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Take-Two Reviews

Updated February 20, 2015
Updated February 20, 2015
22 Reviews
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  1.  

    MySQL DBA

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Take-Two

    Pros

    Focused, hard working bunch who like what they do.

    Cons

    Hours can be long.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Growth and Development

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Take-Two

    Pros

    Casual work environment. Members of the teams are great, smart, hard-working. Take-Two invokes an environemnt of learning and growth, which is what sets them apart from another employer. I've had the pleasure of meeting and working with amazing people.

    Cons

    I have not had a negative experience working here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Tester

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    Former Contractor - Quality Assurance Tester in Northridge, CA
    Former Contractor - Quality Assurance Tester in Northridge, CA

    I worked at Take-Two as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Played video games for living.

    Cons

    No choice in what projects you worked on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better training and adjustable schedules.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Nice working in T2, but that's all

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    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Take-Two full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    T2 is a nice company, which has nice environment and culture, people there are nice in general. There's no dressing code, so Jeans and T-Shirt are normal. Management is flexible about the pressures of your personal life.

    Cons

    You can learn a lot by working in T2, but that's it, I don't think it's easy to go on next level within the company, lock of communications between labels and corporation

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A challenging environment and great place to start a career in games

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    Former Employee - Marketing in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    - Good management
    - Analytics driven but allow creativity
    - Compensation and raises were always good
    - Reasonable hours
    - Good career guidance

    Cons

    - Working with labels could be challenging
    - Limited career opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Seek qualified candidates and promote internally

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    "Jump on the opportunity to work here"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Take-Two (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good culture that sponsors growth, and looking to develop new processes to retain and promote from within. Some of the brightest technologist I've worked with. Relaxed corporate culture that lets you have some individuality.

    Cons

    can't say I've seen cons that aren't being rapidly addressed currently.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Bureaucratic issues will stonewall you

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Take-Two full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Manager, Director level and above is smooth sailing, you will be promoted for showing up to work and sticking with it for a few years. Eventually you will plateau.

    You will learn a lot, especially about office politics. Work life balance is what you make of it, they will not force you to work weekends.

    Cons

    Corporate culture does not match studio culture. Pay is on the low end for most positions, poor bonus structure.

    Bureaucratic issues run wild and will prevent you from succeeding in any project or career advancement. Rewards do not coincide with performance.

    The HR department has turned over numerous times, a bad sign in general. The IT department has turned over 4 times in the last 5 years, and other departments at startling rates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of redundant management and poor performers. Look for the few leaders that stand out and give them the freedom to succeed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Spent over a year being overworked, under appreciated and underpaid, and left for a job where I can make an impact.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Take-Two full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits package offered is actually very good compared to what is out there. I met some great people working for the company, and there is nice collaboration between departments within the Corporate office. The office decor is nice, depending on which department you are in. Free bottled water is nice, if you know where to find it.

    Cons

    There is no work-life balance here. The corporate culture is non-existent. They sell a "cool, creative and fun" environment, but it truly is anything but. That is the culture at many of the labels, but not at HQ. The worse place to be in this company is in HQ. The message that is perceived by corporate employees is "you don't make games, so you don't matter." This is reflected both in pay and treatment. The HR Department has actually turned over almost entirely twice in the last 4-5 years. Major red flag.

    Performance management is a funny thing here. Employees are compensated more for seniority than they are for being high performers. After walking into a major mess and huge projects already happening, my manager told me, "Everyone gets 'Meets Expectations' in their first year" - not quite reviewing performance if everyone gets the same thing no matter what.

    Those seeking work for one of the labels will be much better off, as the pay is higher and bonus payouts are more lucrative.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to the employees in corporate who bust their tails to support, serve and bend over backwards for the labels. There is a huge disconnect from department heads to those in the trenches. A couple of departments have had mass exodus lately, and this is likely one reason why.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    My experience was mostly negative working at Take-Two. The QA department was poorly managed and unsatisfactory.

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    Former Contractor - Compliance Tester in Northridge, CA
    Former Contractor - Compliance Tester in Northridge, CA

    I worked at Take-Two as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Day shift ends at 7:00 PM allowing employees to get home earlier than most QA dayshift positions.

    Cons

    Poor management and leadership, poor QA department rules and regulations. QA department development, incentives and testing procedures are less than average and at times counter intuitive to efficient testing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change policies to better suit employee retention, development and encouragement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Take-two was a great place to work for, being a QA tester was fun and rewarding.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in Las Vegas, NV

    I have been working at Take-Two full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The atmosphere was exhilarating, getting to go to work and essentially play a video game all day. "Choose your own adventure" was a motto at the Las Vegas location. Giving workers the opportunity to pick what game they wanted to work on. The workers are all very inviting and very respectful and the management is always willing to help and give advice.

    Cons

    The sudden over time can get a little out of control, but they do give you OT pay for your time. Some of the tasks that are given can be very mundane, but that's the nature of the beast when you have to check and recheck certain facets of the game and data. The pipeline for those with art degrees is none existent, you can only move to other areas in the QA department, not jump into the actual creation of the games themselves.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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