2K Games Reviews

Updated April 19, 2015
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  1. QA Tester

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at 2K Games full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Big Checks when overtime hits.

    Cons

    Overtime is given last minute without any type of warning. Anywhere from 12 to 14 hour days and up to 7 days in a row,

  2. Hires good people, horrible at managing them

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novato, CA

    I worked at 2K Games full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Decent salary, nice location, willing to spend money on projects in the beginning

    Cons

    Upper studio management is awful - seems to accept their role in screwing things up but still cleans house when their ideas backfire while still managing to keep their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Learn from your mistakes or it will all happen again (like it's happened a few times already)

  3. Environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at 2K Games

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Working at 2K is a constant enjoyment that is always filled with fun and entertainment.

    Cons

    Making really large game titles can sprout some egos along the way.

    Advice to Management

    Keep making great games!

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  5. Helpful (2)

    The Unhappy Workplace

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    Current Employee - QA Tester in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - QA Tester in Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at 2K Games

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Getting hired is extremely easy, as long as you graduated high school and have a clean record. A few times a year they give you beer on Fridays. The dress code is very casual. You can get discounts from some cool retailers.

    Cons

    Training is unhelpful, it takes months of actual on the job training to finally understand what is talked about in training. Work-home balance is terrible. Working here means the office is your home. 12 hour days 6 days a week are normal for 3-5 months and in some cases up to a year for certain employees, causing extreme sadness in employees and their relationships outside of work to fall apart. This is normally a first job so many employees aren't very mature. Time off rarely gets approved and has to be asked for on the weekends when working the 6 or 7 day weeks. Management is out of touch with what goes on on the floor and how the people in leadership roles are acting. Promotions are gained by being friends with management. Blame is normally placed on the employees at the bottom of the ladder, management rarely, if ever, takes responsibility. The pay is extremely low when taking into account how much of life is spent at work. Management becomes vocally upset if they have to stay for overtime, which is extremely rare. Employees have no voice whatsoever.

    Advice to Management

    Be compassionate towards employees. Put yourself in their shoes and think about how you would feel if you were treated the way the employees are treated. Promote because of talent not because you like a person. Thank employees for their extremely hard work once in a while. Stay for overtime with the team.

  6. Helpful (1)

    The absolute worst company I have ever had the displeasure of working for.

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at 2K Games full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    You get to test video games. Occasionally you are allowed to have beer during an extended break period.

    Cons

    The management is so poisonous and will have it out for you until the end of your career there if you witness company injustice and speak up about it or "rock the boat" per se, once they have a negative idea about you they will find any little thing to hold against you and your ability to advance your career. Company policies and politics are harsh and out of control, only for select people - whoever they don't like. If you are an all-star at the job and a true asset to the company, it won't matter if they don't like you. HR employees do not help you at all when you have issues, they make them worse. They are also friends with regular employees outside of work so it creates a conflict of interest. The "career coaching" they try and execute for all employees is an absolute failure, as it is only made up of empty promises and lies about where your career is headed. The hours are an absolute nightmare, forget about ever committing to this job if you are not single and you have outside of work commitments, you will be working 12 hour days 6 days a week up to a straight year. During the interviewing process, I was told word-for-word that there would only be "a little mandatory overtime here and there" which is absolutely false. Almost my entire year of 2014 was spent working unnecessary overtime. The managers do not know how to effectively run their teams, while balancing the needs of the projects and the needs of the testers. They feel like if they throw tons of time at the project, that it will get better but it doesn't. It only burns out the employees so they underperform. As if all of these cons were bad enough for an employee, the pay is also extremely low. Low pay in exchange for your entire life outside of work to be sacrificed and to leave you feeling hurt, upset and mentally/physically exhausted after every single day of work. Also, the majority of the testers that you must always work directly with are all children or at least act like it (a lot that are hired have never had a job before), whether it is being constantly disruptive or offensive in the workplace or gossiping and spreading rumors. The staff preaches how they have no tolerance for nepotism/favoritism, yet they practice it on the daily. Your career will go nowhere if you don't suck up to management and act like a corporate robot.

