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Great resume and salary builder, but will ruin your personal life and well being if you stay too long.

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Former Employee - Lead Artist in Santa Monica, CA
Former Employee - Lead Artist in Santa Monica, CA

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

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

The pay is great, Santa Monica is a great location, Hi grossing AAA product. Has a very talented staff.

Cons

Very Political work environment, work ridiculously long hours is just expected, even if you have nothing to do, they want you in just because others are coming in. Did I mention that it is very political. Favoritism runs rampant.

Advice to Management

Plan better and save money and your teams well being by not having to redo work over and over again. Take a look at who is running the company below CEO level and vet everyone, because if you weren't handed such a massive IP, I doubt they would be as successful as they are.

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  1. Helpful (4)

    Free Dinners - 'Cause you'll be crunching

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Treyarch full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    AAA Game known by all
    Generally talented employees wanting to make great games
    Project bonuses for those that give up their lives

    Cons

    Culture of fear, power consolidation, and extreme crunch
    Production driven, very little opportunity for innovation
    Stagnant vision from creatives - too scared of upsetting ATVI

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with openness and respect. Rampant turnover will continue stifling quality and creativity as long as the crunch culture is in effect.

  2. Helpful (4)

    Cruel and fearful environment

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    Former Employee - Art Lead in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Art Lead in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Treyarch full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Learned much about delivering product, what it takes to get it done. Nice location. Original owners were amazing leaders and great men. The company it was prior to the addition of their latest franchise was a very different and creative place.

    Cons

    Team run through fear and intimidation, with yearly layoffs despite selling the biggest selling game of all time two titles running. Power heavily consolidated among an extremely small upper level group, making creative contribution nearly impossible. Mid level management leads hold on to power through careful review tactics that keep the ambitious at bay.

    You will be run you right out of the company for not being a yes man. As a lower level manager, no dissent was welcome, no matter how well informed.

    Many have worked so many hours that it has damaged home and personal life. The personal cost of working here is tremendous. You might think this to be sour grapes, but the volume of shared opinion among former employees contradicts that.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up your act. Very mean, cruel, and harsh towards employees who helped build this successful franchise. Your reputation throughout the industry is very very poor, in spite of your commercial success.

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