Volition Reviews

Updated March 23, 2015
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  1. Exciting times at Volition

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Volition

    Pros

    Volition is full of talented and friendly people. You’ll be given the opportunity to learn, try new things and contribute. Access to management is easy and discussions are encouraged. The studio offers lots of perks including a flexible work environment. Champaign itself is a very livable college town. The size is manageable, it’s inexpensive and there’s plenty to do.

    Cons

    It’s the only game in town…literally. Champaign is small, so those looking for a town with a lot of game developers and big city energy will be disappointed. Since Volition is a small company, there’s not a lot of room to move up, although structure and culture changes have made a difference.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The studio feels like it's still in transition, but keep at it. You're on a good path.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. Working at Volition was an overall positive experience

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    Former Employee - Game Programmer in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Game Programmer in Champaign, IL

    I worked at Volition

    Pros

    - Minimal crunch
    - High degree of talent
    - Good work/life balance

    Cons

    - Lack of variety of types of games

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Game development in the Midwest? YES!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Volition full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Exciting and fun environment
    Diverse group
    Great people

    Cons

    Can be long crunch hours - like any game developer

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

    Longtime employee, very satisfied!

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    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Designer in Champaign, IL

    I have been working at Volition full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great/affordable town to raise a family with industry-competitive pay. Cool office with easy access to gyms, breweries, restaurants, park, etc and a flexible work environment to support using them. Fun coworkers and company activities. Studio leaders have a high focus on empowering employees and mentoring for career growth. Mature studio of primarily senior and experienced teammates.

    Cons

    Not a big city environment. Somewhat isolated from other game studios. Office floorplan can be super-confusing at first.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on new studio culture and project org ideas. Your currently stated ideas are great, so the goal is to make progress toward them as smoothly as possible.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Full-time Dev QA isn't paid appropriately, relies on OT for a barely livable wage.

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    Current Employee - QA Tester in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - QA Tester in Champaign, IL

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

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Slow 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Great company to work for

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    Current Employee - QA Tester in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - QA Tester in Champaign, IL

    I have been working at Volition full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Good first game job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Programmer in Champaign, IL

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Some 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Great place to work

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    Former Contractor - QA Tester in Champaign, IL
    Former Contractor - QA Tester in Champaign, IL

    I worked at Volition as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Not a lot of upward mobility

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Volition is a great studio and has a lot of great people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    People, Culture, Innovative, Progressive, Beer

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Volition was a good, rewarding and challenging work environment.

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    Former Employee - Senior Concept Artist in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Concept Artist in Champaign, IL

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

    Pros

    Working 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.

    Cons

    I 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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