High Voltage

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High Voltage Reviews

Updated July 20, 2014
Updated July 20, 2014
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    It's the Game Industry on a Small Scale

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    Former Employee - Artist in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Former Employee - Artist in Hoffman Estates, IL

    I worked at High Voltage full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great location!
    Talented and friendly staff. Often feels like family.
    Creative ideas and high energy.
    Extremely professional and helpful HR department.
    Solid PTO policy for those who stay with the company more than 2 years
    Great place to start your game career.

    Cons

    Many Long hours
    Average to lower than average pay
    Micromanaging from exec level.
    The ideas and creative direction from higher up consistently lacked the vision necessary for success in the game industry. This hurt the job security of the entire staff.
    A handful of employees (higher up and lower) are often kept around and given preferential treatment due to friendships with management / owner, regardless of job performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actively seek out and listen to your staff. Encourage open honesty even if it conflicts with your own views. Different perspectives can't hurt. Welcome their ideas and offer incentives to those who want to bring success to HVS with their ideas and passion. There are brilliant people with ideas that you haven't been capitalizing on.

    Don't be afraid of hiring experienced and established individuals from outside of the company to drive your creative direction and game design.

    Recommends
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    Good place to start in the field, but leave as soon as you can.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hoffman Estates, IL

    I have been working at High Voltage full-time

    Pros

    Fun, talented coworkers.
    Free food in the kitchen.
    Halloween party.

    Cons

    Poor compensation.
    Several employees are given preferential treatment due to friendships with management or the owner, regardless of job performance.
    Long hours without compensation, usually due to the poor planning of management and certain individuals who under-perform without repercussion.
    Creative demands and micromanagement from higher up usually conflict with direction and vision of a project as laid out by those put in charge of developing the game, often to the detriment of the project.
    Employees are treated with undue paranoia resulting in blocking of certain websites, baseless accusations and keeping those in the trenches from working effectively.
    Too many managers/producers and not enough developers/artists.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to really get to know your employees and what they do for the company. Reward people based upon their contributions, not how much fun you have while hanging out with them or if they're willing to wash your car.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A foot in the door, but expect to be treated poorly

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at High Voltage full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers, interesting array of projects to work on, and a fairly competitive PTO package are all strong positives.

    Cons

    Extremely long/forgiving hours, frequently because of mismanagement/poor decision making. Poor IT staff, hardware, etc. Salary isn't competitive at all, which, for a starter job wouldn't be terrible - except with the forced overtime and poor treatment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees, end the nepotism, and go back to caring. Things used to be a lot better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great friends, and great starter company

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Hoffman Estates, IL

    I worked at High Voltage full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to get your feet wet in the game industry and make lots of game industry connections

    Cons

    Long hours, micro-managment from exec level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't clock watch your employees and discipline the individuals that disobey company policy instead of instituting company wide mandates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    artist at high voltage

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    Current Employee - Artist in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Current Employee - Artist in Hoffman Estates, IL

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

    Pros

    it is in the suburbs

    Cons

    treat employees poorly overall bad company to work for

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Family friendly, but poor benefits

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hoffman Estates, IL

    I have been working at High Voltage

    Pros

    Understanding that family comes before work, casual environment, flexible work hours

    Cons

    Almost non-existent benefits. Sub-par health insurance, no 401k match, no bonuses or anything else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend some extra money on benefits to keep employee happiness higher.

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great location, crazy policies

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at High Voltage full-time

    Pros

    Easy commute for those not living in the city
    Working on video games is awesome
    You get to work with some extremeley talented, fun, smart people.

    Cons

    Company policies regarding exactly when and how you take your breaks is a moral killer.
    Upper management sometimes acts like a babysitter rather then an employer of mature adults.
    More respect is given to people who work longer hours, even if those hours are not spent productively, just because someone is at their desk 12 hours, doesn't mean they are working!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with respect and loyalty, and your employees with respond by being reliable, happy, hardworking and loyal.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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