Artix Entertainment Reviews

Updated November 15, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Artix entertainment honesty.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Artix Entertainment (less than a year)

    Pros

    There are a lot of people there who are very friendly. You certainly can count on the passion of the company. The game staff do respect those who work tirelessly. Efforts are made between staff and individuals to work together.

    Cons

    I'm not an individual who will offer a con. Don't get me wrong, if a con existed I certainly might consider voicing it. But my overall experience was a positive one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The only advice I might offer is this: Don't ask an individual to do something they can't fully do without having some help. Say for example you are asked to write something or draw something or what have you. Make sure that individual knows how. Each chapter of AE is different and has a different style.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Only because they don't allow zero star reviews

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lutz, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lutz, FL

    I worked at Artix Entertainment full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    No accountability
    No responsibility
    Easy to game the system

    Cons

    Do you want to create value in the world? Don't work here.
    Do you want to work with people who are experts in their fields? Don't work here.
    Do you want low standards and a lot of patting yourself on the back? Work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Honestly, i don't think there's any advice to give. "Management" is the problem. Once management is out it should clear out all of the slackers working there so you could be proud to work with your coworkers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    The most fun, exciting and positive company I've ever worked for!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Artix Entertainment full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Adam, the CEO of Artix, is the reason working for Artix Entertainment is so fun and fulfilling. He's an honest, caring, motivational leader with a seemingly endless supply of energy. You can't help but be infected with his optimism. Even when there are major challenges, he's constantly looking for a solution. He's an inspiring individual.

    Cons

    Sometimes projects don't perform as well as expected but they're always ready to dust themselves off and try again. They're constantly evolving.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Highly creative people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lutz, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lutz, FL

    I have been working at Artix Entertainment full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is a very energized environment full of great coworkers. Free lunch, solid benefits, and good time off policies.

    Cons

    A lot of effort is expended updating old products, when more should be put into new ones. There are a million great ideas flying around but not enough hands to work on a significant number of them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on releasing new products in a timely manner to keep up with the competition.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful

    One clap

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Lutz, FL
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Lutz, FL

    I worked at Artix Entertainment as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Lunch is provided
    - Fridge is stocked with soda

    Cons

    - Micromanaged
    - Constant dog barking
    - Favoritism
    - Sexism
    - CEO is extremely arrogant
    - CEO refuses to acknowledge individuals expertise
    - CEO constantly ignores game related statistics
    - CEO will "come up" with ideas that other employees have previously expressed
    - CEO will blame employees for failures, yet is in total control of direction
    - If CEO would put half the energy he puts into "playing", AE might be doing alright.
    - Lack of imagination
    - Company prefers to constantly recycle old game ideas or copy core game mechanics from existing games instead of coming up with own ideas.
    - Pretty much zero planning involved with projects
    - 80% of employees can't seem to stand it there
    - Lack of motivation due to lack of interest in games being developed (and for the fact that none of the work you would do really matters as CEO will change everything)
    - Management scrambling around trying to figure out how to "fix" company. The solution is pretty simple.

    I could easily add 100 more points.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pointless to give management advice, because "they" refuse to consider change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful

    CEO treats the company and employees as his playground

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lutz, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lutz, FL

    I worked at Artix Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    If you keep your head down it's almost impossible to get fired
    You can wear anything to the office
    You can literally come in with no experience in anything and get hired if the CEO likes you

    Cons

    Zero respect for people's work unless it's what the CEO micromanaged the person to do
    Despite growing, extravagant bonuses for a half dozen or so employees, everyone else is told there's not money for yearly raises
    The only projects that are seen to the end are CEO's pet projects even if they are years and tens of thousands of dollars over budget
    You have to work with people who should have been fired years ago

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let the CEO make decisions he's not capable of. GIve people who have a experience from another company the authority to make real decisions when they have more expertise than the CEO.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful

    Can't keep up with today's market.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Artix Entertainment full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work environment. Great, friendly people, and a fun place to be. Lunch is provided and the environmental is very relaxed.

    Cons

    Can't keep up with the evolution of gaming. I hate to say it, but these games are a dying breed. The leaders are very set in their ways. Heavy favoritism is a problem, including men being valued above women. Employee salaries are not based on skill, experience, or performance but rather how much you are valued within the core group. Many employees are under valued and under paid. There are many, many faulty promises from the heads of this company. Follow through with raises or promotion perks are pretty non existent. Very unclear sense of direction on many projects. Solid creative decisions can never be made. Reworks and revisions are a constant battle in order to please one person's particular tastes. Leaders often overlook employee constructive criticism.

    Also no 401K.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Education. Please please be aware of how gaming is evolving. Be willing to take risks and be a pioneer. Reward your employees for their years of loyalty and service. The rate your hired at should not be the rate you end at 5 years later. Also patience. I can't help but think at how much better these games would have been if they weren't being forced to launch before completion. I fear for the future of this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. The staff feel more like family than they do as co-workers :)

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Creative Lead for HeroSmash in Tampa, FL
    Current Contractor - Creative Lead for HeroSmash in Tampa, FL

    I have been working at Artix Entertainment as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Everyone gets the same chance to shine. No says you can't do that! No one anything seriously, but work always gets done. Every day is a new day of excitement and creativity. I wake each day looking forward to new ideas and adventures. Never did I have a job that became my career before this. This really is my dream come true and I hope it never ends. Best of all I am made to feel like an equal not a mindless drone. Best of all I get to have fun while working my very best :)

    Cons

    I yet to have any cons. No one ever has said just because your sick does not mean you not able to work. For me is distance from the main office that it prevents me from meeting my co-workers face to face, but that is different for each employee.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Career growth is stunted and promotions are based on favoritism

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Lutz, FL
    Former Employee - Web Developer in Lutz, FL

    I worked at Artix Entertainment full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule
    Good work/life balance

    Cons

    No career path
    No sense of direction as a company
    Work often isn't appreciated and discarded without even being reviewed

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's a lot of work to do, but employees are constantly giving feedback to management. The majority of it is ignored. Giving feedback to most management is pointless anyway as most the leadership has no authority and even high level decisions are undermined constantly. Employee morale can't get much lower.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Great gaming company to work for, in any position. Everyone, from the receptionist to the owner is treated well.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lutz, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lutz, FL

    I have been working at Artix Entertainment

    Pros

    The owner really cares about all of the employees. They offer good benefits and good hours. The products they make are good, and something anyone can be proud of working on.

    Cons

    A few bad employees have caused a change in policies which make the work environment not as flexible as it used to be. The company does not offer a 401k, which would be nice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Discipline or fire the bad employees so that the good employees don't lose the flexibility that they were promised when they were hired to work for the company.

    Recommends

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