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Obsidian Entertainment Reviews

Updated July 2, 2017
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  1. "Solid Independent Studio"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Consciencious and humane development tone.

    Cons

    I seriously can't think of any problems that other studios don't have.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great until a game gets canceled."

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Obsidian Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Low stress. Good technology and talent.

    Cons

    Game gets canceled and half the studio is let go.

    Advice to Management

    Give employees more of a head's up when you know they're going to be let go soon. . .

  3. Helpful (3)

    "it is an ok job"

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    Former Employee - Level Designer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Level Designer in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Obsidian Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Their were a lot of good people here.
    Decent work life balance
    Has good places to eat across the street,

    Cons

    Pay is less then other companies
    Poor developer to publisher relations
    Prone to yearly layoffs
    No bonuses
    Very little room for advancement
    Entrenched management so no upward mobility

    Advice to Management

    RPG's are what you are good at. Make them. Don't branch out into genres you know nothing about.
    Avoid rampant growth. The company is a bubble that keeps bursting over and over again.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Obsidian Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    A great place to work and they really care about the employees.

    Cons

    There's honestly not too many things that I had a problem with there. Definitely enjoyed it!

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time developing employees, but this was in the past and it seems like things have changed.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Awesome people, creative and passionate atmosphere"

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

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

    Pros

    This studio breathes passion and friendliness. When you speak with developers who have just come through the doors to those who have been here for years, they are care. They care about what they do on a day to day basis, to the impact their jobs have to the games they produce, everyone here puts their heart and soul into the project, no matter how crappy the project is the team spirit is there. Everyone on the management side are so approachable and you never feel like any question is too small to ask. Here, we develop as family and equals.

    Cons

    Only major downsides that come to mind is that 3 weeks of vacation does not kick in until 5 years, whereas most studios are 2. But the studio can be flexible and work with each persons situation and they close to studio towards the end of the year which gives ample family visiting and travel time, which is so great.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to stay open-door with all your developers, we appreciate you for it. Thank you for treating everyone equally and representing our voice when we need it. The studio you built has been home for so many, old and new, past and present, and for returning developers.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Fun, Fantastic and Productive"

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

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

    Pros

    Friendly, understanding and accommodating work place. Everyone loves their job and wants to see their respective projects succeed. Meetings are informative.

    Cons

    Things get lost between teams, and for someone who is new to the company it can be difficulty to know where to go or who to turn to for more information regarding hiccups in the process.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Obsidian Programmer"

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    Current Employee - Programmer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers, and I have yet to experience any extreme crunch. The owners are all very nice people, and they give plenty of vacation time around the holidays.

    Cons

    A little stressful at times due to deadlines, but nothing extreme. That's something you'll find at any game company. I also wish I had negotiated a little more for a higher salary, since I'm a bit underpaid for the average at my experience level. I do wish we got a little more sick time, too. It's pretty standard for the U.S., but I know that some people had to take vacation time or go unpaid when they get really sick a couple times in a year.

    Advice to Management

    Management is very down to earth and approachable, which is much appreciated. My only suggestion would be a little higher flexibility with paid off time -- I personally think I'd be a much more efficient worker if I had more time to relax during the lulls in a project.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Great studio, great people, crappy projects (back then)"

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    Current Employee - Artist in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Artist in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The head guys are very open and honest regarding the company's health. The developers are friendly. They pay about average. The studio is across from plenty of dining/shopping/etc. but its very expensive to live nearby.

    Cons

    They were really struggling when I was there, working on bad projects from no-name or foreign publishers. They are basically desperate to work for anyone to keep the lights on. Hopefully, Project Eternity (their own IP) will put them on solid footing again.

    Advice to Management

    Move. Irvine is lame and too expensive, especially that premium spot across The Spectrum.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great potential, but pushed around by big publishers"

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

    I have been working at Obsidian Entertainment full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company culture.
    Casual work environment.
    Employees are passionate all the way up to the top levels.
    Management works hard.
    Employees know their fields.

    Cons

    In my experience, Obsidian seems to be routinely pushed around by the publishers they work with. This leads to rushed launches and, in some cases, making implementing poor designs because of the publisher's whims.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Obsidian is filled with people that are passionate about the games they create."

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    Current Employee - Artist in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Artist in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Transparency. Obsidian's owners are very clear and open about that is going on with the studio. Anything from new projects to financial stability.
    The artists are eager to learn and willing share new techniques and experiences.
    The absence of "climbing the corporate ladder" is a welcome feeling having come from both of the other "big" corporate studios.

    Cons

    Minor issues like parking lot locations, not having the newest office furniture or computer hardware come up because of being a cost conscious independent development studio.


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