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"Poorly run, outdated studio"

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Former Employee - Artist in Houston, TX
Former Employee - Artist in Houston, TX
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook

I worked at Timegate Studios full-time (More than a year)

Pros

- good place to break in the industry but you won't get paid much
- talented, friendly coworkers

Cons

- management consists mostly of people with little experience outside of Timegate.
- no visibility on decisions made, grunt level developers (ie the ones who actually work) have no input.
- lots of crunch.
- owner treats it as his toy.
- lots of turnover
- low pay, even by Texas standards
- only studio in Houston, if you are laid off, prepare to move.

Advice to Management

- Hire outside the office, and shell out the money required to make a studio functional
- the modern game studio requires more visibility and developer input. The top down approach is outdated.
- anger management

Other Employee Reviews for Timegate Studios

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Not Much to Complain About."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Employee in Sugar Land, TX
    Current Employee - Employee in Sugar Land, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Timegate Studios full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Laid back atmosphere.
    - Coworkers are the nicest and most helpful people anyone could hope to work with.
    - Despite what some say, management really tries to come up with ways to keep everyone happy, with surprise activities, free soda/gourmet coffee/dinner, pitchfest, social activities, etc.
    - Competitive pay. IMO, slightly higher than industry when taking in to account the cost of living in Houston.

    Cons

    - Senior management has unrealistic expectations considering Timegate's status in the industry. Because of that, their attitude seems to be "my way or the highway".

    Advice to Management

    To upper management-

    First off, come to work. When you are out of the office as many days as you are in, it gives off the message that you don't want to be there, you don't care about the success of the projects, you expect the employees to work harder/care more than you, and that you're just there for the paycheck. If you do happen to come in, try and make it for more than a couple of hours. 12:00 - 4:00 does not count.

    To mid-upper management-

    Reality check. Despite what you think it WILL hurt you to lose us. Considering the fact that no one in senior management has ever had a job outside of Timegate, and they really don't have any talent, accomplishments, or skills aside from years ofecterience which ultimately led to their high-ranking titles. Coming in on a weekend during crunch time to ask what you can do to help (or just being seen trying to help) would go a lot further than dropping off food.

    To job hunters-
    If you are a self-motivated worker, then Timegate is the perfect place to work. If you get your work done, you can pretty much do whatever you want. If you're the type that needs constant direction, recognition and validation (like the other Timegate Glassdoor reviewers) you will most likely end up unhappy.


  2. "Good days and long days"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sugar Land, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sugar Land, TX
    Recommends

    Pros

    -Free soda!
    -Free lunch and dinner!
    -Great coworkers
    -Get to make video games!

    Cons

    -Crunch time
    -Communication could be better


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