Vicarious Visions

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2 people found this helpful  

A great place to start right out of school,but get what you need and get out!

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menands, NY
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Menands, NY

I have been working at Vicarious Visions

Pros

Friendly work environment
Good facilities
A good place to start a career and make contacts
Surrounded by very talented people

Cons

Poor morale
Promotions from hourly to salary often result in pay cuts
Tired franchises
Burnout is inevitable
Deadlines are far more important than quality of work
Very little incentive for large amounts of work

Doesn't Recommend

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Talented people, poor structure.

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    Current Employee - Artist in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Artist in Albany, NY

    I have been working at Vicarious Visions

    Pros

    Great people. Lovely Albany provides access to some great sites.

    Cons

    Bloated management. Too many meetings. Little room for creative growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose half of the management staff and focus on making games.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Down to earth talented studio, marred by inept elite middle management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY

    I have been working at Vicarious Visions

    Pros

    Great people, with a friendly and open atmosphere. Interdisciplinary collaboration is a plus. Upper management tries their best to be as open and honest as possible. Bonus plan sometimes pays well. Nice areas available to raise a family.

    Cons

    Long and harsh winters are rough. High NY State and property taxes. Activision decides what titles their studios produce, which causes a lack of game innovation, and tends to take the safe route over the high risk high reward approach. Game titles are boring. Too many unnecessary meetings interrupt production. Constantly trying to push tool development is tiresome, and the in house tools are extremely poor for an engineering focused company. Studio is always playing catch up to match the quality output of competitors. The higher you climb, the view starts to get uglier.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to create more incentive for talented people to want to come and stay here.
    Be more accountable for failures instead of pointing the finger. Turning a blind eye towards office morale for too long has left a bad taste in the mouths of many.
    Paying people what it takes to keep them employed rather than what they are actually worth is bad business. Just because employees may not speak up about this does not mean they do not know what is going on. Allowing practices such as this go unaddressed for too long eventually forces very talented people to leave. Remember the saying, “Good people leave bad managers”.
    Take care of your employees and they will take care of your products, which benefits everyone in the end.

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