THQ Reviews

Updated May 19, 2015
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  1. A lot of wasted work, poorest management top to bottom I have ever seen

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Artist in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Artist in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at THQ full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice benefits, challenging work, great games to work on

    Cons

    Some of the worst managers I have ever seen were at THQ. Nothing but politics got anyone ahead. No vision. There was no clue as to how to develop creative IP, or even understand why existing IP was successful. Marketing called the shots = recipe for disaster. Some managers were bullies, creating the idea that it was ok for other staff to bully...other managers were awol, still others were focused on protecting domains... real leaders were chased away.

    Advice to Management

    It's too late. You ruined some great possibilities and franchises. You wasted decades worth of work by failing to competently green-light projects and support them all the way through release before second-guessing and eating the cost of half-developed projects.


  2. Was good while it lasted.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at THQ

    Pros

    Great people at the San Diego studio - lots of smart and talented teammates. Employees were treated well, plenty of snacks, flexible hours, had to work some overtime but not horrible.

    Cons

    Typical game company stuff - occasional crunch time near the milestones, but not as bad as the hours I've heard of at other places.


  3. Awesome

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

    I worked at THQ full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This was a great place to work, made great friends and my name in a game, what more do you need?
    They were good in teaching you the skills you need to test as well as giving you a week off for Christmas and new years, which is great if you like to visit family out of town. The hours were good and the location wasn't that far away from where I lived and was able to get to it from the freeway.

    Cons

    I had no issues while working here, all the people and the company were great, it just sucked when they were shut down...


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  5. Unorganized company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at THQ full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people I worked with were insanely passionate, very talented about making games and a great group of individuals

    Cons

    The structure of the studio was in flux and no one knew who was responsible for what which led to a great deal of confusion and frustration.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to trust your team


  6. What might have been

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director of Marketing in Agoura Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Director of Marketing in Agoura Hills, CA

    I have been working at THQ full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good products, good people at the working level.

    Cons

    Exec level there seemed to be a lot of Hollywood style BS going on.


  7. Company was Poorly managed company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Agoura Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Agoura Hills, CA

    I have been working at THQ full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    THQ was close to my residence, making commuting in the soCal area bearable.

    Cons

    The company downsized teams regularly and Sr. Management was solely interested in making a cheap profit, often at the expense of clients and internal quality.


  8. Poor leadership

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at THQ full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Started out as a decent place to work

    Cons

    High pay, raises and bonus given to people who didn't deserve it.


  9. Fun, laid back company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Trade Marketing Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Trade Marketing Coordinator in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at THQ full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Many opportunities for growth and career advancements

    Cons

    Many things fall through the cracks due to laid back culture

    Advice to Management

    Develop and keep in place processes for budget management and revenue management


  10. Great Company, Great People

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Dallas, TX

    I worked at THQ full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You get to work with the best people in the industry and take part in a meaningful project. Good standards amongst the various studios.

    Cons

    Sometimes you are required to work long hours, as expected near the end of a project. It is compensated for, however when you work light hours at the start of a project.


  11. It was pretty relaxed and fun. Bad management brought the company down.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Agoura Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Director in Agoura Hills, CA

    I have been working at THQ full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None, since the company is out of bushiness now

    Cons

    Out of business, so it doesn't matter now.



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