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Daybreak Game Company Reviews

Updated April 9, 2019
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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Best job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Daybreak Game Company full-time

    Pros

    I love to work here cause new ideas come every day.

    Cons

    I cant really say there's a con i love working and i love to help with ideas of the game known as dc universe online.


  2. "Great people here for the long term. Tons of passion. (Austin)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Daybreak Game Company full-time

    Pros

    Venerable games. Passionate people in a generally well functioning team. (Austin)

    Cons

    Interference from HQ in San Diego is always bad. HR is recently extremely dishonest and not into valuing employees. CEO has little idea about how to run a business, treat people, or make games. But we make do.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are worth more than you think, and it would be great if you could stop spending our dollars on half baked bad ideas for new games that no one believes in, so we could keep these talented people around. Let the professionals design and run the games.

  3. "The problems start at the top"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Daybreak Game Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    + Crunch was rare and handled well if it did have to come up.
    + Some truly talented, kind, and friendly people working there. The studio avoids hiring jerks and it shows. Great people here, especially the further away from senior management you get.
    +Kitchen stocked with snacks.
    + Great engineering team that was smart, easy to work with, and had a legitimate interest in helping other departments.
    +If you're lucky and survive layoffs, you'll soon find yourself in a position you probably aren't qualified for!

    Cons

    - Incompetent management. This is a consistent theme in other negative reviews. There's a reason for that.
    - Bland corporate culture. The place felt less like a game studio and more like an office where people make games. Management is responsible for this.
    - Two layoffs in eight months.
    - Limited upward movement. You either have to move departments or have your boss leave / get laid off to move up.
    - Management exiles people that dare to speak up about the real state of affairs. As another reviewer put it "like the mafia. Obey or you're gone."

    Advice to Management

    - Leave, or make drastic changes. Senior management has consistently
    - Prioritize fun at the workplace, both in our tools and in the games we create.
    - Be more transparent with your employees about the real state of affairs.
    - Stop interfering with the remaining employees you have that understand the industry and know how to make fun games.


  4. "Many Red Flags"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Daybreak Game Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Wonderful day to day interactions with coworkers across departments
    - Fully stocked snacks and drinks

    Cons

    - Huge disconnect between management and employees
    - Overall toxic work environment
    - Company outlook continues to be
    grim despite what execs try to sell to employees

    Advice to Management

    Get a new executive team to save the company and reignite the passion of employees. HR needs to get a grip on what employees actually value, like hiring in understaffed departments, vs just inundating everyone with food/alcohol.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "A decent place that has been ruined"

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    Former Employee - Lead Artist
    Former Employee - Lead Artist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Daybreak Game Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great snack and kitchen setup. Really nice common area and theatre for big meetings, team BBQs, etc.

    At mid to lower levels (aka below management), a lot of very talented and delightful people to work with. They truly are the only thing I miss.

    Benefits are pretty solid, not a lot of crunch. Crunch was handled pretty well with catered dinners, etc.

    Your inevitable severance package will be pretty decent.

    Probably a lot of options for advancement given the amount of turnover.

    Cons

    Senior management get in the way of all creative decision making. People hired for their expertise are then told their expertise is wrong and to do it the way management wants instead. These people inevitably quit or are marginalized.

    Constantly chasing trends, and designing schemes to make money off their declining games instead of empowering their teams to make things that are fun.

    Outdated and non-maintained engine technology, and completely unable to keep up with modern engine trends. Refuse to use third party engines (Unreal, Unity, hell even Lumberyard), instead they are under delusions that they can stay relevant with a small (but smart and talented) team of 5ish engineers.

    Advice to Management

    Resign and get new management. Every person management has recruited, hired and installed as a premium hire has turned out to be toxic to their projects, and completely undermine their teams. Few of them are laid off or fired, many are still there somehow. The ones who are competent end up quitting in frustration because of how stifled they are by management. At some point, you must see the pattern points back to you.

    Stop using Forgelight and stop internal engine development. You won't be able to keep up.

    You've lost the Battle Royale genre. Accept it, move on, and let your creative employees make you something good and fun. And get out of their way.


  6. "The vision is dead."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Escondido, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Escondido, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Daybreak Game Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good co-workers, nice facilities, snacks & drinks, free game subscriptions.

    Cons

    The company's leadership has lost the vision- it isn't clear if it has totally given up on innovating anything because of financial woes or incompetence, but either way, the company places a much higher value on a quick buck than a good video game.

    Advice to Management

    When the time comes to sell off the EQ franchise please make sure you choose someone who will do it justice.


  7. "Software Developer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Daybreak Game Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great environment. Lot's of on-site perks. Great team to work with

    Cons

    Worse leadership ever. Lack of goals and vision. Rich playboy wasting money

  8. "Bad ,"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Daybreak Game Company full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and decent benefits

    Cons

    Bad management , horrible leadership


  9. "Fun to Work At"

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    Former Employee - NOC Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - NOC Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Daybreak Game Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great environment and community to work with.
    Solid infrastructure and IT department

    Cons

    Limited upward movement. You would have to move across departments in order to have any upward movement


  10. "bad morale, directionless"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Daybreak Game Company full-time

    Pros

    good snacks and drink selection.

    Cons

    Lots of people have left/were laid off. Morale is bad. despite good recommendations, management oftentimes waffles on decisions despite clear evidence to go a specific direction and very easily lost leadership on every game they put out.

    Advice to Management

    Value creative talent and stop rewarding mediocrity.