    Advice to Management

    Rid the company of all current Management/HR employees and find professional, honest and competent employees to fill the spots. Hard-working employees that want to see their testers grow, develop their skills and become something greater one day. Employees who act their ages by not gossiping and emotionally/mentally abusing the employees beneath them.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Great Company

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    Former Employee - QA Tester in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - QA Tester in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at 2K Games full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Fantastic people to work with
    Great Culture
    Fair Management Team
    Lots of OT to make lots of extra money
    Beer Fridays
    Great Benefits. Paid Time off and a lot of Holidays ( if your team isn't in crunch)

    Cons

    OT is tough - Like the money hate the hours
    First real professional job for most employees and they do not act properly - they feel entitled

    Advice to Management

    Fix the excessive OT
    Eliminate the employees with the attitude problem - the ones that feel entitled
    Be more relatable to the employees.

  8. Helpful (4)

    Poor Leadership, Great Teams

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at 2K Games full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working with the best teams in the business
    Lots of OT payments
    Fun and Friendly Environment

    Cons

    Poor management that has no planning skills or project foresight. They often pass the blame to lesser employees rather than accepting fault for their own mistakes and missteps. After working this job you will have 0 home life, so it's terrible if you have a family.

    Advice to Management

    Quit. Allow smarter, better people to take your positions.

  9. Helpful (3)

    Politics Galore.

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    Former Employee - QA Tester in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - QA Tester in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at 2K Games

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They'll hire anyone. Sometimes they'll give you beer on Friday. The dress code is very casual. Discounts are given at some pretty good retailers. The office is close to Las Vegas tourist attractions.

    Cons

    The politics of this place are insane. Once management has an idea about you, they won't change their minds. Blame is placed on lower employees to avoid management having to admit a mistake. They hire kids who have never had a job and are terrible in their position then promote them because the company likes them. Management is extremely out of touch with what happens on the floor. Overtime is insane and you will get burnt out. Time off rarely gets approved. The pay is low. Uncomfortable and hostile work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Completely change management. Find someone new to run the QA department. Treat employees like humans.

  10. Helpful (5)

    Some great people but highly political and cronyism in management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Novato, CA

    I worked at 2K Games full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some good and smart people working there.

    Generally relaxed environment.

    Comparable bonuses and stock grants to other game companies based on level.

    Cons

    Management centres on a cult of personality.

    Knowledge of games and the gaming space is not where it should be.

    Too much money and effort is spent bringing bad products to market.

    Consistently chasing the Image of Rockstar Games with a major lack of creative leadership. From the logo to some of the game choices, ego often gets in the way of good decision making.

    Top down management stifles a lot of creativity.

    "Cool Kids" club dominates the culture. If one isn't part of that group, the will stagnate.

    President will have parties during a work day but only invite select individuals.

    Advice to Management

    Do not isolate employees and encourage the sharing of ideas. Understand strengths and weaknesses and look to lead the industry rather than play "me too."

    Start listening to dissidents in the office rather than ostracising them. Being surrounded with "yes men" benefits no one.

  11. Helpful (3)

    Double-standard central.

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    Current Employee - Drone in Novato, CA
    Current Employee - Drone in Novato, CA

    I have been working at 2K Games full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good location, some nice perks. Lots of talent on development teams. Some interesting licenses to work on.

    Cons

    If you end up working on a team with dubious management, and you're unlucky enough to ship a project that doesn't sell well, they will sooner axe the entire team than get rid of the problem individuals.

    Advice to Management

    Stop pretending you care about people and show you do. Advice to Human Resources: be more HUMAN and more RESOURCEFUL. Some people over there demonstrate serious double standards in regards to business practices.

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