Trion Worlds Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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Scott Hartsman
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Pros
  • nice facilities, decent pay, bagels on wednesday (in 3 reviews)

  • You get free drinks in the lunch room (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Hired a lot of "friends" into upper management positions (in 5 reviews)

  • Working in Customer Service can be daunting and can sometimes cause agents to become jaded rather quickly (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Great people, fun atmosphere, and lots of creative freedom

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Trion Worlds full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    * I really enjoy the people that I work with, they are talented and professional.
    * One of the best parts of working here is the creative freedom to have a say and take ownership of what I do.
    * Also I like that I get a bit of a flexible schedule; If I want to work from home I can and I don't have to work long hours.
    * Management is very encourage of ideas for improving or creating games.
    * We make quality games where we actually get to talk to the community and make changes based on their feedback.
    * The company has gotten better at doing charity events more often such as selling items in-game to help Doctors Without Borders.
    * Benefits are decent.

    Cons

    * Opportunities to move into leadership are very limited.
    * Management sometimes fails to promote change because "it's how we've always done it".

    Advice to Management

    Don't be afraid of removing toxic employees.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Solid, Consistent, Fun.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Game Designer in Redwood City, CA
    Former Employee - Game Designer in Redwood City, CA

    I worked at Trion Worlds full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Outside of a Very Dark Time at the studio, it has always treated its employees like a family.
    Will promote from within - QA people have filtered up to design, art and engineering based on their skillsets (mostly: see Cons)
    Very laid back atmosphere.
    They care about results, but refuse to let you kill yourself over getting them. The work/life balance is real.
    They will move people from Austin (the other studio) here, if there's a spot and they're willing. That's pretty cool.
    The third party publishing part is REALLY neat.
    The current CEO is a very down to earth, cool dude who actually knows how to run a business.

    Cons

    The pay is below average, especially for this area.
    Going from regular-person to management is hard to do.
    The art department is incredibly picky about bringing people into their fold. I've seen lots of really good artists get turned away, here. This of course makes it doubly hard, considering the pay issue.
    A couple of cases of actual nepotism, but if you're in the game industry you expect this.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people more, or move the company somewhere that is affordable. Keep looking to QA for good people. Reward good work, and put a dollar in the cup.

  3. Had a good start.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Trion Worlds

    Pros

    You can get experience in MMO game developement.

    Cons

    Your job and project is not secure.

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  5. uGH...

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    Current Employee - Tier I in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Tier I in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Trion Worlds

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun work environment, nice coworkers

    Cons

    poor structure
    poor pay
    big workload
    no loyalty

    Advice to Management

    Pay people more

  6. The Sinking ship finally sank

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Environment Artist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Environment Artist in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Trion Worlds full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good salary and perks, food.

    Cons

    Solid Direction and management was disorganized, changing direction constantly.

    Advice to Management

    choose a direction and stick to it.

  7. Loose cannon

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Dev in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Dev in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Trion Worlds

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The location was good, they tried pushing tech and had good equipment, some people were fun, the hours were somewhat flexible.

    Cons

    Change of direction based on whatever game had just released, had they stuck to the original concept it stood a better chance. Too much hype, the sales pitches went overboard. Hiring happened to late in the project.

    Advice to Management

    It's too late for advice, the ship sank

  8. Helpful (1)

    Best company ever

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Trion Worlds full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This company has absolutely no debt at all. I can't believe how awesome it is to work here

    Cons

    Some really unfortunate situation came up and I had to leave in my first year.

    Advice to Management

    Be awesome

  9. Overworked but good outlook

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Trion Worlds full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company seems to be on the way up

    Cons

    Extremely overworked employees who are constantly playing catchup.

  10. Helpful (1)

    New and Improved

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Trion Worlds full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Trion has learned from the difficulties they've experienced in the last couple years which something not all companies can say. This new attitude of honesty and accountability is one of the things that convinced me to come on-board. Trion is developing differently, allocating resources according to need, taking the time to think about what is best for the employees and the company and how we can all succeed together.

    Cons

    Every place has areas they can improve upon and Trion is no different. Training programs could be improved and the communication between the teams could be better but these are things that we're working on and will get better as time goes by.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to care, to be invested in your people, to strive to be better. Keep that innovation and commitment to openness in the back of your mind at all times. We are nimble, smart, and savvy.

  11. Helpful (3)

    Great company on the mend

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Trion Worlds full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Trion went through a rough patch last year and the exec team made some bad choices that led to layoffs and the closure of a studio. Since then, there's been a complete change of the senior management team, the company's been a lot more responsible with its budget, new talent is coming on board, the existing games are doing great, the publishing arm is taking off, and new games are being spun up. All signs point to a healthy recovery and a bright future ahead.

    Cons

    Like everything in the Bay Area, the cost of living is tough to swallow. Being responsible with the budget means Trion isn't paying the outlandish salaries that start-ups in the area offer to entice talent.

    Morale is steadily improving, but there's still a tangible unease from folks who were here during the rough times last year. The best way to describe it is that folks feel skittish.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on being a great place for people to make amazing games for players. Share and celebrate successes across the company. People need to know that we're doing great.

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