Aspyr Media Reviews

Updated June 21, 2015
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  1. Aspyr Media

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aspyr Media full-time

    Pros

    The company is great at keeping it's employees on the payroll (at least within the last 5 years). People are all very friendly. Company owners work hard and care about the well being of their employees.

    Cons

    There is little to no upward mobility for most employees. Raises are not given yearly, instead bonuses are given based on company performance. Office location is not centrally located. Pay is low compared to the same positions at other similar firms.

    Advice to Management

    Change the pay scale to reflect that of other competitive firms, and focus on content growth in order to offset the increased cost. Stop keeping dead-weight employees on board.


  2. Great Place for Self-Motivated People

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Aspyr Media full-time

    Pros

    Company leadership give contributors lots of autonomy which is a great environment for someone who has a lot of ideas and is very self-motivated. The company has a solid foundation and seemingly has been on steady ground for many years, so it's a more stable environment than most gaming companies. Additionally, the owners are very family focused and understand/respect the balance of work/life.

    Cons

    Leadership doesn't provide a lot of feedback, so if your career stalls there may not be a lot of direction to help you grow. There is not a formal process for career and salary growth outside of QA.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work! Consider more processes for collaboration, feedback and management across departments.


  3. Wonderful Experience

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aspyr Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to learn, work with a variety of new and old technology. Leadership is fun, motivating, and overall moral is great. This was one of the best companies I've ever worked for.

    Cons

    Disconnect in communication between developers and operations. Compensation not based on worth, or growth, and raises are minimal, if at all.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees


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  5. loved working at aspyr

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aspyr Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great people, truly a family good work/life balance

    Cons

    no cons to really share


  6. I was there during it's prime and enjoyed it. I've heard that it hasn't lived up to that now that they're smaller.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Aspyr Media full-time

    Pros

    chance to get professional game experience

    Cons

    doesn't seem to be growing


  7. Great Company with Caring owners and management, Home Grown and nurtured.

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    Former Employee - TCR Lead in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - TCR Lead in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Aspyr Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Passionate Co-Workers and a great place to grow. Project teams on the ground are very passionate and it shows. Everyone on project teams give it their all. Great place to start and work across a large array of platforms and projects. Very Family friendly and oriented.

    Cons

    The upper management and partnership choices need more research and informed decisions on business directions. In the time at Aspyr new ventures and lines of business were explored. If the business venture was not successful, there was a "cut your losses and run" mentality. Connection to understanding the Game Industry and Game Market was very lackluster and almost non existent. Non Gamers running a game company is good for business on paper, bad for morale and empowering passionate projects.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your men and women in the trenches and in your projects. Marketing and sales numbers are vital to the business, but are only tools to get the idea out. The business venture and direction should be followed by the Industry tend and your customers. Aspyr loses quality people because the passion is not enough. Compensate and entice talent at an industry standard and should and lean on them to produce. The Aspyr passion and home grown feel will not last more than six months to a year with top talent. After they ship a title or two, they will be off leaving Aspyr as a stepping stone to bigger and better things.


  8. A good learning experience

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    Former Contractor - QA Analyst in Austin, TX
    Former Contractor - QA Analyst in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Aspyr Media as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    This is a good place to learn about the ins and outs of the video game industry - mobile, web, console, and PC and Mac.

    Cons

    A lot of crunch time is endemic to any large game publisher so be ready to work long hours and work hard for promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Don't rely on licenses only.


  9. Smoke and mirrors

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great talent cycles through. Opportunity to work with some great publishers and studios.

    Cons

    Upper management is a joke. This company was headed to great things, its interesting to see how far they have fallen and how those who still remain appear to be the "yes-men". There's always the promise of a big payoff but there are only two that really get paid,

    Advice to Management

    Go back to the basics. Quit chasing dreams and stop accepting the low hanging fruit. Take your egos out of the equation.


  10. Be cautious. Get everything in writing. Not sure you'd want to plant roots here.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    This is a great place to get your foot in the door and get access to contacts at some really great companies. Get in and get out as fast as you can. I heard a lot about how the company started and the team that brought them success but...Those pieces are long gone.

    Cons

    This is not what the actual game industry is like. It is obvious that upper management is more concerned about quick turns and not actual games. The big two run around like rock stars but they don't have a grasp of what is actually going on at the company or in the industry. -No job security -Favoritism runs rampant -Job titles appear to be handed out instead of raises -Pay is extremely bad -Promises are verbalized but follow-up is not guaranteed

    Advice to Management

    Get back to hiring the right and passionate people. Be willing to pay for these people. Be clear about your direction.


  11. People were great but company had financial challenges

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Aspyr employed great people who cared about the end goals and worked hard to achieve them. Former and current employees still keep in touch.

    Cons

    Company encountered financial difficulty which led to several layoffs. Leadership team did not communicate company status very often which led to paranoia and concern by the team.

    Advice to Management

    Stay lean and succeed through sticking with core team competency.



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