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Insomniac Games Reviews

Updated Jun 6, 2019

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19 Ratings
  1. Helpful (4)

    "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Insomniac Games full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Terrific workplace, fantastic benefits, great people. CEO cares about everyone. Good projects. Amazing work / life balance --- yes there are busy times, but you won't find many places with that balance ingrained into the culture like this.

    Cons

    Haven't really been able to deliver a true hit in years. Sort of a lack of vision for how to get back to those PS2 years. Focus scattered with so many projects. Spider-Man could change that.

    Insomniac Games2016-07-14
  2. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to work and is just getting started. Future seems bright."

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    Current Employee - Designer in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Insomniac Games full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people, and great tools. Offers a wide variety of projects.

    Cons

    Hard to climb the ladder here. Salary feels low vs. experience.

    Advice to Management

    Step up and reward people even if they aren't quite veterans at Insomniac yet. We are losing people after Spider-Man for a reason...

    Insomniac Games2019-06-06
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Typical Game QA Experience"

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Insomniac Games full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You'll get to work on some great games. Some very talented folks work at Insomniac. Fairly flat organization. CEO (Ted Price) really cares about the company and making great games. He's very approachable, even being in a QA entry level position, I had a couple of discussions about the game we were working on with him.

    Cons

    Crunch is very common. Can hit 70+ hours a week when key deadlines are near. Low pay for QA. In QA the hiring approach is more about hiring a lot of folks, instead of hiring the best people.

    Advice to Management

    Leverage better planning and project management over regular intense crunch. Move pay more in-line with the current industry average.

    Insomniac Games2017-11-24
  4. Helpful (1)

    "There's a lot of potential and passion"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Insomniac Games full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good CEO and company founders. Great facilities. Good team of talented developers. Mostly good leads. Great tools for in house. Independent and owns most IPs. Good publisher relationship. Great team culture.

    Cons

    Direction team are not as strong as the rest of the developers or the company founders. Large project management team which is about 70% useful but with some key figures who don't contribute. Lack of focus and willingness to listen to the team. This is a major problem and causes large amounts of wasted work. The direction team micro manages instead of focusing on clear direction and documentation of the project as a...

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    Advice to Management

    Focus on training the direction team on giving solid direction and taking responsibility for teams failings rather than blaming them. Hire less contract roles and more full time staff. Improve links to universities and find ways to hire faster.

    Insomniac Games2017-09-18
  5. Helpful (4)

    "Gameplay Programmer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Insomniac Games for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Everyone contributes ideas, good variety of work, big games without huge teams, everyone is incredibly driven.

    Cons

    Pace can be extremely fast, management sometimes gets in the weeds too much without seeing the big picture.

    Insomniac Games2016-06-21
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Game Designer"

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      Former Employee - Designer in Burbank, CA

      I worked at Insomniac Games full-time

      Pros

      Good people, interesting projects, creative atmosphere

      Cons

      Poor project planning, long crunch periods, no employee growth

      Advice to Management

      Be more willing to take creative risks and do not panic when things don't go as planned.

      Insomniac Games2016-05-14
    • Helpful (3)

      "Great place to work at if you're not on contract."

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      Former Employee - QA Analyst 
      Recommends
      Negative Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Insomniac Games

      Pros

      Laid back culture and communication is very open. Free lunch on Fridays and a loaded kitchen. Fun projects and great people to work with.

      Cons

      No advancement opportunities since Titles released never make money. Favoritism happens in certain departments. An employee who is on contract will be singled out in reviews for negative behaviors yet full time employees get away with it and are not punished. No feedback from management on things that need improvement so you're ambushed during year end reviews. Contract employees not treated equal to full time employees...

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      Advice to Management

      Treat contract employees equally and don't let your full time employees get away with behavoirs you won;t stand for with contract employees.

      Insomniac Games2015-08-13
    • "Good place"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

        I have been working at Insomniac Games

        Pros

        Stable with good people. Smaller company with not a ton of growth opportunities. Fair and care about employees. Good place.

        Cons

        Limited growth potential, working on lots of separate projects under limited time frames, not much time or space for innovation.

        Advice to Management

        Focusing on reuse while important has reduced opportunities for growth and innovation.

        Insomniac Games2015-08-19
      • Helpful (1)

        "Lifetimer"

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        Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I have been working at Insomniac Games full-time

        Pros

        Management has done a great job taking responsibility from mistakes and pushing toward new goals and a new future that encourages risk. Great strides have been made to make work / life balance better.

        Cons

        Sometimes the hours can be long, during those hours people are on edge and can create a negative work environment, but those are usually mitigated.

        Advice to Management

        Some things have been a little too process driven, which can lead to lack of passion. See what can be done to encourage communication, collaboration and ownership of ideas, because at times this can feel restricted.

        Insomniac Games2015-08-01
      • Helpful (8)

        "QA Tester"

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        Former Employee - QA Tester in Durham, NC
        Recommends
        Positive Outlook
        Approves of CEO

        I worked at Insomniac Games

        Pros

        For starters you will most likely have the opportunity to work on Ratchet and Clank which is fun in and of itself. The company cares about it's employees. Despite the fact that I could have been ignored as a "cog in the wheel" so to speak all the employees are kind and very supportive of helping someone who does not have as much experience as they do. Even the CEO, Ted Price, takes the time to welcome everyone who...

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        Cons

        Cannot really think of any.

        Insomniac Games2015-04-28
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