2K Games
2.3 of 5 11 reviews
www.2kgames.com Novato, CA

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Updated Mar 24, 2014
2K Games – Novato – “2K Games”

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2.3 11 reviews

                             

25% Approve of the CEO

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Christoph Hartmann

(4 ratings)

27% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Quality Assurance Tester (Former Employee)
Northridge, CA

I worked at 2K Games as a contractor for less than a year

Pros- Good pay rate.
- There is always work to do, every moment of the day. If nothing is high priority, kick back and adhoc test on a cool title.
- I had an awesome manager who kept great communication with the team. He kept everyone informed on what was coming up, what to expect as far as overtime.
- Great discounts for game purchases.

Cons- Tight rules to abide by.

Advice to Senior ManagementNone. Good luck, I wish yo guys the best.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Happy to leave

QA Tester (Former Employee)
Northridge, CA

I worked at 2K Games as a contractor for less than a year

ProsFoot in the door in the video game industry

ConsLong Hours, Dead end job, no investment in workforce

Advice to Senior Managementbug quotas do not lead to better products

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Abysmal work environment @ Northridge

Quality Assurance Tester (Former Employee)
Northridge, CA

I worked at 2K Games as a contractor

ProsBeer Fridays once every few months

Cons-Abysmal management, abysmal facility
-Point based bug scoring system
-Writeups for anything and everything, preventing fulltime employment

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Senior level "Creatives" are out of touch

Senior Manager (Current Employee)
Novato, CA

I have been working at 2K Games full-time for more than a year

ProsIt's a job. There are good games in the lineup but those are all externally developed.

ConsHealth care is expensive and not comprehensive. Internal development is run by managers out of touch with actually doing work and with a lack of understanding of the creative process.

Advice to Senior ManagementListen to your experienced developers when it comes to art, design and story. They know their jobs and should be assets not obstacles for you. Placate your superiors with innovative and creative content and not by being "yes men".

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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One of the worst run QA departments in the game

Quality Assurance Tester (Former Employee)
Los Angeles, CA

I worked at 2K Games full-time for more than a year

ProsEasy to get hired since there are minimal requirements. Full time work every week. Play video games all day.

ConsI have worked several large publishers and unfortunately, 2K was the worst. They have a "bug quota" which encourages testers to submit bogus bugs so they don't lose their jobs. They encourage you to write as many bug reports as possible, and are not concerned about the quality of bugs. Its as if management wants to say "Our department wrote so many bugs, this failure of a game cannot be blamed on us!"

They frequently abuse overtime scheduling. The week is set up Sat, Sun, M-F. This means that they will frequently ask you to work the weekend (after working M-F) but you won't get overtime pay. This happens because they will then give you Mon and Tues off to compensate for working Sat and Sun, thus nullifying any overtime pay.

When I worked there, the office hours started at 7am. Only a select few people could unlock the door, so you could frequently find yourself standing in the cold for 5-10 minutes every morning waiting for the door to open. No one wants to come early because you can't clock in even a few minutes early.

There was an elitist attitude given by any special functions team. If you were not on their team, you were basically not allowed to talk to them or be in their general work area. That's right, you could not approach them (entry level employees) to ask for clarifications on things. They would rather have a loss in productivity as opposed to a "regular employee" dare speak to them.

Management was very out of touch with their employees. I remember when I applied for (and got) a promotion. They were completely unaware that I had 10-12 years prior experience in the field. That pretty much blew my mind. They also seemed to choose who to lay off at random. As a team lead, they never asked me for input on my team when cuts had to be made. How can you choose who to fire when you don't even know anyone? And when you don't know what tasks they were assigned to, and weather they failed or greatly succeeded.

Advice to Senior ManagementI hate to say it, but the effort by management was actually the problem. It boils down to them not being hands-on enough. They underestimate their employees (because they are out of touch) and then devise unorthodox ways to compensate for a perceived lack of skill / production / etc.

Drop the bug quota. Stop using kids as team leads. Get to know who the good employees are and put them in charge.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Disorganized and cliquey

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at 2K Games

ProsPay is good, people in your department can be nice.

ConsDisorganized, chaotic, if you aren't friends with the right people you can't get anything done. Communication from take-two and from senior management is almost non-existent.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet it together! Work like one company, not like five different companies under the same roof.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Politics, cliques, chaos and confrontation

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Novato, CA

I have been working at 2K Games full-time

ProsGreat games. 2K really cares about quality.
Some brilliant and high performing people.
Compensation's fine.
Learn a lot if you are on the right team.

ConsExtremely cliquey.
Viciously political.
No career opportunities unless you get into the core cliques. That takes tons of late nights, drunk lunches, and awkward parties, but only after you figure out how to get invited to those things.
Negative, aggressive, confrontational work environment.
Political and process landmines with no training on where those landmines are. Stepping on a landmine is never forgotten and is career-limiting.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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this place will burn you out

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Novato, CA

I worked at 2K Games

Pros- casual environment
- people here love sports, playing basketball during lunch time
- free soda, ping-pong table, game arcade
- writing video games that will be played by million of people

Cons- they have too many deadlines and people end up doing an overtime but i think it is normal for game industry
- there is no reward for doing a great job. management team just don't care.
- a constant pressure from producers.
- the company just laid off 50 people. It seems like they don't do well.

Advice to Senior Managementreward hard work and great innovation. talk to engineers more to understand what they need.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Studio chief lead designer

Studio Chief Lead Designer (Current Employee)

I have been working at 2K Games full-time for more than 3 years

ProsGood working environment and professional team

ConsLow salary. Long decision period.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A relative secure game company to work for

Senior Programmer (Current Employee)
Canberra (Australia)

I have been working at 2K Games full-time for more than 5 years

Proswork with bunch of talented people across studios
working on AAA titles
working on cutting edge technologies

Consno employee development for senior positions

Advice to Senior ManagementNA

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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