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Eidos Montreal Reviews

Updated 17 Sep 2019

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  1. "World class studio"

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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Eidos Montreal

    Pros

    Best franchises in the industry

    Cons

    Studio perks like social benefits and studio design need to be reviewed.

    Eidos Montreal2016-03-21
  2. Helpful (8)

    "Cold Robot Life"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Montreal, QC
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    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Eidos Montreal full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Smart, talented and helpful colleagues. - Nice downtown location. - Competitive salary.

    Cons

    - Self-serving management with CYA mentality wasting time playing politics and the blame game instead of addressing their bad decisions. - HR are equally useless, are there to serve the company not the employees. - Unprofessional environment.

    Advice to Management

    As the old adage goes, people don't quit jobs, they quit bosses.

    Eidos Montreal2016-01-26
  3. Helpful (2)

    "True life at Eidos Montreal"

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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Eidos Montreal

    Pros

    Great talented people to work with, working on popular AAA games. Decent overal company and wnvironement to work in.

    Cons

    To manny politics, pretencious leads acting like supperstars, too manny AD changes or very little collaboration, do what your told. As previous post you will redo work too manny times because of slow to grow tech depending on what project at least.

    Advice to Management

    Make the team feel they are collaborating a little more. Just like Naughty Dog.... The more you ask others for their professional opinion and make them feel appreciated the better results you will have.

    Eidos Montreal2015-12-05
  4. "Nice work environment"

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    Current Employee - Programmer in Montreal, QC
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    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere, casual dress, flexible hours. Good pay and benefits package. If you put your blinders, stay focused on your job and accept that the group has some management issues, it's a low-stress workplace.

    Cons

    Eidos is the biggest studio in the Square Enix Europe group, but all the top management is still at the London office, which is almost exclusively dedicated to publishing (no dev). There group suffers from lack of a coherent management hierarchy, owing to the fact it was built through the acquisition and merger of many companies and a management hierarchy overhaul has never been done. They have about 8 different IT... departments as a result, for example.

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    Advice to Management

    You will have to deal with the fact the hierarchy of the group makes no sense one day, How about now?

    Eidos Montreal2015-10-27
  5. Helpful (4)

    "Level art"

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    Current Employee - Level Artist in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Eidos Montreal full-time

    Pros

    Great people work here. A lot of talents you can learn from. Free fruits everyday, not just apples, but a bunch of strawberries, mangoes, bananas, blue berries and so on ! Good benefits and insurance. Not much overtimes. I personally haven't experienced any overtimes during 2 years here. But depends on the project I assume. 10 days paid holidays during Christmas/New years. Awesome work station, great spacious... working desks, Nice office in general.

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    Cons

    Politics!!! management sucks. Lot's of issues with you redoing your job 2-5 times because somebody from art directors changes his mind and want different look. Some people spend 2.5years working on 1 game level, the one that was schedule to be done withing 1.5, so a year of work is wasted because of lack of planning. This happens all the time. Very picky with you showing up at work on time. Even is you a kickass... employee who does the job better then other team members you would still be fired with no problem for missing 2 hours out of your 40h/week schedule, or being 10min late. Sometime they get rid of people by personal reason, when someone from management doesnt like you. My buddy got fired being on vacation, which technically was illegal due to having no official warnings prior. Be careful and try to always have some savings while working here, because you never know when this company starts to dislike you. Everyone is disposable here. Also, try to ask as higher pay as possible right at the beginning, dont count on annual raise, 1.5-3% max per year raise is a joke. Bonus system is ridiculous.

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    Eidos Montreal2015-11-02
  6. "Eidos Montreal"

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    Designer in Montreal, QC
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    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Eidos Montreal

    Pros

    Average to good work life balance. Fair salaries. Fair benefits.

    Cons

    Experiencing growing pains, and unexperienced management.

    Advice to Management

    Meet with your employees regularly to understand their career goals.

    Eidos Montreal2015-07-25
  7. "Animator"

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    Current Employee - Animator in Montreal, QC
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    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    friendly work environment Great benefit paid overtime AAA titles

    Cons

    Engine can be hard to master slow dev process

    Eidos Montreal2015-07-09
  8. "Not much experience to compare to"

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

    Pros

    Good central, downtown location Good colleagues

    Cons

    Narrow vision (Possible, I could be wrong, might just seem that way from my position) Long production periods (Years) Lack of communication between departments Seems to play it safe

    Eidos Montreal2015-06-05
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    "Plan for short term / Avoid"

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     in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Eidos Montreal

    Pros

    good salary and benefits Nice studio with good ergonomics accommodations (including standing desks if you request them) Great artists

    Cons

    Politics, politics, politics. If you are part of the "in" crowd, you will raise to lead extremely fast regardless of competency... if you are not part of the in-crowd, expect to be laid off within a year and plan your finances accordingly. Middle management does not forward information between upper and lower level employees, often making it not only difficult, but down right impossible for them to do their jobs.... Upper will set goals, which will not be conveyed to the people actually making the game... yet they will somehow be expected to reach those goals and reprimanded/fired if they don't. The entire studio is mired in the past. Their business modes haven't evolved since the 1990s and it shows. The studio is paralyzed by change, they say they want to try new things, but as soon as it is suggested the panic sets in and everything reverts back to what people are comfortable with. Middle management (leads, producers, directors etc) have a frequent habit of shooting the messenger. If you have bad news, keep it to yourself, you will last longer. People who point out flaws with a project get reassigned, quickly.

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    Advice to Management

    Learn what your people actually do. I've seen several employees laid off who were absolutely vital to the success of a project because the producer or director didn't like them, and since they had no clue what the person did for the team, they thought they could be easily replaced. BREAK UP THE CLIQUES! Far, far too many leads in the company only have their job because they are best friends with their director... / producer Stop firing people who tell you things you don't want to hear. If people are too afraid to come forward with problems, or to point out better ways of doing things, you will never improve. Lastly, if you say you want to try new things, or bring new expertise to the studio, stop doing things exactly the same way you've done it for the last 20 years, and stop firing those who have the exact expertise you are looking for.

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    Eidos Montreal2015-05-15
  10. Helpful (6)

    "Great people, horribly run business."

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    Former Employee - QA Tester in Montreal, QC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers, average benefits, some fun things, like the arcade in the Caf and beer Fridays, however the general feel of the office is very toxic and close-minded.

    Cons

    Terrible management, any issues or huge mistakes that happen amongst the higher-ups trickle down and cause layoffs at the bottom row.

    Advice to Management

    Consider helping employees fast-track/learn more about the different positions to build up, rather than

    Eidos Montreal2015-01-10
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