Volition

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Volition Reviews

Updated May 11, 2014
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2.9 10 reviews

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Dan Cermak

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50% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great company to work for

    QA Tester (Current Employee) Champaign, IL

    ProsFantastic people with a great work ethic. An environment that is welcoming and inclusive.

    ConsCareer paths can stagnate leading some people to have to leave the company for a while to get better job titles before coming back.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Full-time Dev QA isn't paid appropriately, relies on OT for a barely livable wage.

    QA Tester (Current Employee) Champaign, IL

    ProsGreat studio environment and fun atmosphere; good people. Opportunities to contribute to and improve a product. Becoming more stable with new ownership and laying off less people between projects.

    ConsSlow advancement for testers with lots of knowledge and experience, and poor pay chases good people out of the department and/or company. Ongoing exploitation of QA department, treating them like a cheap solution to throw at a problem- testers are not valued or fairly compensated.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good first game job

    Programmer (Former Employee) Champaign, IL

    ProsGood learning environment
    Strong sense of ownership of your work
    Easy access to upper management
    Area is inexpensive
    Flexible schedule, except during crunch.

    ConsSome departments are heavily political
    Area is boring--flat land, not much to do
    Has become a single-franchise studio
    Management team are more of a hindrance than a help
    Milestone goals are treated with relative indifference util it becomes a crisis

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake earlier milestones more seriously, teach management team to become leaders that pull with the team, rather than schedule-grubbing everyone.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work

    QA Tester (Former Employee) Champaign, IL

    ProsFun culture, very open to contributions from anyone and everyone.

    ConsNot a lot of upward mobility

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep doing what you're doing!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Volition is a great studio and has a lot of great people

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPeople, Culture, Innovative, Progressive, Beer

    ConsChampaign is a small city and not a lot to do for young people, great for families

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Volition was a good, rewarding and challenging work environment.

    Senior Concept Artist (Former Employee) Champaign, IL

    ProsWorking with talented and professional people in the digital gaming industry. Working on fun and exciting IP's. Top notch programmers and artists. Working in Champaign is very relaxed and a great community.

    ConsI don't have any cons related to working at Volition. Everyday was rewarding and terrific people to work with and to become a great team.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    People in charge don't know how to make games

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Champaign, IL

    ProsSome good, friendly people. Flex-time schedule. The combo of low cost of living and good salaries is a win.

    ConsThere's bad, bad strategy of producers and often project directors being people with no relevant experience or solid credits to their names. Producers are managers that rise up through associate/assistant positions, frequently from QA, and aren't qualified to be making creative decisions. Imagine if the director of a movie had no creative experience. That's Volition in a nutshell.

    There's a huge hit or miss nature to the projects. The first Saints Row was a a buggy mess. SR3 was solid. Red Faction: Armageddon was an embarrassing fiasco that lost 50 million, killed the franchise, and was a key contributor to THQ's financial collapse, yet no one was fired, no one was disciplined, no one asked "Why were the fun and good parts of the previous game completely thrown out for the sequel?"

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the people who ship good games in key positions. Stop mixing up the teams all the time. Don't give producers so much creative control. Stop having so many projects going at once and then pillaging teams for months so they can ship on time.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Overly managed, wholly owned subsidiary of a company that's going out of business.

    Design (Former Employee) Champaign, IL

    ProsNot in a big city, professional work environment, most folks are nice.

    ConsToo high a manager/worker ratio, games going downhill, lost a lot of skilled workers, not a fun environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCut 50% of managers, producers, project managers, flatten structure.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good potential company being driven into the ground by poor management and terrible publisher decisions.

    Design (Former Employee) Champaign, IL

    Pros- Extremely flexible work schedules. You can work whatever hours you want for the most part and a few core hours.
    - Good potential for excellence here, but currently being wasted.
    - Low cost of living in town.

    Cons- Game design decided by publisher and board of directors. Employees have little creative input and are more of production line workers trying to make a game that is dictated to us.
    - Employees leaving to join other companies by the day. When I started in 2010, there was 240 employees. Before leaving in 2012 (2 years later) the company was down to 140 employees, working on the SAME amount of projects. Most people left of their own free will due to the bad workplace.
    - Terrible hiring practices, and very poor training/preparation for new employees. ("Oh you start today? We don't have an office for you, nor a computer. Just watch them for now!")
    - Most asset creation done by outsourcers.
    - Lots of backwards company policies. Poor decision making by management.
    - Projects being canceled after tons of investment.
    - Management and Directors act like babysitters rather than leaders, while also receiving all the glory. (and the money) Very poor rewards for associate and mid level employees, as well as dreadfully slow (if any) promotion rates.
    - Studio is severely understaffed, especially after losing 100 people in two years. Expect to crunch full-time.
    - Have been personally lied to and used by management.
    - Dull "homely" town. Not much to do.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake the game making control back into your hands and away from THQ. Hire employees so you actually have respectable teams. For example, a three man audio team for two AAA titles is a joke. Stop spending extravagant amounts of money on food, parties, social events, and put that towards hiring the manpower you need to make AAA games. Reward your employees, and never ever lie to and mistreat the ones that you already have. Company is definitely on the way out the door. Not the place it used to be, and as the turnover numbers reveal, not a place anyone wants to work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Painful and problematic

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsCost of living is low
    Okay salary
    Hours are very flexible

    ConsUndeveloped tools
    Communication between departments
    Training for new employee very poor.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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