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Sinking ship

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richardson, TX

I have been working at id Software full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

The history of the company and the possibility of working on the next big thing is a powerful draw. The pay is reasonable, and there are still some really good people here trying to make the best of the situation. If you're a strong, self-motivated individual, you'll get a chance to learn a lot and grow more than you would at other companies.

Cons

The upper management. Hands down they are the most incompetant, arrogant, and untrustworthy managers I've ever worked for in over ten years in this industry. They are doing such a horrible job that we've lost over a hundred people, including John Carmack, in the last two years. They're bleeding the company dry of time, money, and talent; before they all bail with their golden parachutes. Zenimax is a patient, supportive publisher that takes a hands off approach, which normally would be great, but in this case is allowing the management to waste their time and money. People sit around untasked for weeks or months at a time, until the next publisher demo, so there is lots of time for people to sit around and be nasty to each or play politics to grab whatever favor they can. There is no chance for advancement or career growth, and Zenimax has stopped giving bonuses because the studio consistently fails to deliver. The game itself is re-invented every six months to a year, so there is no foward progress to show for the last two years.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Zenimax needs to step in and take a hard look at the people they have running the studio. We need drastic changes and real leadership if id software is going to survive into the next generation. To their credit, Zenimax recently installed a corporate "spy" to report to the board about what's going on, but we need real action to confront the challenges we face as a company.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work with some of the best in the industry

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

    I have been working at id Software full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Easily the best place if you're a proactive employee. Being proactive can be rewarding and it's highly encouraged, including working with the latest technology and pushing forward toolsets.

    Cons

    A lot of ego and jaded developers. A large number of employees who feel entitled to be included on every decision and actively bash the company and it's leadership every moment they can get. It makes for a hostile and unenjoyable work environment for the employees who actively want to contribute and make things better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut losses and bring in new, fresh talent. The only way to rebirth id is to keep the employees who care to make a difference and bring in a new generation of game developers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    State of change

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Level Designer in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Level Designer in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at id Software full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very creative individuals, awesome vision, and the technology (both software and hardware) you get to work with is top of the line.

    Cons

    The studio has had quite a lot of growing pains expanding from a one team studio to a 3 team (and now back to 1 team?) studio. Be wary of months of crunch and high stress situations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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