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THQ Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
75 Reviews
3.1
75 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good bennies, decent place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    It's Make or Break for THQ

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Artist in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Artist in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at THQ

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Middle of the road video game publisher.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Game Programmer in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Game Programmer in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at THQ

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    They are no more

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

    I worked at THQ (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, cool environment and awesome co workers

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Strong potentials

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    Strong potentials in its new direction and some very capable employees

    Cons

    Mismanagement, lack of studio structure, bad studio culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unqualified staff should not be in their positions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Very professional studio.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - 3D Animator in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - 3D Animator in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Professional, Teamwork, Learning Experience, Personal Growth

    Cons

    Human Resources department could use some more communication to the employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No particular advice.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    Lots of great people here.

    Cons

    Everything is running fairly smoothly

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    peaks and valleys

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an year)

    Pros

    amazing people at the studio level

    Cons

    rocky security at times due to market fluctuations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    trust in the professionals

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Short, but sweet time in QA at THQ.

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

    I worked at THQ as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, Soda fountain, Nice people, People willing to take time out of their schedule to have meetings with you about job careers.

    Cons

    When on tough times the company tends to cut down on a lot of employees not excluding QA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on productivity and providing QA with a means to integrate better with the Dev employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Old timer that is nice but naive

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

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

    Pros

    - Professional talent
    - Good opportunity to work on many different IP's (both in-house IP's and licensed)
    - Multi-cultural teams
    - Occasionally take brave risks (de Blob, Deadly Creatures, uDraw tablet, Saints Row 3)

    Cons

    - Management means well but slow to react to industry trends (totally missed social/mobile revolution)
    - Failed to build a platform around themselves and their games
    - Branding was inconsistent for many years
    - Left kid game/middle ground market too late

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hope that Jason Rubin can turn the ship around and that their big Canada studio investment will pay off. Be merciless to trim the fat, shed all studios that doesn't deliver the goods and come out on the other side as a much leaner and meaner THQ. Come out with a stronger branding, a clearer message, build a console/PC/mobile/tablet platform around the company

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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