DICE (Sweden) Reviews

Updated October 1, 2014
Updated October 1, 2014
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    Awesome team, getting even better

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QA Analyst in Playa Vista, CA
    Former Employee - QA Analyst in Playa Vista, CA

    I worked at DICE (Sweden) as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Extremely friendly team
    - Great projects
    - Excellent personal growth opportunities (time and opportunities to learn new things)
    - Management that cares about the health and well-being of its employees
    - Tons of perks for both full time and contractors
    - Ability to easily interact with people from all departments
    - Everyone has a positive attitude and a drive to do great things
    - Moving away from hiring contractors towards full time positions
    - Extremely willing to listen to feedback from people at all levels
    - Embedded QA team makes a huge difference for both projects and team building

    Cons

    - It's still a gaming company, priorities in hiring lean towards engineering and art and away from QA, audio, and design
    - Studio sometimes prone to weaknesses from DICE headquarters and EA as a whole

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Creative decisions should be made in an oligarchical fashion, not a democratic one. Creative decision meetings should focus on a small to medium sized number of people who clearly understand the current needs of the project. Those who get hung up on nitpicky issues or who don't understand the purpose of a feature, document, presentation, or milestone may need to step back until their particular area of expertise is needed.
    - Increased headcount across all departments should be a continued priority.
    - Keep up the modified crunch, it makes a huge difference to morale

    Recommends
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  2.  

    Dice is currently a very successful company which offers great challenges and variations in work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)

    I have been working at DICE (Sweden) full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Do you want a job that is challenging, fun, rewarding and intimate? Then dice is for you. Also, contrary to common beliefe, dice is no longer a "garage company" where people work 24/7. Most people have grown up and are in their 30s and have families. This is wholeheartedly supported by the company. I am able to have a flexible schedule and work from home if I have to to resolve family issues. On the other hand, the job is so fun that I myself tend to work a bit overtime because I want to, never because I am told to. I still get compensation.

    Cons

    The type of enthusiasm that is fostered within a successful game development studio comes with side-effect that people work a lot. I personally work a little bit more than I should mostly because I love my work so much but there have been conflicts at home at times due to this. In general though, if you do not commit to doing something no-one will blame you if it does not get done in time. The challenge here lies in not committing to too much and being very clear about what you do commit to.

    Recommends
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    Good company to work for IF you like Battlefield

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Art in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Current Employee - Art in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)

    I have been working at DICE (Sweden) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great technology, great tools and support for making games
    Nice office in a nice part of the city
    Very experienced team
    Benefits and perks, trips

    Cons

    One trick Pony, you will work exclusively on milking the Battlefield franchise
    Not a creative environment, strong focus on technology rather than design
    Company is not open with their employees, they are informed in a need to know basis
    Talent exchanges between different teams can be very bureaucratic
    Recruitment process misplaces new talent on unwanted roles
    Management heavy, cumbersome internal structure nobody understands
    Long hours are expected without compensation
    Heavy cycling of contractors and outsourcing to China

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Very good place to work at, full of awesome people.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Artist in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Former Employee - Artist in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)

    I worked at DICE (Sweden) as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Co-workers have a high level of competence
    Offices are spacy and nice
    Central location close to food & entertainment

    Cons

    Long hours are common
    Sometimes rather high workload

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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