Blitz Games Studios

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    Career progression and pay needs careful consideration

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    Current Employee - Game Designer in Leamington, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Game Designer in Leamington, England (UK)

    I have been working at Blitz Games Studios

    Pros

    Blitz is, by and large, a very friendly company to work for. Generally HR are excellent at ensuring that employees are treated compassionately if they have family issues (illness, bereavement, weddings). The CEOs are geniunely nice people, will happily talk to any member of staff like an equal, and have a genuine passion for what they do. Some teams have excellent management, and consistently run their projects on budget and on schedule, without the need for months and months of endless crunch.

    Cons

    The niceness of Blitz is also its downfall - serially underperforming managers have been left in their jobs for so long that it's unlikely they'll ever change. Certain teams run massively overbudget and overschedule, resulting in excessive overtime - unfortunately this rarely results in a quality game being released.

    Low salaries and lack of career progression has long been a gripe with Blitz staff, but this has been exacerbated by recent projects expecting people to work every hour under the sun. There has been no pay reviews or bonuses for three years - there's been the odd secret promotion here and there, but these seem mostly reliant on threatening to leave and/or being friends with certain managers, rather than performance related.

    On the design side, we've lost nearly a third of our department to other local studios - after years of sitting at junior wages, several experienced designers decided enough was enough and jumped ship to a £6-10k increase in salary and increased creative input. It's not all about the money, but leaving people on sub-standard wages for years on end leaves people feeling demoralised, especially when there's no end in sight.

    Despite the pay freeze in the name of 'stability', the company still insists on recruiting on a steady basis and creating random new job roles and departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know that the management are trying to sort out people's career progression/pay due to the large number of people leaving, but words and schemes need to be backed up by action - quickly.

    If certain project directors and managers think it's acceptable to run staff into the ground, then of course people will leave for other studios for higher wages - Blitz' work/life balance and friendliness is often the one thing keeping people at the company. Lose that whilst still having shop assistant wages, lose your staff.

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