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  1. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    There is a lot that needs fixing at id Software.

    Apr 6, 2014 - Developer in Richardson, TX
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    Pros

    Doom, Quake, Wolfenstein. I got into the game industry because of these games, and the amazing talent that created them. I came to id software because I wanted to learn from these developers. The pay is pretty decent, and they used to give bonuses before the current management issues.

    Cons

    None of the amazing talent that created id's iconic games are left - they've all fled the current management team. There are a few issues id software needs to work on to turn things around: The lack of professionalism: Expect lots of inappropriate jokes, comments and a generally unprofessional work environment. Our HR director quit recently over the many internal issues. The lack of opportunities: The Management has openly stated in team meetings that when they are looking to give raises and promotions, they care more about how they get along with the prospect, rather than skill, experience, or previous work done. The hiring practices: They've turned away good candidates in all departments because the leads have expressed a desire to hire only students or people they've worked with before. The broken technology: The entire tech team at id software has quit and moved to Occulus - they all left this past February all together on the same day to protest the managements treatment of people. The non-stop attrition: When all of the teams merged together to create the "new" Doom team 2 years ago, there was around 140+ developers to make the game. Now, there is only around 50. The non-stop attrition has gotten so bad, that they had to contract outside the company for the multiplayer portion of the game, and we have contractors doing a bulk of our art work. The non-stop reboots and changes of direction: Every 4 months or so, they tell us that the current direction is all wrong for doom, and will re-boot most, if not all, of the game. This means that for over 2 years of work, there is no game to show, beyond 1 or 2 blockout levels and numerous prototypes. The non-stop spin doctoring: Instead of meeting the issues head on and working for positive change, the people at id are awash in spin doctoring by the management.

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Fantastic place to work

    Jun 29, 2022 - Technical Artist 
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    Pros

    Great team making amazing content on cutting edge tech.

    Cons

    Some bottlenecking with creative leadership.

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  2. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Amazing Company

    May 21, 2022 - Software QA Tester in Richardson, TX
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    Pros

    Experienced staff, amazing environment and great pay.

    Cons

    Not enough accountability for staff that perform poorly.

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