THQ Reviews

Updated July 8, 2015
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  1. It's Make or Break for THQ

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Artist in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Artist in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at THQ

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

    Pros

    Right now there are few, but if the company survives its current situation, opportunities will be there as the studios expand once again

    Cons

    Morale is currently very low, products not receiving support, management seems lost, career opportunities are slim, work environment seems political and strained.

    Advice to Management

    Cultivate and reward strong leadership over populist management qualities in those placed in decision making positions. Make yourselves able to bear risks of developing new IP rather than relying on history and what everyone else is doing as a model for geenlighting projects. Find great creative teams and turn them loose and support them.


  2. Middle of the road video game publisher.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Game Programmer in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Game Programmer in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at THQ

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working at THQ gives you the ability to work in the video game industry, which is quite appealing these days. Additionally, they are working on every single platform, so the idea of having the ability to work on the platform you're interested in is good for THQ. My experience is only in the Carlsbad studios so it is not a reflection of the entire company, but instead, just a few studios.

    Cons

    THQ's value proposition appears to be to provide games at a good value to consumers. They don't have breakthrough products in the console or handheld or mobile space. This is reflected in their pay scale, which is generally to purchase value employees rather than superstars.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people who are strong at their positions and know what their responsibilities include. It seems that they want volume and value more than quality.


  3. Corporate Director

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

    I worked at THQ full-time

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

    Pros

    Great company that instills ownership to it's people

    Cons

    Top down strategy changes too often, and afraid of taking risks.


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  5. Okay environment with okay products

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at THQ (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    People, game room, soda and great parties

    Cons

    Salaries, management, benefits and not much room to grow


  6. They are no more

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

    I worked at THQ (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits, cool environment and awesome co workers

    Cons

    promotions were a little messed up. Management failed to see the big picture


  7. Strong potentials

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Character Artist, Concept Artist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Character Artist, Concept Artist in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

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

    Pros

    Strong potentials in its new direction and some very capable employees

    Cons

    Mismanagement, lack of studio structure, bad studio culture

    Advice to Management

    Unqualified staff should not be in their positions


  8. Good

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of great people here.

    Cons

    Everything is running fairly smoothly


  9. Very professional studio.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - 3D Animator in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - 3D Animator in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Professional, Teamwork, Learning Experience, Personal Growth

    Cons

    Human Resources department could use some more communication to the employees

    Advice to Management

    No particular advice.


  10. peaks and valleys

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    amazing people at the studio level

    Cons

    rocky security at times due to market fluctuations

    Advice to Management

    trust in the professionals


  11. Great People, Poor Leadership

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant

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

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

    Pros

    The people are great and the work/life balance is great. Jason Rubin has a great vision for the company, it will just take a while for his ideas to go through the regular game development cycle.

    Cons

    Senior Management is horrible. Many changes have been made, but the largest problems in management have not yet been addressed.



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