Trion Worlds Reviews

Updated September 23, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014
49 Reviews
2.9
49 Reviews
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    Overworked but good outlook

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Trion Worlds full-time

    Pros

    Company seems to be on the way up

    Cons

    Extremely overworked employees who are constantly playing catchup.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    400 layoffs, 2 studios closed, deals falling through, lack of communication

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

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

    Pros

    People are enthusiastic and engaged in the products.
    RIFT, ArcheAge are good games, even if they don't bring innovation to the MMO genre.

    Cons

    Lazy and corrupt management aborted deals with other companies, and put out unfinished, unpolished games.
    Most employees have cult-like devotion to new CEO, who lies and manipulates numbers.
    RIFT has been the company's saving grace for a long time.
    No raises, no bonuses despite plenty of promises.
    Lack of communication and appreciation for teams other than Design. Creative Services, QA, Localization barely a blip on the CEO's radar (has changed somewhat since the CEO's girlfriend joined the Localization department).

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great company on the mend

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Trion Worlds full-time (less than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    New and Improved

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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 (less than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place great people, mediocre salaries.

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    Current Employee - Game Designer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Game Designer in Redwood City, CA

    I have been working at Trion Worlds full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    New CEO has his head on straight and is managing the company into profitability and more success. Great work environment, smart crew of folks.

    Cons

    Previous CEO and upper management horribly mismanaged company and wracked up well over 100 million in debt, then cashed and and left us swinging with layoffs and over 2 years of pay freeze.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    underwhelming

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Trion Worlds

    Pros

    decent pay, talented art team

    Cons

    weak design team,poor leadership, weak business decisions, bureaucracy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire better designers and build a stronger exec team

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great talent lost in a void of management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Highly talented group of people in various disciplines. Pretty good work ethics considering the state of the industry as a whole. A few stand-out employees keep it going.

    Cons

    Poor management that is secretive. Horrible at disseminating information down the line. Leadership isn't coming from the "leaders".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider being truthful. Read some literature on ethics and take a good look at the current way the company is run.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Change of management has been a huge improvement

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

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

    Pros

    Leads listen to good/right ideas, not seniority. Strong drive to do right by customers while staying aware of business needs. Complete change of management + Scott's return has resulted in huge turn toward stability/future potential.

    Cons

    Bay area is expensive for housing and the company does not pay rockstar startup salaries. Some people who have carried heavy workloads through the bad times are in danger of burning out and badly need support/solid assistants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue ensuring that people who don't pull their weight or aren't suited to the company's needs are reassigned or work out an improvement or are removed. Keep your heads up, things are already a lot better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company on the mend

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Trion Worlds full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Open environment where opinions are valued
    - Fun office and great people
    - Ability to move within departments and move up available

    Cons

    - Had a difficult couple years and are still recovering
    - Morale is still low but on the upswing
    - Upper management is too "black box"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Share more with the entire company in an honest way
    - Celebrate people who excel and highlight people who move up/get promoted

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Salad days are over

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Trion Worlds full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Merit is valued over seniority. Hard work will earn you promotions. As with other tech/game companies, the atmosphere is laid back.

    Cons

    No clear company direction. Only an ace up their sleeve will save the company. Exec team doesn't know when to pull the trigger, in a good OR bad way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get familiar with sunk cost and opportunity cost. Learn when to recognize and use them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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