Ubisoft Reviews in Canada

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
244 Reviews

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Ubisoft Cofondateur et Président-Directeur Général Yves Guillemot
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154 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • good work-life balance, and it is difficult to find others (in 17 reviews)

  • Casual work environment; everything gets done over coffee (in 20 reviews)


Cons
  • If you don't speak French, your pay scale is different (in 7 reviews)

  • Not many career opportunities unless you are a skilled programmer (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great game studio - filled with experienced staff that know how to make great games

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Ubisoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people you work with are young and extremely talented. The focus was always on creating the best product possible. If you have a desire for creativity, this is a great game studio to work for.

    Cons

    Several clicks exist within the corporate environment making navigating the company politics difficult for new comers, opportunities may be limited unless you can make the right friends. Finding positions on the most high profile projects can sometimes be an issue of knowing the right person, instead of being the most qualified.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Exciting environment, but you must fight through the crowd to shine

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    Former Employee - Game Designer  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Game Designer in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Ubisoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Tremendous job security, there are always numerous exciting projects to work on. Great technology to work with and learn how to build quality open world games.

    Cons

    It is way too hard to be recognized in the company. Regardless of your experience, you can feel like a muted voice on a development team. In some situations, you are not even granted the opportunity to present your designs to the team - your lead will do it for you and then adjust your work without discussing with you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more to take note of who is contributing nicely on a production. Try to be fair about granting promotions. If an employee is part of the studio , and is trying to get onto a project, do not keep this person on "interproject" - waiting to be assigned - for months on end. Make use of the skills you hired.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    pretty cool place :)

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    Current Employee - 3D Animator  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - 3D Animator in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Ubisoft full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    working in the video game industry is quite fun, lots of awesome people, working with friends, cool hours, very cool salary, and big AAA projects

    Cons

    stressfull, bad organisation due to too many people on projects, only AAA...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    nice

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    Former Employee - Sys Administrative  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Sys Administrative in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Ubisoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    reat company to work for

    Cons

    low pay, old building, mile end

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    Opportunity if you are willing to put in the hard work

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    Current Employee - Programmer  in  Quebec, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Programmer in Quebec, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Ubisoft full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Many interesting projects where there's opportunity to grow if you're willing to put the effort. Most team members are fun and the working environment is great. Crunch period are usually under control. Not a stressful place to be working overall.

    Cons

    Low raises
    Not much control over which project you'll be assigned next

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More investment in sending employees to conferences would help bring new ideas to the studio.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Progression

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Ubisoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great and talented People.
    It is quite easy to move inside the company.
    Working for IT, more often than not, our advice was taken into account when a decision needed to be made.

    Cons

    Politics is very complicated. Like nothing I've seen in any other big business I've worked it.
    High level decision is always taken overseas in France. And Sometimes we don't always understand how they think.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue your programs where you ask questions to your employees like in ExpressY
    But after years, I haven't seen many things change because of it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    All shades of grey

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I have been working at Ubisoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Great culture and community
    - Many talented people
    - Successful titles
    - As safe as it gets in game industry

    Cons

    - Not good at recognising talent
    - Unclear political decisions
    - Not good at sharing knowledge/experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Please tell people why you are making such and such decision, it will make huge difference in motivation especially if you are basing your decisions on fair play and common goals
    - Be careful who and why you promote - senior developers will not respect someone only because he/she is their manager
    - Ask senior developers their opinion on major decisions in project, and DO take it into consideration

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Nice

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Ubisoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The ambiance is very nice and you are making games ! You should feel lucky because not every can do that

    Cons

    The competition because everyone wants to be at the top, so everyone works hard and you can feel the pressure

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Political Mine Field

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    Former Employee - Designer  in  Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Designer in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at Ubisoft full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Casual work environment; everything gets done over coffee
    I met some very talented, interesting people here
    Good opportunities for enhancing your current skill set with training

    Cons

    Bullying and inside jokes happen on a regular basis on the production teams
    Are you anglophone? Think twice about whether or not you can handle being made fun of every day in French while you are present.
    Bringing a new skill set to the team? Stroke egos, don't make anyone feel stupid; lots of fragile egos here; do someone else's job better and faster than they can do it, and you will no longer have a job
    The worst politics I have ever experienced at a job; completely unnavigable unless you speak French

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe you want to try scheduling the delivery of your product? Your "organic" approach doesn't work and frustrates everyone

    Stop going for coffee and start scheduling

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    a non production employee which means no future in this company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ubisoft full-time

    Pros

    good work-life balance, and it is difficult to find others

    Cons

    underpaid, a non-production employee means marginal group

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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