Ludomade Reviews

Updated Oct 14, 2020

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3.4
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  1. "Cool People"

    5.0
    Former Employee - Associate Producer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Ludomade full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Everyone on the team is incredibly talented.

    Cons

    Because everyone is so dedicated, there are late hours.

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Web Developer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Ludomade full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Management treated as very good

    Cons

    Had to leave to have a baby

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    "Was good while it lasted"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Culver City, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Ludomade full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Met a bunch of amazing people.

    Cons

    - Steady decline in work quality and profits -Run by ego driven leaders - All employees let go

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  4. "Great Experience At Ludomade"

    5.0
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    Former Contractor - 3D Artist in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ludomade for less than a year

    Pros

    Great projects to work on, a very happening culture, an excellent environment, and an amazing group of people to be surrounded by.

    Cons

    I don't have anything negative to say in regards to this company. I enjoyed my experience with them. I'm glad I was offered the opportunity to be apart of their family even though I was with them (as a contract artist) for only a couple of short months.

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    "not worth it"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Ludomade full-time

    Pros

    very talented designers, developers, and creatives.

    Cons

    management, CEO, stale work. No innovation.

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    "Also-ran digital shop has long seen better days"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Managing Director in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Ludomade full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There were a lot of really talented people - every one of artists to developers. Free snacks and free lunch once a week. Also had nice offices.

    Cons

    While the client might have big names, the work being produced is low-budget and insignificant. Lots of re-skins of microsites and other boring, repetitive ranks. Was a lot better company when it was Soap Creative. No real business development and it shows. Work is not strategic and therefore it is all "pencil budget" projects from clients. Prolific micro-management at all ranks. Management meddles in *everything* and doesn't let the experts do their job. No company vision and it shows. Still doing work that would have been sexy 10 years ago.

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    "No Strong Direction"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Ludomade full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There are plenty of great people to work with, talented artists and developers fill the roster. Lots of things to do, if you have time, Friday BBQs, VR machines, and lots of connected toys.

    Cons

    The company chases tons of little projects, then tries to make amazing things on no budget. This forces teams to become overworked and have to build a two month project in 1 and a half (or a 6 month project in 4 months). Every team has faults: The art/design teams dream up too much for the developers (generally bloating the scope). The Dev teams hardly work together, so development practices are terrible and make it hard to pair up devs. Producers and other staff constantly change everyone's schedules and pull people into meetings without a moments notice. Overall, there is little communication and lots of disorganization. Since everything done here is full of short, heavy work projects, burnout and whiplash plague the morale of the entire company. Innovation on new game technology isn't possible (one of the things management wants to do).

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    "Fun culture, great work"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Designer in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Ludomade full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I've been at Ludomade for over a year and totally love it. Since separating from Soap Creative, management has refocused mainly on entertainment, toys and games. We pitch a lot of fun concepts, and get to work on a pretty broad variety of stuff like web projects, games, fun social activations, experiential. It's a mellow place; but we do really high quality work, which I'm pretty proud of. Benefits and salary are competitive with other places I know.

    Cons

    I've looked at some of the other reviews here and they feel like spiteful and disgruntled 'outliers' to me. My friends at work are generally happy; if you've ever worked at any other agencies, they tend to work way longer hours and do tonnes of banner campaigns, which we don't do any of. My main con is I wish we made more headway releasing our own products, but I understand it's an agency, and that pays the bills.

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    "An awesome digital agency, and amazing place to work"

    5.0
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    Copywriter in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Ludomade

    Pros

    Ludomade does fantastic, original work in the digital marketing space. It's a very creative, collaborative place to work. Everyone at the company is supportive and friendly, as well as energetic and highly skilled/talented in their specialty. The environment is fast-paced, which means the work is exciting, and it's also fun/interesting as you're always given new projects. Management is open/receptive to concerns and contributions from employees. And at the end of the day, you produce work that you're proud of. Plus the company moved into new offices at the end of 2015, and the new workspace is beautiful. I would definitely recommend working at Ludomade.

    Cons

    I didn't experience any "cons" in my period there.

  10. Helpful (8)

    "I'm sure there are better places out there"

    1.0
    Former Employee - Web Developer 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Ludomade full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice and helpful people to work with. Amazing artists.

    Cons

    Company seems to be lost, incapable of producing long-term work or implementing a solid process. (what are the producers doing?) It keeps on delivering only the trivial shallow work of 10 years ago, and struggles to innovate in the age of digital product design, user experience, and agile methodologies.

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