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Ludia Reviews

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
12 Reviews
3.6
12 Reviews
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  1.  

    Fun and relaxed job atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Everyone is very friendly, even your boss.
    There's more and more social activities.
    Game projects are increasing in quality.
    Working conditions have improved over the years: there's now very few overtime, management is clearly doing efforts on employees retention with more benefits and overall transparency with an income scale.

    Cons

    Very few opportunities of advancement or personal development.
    Micromanagement is very present, especially on the game design aspect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ludia clearly has its flaws, but keep showing to your employees that you're willing to improve the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Review

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Many launch, summer and winter holiday parties with generous prizes (example: Playstation 4, Xbox One, iPads, Massages at BOTA and etc.).

    Free breads, fruits, coffee, tea and hot chocolate all year round. Free yummy salads and variety of non-alcoholic beverages every other week that is not pay week. Free beer, wine and variety of chips every Friday.

    Each team gets a budget for team building.

    3 weeks vacation!

    Cons

    Pay and raises are low, even if you do a great job and your project does well. Does not feel like you are valued.

    No where to advance in the company.

    Loud and obnoxious children who do not respect others are tolerated here. Even if they decide to spread their sickness with the entire company every autumn/winter and or if they are incompetent and make poor judgement.

    Usual office politics of favouritism, know what to say and you will get your way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less lavish parties and give people a decent raise/pay.

    Stop being so pretentious and come back down to earth.

    Investigate on problems thoroughly, even if it takes time before dismissing it.

    Management are still nice and decent people. Keep on trying, nobody is perfect.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fun for a year, hard to stay after that if you respect yourself

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    -Nice people, including upper management and CEO

    -Very good "superficial" perks (parties, activities, free stuff), more traditional benefits also decent (free gym membership, healthy snacks, health insurance etc.)

    -Flexible working hours, relaxed environment, cool office

    -Nice location in the Old Port

    -Great work-life balance

    -Impossible to move up, very difficult or impossible to move to other positions within the company

    Cons

    -Salaries are a joke

    -Many completely incompetent people in middle management, most of them have worked at the company from the very beginning, a lot of nepotism (completely useless people are able to hold onto their jobs because their boss is their friend)

    -Many producers/team leads are completely careless which translates to the rest of the team following their example (meeting rooms are always a mess, people don't clean up after themselves in the kitchen)

    -The company offers training/professional development opportunities ONLY if it's in the company's best interest / they will majorly benefit from it

    -HR can be extremely picky when it comes to hiring people, supposedly due to their high standards, although often the rejected applicants end up working in the same position at a different, more successful video game company

    -Despite the scrutiny of HR, most of our recent games have not been very successful at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -I would consider throwing less ridiculously expensive parties and thinking that giving out tons of plastic garbage with the company/game logo makes me feel appreciated. Paying me adequately would make me feel a lot more appreciated.

    -Making the yearly evaluation system better and more transparent (adding more weight to peer evaluations etc.) Just because someone has been at the company for a long time doesn't mean that they're suddenly off the hook.

    -You are well aware of the fact that most people only come to Ludia to learn some new skills and then leave, yet are doing very little to make people stay. Allowing people to grow within the company and offering professional development opportunities would definitely help

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for learning

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ludia

    Pros

    Good office location. Interresting activities. Good people. Good parties.

    Cons

    Company grows too fast to keep in touch with it's own employees. Salaries are close to insulting. Leads and management are not necessarly fit for the job (some are, some are not, flip a coin). Bad office space organisation. Limited creative space and possibilities. Employees are not trusted by management, somewhat like highschool students. Raises are a joke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust people. Help employes grow. Sit back for a year and focus on improving what you already have, secure your base.

    A good senior artist or programmer does not necessarly mean a good lead.

    Start considering projects that your employees will enjoy working on. Maybe at least one IP just for fun?

    Its very nice seeing the profits of the company you work for skyrocket. But when most of your employees are underpaid, it does not exactly work as a motivation. Quite the opposite. Find ways so that your employes feel some part of the profits they help generate end up in their pocket too.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you are young great, if you are mature run away!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Dynamic , young, loud, active, gaming all over, lovely location, people from all backgrounds.

    Cons

    Immature people, lunch thefts, cheap home desks with no drawers or personal space, cheap uncomfortable chairs, crammed together in huge rooms back to back desk to desk while the non technical people sit in lovely private offices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A bit of respect for people who studied and worked for years to reach where they are, while you treat them as if they are school children.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Small company, good people, good benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Tester in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - QA Tester in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Pay can be very good if you are an able negotiator and full range of dental and health insurance, Access to a free gym (that may not be the case anymore)

    Cons

    The company, like most other videogames company, rely heavily on overtime, especialy for the QA staff in order to meet deadlines.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    2D-3D Artist

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - 2D-3D Artist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - 2D-3D Artist in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    -Great work atmosphere and teams
    -Professional attitudes
    -Fun social activities, events, benefits ect.
    -Additional bonus

    Cons

    -none I can think of at the moment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

    Fun

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Programmer in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Fun, good project management, good office location

    Cons

    Low Salaries, no trainings, too little activities

    Recommends
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fun

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

    I have been working at Ludia

    Pros

    It's fun, cool people, laidback

    Cons

    not paid enough, not enough resources

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People deserve what they're worth

    Recommends
  11.  

    Ludia is a very fun and dynamic place to work, everyone on I've had the opportunity to meet was great.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - 3D Artist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - 3D Artist in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Ludia

    Pros

    - Great work atmosphere
    - Fun and dynamic teams
    - Good organization of projects and work flow
    - Professional approach

    Cons

    - Licensed games only
    - Competitive pay for employees is in process, but has not been fully established yet. (however they are currently working on this aspect)

    Recommends

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