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Eidos Montreal Reviews

Updated Sep 17, 2019

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Chaos"

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    Former Employee - Level Designer in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Eidos Montreal full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They finally have free coffee?

    Cons

    You are on your own if you don’t buddy up to the leads fast. The politics on play ensure you can’t effectively do your job, and the people on top never know what they want so you’re going to be constantly doing and redoing work until they figure it out and it will always be your fault that you didn’t get it. Performance reviews are non existent unless they need to cut heads, then you’ll mysteriously be informed... you failed it (you will not ever see this review.). Watch yourself when you get close to your two years there, they know they can fire you without triggering legal repercussions because dismissal laws don’t kick in for Quebec until 2 years. If even one producer doesn’t like you, they will drum up some reason to fire you without any input from your managers. And they’re not even pulling out any kind of successes to justify this. This is a company where franchises go to die. They’ve killed Thief, they’ve killed Deus Ex, they’re about to kill Tomb Raider. Sooner or later Japan is going to get tired of having their obey wasted and that is not going to be pretty. They’ve already cut out most of the employees perks for all the fuckups. The rep around town is already so bad they keep having to find people outside of the province and even the country because everyone here is getting wise to the toxic environment thanks to all the people they’ve chewed through.

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    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves. Anybody in this industry could do your jobs better.

    Eidos Montreal2018-07-25
  2. Helpful (4)

    "They will burn you out, lay you off or get you fired one day or another."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Eidos Montreal full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Cool projects - Nice studio

    Cons

    - HR are corrupted. - Be friends with leads, producers, studio manager if you want a promotion. - It's who you know, not what you know or how qualified you are. - Designers aren't trusted. Focus groups, apparently, know better. - Studio needs a clean up and a fresh start. - Employees are all dispensable. They'll burn you out, get you fired or lay you off one day or another.

    Advice to Management

    Eidos Montreal needs a reboot. Put the right people in the right positions. Get a real culture, real values and stand by them. Build strong team, don't lay off or fire people for the dumbest reasons ever. Protect your people, your teams, your culture.

    Eidos Montreal2018-07-11
  3. Helpful (2)

    "QA Technician"

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    Current Employee - QA Technici 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Eidos Montreal full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexible hours. No crunch time (your mileage may vary). Generous numbers of days off. High job security. Amazing product quality. Smart and friendly coworkers. Free iPad for 5 years of service.

    Cons

    They announced a yearly bonus program for everyone in my team, but they forgot to tell me that I wasn't included, because I wasn't a programmer. I had to find out the hard way by eagerly waiting for 2 years without a single word.

    Eidos Montreal2018-05-11
  4. Helpful (9)

    "RUUNN!!!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Eidos Montreal full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    1. The location. It's downtown Montreal, near quartier des spectacles. Food trucks on summer, nearby show proximity to pretty much everything. 2. The staff. People you work with day after days are simply amazing and genuine. They have so much fun is contagious. 3. Video games company. So you have 2 arcade machines, pool table, air hockey, retail game console pretty much everywhere. VR. Fruits (sometimes... rotten) and free coffee for those who drink that if not than you have beer on Friday.

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    Cons

    Okay brace yourself this is going to be a long one. (Sorry no potato at the end) 1. The worst thing of all in that company is the management. Doesn't matters the department you are working on. They are here since the beginning of the studio and agree with their plan or not, they are going to stay. No sense of priority, organization, structure and no people skill at all. You are going to submit ideas, they are... going to reject it and 6 month later they will propose the same idea but in their name. 2. If you want a promotion, you better start kissing them, or you need to have good connection with higher people. Because it's not based on how well your do the job, but more about. Who you know and who back you can scratch. 3. They give no feedback at all. So you cannot know if you did a good job. The only time you know its at the annual evaluation and even there prepare yourself. The evaluation is on 4. Below 2 well you are out. 4, you need to be a pillar of.tje company to have it. Generally their are just going to give you 2.5 or 3 for doing your job. (Also this affected your base salary each year) 4.No formation. They not want to invest on an employee. For them it's cheap labor. You better talk with your co-worker to have access to that knowledge because the other way is to try to do something by yourself. And hey if you don't succeed they are going to blame it on you. 5. No tools. You need to do your job with what you have. Sometimes you will works with something that even Frankenstein's Monster will say: nope, don't use that, it will collapse! 6.HR are at the company's service, not yours. If you have an issue they will probably side with the management. Making it really hard to fight for your right (see what I did there!!) 7. The mentality. It's negative reinforcement they call it. Basically, they will treat you like human garbage, but with a smile and while laughing, so it's.not try right guys? And the weight on You is heavy beacuse you are starting to think it. That way they know they can keep up at low salary, because in your head you will never find better elsewhere. 8. No perks from the game industry. You cannot buy any games from Eidos or from.the Square Enix Family for a small fees like in the past. Yeah you have your 30% with your employees email, but before that, you were able to get a two or three years titles for 10$ and latest title's for 20$ for friends and family. Now you have a free ps4 or steam come for you and that it.

