Idol Minds Reviews

Updated June 5, 2014
Updated June 5, 2014
4 Reviews

3.3
4 Reviews

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Mark Lyons
3 Ratings

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  1.  

    Good studio, good people, production leaves room for improvement

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    Current Employee - Designer  in  Louisville, CO
    Current Employee - Designer in Louisville, CO

    I have been working at Idol Minds full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -Solid games and IPs
    -Great, passionate people
    -Everyone becomes friends
    -Challenging work

    Cons

    -Schedules and specifications are could be communicated and documented better
    -Overtime hours that could be mitigated with better production

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some structure and better planning would go a long way in deliverables and quality of life

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great ownership, very fun place to work if you don't mind the occasional crunch period.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer  in  Louisville, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer in Louisville, CO

    I worked at Idol Minds full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The founder and technical director of Idol Minds, Mark Lyons, is an extremely talented visionary with his feet planted firmly on the ground. Business has been around since 1997 which is rare in the indy games biz. Great perks and benefits and Louisville is rated #1 place to live in the nation!

    Cons

    Occasional crunch periods are the norm. Like all indy game studios, projects are always at risk of being cancelled.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Poorly managed studio.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Idol Minds

    Pros

    Good co-workers, great benefits, okay range of games to work on

    Cons

    Bad management, zero concept of scheduling, constant crunch, frequent layoffs, all eggs in one basket (sony)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the owner as a manager, fire the VP, hire managers that actually have managerial training and experience. Stick to schedules...after learning to schedule.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Idol Minds full-time

    Pros

    Culture was great, friendly, open.

    Cons

    Company has folded and revived at least 3 times. No reliable back-up plan when it really mattered.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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