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Take-Two Reviews

Updated January 3, 2015
Updated January 3, 2015
19 Reviews
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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

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

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    Former Employee - Compliance Tester in Northridge, CA
    Former Employee - 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
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  5.  

    Unfortunate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Windsor, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Windsor, South East England, England (UK)

    I worked at Take-Two

    Pros

    Based in a nice town. Nice collegues. Possibility to work on some of the best projects in the industry.

    Cons

    No career prospects, growth, salary improvement... watse of time!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put yourself in your employees shoes and see how it feels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Very poor working benefits, salary is lower than working at McDonalds

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Take-Two

    Pros

    Nice place to work, great games, challenges and experience.

    Cons

    Low salary, no social life support, same routine, overtime not paid, no space to grow, one small mistake can cost you any chance to grow although limited, unless you know the right people. No pay rise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about your employees at a personal level, with inflation going up and no overtime paid a person is simply home-work-home, not worth it. Open more positions, people can stay 3+ years in the same role with no advancement AT ALL.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    just being honest.

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    Current Employee - 3D Artist
    Current Employee - 3D Artist

    I have been working at Take-Two

    Pros

    they respect your weekends. the weekends are yours unless it gets very busy but then they will try not to make you work on your weekends. in turn the weekdays might be longer at crunch mode but you do get OT. they won't offer a higher position unless you have some type of interest in the position. if you need to take time off for certain reasons its fairly easy to request time off unless your in chrunch mode. if your responsible and cover your hours accordingly you can take time in the day to excercise and do your preventative care.

    Cons

    like any big video game company(100+employees) your just a number. they don't look at your tenure or what you have accomplished, being layed off is common. with 100+ employees perks might be hard to come by but at least do something to let your employees know that they're appreciated. as aways the political game is played here as well. if a boss likes you then you're favored. we usually don't get much feedback since work is pretty consistent and constant. down time has been far inbetween. most of the crunch time modes coincide with usual vacation months summer time and xmas times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    appreciate your workers not with words but with action.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not worth the effort of working here

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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

    Pros

    Very interesting industry. Great products. Very nice people at middle management level and below.

    Cons

    Grueling hours and no respect for work-life balance. Sr Management is more concerned with their personal bottom line than with grooming and furthering growth of their employees. Head of HR does not care about people and runs the entire group without personal touch. If you are below Director, you are not valued.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show more of an interest in the professional development of your team and they will reward you with the kind of results you are looking for. Get rid of the churn-and-burn mentality and treat everyone with respect and recognition for the work that they do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Tester

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in Northridge, CA
    Former Employee - 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
  10.  

    great opportunity to build experience, but get out once you realize how much you're worth

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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

    casual work environment, no micromanagment / no one looking over your shoulder. great place to work if you have a family, management is flexible about the pressures of your personal life.

    Cons

    communication is a mess. no one cares about fixing what's broken in the company. entry-level guys are worked to the bone with no hope of improved salary/position, management doesn't care about your future at the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest in your people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Cool place to work, but that's about it.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Chester, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Chester, OH

    I worked at Take-Two

    Pros

    Hey, It is a video game company. But the perks were not what you would expect. It is an extremely fast paced environment and you will learn new things very quickly.

    Cons

    The big perks are directed to the developers and there is a big rift between the development houses and the rest of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Since there has been a change in leadership things have been better. Keep up the good work, know who is in the trenches working for you. They can help make it a better place.

    Approves of CEO

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