Telltale Games

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Updated February 9, 2015
Updated February 9, 2015
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  1. Featured Review

    2 people found this helpful  

    An exciting place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Telltale Games full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Terrific people, great products and enormous energy. It feels like a great time to be at Telltale

    Cons

    Growth is always hard and there is tons of growth happening at Telltale. Communication becomes harder the more people that come on board.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the communication up

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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best gaming company I've worked for

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer

    I have been working at Telltale Games full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Telltale is free from most of the corporate problems that plague most game companies. There's no "seasonal" mentality where people are hired and fired from project to project, and there aren't any blocked websites or administrators watching your traffic. I've worked in games for thirteen years at six different companies, and Telltale has the least amount of "crunch culture" that I've ever seen. Sure, some people need to work longer hours to hit targets, but it's not the company-wide grind that other large studios build into their schedules.

    Cons

    The company is growing right now, so there isn't really enough space to house everyone in fully comfortable conditions right now. Until a few of the new management positions are filled, it can be hard to know exactly who to bother with questions/requests. Hopefully these problems are very temporary while Telltale is growing.

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  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    By focusing on the right things, everything gets better and better.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Telltale Games full-time

    Pros

    The company is constantly focused on improving it's processes to make better games.
    Everyone that works at Telltale is passionate about games.
    The focus on top quality story, character and license realization makes it easy to take pride in the work.

    Cons

    Last minute changes for quality are a double edged sword. The game gets better, but the crunch extends.
    Once the first episode is released, the audience wants the remaining episodes as fast as possible creating a very fast pace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold early episodes from release until later episodes are further along to create breathing room for the teams and a predictable release for the customer.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Opportunity with Established Creative Product and Untapped Potential.

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    Current Employee - Art in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Art in San Rafael, CA

    I have been working at Telltale Games full-time

    Pros

    Amazing Licenses to work on, Friendly, passionate and creative staff that believe in our products! A company with great ambition focused on working collaboratively. A company with a desire to be a leader in the games/entertainment industry. A company that cares about the people working here has been my experience and is my perspective. A great place for people who like to be challenged and given responsibility. The chance to work on many different products of different styles in relatively short amounts of time. A proprietary tool that is tailored to enable the content creators artistic expression. A Dog friendly office in a nice building close to many lunch locations. Plenty of parking on site for commuting to work. A decent commute for people living in the city with access to the Golden gate bridge (against rush our traffic) Decent benefits similar to other big game studios.

    Cons

    Iprovement in ramping up new employees in what seems to be constant growth of the staff, paired with the pressure to perform and hit our project goals and dates simultaneously. There is an honest desire to improve in this area and current efforts are in motion. If you are the type of person that gets really attached to your work it will be a painful existance as it is a highly collaborative environment, a con for some a pro for others. Public transportation is not very good currently (a smart train is being built and will improve this for people coming from the north in the future:novato, petaluma, and beyond) San Rafael is expensive for people to live.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To get a better balance of - 1. The desire to change products mid production to perfect them, with 2. Embracing a little more risk by letting more leaders in the studio own the decisions/approvals for the products they are responsible for. Right now it feels like there is too many approvals dependent on too few people.

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    Really enjoying working on an amazing game at this fast growing company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Rafael, CA

    I have been working at Telltale Games full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great crew, flex hours, best projects, crazy growth, commitment to changing what does not work, new leadership, stand up desks (small thing but I love them).

    Cons

    San Rafael not my preferred location

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  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A decent place to work, but management needs to learn how to delegate.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Telltale Games full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, lots of creative and talented folks, fast paced and exciting work environment, room to move up and contribute your ideas, being a part of something cutting edge and unique, dogs in the office!

    Cons

    Too many executive notes stifling creativity, lower management not empowered to do their jobs, some occasional back stabbing by other employees, mediocre pay, micromanagement the likes of which I've never seen before.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to delegate. You hire people to do a job, so let them do it. The best leaders I know are the ones who hire people smarter than they are and watch them run with it. If someone you hired isn't doing the job you expect, either work with them to figure out what the problem is or fire them. But stop thinking you have to do everything yourself if you want the job done right. In addition to being demoralizing, it creates an insane amount of bottlenecks that affect every single person in the studio.

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    Challenging, creative, and rewarding with plenty of room to grow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Telltale Games full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is a high bar for your work and the overall game quality, so if you enjoy being challenged creatively and technically, it's a blast and you will grow your skills

    Gives a great deal of ownership, but it is followed up with evaluation of results and correction. You are treated like a professional.

    Full of fun people, both starting their careers and with long game experience. It makes for a good mix.

    Cons

    It’s great if you believe in iteration, but I can see it frustrates people who think they "get it" the first time. Leave your ego at the door and you'll be happier.

    It's a deep and complex process getting episodes out this fast, so there is a learning curve for the process and tools.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As you grow and hire, keep filling the seats more smart and independent folks who have made Telltale so special

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    Great place, Great energy, and Great ideas

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    Current Employee - Technology in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Technology in San Rafael, CA

    I have been working at Telltale Games full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Telltale is a fun place packed with talented individuals who work really hard for what the believe. The company celebrated its 10 years anniversary making many headlines in the gaming industry. Telltale is very transparent and has a very bright future. Many are genuinely happy to be part of the magic that's taking place at Telltale Game. The pay is fair, the culture is attractive, and the space is breath-taking.

    Cons

    Lacks structure and process, but is improving tremendously with its vast growth and bright and talented individuals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Structure and reinforcement of process through out the company

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    Terrific place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Telltale Games full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Creative, talented co-workers, fun place to work. Approachable management and exec staff, manages to feel like "family" even as the company grows. One of the most creatively stimulating experiences I've had so far in the games industry. Good medical, 401k.

    Cons

    The company remains in a state of transition from a small to medium-large studio, with all the growing pains that go with that. Training and on-boarding of new employees needs improvement. Compensation could be better, considering Bay Area cost of living.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focus on developing and nurturing talent and improving tools.

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    Great place to work! Fun projects!

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    Current Employee - Cinematic Artist in San Rafael, CA
    Current Employee - Cinematic Artist in San Rafael, CA

    I have been working at Telltale Games full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Awesome coworkers, fantastic healthcare benefits, 401k, frequent projects keeps working fresh, awesome company perks, sweet parties,

    Cons

    Lower than average pay, leadership changes hands frequently, episodic content means crunch frequently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We know you're not perfect and you're doing your best. Keep thinking of ways and strategies to improve. Continue to polish the award winning studio you are. The projects and IP's you do are awesome and fans love to play them.

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