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  1. "Amazing company"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Havok.com full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flat company, easy to communicate with C level management.

    Cons

    Be prepared to wear many hats!

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Experience working in the video game industry without the brutal crunch!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Havok offers middleware technology and developer support, so you get to have the benefit of a fantastic work/life balance (unlike working directly in the game industry) but also get exposed to all the cool new tech and games coming out. Also, Havok is owned by Intel, which means great job security and benefits (Havok will not suddenly get bought out and turned over or go out of business any time soon!) Havok is also always trying new programs in order to constantly grow the business. They aren't afraid to take risks and make sure that the brand and the technology doesn't get stale.

    Cons

    Very little room to grow, promotions are few and far between, and almost all management positions are in Ireland. This can lead to slow direction from across the pond, and sometimes miscommunication happens as a result of the timezone/distance.

    Advice to Management

    More room to grow in the San Francisco office, recognition of long time employees contributions, more communication between management in Ireland and San Francisco.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Good work/life balance and broad exposure to the video game industry"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Havok.com full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Havok is a good place to get a broad exposure to the AAA video game industry since Havok is used by so many top video game studios. As part of the developer support team and/or the development team, you get a chance to work with the smartest engineers in the industry (both in and outside of Havok). The San Francisco office is one of many offices in Havok, so it's small, but as a result, you get to know everyone in the office which creates a family-like atmosphere. Also, since Havok doesn't actually make video games, they don't have the same crunch hours as actual video game studios, so the work/life balance is much better.

    Cons

    Lots of turnover. Not that because Havok is a bad place to work at, but unless you move to Dublin, Ireland, your career trajectory is limited. And since it's in the San Francisco Bay Area, lots of people move on to other tech or game companies in the area just because there are so many tech jobs here.

    Advice to Management

    Be more willing to promote and train employees, so that they feel like they can grow.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "The best place to work at"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Contractor - Senior Software Engineer in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Havok.com as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great work/life balance
    - Interesting projects
    - Salary and benefits are the best

    Cons

    There are none I can think of - honest

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing what you're doing right now - 'cause you're nailing it!


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Great company, great crowd"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Havok.com full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very stable company, chances to work on very interesting technology and contributing to some amazing games out there. Always learning and surrounded by very smart people (depending on the location). Human resources really value employee efforts and they recognize the value they bring to the company, making efforts to meet employees needs. Very good work/life balance and basically no crunching. Management takes good decisions for the company's future in a very unstable market that is hard to predict.

    Cons

    Communication could be better but in a company that is so widespread over the world and with not that many people the problems are understandable. Lack of resources sometimes means that engineers have to undertake boring but mandatory tasks like QA. Sometimes it can be really, really hard to move from what you are doing in the company (because you're needed there) to what you'd really like to do in the company (reason why you accepted the job).

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees a bit more and try make them happy. Other than that you're doing a great job!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It is the world cutting technology company, you can learn a lot.

    Cons

    Nothing in particular, people are friendly and the working environment is good.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Great brand, great product, great history... unclear future"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The havok physics product is historically respected and the technical challenges you get to work on are potentially very interesting. Very smart people at the core and the safety of being owned by Intel means that occasional bumps in the road do not result in heads being chopped off very quarter.

    Cons

    Very tight cultural center that makes it hard (impossible?) to fit in based on contributions alone. Many core employees have never worked anywhere else and so do not have broader work experience to help guide their actions. Historical management has potentially polarized the working culture to be less than open and trusting - but this may be changing. Ownership by Intel may leave management less focused on industry leadership vs. sustainability. Down turn in AAA games industry may challenge growth prospects without fundamental shifts in thinking and strategy

    Advice to Management

    Hire and enable passionate and qualified risk takers and then step back