THQ Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
74 Reviews
3.1
74 Reviews
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THQ Chairman & CEO Brian J. Farrell
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people at the San Diego studio - lots of smart and talented teammates (in 7 reviews)

  • Good products, good people at the working level (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management was a Little disconnected (in 7 reviews)

  • Work very long hours and no work flexibility (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

  2.  

    New Employee and Ready to Leave

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    Current Employee - Manager Level  in  Agoura Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Manager Level in Agoura Hills, CA

    I have been working at THQ

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good experience.

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

    I worked at THQ

    Pros

    Great atmosphere and working environment.

    Cons

    Turn over rate for projects.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Insane hours

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance  in  Agoura Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Agoura Hills, CA

    I have been working at THQ

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    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

    Pros

    Good pay and great benefits.

    Cons

    Work very long hours and no work flexibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have more work from home options

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Accounting-Finance  in  Agoura Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Accounting-Finance in Agoura Hills, CA

    I worked at THQ

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good place to work, friendly and family oriented.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at THQ

    Pros

    Environment, easy going, and benefits.

    Cons

    I had a horrible supervisor. Some positions were promoted with so many questions. No valid reasons for the people being layed off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure your supervisors are actually working and just friends of the head honcho's.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    stop being distracted by the voices of C level execs with their own agendas and listen to those on the frontlines

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    Former Employee - Human Resources  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at THQ

    Pros

    great people, fantastic communication, united in causes and goals

    Cons

    company is struggling financially but it seems senior management is implementing a solid plan to pull out of the crisis

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your employees

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good bennies, decent place to work

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA

    I worked at THQ

    Pros

    Better benefits than EA. They had a very nice 401k that matched dollar for dollar; EA only matched maybe 25 cents on the dollar. They had ESPP which is always nice.

    Cons

    You end up working on derivative titles, similar to Acti or EA. The upper/middle management at the location seemed to be a little less experienced than perhaps elsewhere in the industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just because someone has years of experience doesn't mean they're competent; brush up the interview process and weed out these people before they join the company.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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