Timegate Studios Reviews

Updated August 9, 2015
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  1. Great co-workers, overburdened with production (10% of dev staff at one point!)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Timegate Studios full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fun, talented co-workers. Not much crunch. Cheap area to live in. Had an interesting project. Overall, it wasn't a horrible place to be and there was some fun to be had.

    Cons

    Too much emphasis on production pipeline to solve problems. Shooting for mediocrity. Producers drove development rather than creative. Not enough outside perspective in upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Does it matter now?


  2. RIP

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Timegate Studios (More than a year)

    Pros

    The refrigerator was usually pretty stocked? There were a lot of creative people there that were unfortunately hindered by poor management and bad decisions.

    Cons

    fairly poor pay for the line-level employees while the directors and producers made off like bandits. There were at least 2-3x more producers than ongoing projects. Constantly called in to work the weekends due to poor planning and trying to get pitches out the door. A few of the directors were some of the most unprofessional people I've had the misfortune of working for (berating and yelling at employees in front of everyone.) Management ran the company into the ground and then everyone was just unceremoniously let go all at once (save for a handful). The worst was that they had already been in the process of hiring a few other people that moved from across the country to work at the studio and then after they packed up their families and moved, were then told that they were no longer needed.

    Advice to Management

    advice at this point would be like speaking ill of a dead person. It doesn't matter. Maybe never start a new game studio? If you do, keep an eye on the people you place in positions of power a little more closely? Maybe don't ask employees for a game idea, and then bastardize their creative vision by turning it into a generic shooter?


  3. It was an ok place to work.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Stafford, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Stafford, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Timegate Studios full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people with very low drama

    Cons

    doesn't pay well and the benefits are not very good.


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  5. Extremely Poor Management and Low Morale

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    Former Employee - Game Designer in Sugar Land, TX
    Former Employee - Game Designer in Sugar Land, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Timegate Studios full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    * Because turnover is so high, it was relatively easy to get promoted quickly * Free soda in the breakroom and "free" dinner if you work overtime

    Cons

    * Management is incompetent and refuse to try to improve themselves. Instead, they push all blame onto the employees and others. * The company mantra is "process over people" and they view all employees as replaceable. One underpaid employee was even told after asking for more money that they should "be thankful they just have a job in this economy". * Turnover was approximately 50% annually, which is extremely damaging to the dynamic of the team. * Positive feedback is nearly impossible to receive unless a process was done "correctly" (even if the end result was bad). * The company is constantly in legal disputes with other companies and is often accused of being fraudulent. * Mostly entry level employees are hired (cheaply), which can be fine, but there's little to no training after they join.

    Advice to Management

    * Take some responsibility for yourself and realize that almost every manager underneath you mimics your management style, which hurts the company greatly. * Please don't give yourself $45k bonuses and continue to fly first class and stay in Presidential suites after the company lays off employees.


  6. Good and bad

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The people are great. Great benefits and fun work environment.

    Cons

    The top management is rigid and tough to work for. They are standoffish and not very approachable.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better with staffers and make everyone feel included.


  7. Good place to get foot in the door, not so great to stay for too long

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    *Room for advancement - Employees are oftentimes able to achieve a lead position if they are willing to work hard and stick with it *Great people to work with - With a few exceptions, just about everyone gets along very well. Employees often organize various events outside of work where you will find a lot of co-workers just hanging out, having a great time. *Opportunities to expand skill set - If you want to learn something new, you are generally able to. Most of your colleagues are more than willing to help if you are willing to learn, and if you are able to prove you can do something, you will be given the chance to in a professional capacity

    Cons

    *While opportunities to expand skill set are available, taking advantage will sometimes leave you working well beyond your job title *Management often expects employees to complete unrealistic sets of work over the course of each three week iteration *Overbearing reliance on process. Most developers find this frustrating, especially those on the content side.


  8. Only good for getting into the industry. Nothing else.

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    Former Employee - Employee in Sugar Land, TX
    Former Employee - Employee in Sugar Land, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Timegate Studios full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -The devs. Best and most talented group of people I have ever worked with. If it wasn't for them I would have left long ago.

