Take-Two Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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  1. Great workplace for top IT talent.

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    For top-tier IT talent, this is a fantastic and highly rewarding place to work. There is strong, executive IT leadership that values emotional intelligence and people, a rarity for an IT org in today's business world.

    In less than two years, the incumbent CIO has built a solid leadership team and transformed the IT organization from a cost center to a strategic business partner. Under this leadership I have personally experienced tremendous growth and opportunity, while being able to apply the best of my abilities to some of the most challenging, yet rewarding technical environments. I genuinely am excited to come to work on a daily basis.

    The company is heavily investing in its people to drive best-in-class technology. Thought leadership and great ideas are welcomed from any position, not just management.

    Work life balance is flexible and growth opportunities are available for ambitious individuals.

    The NYC office located on Houston and Broadway in the heart of Soho is a great location to work, with easy access to transportation, restaurants, bars, and more.

    Cons

    Crunch cycles are inherent to the game development cycle. While this can be perceived as a con, some of the most challenging technical problems are solved during this period.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to reward and develop thought leadership and top talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Dynamic & Very Exciting

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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

    Working for Take-Two is a breath of fresh air. Managers encourage creativity, innovation and empower employees to think outside the box. Take-Two fosters an environment full of personal and professional development which rewards hard workers and is committed to growth. I feel supported and motivated in my role and a part of something very cool. It's an exciting time to work in gaming and surrounded by the highest caliber of creativity.

    Cons

    If too many cupcakes can possibly be an issue for you...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up all the great work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 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
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  5. 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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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in New York, NY
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Office location. Decent daily rate.

    Cons

    There has been a change in the leadership during the past two years that seem to have ruined the balance. Many departments have gone through one or two overhauls. The management does not seem to know the difference between the technical or managerial talent. If you are a real top tier IT professional go to a top tier company with proper procedures in place and for twice the pay. Tough managerial approach needs to be justified by the action and proposed improvement, not constant pointing to the mistakes or weak areas. The IT department needs to implement proper processes on designing, transitioning and maintaining the new services. Implementing a solution and dumping it into a corporate grinder without any methodical approach is a killer in the long term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a proper managers that will bring the best in all employees, not some narrowly oriented engineers without any managerial ability or experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Recent changes are destroying the balance.

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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

    Office location. Roof top dining area.

    Cons

    There has been a change in leadership during the past two years that seem to have ruined the balance. Many departments have gone through one or two overhauls. The management does not seem to know the difference between the technical or managerial talent. If you are a real top tier IT professional go to a top tier company with proper procedures in place and for twice the pay. Tough managerial approach needs to be justified by the action and proposed improvement, not constant pointing to the mistakes or weak areas. The IT department needs to implement proper processes on designing, transitioning and maintaining the new services. Implementing a solution and dumping it into a corporate grinder without any methodical approach is a killer in the long term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire proper managers that will bring the best in all employees, not some narrowly oriented engineers without any managerial ability or experience.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful

    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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. "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

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