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    Advice to Management

    First, remember when you where doing our job. Do you want to be treated like this? I hope not. A clean up Need to be done here. Some people rules with a iron fist like a dictator. Open communication between boss, HR and employee should be in place. Formation on how to deal with your team should be mandatory from each manager. Follow up should be done to ensure proper dialogue. Give feedback to your team.... Encourage them, have faith in them. Stop micro-managing. It's not the way to a proper environment. And I think the final thing I want there like anywhere else and it will be the final word of that marvelous review. Anybody on this planet. Should have some RESPECT.

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    Eidos Montreal2018-05-09
  5. Helpful (3)

    "developper"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Eidos Montreal full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Offices and their equipments. Recent computers.

    Cons

    Your career depends on who you know not what you know. So many money wasted because of a lack of organisation, structure. So many new good employees fired because of a total lack of internal formation. Learn to shut your mouth in that company and choose your crowd. Beware of the HR! Far from being impartial. IT service is really bad. The general atmosphere seems good but if you scratch a bit, everyone... complains for good reasons.

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    Advice to Management

    The fruit is rotten. Cut the branch if you want to save the whole tree. In other words, do a big clean up among the managers if you want to change your company reputation.

    Eidos Montreal2018-05-08
  6. Helpful (4)

    "General information"

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    Current Employee - Level Designer in Montreal, QC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Eidos Montreal full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Free Coffee RRSPs Corporate Deals Good Insurance coverage Your seasonal parties and events Great minds working under this roof

    Cons

    Summer parties, where'd they go?

    Eidos Montreal2018-03-09
  7. "Not all changes are good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Eidos Montreal full-time

    Pros

    Fruits, beers, flexibility, new upcoming layout, projects and co-workers

    Cons

    Senior Producer that is rude to employees and a bully

    Advice to Management

    Go on the floor in all locations to see and be seen

    Eidos Montreal2018-02-19
  8. Helpful (7)

    "Bad management practices & Indulgent HR Dept."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Eidos Montreal full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Awesome AAA projects to work on Free Fruit everyday Free Beer every Friday Excellent location in downtown Montreal You'll have nice and very talented colleagues to learn from Renovations underway.. so office space will be nicer someday in the future

    Cons

    Management is a abysmal, there is a flagrant lack of direction and purpose.. One day you'll be told to do something, the week after you'll have to undo it or is ignored. There is no training whatsoever, you'll have to educate yourself and learn on the go HR only seems to be to back middle to high management and have little consideration for other employees.. Very hard to get promoted unless you're buddies... with the (bosses) producers/managers/leads, no matter how talented or compromised you are.. Passive agressive behaviour & attitude coming from leads, managers and directors.. they love to play mind games, meaning, they always try to demean you as a professional instead of offering incentives and training to get better. Very condescending attitude, they don't listen to suggestions either, you beet shut up and do your job. HR Employee Review process is extremely flawed and impartial, basically if your manager likes you you'll get raving reviews otherwise you'll get tanked and there's nothing you can do about it. You'll eventually get treated like defective labour and will never get ahead. Managers and directors seem to never respect their work schedules, they "work" a lot "from home" and get plenty of time off (vacation), in the meantime, us regular employees must comply with a 40 hour per week schedule MINIMUM. OT is highly encouraged but never paid...

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    Advice to Management

    Is very hard to be productive and stay motivated on such a toxic work environment. Please treat this as a number 1 priority There needs to be a massive overhaul in the higher managements and HR Lead roles, they need to hire better, capable, qualified people who have a sense of kindness towards others also must possess a strong will to create a happy and engaging , motivating work environment. There needs to... be clearer leadership, defined processes, HR needs to step up their game and get way more involved with the teams, depts and end once and for all the friendshiping favours, people should be promoted based on merits not as a result of whomever they're friends with. There is HUGE potential being wasted right now here by incompetent people running this company.

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    Eidos Montreal2018-02-14
  9. Helpful (4)

    "Manic Work Conditions"

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    Former Employee - Lead Designer in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Eidos Montreal full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Talent abounds. Employees work tirelessly and with great expertise to deliver solutions under tremendous pressure and very tight deadlines and often unprofessional conditions.

    Cons

    Poorly managed. Certain projects lack a clear vision and direction. Verbal abuse from upper management. Shifting-sands production with so much work lost and budgets burned. Studio overall lacks clear goals to grow and has yet to release a game that demonstrates what their studio brand is.

    Advice to Management

    Hire a studio creative director to help define what Eidos Montreal is good at. Distill that brand and focus on creating one successful franchise and iterate. All other weaknesses will fade away once the studio understands inherently what it should be known for.

    Eidos Montreal2018-02-15
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Mixed bag"

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    Former Employee - Junior Scripter in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Eidos Montreal full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Downtown, near a metro station, nice mix of people, small perks like: fresh fruit (some) mornings, Lufa basket pick-up point, crossfit and BIXI subsidies, (if you drink) beer on Fridays.

    Cons

    Clearly some issues when it comes to direction. Poor market/critical reception of some games didn't help the atmosphere.

    Eidos Montreal2017-11-22
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