Turbine is a pioneering developer and operator of online entertainment, with breakthroughs in free-to-play model and successful long-running titles like The Lord of the Rings Online™ and Dungeons & Dragons Online™.
Founded in 1994, we've been developing acclaimed online games for over 20 years.
Our success throughout the years is based on our three core values representing the principles and beliefs that have guided our company:
BY OUR FANS:
I worked at Turbine full-time (More than 8 years)
- Laid back culture, genuinely nice people - Owned by WB, many fringe benefits (Discounts on phones, cars, movie screenings, free food) - Little to no crunch (all of it is optional in my time there, you do your work, you can go home) - Nice Area / Location - Cafeteria on site - Severance package was extremely generous. - Frequent opportunities for QA to move to Design positions. - Beast mode 401k plan - 4 weeks PTO to start, 5 weeks after 5 years, 6 weeks after 10 years. Christmas week usually off as well as 12 holidays and a floating holiday.
- Frequent layoffs, I survived though about 6 rounds before finally getting the axe. There have been 3 rounds in the past year, from 2014-2015 as they restructure to mobile development. - Miscommunication between departments, 2 projects run by a husband / wife team, possible conflict of interests. - Lead on one team dating subordinate, deemed 'not a problem' by HR. - HR has extremely high turnover rate. - Some incompetence at the VP level, but they were laid off at the same time as myself. - Paid significantly less if moved up from QA, opposed to someone with a previous position on the west coast.
Advice to Management
Mobile games are boring. Turbine has lost a lot of extremely talented people, partially due to incompetence on the director level. Problems seem to persist far longer than they should at any given point, especially when they are problems that effect the direct operations of the games themselves.
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Turbine (Boston, MA) in April 2015.
The process was very quick than I expected. The best HR process and the best and the most friendly people I've ever met. They respond fast and properly. They treat their candidates fair and nicely. I had 2 phone interviews (one with HR as usual first phone interviews and next one with art team) and then on-site interview. I was very impressed by all the people I met through the interview.
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