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    Great stepping stone into the gaming industry

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Obsidian Entertainment as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -This is a great place to work if you are new to the industry, as they have a tendency to hire a lot of interns.

    -You get to work with quite a lot of fun and interesting people, you will have people on your team that you will later add to your personal friends circle.

    -HR manager and front desk are two of the sweetest people in the building, you will LOVE them!

    -Recruiting manager is super friendly, and will give you honest feedback on where you stand as a team member (from hiring manager POV....valuable since the industry is small and you will most likely move around a lot)

    -Most of the time you will be working in an actual office, rather than a cubicle farm. (Unless they change buildings again...)

    -Current office location is within walking distance of the Irvine Spectrum....so lots of opportunities for lunch hour shopping or eating out, running errands, gym exercising, etc.

    -If you have a lot in common, and socialize regularly with your lead/project managers/owners...you will most likely stay on for the next project and not have to worry about being on the layoff lists that happen frequently.

    -If you survive your contract and get hired on full time, you'll have decent medical/dental/vision benefits.

    Cons

    -If you aren't a senior, be prepared to be treated and paid like a junior.

    -Large layoffs are inevitable when projects end or get cancelled, always be prepared. (Happens at many companies, this one is not immune)

    -Lots of crunch time (unless you LOVE working 12 hour days towards milestone end and/or project end....then I guess you can consider this a pro)

    -Project managers are hit and miss at this company, I've worked with REALLY awesome PMs, and I've worked with ones who made me want to slit my wrists. Additionally, this company is not always the most organized, even if you get to work with one of the good PMs.

    -Very "cliquey" feeling at this company. If you don't rub shoulders with the right people, you're probably going to be on the list of "let-go's" when layoffs happen.....it doesn't matter how good you are at your job.

    -I've seen people "pushed" into roles that they weren't excited about (but accepted anyway because it meant job security.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shrink the gap between pay in Senior and Junior level salaries...currently the in between positions are being paid as juniors. Try to give reviews in a more timely manner. Before making a large layoff, try to consider team member skills...rather than choosing "who fits" and "who doesn't fit in" at the company. I've seen many extremely valuable team members be let go suddenly....then pick up higher paying jobs at larger companies, never to return.

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