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Ludia Reviews

Updated March 13, 2019
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Pros
  • "Proximity with management, top properties, fun work environment" (in 7 reviews)

  • "One free lunch every week, free beer on Friday nights, cool company parties, decent insurance" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Whenever I would hear about big decisions being taken, it was mostly last minute and would cause a lot of turmoil for others" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Successful growing company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Game Programmer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Game Programmer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice relaxed work atmosphere
    great breakfast bar and coffee
    5-7 every friday with free beer and wine
    lots of transparency about how the company is doing and the direction it is headed
    great employee benefits
    access to a company gym

    Cons

    company isn't very innovate and likes to play things safe
    limits itself to franchised games
    not all teams have very good management and some can be very lazy or unorganized which frustrates other teams that need to work closely with them
    Pay is a bit less than what a similar position would be making at a bigger studio like Ubisoft

    Advice to Management

    You've found a formula that works and allows you to make good profits but don't be afraid to try and innovate on it a little or some of your top talent may get bored and leave
    Also pay your employees a little more competitively or the ambitious ones may seek out better paying opportunities.


  2. "Great place, but lacks challenge"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Artist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Artist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Great environment
    Progressive thinking Human Resources
    Stylized games
    License Games

    Cons

    Lack of challenge
    Repetitive
    Lack of Seniors
    License Games

    Advice to Management

    Use your talented game designers, and create innovative games.

  3. "Not Good For Growth"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ludia full-time

    Pros

    - Big and known licences for projects

    Cons

    - Low Pay
    - No Structure
    - No Clear Path


  4. "Solid & stable company with good people."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - UI Designer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - UI Designer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ludia full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A reasonably stable company with some very talented people.
    Work on some great IP's.
    Nice Parties.

    Cons

    Company can be a bit slow to catch up with industry trends.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the dead wood.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Intermediate 3D Artist"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - 3D Artist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - 3D Artist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ludia (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Stress free work environment - Nice people

    - Free lunch on Friday

    - Competitive salaries

    - Great location

    - Showers, nearby gym, bicycle locker

    - Highly talented, senior teams

    Cons

    - Some projects severely disorganized

    - Extreme lack of clarity for sprint goals

    - No Tech Artists...

    - No project Art Directors...

    Advice to Management

    Hire Art Directors and competent Tech Artists to support your teams.


  6. "O.K company. AMAZING CEO."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ludia full-time

    Pros

    Cool lofty work space with tiki bar and lounge.
    Lots of employee recognition
    Fun outings.

    Cons

    Very clicky.
    Very hard to move up or switch departments once you are in.


  7. "Gestionnaire"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ludia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Free lunches and a few industry veterans, decent tools now that most of company is on UNITY.
    Old Montreal is pleasant.

    Cons

    Terrible cheap office furniture. Uncomfortable chairs, dusty Work space with wires every where.

    Zero dress code- some things you cannot unsee.

    Zero room for advancement for managers. Rampant politicking and back room dealing, No female executives. Executive leadership based on nepotism.

    Very much an us-vs-them vibe between execs and managers. Big brother-esque- can’t trust anyone vibe.

    Lack of ability to focus on what employees are good at and profit from it.

    A CEO who is a self proclaimed visionary who while he has done some great things continues to micromanage product development, makes last minute feature changes and has a hard time listening to the experts hired to create the product.

    If you are a junior cutting your teeth in this industry there’s lots to learn here. If you have experience already stay away.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring experienced people if you don’t want to listen to them. You love to tell managers to listen to their teams but seem incapable of Re puri sting the favour.

    Figure out why all your middle managers keep quitting. If you want to run your business like a start up that’s fine but if you really want continued growth start using the experienced talent you have in a less demoralizing way and soul sapping way and revamp your organization so they actually have room to grow.

  8. "Some thoughts"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior UI Designer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior UI Designer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ludia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A great social environment, with great benefits.

    Cons

    Isn't organized like a company this size should be.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better! And roles need to be organized more with a clear hierachy, especially when it comes to approvals.
    Too often important information comes too late.
    And with regards to Art...there are always far too many cooks in the kitchen...professionals need to be trusted and listened to.


  9. Helpful (10)

    "Where your career goes to die, sort of."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - 3D/2D Artist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - 3D/2D Artist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ludia full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    From all the places I've worked at, Ludia was the best place to work in terms of how they treat their employees and the perks they give. Yearly raises though they typically average about 2-3%.

    Cons

    The main problem with Ludia is lack of career progression and with that lack of significant pay increase as you will be paid below average. If you are level 1 aka junior you could probably get promoted eventually in about two plus years. If you are level 2 trying to be level 3 aka senior you might as well quit now. There is a road block and a dumb one at that. Upper management has no faith in trusting the opinion of the producers and leads of projects when it comes to promotions. They seem to think they know better even though most of those up for promotion have never met upper management so how can upper management know the quality of the work produced and the importance of those seeking promotion? There is a big exodus of level 2 people who are really level 3 but choose to seek employment elsewhere because of this. So with this Ludia lacks true senior level people so not surprisingly their latest projects have been failing. I don't see this changing. Upper management seem to think people are easily interchangeable so they don't try to keep their stellar employees around because their egos prevent them from promoting the more ambitious employees or try to accommodate them. So if this is you, don't apply here as you're just wasting your time and giving Ludia your expertise for below market pay.

    Advice to Management

    It's time to sort out career development of your employees. Have a long and hard talk with your hr department to see why so many experienced people have been leaving your company of late. Time to drop the ego and realize the mistakes you've done and work with your current employees to prevent more exodus of experienced people.


  10. "Great environment"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - QA Tester in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - QA Tester in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Welcoming people, great environment, good benefits.

    Cons

    It's hard to switch careers internally.