actually act and do what they are good at. Stop thinking that you know the score when you DON'T!


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  5. Started out good, but became a long train-wreck

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    Former Employee - Senior Artist
    Former Employee - Senior Artist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at THQ full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I enjoyed a reasonable amount of autonomy and THQ was mostly hands-off for the first few years (2003-2007).

    Cons

    But THQ made major missteps strategically in 2007 and beyond. Couple that with the economic downturn and THQ had a perfect storm on their hands, and they never really got a handle on how to fix it. Major problems were: -Transitioning to a content developer of owned IP from a content publisher of licensed properties -Failure to tolerate the risks of the creative process -Leaving greenlight decisions to a license marketing group (i.e. a marketing group that does very little creative marketing rather than managing already existing brands) -Failure to evaluate and retain creative talent, failure to dismiss poor talent. -Poor communication and relationships with satellite developers -Destroying profitable brands and companies in attempts to cut costs -Turned away from child-friendly products in lieu of a more narrow and competitive adult market.

    Advice to Management

    You must learn how to take risks in the creative process. You must learn how to evaluate talent, especially creative talent.


  6. Confused

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    History Licenses Some of the people Headquarters is nice

    Cons

    Confused direction Unclear strategy No accountability Slow to react to changing industry

    Advice to Management

    Hold yourselves as accountable as your people


  7. Great People - Poor Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at THQ full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Really strong 'on the ground' folks doing the work.

    Cons

    Senior management was very reactive , not proactive. Did not keep policies or decisions in place long enough to see if they would work. Kept changing mid-stream. Always felt like you were working on unstable ground.


  8. The team has been great to work with, but upper management is pulling everything down.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The team has been great to work with. Great location. Traveling to exotic locals like Asia. Relaxed atmosphere to work in.

    Cons

    Upper management is making poor decisions and not communicating well. The stock price has been below a dollar for months so co-workers are nervous.

    Advice to Management

    Stop dragging your feet. Make the decisions you know have to be made and act on them in a timely fashion. Cut overhead, namely, some of you.


  9. Make yourself a favour and chose to work for another company. Fun people - Bad management.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Good annual benefits, similar to other big companies. - Not the worst in terms of advancement possibilities. - Fun people to work with.

    Cons

    - Organization is non-existent. Everything is made out of a quick thought. - Overall bad management. - Leadership needs to lead. - Tons of unnecessary overtime. - Way of thinking is old and surpassed by other companies. - Overall, it feels that management has no confidence in their employees. - Suggestions are impossible. You do what you are told. Management feels insulted if you ever come up with a suggestion and will give you no real reason or argument to its thinking when you make more sense than them. - Bad communication from leads and upper management. You are often left in the dark in many situations.

    Advice to Management

    -Stop hiring your friends. Hire personal that will get the job done. -Plan things ahead and not on quick thoughts. -Spy on other companies' new ways of doing things. THQ feels like it is behind on many levels. -Have confidence in your employees. Don't limit their capacities.


  10. Decent development opportunity providing a lot of cool experience.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Given my experience, there were a lot of opportunities to sit down and code out various projects. There was a certain level of autonomy involved as well.

    Cons

    There were times of disorganization. The software engineering process is not very well defined, and could sometimes lead to a redundancy of work.

    Advice to Management

    Work to improve the communication between the product development department, and the management.



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