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Updated September 18, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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

    I have been working at Insomniac Games full-time (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.


  2. "There's a lot of potential and passion"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Insomniac Games full-time (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 whole.
    Poor accountability at direction level.
    Slow to hire new talent.
    Poor pay/bonus.

    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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Gameplay Programmer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Insomniac Games (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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Game Designer"

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    Former Employee - Designer in Burbank, CA
    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.


  5. "Good place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.


  6. Helpful (2)

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

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    Former Employee - QA Analyst
    Former Employee - QA Analyst
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 at times. Too much overtime and it is often not needed.

    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.


  7. "Lifetimer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "QA Tester"

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

    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 works at Insomniac to the team. The team at Durham is fairly small so it had an indie feel with AAA level support. I would definitely recommend it.

    Cons

    Cannot really think of any.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Overall great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Animator in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Animator in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Insomniac Games full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Collaborative environment, excellent benefits, fun projects, wonderful people, and a CEO who actually gets to know you and treats you like a fellow human being

    Cons

    Work life balance can be tough during extended crunches. Insomniac isn't the worst place out there when it comes to crunching, but this can be a challenge.

    Advice to Management

    I do not feel our schedules accurately reflect the time it takes to complete the work we are assigned. Unrealistic scheduling results in sloppy work and/or poor work life balance to compensate. These problems are solvable, but we need to improve communication with our managers.


  10. "Great place to work with amazing people and fun games"

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    Former Employee - Programmer in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Programmer in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Insomniac Games full-time

    Pros

    Top management is exceptional. They are open and willing to talk to and listen to everyone. The company has a commitment to finding new ways to make employees happy and they aren't content with making mediocre games. You are always encouraged to figure out how to make the games better regardless of your position.

    Cons

    Long hours can be common especially approaching deadlines. While top management is willing to listen that doesn't mean that your ideas will always get taken seriously by middle management.


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