THQ Reviews

Updated March 22, 2015
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  1. Past its sell by date

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in Agoura Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Agoura Hills, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Nice location. The admins are fantastic.

    Cons

    Executive leadership and board could not possibly be more asleep at the wheel. Taking a share price from $33 to .45 is amazing. What is most impressive as to how much they go from one head of studios to another despite the lack of portfolio or games studio experience. Snake oil salesman and snake oil buyers, the board and exec teams deserve each other.

    Advice to Management

    Resign before you run out of studios to crash.

  2. review of toy headquarters, or THQ:

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked 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

    good tuition reimbursal, made some good games in the past:

    Cons

    poor management, dumb ideas, and no clue of what it takes to make a quality product.

    Advice to Management

    fire yourselves and and hire people that know WTF they are doing!

  3. Poor leadership glaringly obvious in company performance

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Global Brand Manager in Agoura Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Global Brand Manager in Agoura Hills, CA

    I have been working at THQ

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, comparable benefits and salary

    Cons

    Inept management. that fails to see simple dollars and cents

    No accountability

    Advice to Management

    Hold leaders accountability for the company's steep decline and situation

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  5. I met a lot of great coworkers.

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    Former Employee - QA Tester in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - QA Tester in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at THQ

    Pros

    -People are dedicated and hardworking almost to a fault sometimes.
    -Alot of great energy and positive attitudes all around.

    Cons

    -QA always feels like it's expendable.

    Advice to Management

    hope upper management gets its act together and doesn't sink the company further into the ground.

  6. New Employee and Ready to Leave

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager Level in Agoura Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Manager Level in Agoura Hills, CA

    I have been working at THQ

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - great boss
    - nice medical benefits
    - nice to have christmas closure

    Cons

    - R&D old and tired
    - IT non-existent and old school
    - leadership needs to lead

    Advice to Management

    I recently joined THQ and unfortunate to admit a mistake. People are nice, but company is stale and negative. For a software development company very antiquated management and systems. IT non-existent, servers are from 1990's with analog phones. NEW R&D BLOOD - THQ needs a hit. What about kid games like Mario Bros? Something beyond wrestling. Good luck!

  7. Good experience.

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    Former Employee - Game Artist in Moorpark, CA
    Former Employee - Game Artist in Moorpark, CA

    I worked at THQ

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and working environment.

    Cons

    Turn over rate for projects.

  8. THQ doesn't provide much opportunity to those who work hard and prove themselves.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Champaign, IL

    I have been working at THQ

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    My company has a great working environment with lots of fantastic colleagues, decent benefits, rewarding in and of itself work, with some perks.

    Cons

    My company doesn't seem to believe in hiring from within, and the few that have been elevated were promptly laid off despite good reviews and performance.

    Advice to Management

    There is lots of talent within the company, but they are overworked with not very much support. We make titles for a third of what the competition does and it shows.

  9. Insane hours

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Agoura Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Agoura Hills, CA

    I have been working at THQ

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

    Pros

    Friendly people w/ great attitudes - great cafeteria and numerous hours that will help get you plenty of money. Decent parking.

    Cons

    Too many hours, bug quota got a little tiring. People expected too much out of you. That's about it.

  10. Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Agoura Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Agoura Hills, CA

    I worked at THQ

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay and great benefits.

    Cons

    Work very long hours and no work flexibility.

    Advice to Management

    Have more work from home options

  11. Helpful (1)

    Pleasant place to work at, but advancement can be a challenge.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Accounting-Finance in Agoura Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Accounting-Finance in Agoura Hills, CA

    I worked at THQ

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, good benefits, and top levels of management are approachable. Opportunity to work on a variety of projects, and see your improvements implemented. The industry is growing, and you'll learn some valuable skills that can be transferred elsewhere.

    Cons

    Staff level pay is below average for the field, and there is not much of a formal career path. Promotions seem arbitrary, and there are too many Manager to Director level people who seem to do little except delegate everything to the staff. I've seen very talented employees stuck in the same roles because they're needed to run day-to-day operations. Lesser employees are promoted to supervise. THQ is a wonderful place to work day-to-day, just year-on-year seems like a dead end.

    Advice to Management

    Take a hard look at the middle management structure of Associate Managers, Managers, Senior Managers, and Directors. Too many chiefs, not enough Indians. A good number of managers don't even have any direct reports.

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