Gearbox Software

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Gearbox Software Reviews

Updated September 13, 2014
Updated September 13, 2014
4 Reviews
3.9
4 Reviews

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    Amazing Company to Work For...if You're not QA

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great family-like culture. Lots of wonderful, inspiring people eager to collaborate with one another. A great place to grow artistically and professionally.

    Borderlands is a blast to work on and the amount of love from the fan community provides a great sense of personal reward & satisfaction.

    Open company communication, mostly transparent culture from the top down. Company quarterly meanings openly broadcast earnings and updates all full time employees on what the road map for the future is.

    Gearbox pays modest, yet comfortable salaries but has a very generous and forward-thinking quarterly royalty bonus program based on an employee's SENIORITY (it's not based on managerial position or how well you can play office politics) that can have enormous payoff. Full time employees that have been there 8-10 years have made over 6 figure bonuses from the Borderlands franchise. I personally doubled my year's salary in one check after the release of Borderlands 2.

    Employees can still see great reward staying in a position of creativity instead of having to work their way up to management to achieve a higher salary or personal growth.

    Relaxed schedule for when employees have to be at work. Employees can make their own hours as long as they are present at meetings. Most people arrive between 10-11 and stay between 6-7.

    One hour every day (5pm) can be spent playing a game.

    Good health and dental plans.

    There is a 'development bonus' reimbursement program up to $1k a year for all full time employees if they spend money on a new computer, console, gym membership or equipment/software related to their profession.

    Usually teams are given paid compensation time after finishing a project. This is usually a week or two off not included in the employees 2 weeks paid vacation per year.

    The Dallas-Forth Worth area is very affordable. Owning a home is easy.

    Gearbox throws really fun parties. Release parties are usually massive and spectacular, bringing in top notch talent music acts such as The Crystal Method, Nero, The Heavy, DJ Jazzy Jeff and more. The Christmas party has a gift giving game that is fun to participate in.

    Cons

    For QA testers, there is hardly a way forward for personal growth. They are paid barely above minimum wage, receive no benefits and there is no real reward for staying loyal to the company & testing their games for years. Every now and then, but rarely, ambitious and hard working QA testers can move up into QA lead roles or into production roles. Upper management doesn't seem to have much empathy for them.

    Hours can sometimes be longer than desired.

    No company gym to work out in.

    Dallas is uninteresting culturally for most artistic types. Landscape is flat and boring. Many employees say Gearbox would be 'perfect' if located in a different city.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to give QA a path forward or at least compensate loyal and hard working QA with some sort of departmentally shared bonus that can be earned after a year or two.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    QA Tester, great place to get your feet wet to figure out next steps

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - QA Tester in Plano, TX
    Former Employee - QA Tester in Plano, TX

    I worked at Gearbox Software as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to work with a free hour of game time.
    You get to work with some of the best talent in the industry.
    Plano is a relatively cheap place to live

    Cons

    low pay, long hours and job security. This is pretty typical in the gaming industry though especially with QA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More Borderlands!

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

    Poor leadership, organization

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

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of smart folks here, including some standout talents who could do very well at any studio in the industry.
    The business is in good shape and likely will improve as a result of the next game release.

    Cons

    There is very little leadership present. No process, almost no project management, extremely outdated attitude toward qa.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn about current generation software development practices.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great people, great games, okay leadership.

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

    I have been working at Gearbox Software full-time

    Pros

    Gearbox makes some of the most interesting and "fun to work on" games in the industry. You won't generally be sitting around doing the same old Call of Duty-esque linear game grind; with some notable exceptions Gearbox's games tend to be pretty systemic and interesting to work on.

    Additionally, the people there are extremely talented and, save for a few, very easy to work with.

    Cons

    If you're around for long enough, you will never be fired or chastized in any significant way. Additionally, the owners endeavor to have a lot of creative influence in the games which is often useful, but is off base just as often. The company also tries to make too many games at the same time, which always results in at least one of the games suffering.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on fewer projects at once and trust your employees to make creative decisions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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