Obsidian Entertainment - Good Place, but don't Rock the Boat | Glassdoor
  1. Helpful (9)

    "Good Place, but don't Rock the Boat"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Obsidian Entertainment full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The owners are transparent about projects and accessible to everyone. Crunch is acknowledged as a sometimes necessary evil, but management genuinely tries to avoid it when possible. The owners and HR are also pretty flexible in working with employees. There's an understanding that life happens and they'll try to work with you for missed days and makeup time. There's a solid studio culture and love for RPG's....

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    Cons

    The flip side of people working together for so long is an entrenchment of doing things a certain way. There's resistance to updating game mechanics or even matching current industry trends. "Who else has done it this way?" is often asked by management before dismissing any "new" ideas (meaning not from CRPG's in the 90's). There's also a select group of employees who, for one reason or another, are always the ones...

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    Advice to Management

    Cycle through the project leads and management. Give employees some sense of career path advancement and/or mentorship. A lot of hungry and driven employees have left because they didn't see a future (and rightly so). Genuinely be fair to everyone. Employees notice the special treatment a few people consistently get.

    Obsidian Entertainment2017-09-30

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic Company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA Tester in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Obsidian Entertainment full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great company culture, good pay and great work-life balance.

    Cons

    There can be frequent layoffs.

    Obsidian Entertainment2018-11-16
  2. Helpful (3)

    "Stable work environment and passionate coworkers"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Artist in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Obsidian Entertainment full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good place to cut your teeth as a junior entering the industry, or as a intermediate artist looking to grow. People who show initiative are often recognized and promoted. Mandatory "Crunch" is very rare.

    Cons

    Scope of projects can spiral out of control due to failures at the production level (bad data fed to directors) or project directors with good data making delusional decisions.

    Advice to Management

    More accountability is needed at the project director level when a project's scope is mismanaged.

    Obsidian Entertainment2019-08-06

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