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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Great Place to work!

    Aug 10, 2021 - Game Designer 
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    Pros

    Passionate, friendly, creative people. Incredible work-life balance. Just a very nice place to work for years.

    Cons

    Unfortunately the pay rate was significantly under industry standards. Might be better now that they're not owned by SEGA, who held things up with a lot of red tape.

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  2. 3.0
    Former Contractor, more than 1 year

    Good videogame industry experience, but not somewhere to work long term

    Jul 30, 2021 - QA Tester 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Generally nice coworkers Good studio culture - fun and inclusive game nights with free food provided Good experience especially for people starting out in the industry

    Cons

    The studio is a bit tumultuous. Like other video game studios you just never know what’s going to happen. Are you going to be able to actually finish and release your game? Will you be owned by X publisher or working with Y as a support studio? Etc. job security isn’t bad as they always seem to have things in the pipeline, but don’t get too attached to a particular project or you’ll just be disappointed. For future QA people, QA Manager is awesome. He will take good care of you and always has his team’s back. However, the studio as a whole kind of treats QA as second class. It’s a bummer, but unless you’re a lead you really have to go out of your way to meet people in other departments because otherwise you’ll never see them - you’re in your QA corner and that’s where you stay.

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  3. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Strong management focused on unlocking talented individuals

    Oct 2, 2019 - Design in Cambridge, MA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Work life balance - Strong managers who care about both product and employees - Challenging work

    Cons

    - Small team size trying to do more with less - Traffic in the area

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  4. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Empowering and Consistent Studio

    May 8, 2019 - Software Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    There is an intentionally developed and maintained culture of low-ego/blame that focuses on solutions and processes rather than faulting people. There is an emphasis on knowledge sharing, openness, and learning. As a studio that has been around for more than 15 years there are a lot of experienced people and past decisions to learn from. There are many different kinds of engineering tasks that are a collective responsibility, so you are exposed to many types of problems and the leadership makes an effort to enable choosing some of what you would like to work on. There is no pressure to work overtime. They encourage use of time off. There is some choice about when you start/end your day.

    Cons

    While the company has some existing flexibility in structure and direction, there are fairly strict limits to these, even if they do not work for you.

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  5. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    One of Boston's longest-operating game development studios

    Nov 28, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Excellent work-life balance (everyone goes home for dinner) - Strong team of industry veterans - Transparent senior management - Long-term stability (among the best in the industry) - Great location accessible to public transit - Collaborative, no-drama culture - Lots of opportunity to use whatever skills you have and take on new challenges

    Cons

    - Tough commute for driving from the suburbs - Complex relationship with rest of SEGA can make things hairy - Some typical small company disadvantages: no formal professional development programs or crystal-clear career tracks

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  6. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great Place to Work

    Nov 16, 2016 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Demiurge is full of hyper competent, passionate people who treat making games as a job rather than a privilege that might be taken away at some point. You trust everyone (including upper management) to do their jobs well to a degree I haven't experienced at other companies. Everyone cares about what we make, but not at the expense of our home lives. It's great.

    Cons

    If you want to make something other than Free-To-Play mobile games, this isn't the company for you. It's also tough to find upward mobility in such a small studio.

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  7. 5.0
    Former Contractor

    A Wonderful and Innovative Company!

    Jun 23, 2016 - Anonymous Contractor 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Demiurge is a very warm and welcoming workplace. Working on top of the line mobile games, such as Marvel Puzzle Quest, is too much fun.

    Cons

    None to mention! I highly recommend taking a job here if you are offered. It is a great collaborative place.

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  8. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Woo!

    Dec 2, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
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    Pros

    Great place to work. Fun projects. Positive, laid-back culture. Nice size. Really smart/wonderful coworkers

    Cons

    If you aren't interested in working on mobile games, it might not be the place for you.

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  9. 5.0
    Former Employee

    Pleasant experience working with Demiurge Studios

    Feb 13, 2014 -  
    Recommend
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    Pros

    I had a brief contract with Demiurge a couple years back and it was a fantastic place for a tester to learn the ropes of the game industry. I was surrounded by smart, kind, helpful individuals. Even as a temp tester, I felt like I was a part of the whole team and never met with any disrespect from seasoned developers. I was required to do a very minimal amount of overtime and felt that the expectations were reasonable. Overall, we had fun while getting our work done well.

    Cons

    It's a smaller studio, so there isn't a lot of room for growth into other roles or to stay full-time if you're on a contract for a specific title--though I'd argue that you can attain valuable skills to bring elsewhere.

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  10. 4.0
    Former Employee

    You wont change the gaming industry, but you'll still have a life.

    Apr 8, 2010 -  in Cambridge, MA
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    Pros

    Demiurge's most unique feature is a very deliberate attempt to minimize crunch time for employees. Most of the people working there are great, and the senior management in particular were some of the best I have ever worked for. They own the company and they have never taken a dollar of VC money, so they shape the place as they see fit. Anyone can pitch something and have it heard. They really value people for their individual skills, and seem to care about their employees.

    Cons

    You'll work on bad games. They do outsource work, and they take contracts that wont risk their no-crunch thing. Thus, they end up doing games like Medal of Honor Airborne. The company will probably never get huge because they are afraid of taking risks. They are all happy to be working in games and will never make the big risks to become a major developer, even if they have the talent. One of the owners is absentee--in SF--and you can sense the weird tension that creates.

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