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Phenomenal place to grow and create

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Ubisoft full-time (More than 5 years)

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Exceptional autonomy to grow and drive the business as you see fit. I think what a lot of the people leaving negative comments about the company don't realize is compared to other big multinational companies, there is significantly less politics than they think, at least in North America. The culture is entrepreneurial which makes for interesting and engaging work. Nothing is really out of bounds so long as it makes sense/has a good payout. Management is highly protective of its workers and go to great lengths, even if it isn't immediately clear to the average worker, to protect their jobs. To me the culture is a nice balance between big company structure and small company freedom. Compensation, if you can make it past the first year or two and prove yourself, improves dramatically. The people are really a lot of fun and good to work with. Those that are not are usually not there long.

Cons

I don't disagree with some of the other comments listed. Upperward growth past a "director" level on the commercial side is difficult as there is just nowhere to go. Senior team members rarely move out of the company. While the 'shoot from the hip' style is mostly fun, there is a lot of room for improvement around the discipline of the business. Several top managers have grown from inside the organization and so have no understanding of different business techniques or strategies beyond what they themselves have implemented. Further, some mid to top level managers struggle with managing people and have had neither the necessary training nor the role modeling they need to be truly effective leaders. Training is not a part of the culture, as another reviewer pointed out and this clearly needs to be addressed as an necessity to retain top talent. All that said, guess what, every company has a litany of issues it needs to address. Ubi is no exception. Despite these issues, it is a phenomenal place and industry to work in with more upside than down. Grain of salt for the disgruntled reviewers who have left and want to leave a swath of destruction behind them.

Advice to Management

Focus more overtly on career paths for your top people. Address the thinking that you must be French to be a senior leader globally. Focus on traing in a way that you never have, go all in. Take specific time out of the week to focus solely on the strategies and people and bring them to life. See the forest for the trees and try to stay out of the minutiae as much as possible.

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  1. A Great Group of People in a Laid-back Environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ubisoft full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - intelligent, hard-working, friendly people - laid-back company culture - good location with lots of good restaurants

    Cons

    - compensation not competitive - not many perks (free soda, trail mix) - too much bureaucracy to get things done


  2. Helpful (1)

    North American office has lots of good people

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ubisoft full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    There are some great people in the North American office, many of whom have strong backgrounds in game industry marketing. There is a good balance of experience and fresh ideas. Has weathered the economic storm relatively well and hasn't had to lay off employees. Ubisoft prioritizes keeping its talent and does what it can to avoid layoffs. The upper management in North America does their best to foster good company culture and new ideas despite what seems like a frustrating lack of room to grow for those upper executives.

    Cons

    There is some tension between North American and EMEA operations. As the company grows larger, they are becoming more risk averse and rely on sequels. Anyone who isn't French probably doesn't have a great chance of reaching the highest levels in the company. Seemingly somewhat stingy with compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Keep supporting your employees well and allow them to take some risks to keep Ubisoft at the forefront of the industry.


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