    Cons

    -Upper management. -No one ever knows anything until a decision is made. No dev input whatsoever. -Majority of management have only worked at TG. Only know the "TG" way. -If you criticize anything you are ostracized and let go. -Kill any chance of there being a "culture". If it wasn't their idea to begin with, it isn't happening. -Have to uproot your life and come to Houston? Don't. There are no other studios nearby and they are notorious for laying off staff in droves. You will have to relocate yourself again. -Moved one dev across the country only to offer them a position that does not involve making video games. (offered position with a sister company) Game industry pay but not making games... -Unless they dump upper management they will always create mediocre products. Unless you are in dire need of a job or really wanting to get your foot in the door avoid this studio.

    Advice to Management

    Open the floor up and let the studio in. Only coming forth when you are announcing something or laying a ton of people off is not acceptable. You will only continue making mediocre products and word of mouth will continue to be "the guys that made section 8 and the hack job Aliens game".


  9. Only good for getting your foot in the door, if that.

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    Former Employee - Designer in Sugar Land, TX
    Former Employee - Designer in Sugar Land, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Timegate Studios full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free soda. Free dinner if you work late. Sugar Land is a great city to live in. They promote from within often because of high turn over.

    Cons

    Pay is terrible. This is a production run studio, and what they say goes. Departments don't collaborate much with each other, as it isn't encouraged. Play tests aren't important to the studio (though they say otherwise). Constantly left in the dark about studio progress and development until something good happens. They hire cheap "talent" over actual talent.

    Advice to Management

    Just be open to the employees about what's going on. Don't cover up the fact that the studio is struggling to find income. Let the design team run things and stop promoting QA to fill positions that they aren't qualified for.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Poorly run, outdated studio

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    Former Employee - Artist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Artist in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Timegate Studios full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - good place to break in the industry but you won't get paid much - talented, friendly coworkers

    Cons

    - management consists mostly of people with little experience outside of Timegate. - no visibility on decisions made, grunt level developers (ie the ones who actually work) have no input. - lots of crunch. - owner treats it as his toy. - lots of turnover - low pay, even by Texas standards - only studio in Houston, if you are laid off, prepare to move.

    Advice to Management

    - Hire outside the office, and shell out the money required to make a studio functional - the modern game studio requires more visibility and developer input. The top down approach is outdated. - anger management


  11. Helpful (2)

    Not Much to Complain About.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Employee in Sugar Land, TX
    Current Employee - Employee in Sugar Land, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Timegate Studios full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Laid back atmosphere. - Coworkers are the nicest and most helpful people anyone could hope to work with. - Despite what some say, management really tries to come up with ways to keep everyone happy, with surprise activities, free soda/gourmet coffee/dinner, pitchfest, social activities, etc. - Competitive pay. IMO, slightly higher than industry when taking in to account the cost of living in Houston.

    Cons

    - Senior management has unrealistic expectations considering Timegate's status in the industry. Because of that, their attitude seems to be "my way or the highway".

    Advice to Management

    To upper management- First off, come to work. When you are out of the office as many days as you are in, it gives off the message that you don't want to be there, you don't care about the success of the projects, you expect the employees to work harder/care more than you, and that you're just there for the paycheck. If you do happen to come in, try and make it for more than a couple of hours. 12:00 - 4:00 does not count. To mid-upper management- Reality check. Despite what you think it WILL hurt you to lose us. Considering the fact that no one in senior management has ever had a job outside of Timegate, and they really don't have any talent, accomplishments, or skills aside from years ofecterience which ultimately led to their high-ranking titles. Coming in on a weekend during crunch time to ask what you can do to help (or just being seen trying to help) would go a lot further than dropping off food. To job hunters- If you are a self-motivated worker, then Timegate is the perfect place to work. If you get your work done, you can pretty much do whatever you want. If you're the type that needs constant direction, recognition and validation (like the other Timegate Glassdoor reviewers) you will most likely end up unhappy.



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