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Gameloft Reviews in Canada

Updated October 2, 2014
Updated October 2, 2014
209 Reviews
3.1
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Gameloft Président-Directeur Général Michel Guillemot
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Pros
  • Flexible work hours and casual work environment (in 14 reviews)

  • Great people around you, great place to learn new skills, pretty good payment, (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance has improved in the past years but could use improvement (in 8 reviews)

  • Expect lots of overtime because someone from HQ wanted something changed (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good teams Bad Management

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    Former Employee - Game Designer
    Former Employee - Game Designer

    I worked at Gameloft full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - mostly good people to work with and teams that are mostly effective a great place to get started
    - some of the company's IP is really cool and unique to the mobile space
    - good office cultue, fairly relaxed but still productive
    - beer fridays

    Cons

    - HQ micromanages projects to the point of destroying them
    - Game designers are prevented from doing their jobs
    - little to no access to management
    - moving away from older IP to chase what is hot now

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Course correct back to old unique IPs and away from whatever is hot. Chasing the latest thing is a sure path to ruin, those markets are already flooded and by the time the games are done the moment is done anyway. Go back to to the old games.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay place to start at, terrible place to stay in. (Toronto Office)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Gameloft full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Some of the people are fun to work with.

    Cons

    There's a Hierarchy of Incompetence that cannot be beat. The higher up in the ladder you go, the more incompetent the people are. HQ is located in France and is full of people who don't know how mobile games work, and just chase trends that have expired. All of the creative input goes through to France and gets turned down in favour of their own ideas. Expect lots of overtime because someone from HQ wanted something changed. It doesn't stop at HQ, if for any moment you question a decision made by your direct superior they will inevitably go complain to one of the studio managers who will pull you aside and say that one day when you have a subordinate you can boss them around however you like.

    There's no real job security, although it's hard to find that in the games industry as a whole sometimes, but I've witnessed someone get fired because someone at HQ wanted to show off an incomplete game and it had bugs in it, so we lost a member of our team.

    No chance of promotion, as they prefer to keep their hierarchy intact, so they just take on new hires instead of allowing the talent that is there to move up.

    Got laid off, and it was the best thing that ever happened to me.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Nice place to work...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gameloft

    Pros

    Nice benefits and great environment to work in, and co-workers are great. Very flexible work hours and a stress free environment.

    Cons

    The company values revenue over quality by delivering more and more uninteresting small projects. Inexperienced and poorly trained management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good to start

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good place to get experience in game industry.

    Cons

    Unpaid overtime and a very poor management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pretty decent workplace

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Tester in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - QA Tester in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, good benefits, nice workplace

    Cons

    Not much room for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train and promote your employees rather than hire new ones.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    A good point of entry into game industry, that's it.

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    Former Employee - Programmer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Programmer in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Gameloft full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to get experience in game industry. Most of people are very friendly and willing to help you in the learning process.

    Cons

    If you can't speak French, it will be a problem. They don't trust the employees very much. Work hours are crazy, you might have to work until late at night or on the weekend - without overtime payment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Much, much better than before. Surely going to keep on getting better too.

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    Current Employee - Game Designer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Game Designer in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    3 things:

    1) Gameloft has turned a complete 180. They used to be notorious for mass layoffs after canceled project, but over the last 3-4 years the local management has done a tremendously good job at minimizing both of those.

    2) They've become much better at highlighting positive work habits and achievements. It used to be a rarity to be told "good work", now I hear it on a regular and it really does make a huge difference in my job satisfaction.

    3) Because of the relative small size of our teams, you don't get the feeling of being a cog in the wheel. We have a lot of power and decision making to shape the games the way we want them to be (within reason), as long as we don't mess with monetization philosophies of course.

    Cons

    3 things:

    1) The games we make are all freemium now and are all clones of existing franchises.. Without exception. If you work here you have to be prepared to have a really hard time getting a job in AAA. If you're ok with making mobile or web/facebook games as a career choice, then go for it. Otherwise, think twice before accepting a job at Gameloft. Other mobile devs will flock to you, but traditional game developers will look down at your experience here.

    2) The salaries are significantly lower than the competition.

    3) They really are stingy when it comes to spending on their employees. Many of the benefits other companies have on a weekly or even daily basis are provided at Gameloft every few months (breakfasts, lunches, etc...). There are too few social activities and events.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make some original games for consoles, even if they are non-freemium versions of games you're already making. The pay-off will be worth it, you'll help shake off some of your reputation, and you'll make some of your employees much happier.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very busy but very rewarding.

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    Current Employee - Lead VFX in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Lead VFX in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    - There are lots of projects, passionate people. Sometimes it feels roller-coaster adrenaline driven pace between several projects... depending on your point of view it can be very rewarding.
    - Your hard work heavily taken into account.
    - Personally career progression has been very rewarding, I have no complains whatsoever on this area.

    Cons

    The busy schedule, high pressure, bigger than yourself tasks it's not for everybody. And even though you can choose not to take this path, sometimes you are sucked in and forced on a super fast paced varied production.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Our studio management is full of highly competent, talented people. Sadly sometimes all their good decisions and actions are overridden by a few high powered world-wide upper-upper management. These 'higher than everybody' decisions looks like they are frequently hasty, last minute panic mode choices that more often than not becomes detrimental to the games, production schedule and moral level of the team.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    When its good its fun (if your not a push over)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Gameloft part-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Some genuinely great people in your boat.

    Cons

    Slave labour, thats what you are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It should be a launch pad to better companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good to get your foot in the door, bad in the long run

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Game Programmer in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Game Programmer in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Not a whole lot really, apart from having it on your resume which is widely recognized.

    Cons

    -HQ is in Paris and tries to control everything from there.
    -Complete lack of control of the project for a programmer.
    -No explanation as to why things are being changed sometimes.
    -LOTS of overtime, weekdays and weekends with no extra pay.
    -Very bad management of developers, sometimes everyone at the studio is one on project and other projects are on hold.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow the local producers/designers some more control and stop changing everything all the time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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