Vicarious Visions

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Vicarious Visions Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
29 Reviews
2.9
29 Reviews
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Vicarious Visions CEO & Chief Creative Officer Karthik Bala
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  1.  

    A Relaxed Environment with Room for Personal Growth.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Environment Artist in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Environment Artist in Albany, NY

    I worked at Vicarious Visions full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    VV has a relaxed vibe with flexible hours and easy-going personalities. As an artist, I was able to work with management/leads to develop the skills that I wanted to. I was able to try my hand at many aspects of game art and didn't feel slotted into just one thing. Communication between disciplines was never an issue for me. Generally, other employees were all to happy to help or even teach/explain what they knew. VV also does their best to maintain their workers even after shipping titles whereas many other studios might be looking to downsize. Compensation at VV was pretty good, especially considering the cost of living in Albany.

    Cons

    Albany is a smaller city and if you aren't used to the climate in the north-east it might be a shock. There is a bit of separation between upper-management and content creators. Most of the games made at VV are part of an existing franchise and the work does have to support that franchise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start an original IP!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to get your foot into the industry, but wouldn't stay too long

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    Former Employee - Designer in Menands, NY
    Former Employee - Designer in Menands, NY

    I worked at Vicarious Visions as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work can be interesting sometimes; One of the few game studios in the area

    Cons

    Lots of overtime; Below-standard pay, even when working on a contract basis, company does not have much ability to fight the publisher

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place greater emphasis on work-life balance and offer employees more avenues for moving around within the company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Quality artists, poor location, terrible managment

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    Current Employee - Game Artist in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Game Artist in Albany, NY

    I have been working at Vicarious Visions full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A relaxed atmosphere and generally nice people to work with make this one of the better working environments that I've been in.

    Cons

    Inept and at times deeply unethical management coupled with an expensive, yet uninspiring location hold this studio back from doing great things. They're struggling to break into the AAA scene, but are unable to consistently retain top talent due to various shortcomings on the part of management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Like being kicked to death by small children

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    Former Employee - Game Artist in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Game Artist in Albany, NY

    I worked at Vicarious Visions full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good place to work if you plan to move on in a year or two - or if you're just starting out and enjoy an overbearing gestapo-esque work environment.

    Cons

    The name says it all. If you just want to work on other companies' games, creations and visions and put out games with little or no creative input - then this is the place for you. Vicarious Visions is run in a highly hierarchical fashion - with the people at the top knowing little to nothing about what is happening. Interaction between disciplines and even the attempt to expand tool-sets and techniques is sicouraged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is a joke here. It's basically a close group of buddies protecting their positions - the result is: well, Vicarious Visions. A company that makes other people's games poorly. My advice to management? Quit. Go find jobs in advertising.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Place to Work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Vicarious Visions full-time

    Pros

    A very strong culture. Great IP to work on. Lots of opportunity for personal development.

    Cons

    The Albany area won't appeal to everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay focused on continuing to develop a strong talent base. Stay true to your passions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Too many Cooks in the kitchen

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vicarious Visions as a contractor

    Pros

    Pretty much the only studio in the area

    Cons

    Management will drive you nuts. everyone seems to fail upwards. overtime. Huge layoffs after every project.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    A great stepping stone for a career in the game industry.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in Menands, NY
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in Menands, NY

    I worked at Vicarious Visions as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Is a great gateway into the game industry
    Has a community that plans events
    Has flex schedule hours
    Friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    Advancement within the company is difficult
    Really long hours for extended time periods
    Sometimes goes into shift based schedules during crunch

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With great power comes great responsibility

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Best experience I could ask for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Quality Assurance Tester in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Quality Assurance Tester in Albany, NY

    I worked at Vicarious Visions as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere. Great fun/work balance. Everyone is willing to help where needed. Overall a rewarding experience to get to work here

    Cons

    Communication between departments needs to be overhauled greatly. Miscommunication can be a huge downfall of a project and there were times I thought it may go that way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Quality Assurance Tester

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in Albany, NY

    I worked at Vicarious Visions as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The environment was great, and a fun place to work.

    Cons

    The position was only temporary and you were treated as such

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Lots of room to grow

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Albany, NY

    I have been working at Vicarious Visions full-time

    Pros

    Lots of flexibility in terms of what you'll be able to work on. Both in terms of projects and platforms.

    Cons

    Decision making is done exclusively. Project organization is very hierarchical.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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