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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Great company with great people!"

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

    I have been working at Ready At Dawn Studios

    Pros

    One of my favorite parts of working for ready at dawn is that the upper management give me the ability to be as creative as I want with regards to how I get my job done. I 'm not told how to do my job as long as I produce. Giving me that freedom has allowed me to develop in ways I wouldn't have otherwise and this in turn has helped me to learn new tech as well as given me a great deal of pride in the stuff I do. As...

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    Cons

    Ready at Dawn is a gaming studio so it shares are the standard downsides of working for any gaming studio specifically long hours. Beyond that, my only criticism is that RaD is still trying to figure out how to be a larger studio while maintaining a small studio mindset. In general having a small studio mentality is a great thing, but sometimes that bleeds into seemingly inconsistent managerial policies and practices.

    Advice to Management

    Like I stated in my con's list above consistency is important to me with regards to managerial policies. And whether or not the policies have stayed the same or not the perception is not there.

  2. "Great work, but crunch is a thing"

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    Former Employee - QA Tester in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ready At Dawn Studios full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people, great work! Loved working there, the culture was awesome, the environment and office was great. Everything was pretty much perfect when crunch wasn't happening.

    Cons

    Crunch happened, like it does in any video game company unfortunately. I understand that it's a fact of life, but that doesn't make daily 12 hour days + weekends any more fun. They did compensate well with free food and overtime pay though, so that was nice.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Ready At Dawn Studios full-time

    Pros

    The Studio allows you to grow and try new roles and challenges over the years (I.E. wear multiple hats). Ready is filled with passionate and very smart/talented individuals. Primary focus is on making great games (not a ton of drama). Many lessons were learned after the Order (Going from PSP to the PS4 was a harsh transition). Pod structures are now formed with directors just providing guidance which allows team members...

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    Cons

    Crunch and overtime still happen more than it should, but most of the time it can be minimized if you prioritize a work/life balance. It's also better than it used to be, many years ago. Directors often get attached to a concept/idea too early and stay fixated to it for too long (while it is still a con, I feel like they are getting better at listening to non-director feedback). Design team has been understaffed over...

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    Advice to Management

    Continue to strive to improve communications. Make sure to solicit non-director feedback as often as possible. Try not to get too attached to ideas too early.

  4. Helpful (12)

    "...you will learn a valuable lesson here!"

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    Former Employee - Artist in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ready At Dawn Studios full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    ... Great studio for entry-level/go-getter type people. The studio facility is great, with wide open floors and natural sunlight. There are a few very talented people around in tech and art (they are getting less these days, though).The studio space is fairly new (2 yrs) and most of the tech and furniture setup are brand new with a smooth European-designed look. Management has a high bar for aesthetics and company presentation.

    Cons

    They told the team to write positive reviews on Glassdoor, which should tell you a lot about the type of mentality coming from upper management. The studio is poised filled with dishonesty and has a heavy testosterone driving work culture. Best ideas always win? Unfortunately that's not the case here. During The Order 1886 the core team didn't want any team members to bring in ideas to the IP and its ongoing development....

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    Advice to Management

    You're not as big of a dev. studio as you would like to be ... Your egos are in the way! Calm down, focus on the people you work with and value their input and ideas... Rethink your company philosophy! You make game not because you like to play games that your passionate about, but because you want to make money! Oh, and please realize that not everything your Art and Design Director is telling you is gold! Generally,...

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  5. Helpful (12)

    "on of the worst"

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    Former Employee - Artist in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ready At Dawn Studios full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Clean studio, good kitchen, Irvine is a clean area

    Cons

    no respect for their employees, they are so rude and they really don't value their employees as humans, you are just a part of their business.

    Advice to Management

    stop abusing artists and engineering

  6. Helpful (6)

    "Talented and motivated team dedicated to making great games."

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

    I have been working at Ready At Dawn Studios full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    I'm always motivated to do my best because I trust everyone else is as well. It's evident through daily updates and day to day production conversation. Most of the production staff have their eyes set on making great games and not just benefiting themselves.

    Cons

    It seems that management leans on beaurocracy more times than not. With the amount of time, effort and energy spent on making games collaboratively (most work long past the mandated core hours) the studio seems to lack trust with it's employees.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees and put more effort into showing more appreciation for the hard, dedicated work that is put forth by your very talented staff.

  7. Helpful (14)

    "Meh"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ready At Dawn Studios full-time

    Pros

    Good location. Nice office. Good equipment and tech

    Cons

    It was entertaining to read the positive reviews on this page. Some are so formal, it almost seems like it was written by the management. Hmmmmm…. If they were, you'd think they would have better things to do than care about some Glassdoor reviews. Anyways, there were some ridiculous, unrealistic expectations from the company, while not meeting many of their own promises. Layoffs and firings seem to come suddenly....

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    Advice to Management

    Don't care about them enough to give advice.

  8. Helpful (17)

    "Poor leadership and low morale, don't believe the fake positive reviews"

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    Former Employee - 3D Artist 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ready At Dawn Studios

    Pros

    They have good tech. Their developer tools and pipeline workflow is maintained. Good health care plan.

    Cons

    After a lot of talented developers left the company after The Order tanked, a flood of bad reviews came out that accurately described the problems that still plague the company today. To any prospective employee, I would read those first before committing to this company. When those reviews came out, the employees were told to go and write good reviews for glassdoor. So I wouldn't trust any of the glowing the reviews...

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    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge that you have real flaws and implement leadership training to all leads and directors to improve their social and communication skills.

  9. Helpful (14)

    "I'm proud to work here."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ready At Dawn Studios full-time

    Pros

    1. Great tools and tech for artists. 2. Crazy talented co-workers 3. A never ending snack bar (this could be a con if you have no will power) 4. "Culture club" nerdy title but it's successful. From Ultimate Frisbee to Movie nights things are always happening. 5. I've got a great lead and work in a department that collaborates very well. 6. All the full time benefits you would expect, plus birthday's off, Christmas...

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    Cons

    1. Glassdoor says I’m slightly underpaid (but that could also be from my terrible negotiating skills) 2. Bottlenecks in the pipeline. At times it's harder than it should be to push assets through. 3. A never ending snack bar (this could be a pro if you have will power) Overall, most game companies have the same cons. If I had a long list of cons to write out I wouldn't still be here.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to take in feedback and suggestions. Nice to see post mortem concerns actually addressed and improved.

    Ready At Dawn Studios Response

    January 6, 2016CEO

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts about Ready At Dawn. I am really glad that you feel good about what we are doing at our company. We can always be better, but it is good to know that you think we are on the right track! As it relates to the pipeline, one of the ...

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  10. Helpful (23)

    "Not quite what I was expecting"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Ready At Dawn Studios

    Pros

    The programming team was amazing at their jobs. The whole reason The Order even looked as good as it did was because the programming team could somehow keep delivering on features that other games would have said were impossible. You could make requests to them and they were always willing to help out and improve the engine for both art and design. This includes functionality and workflow. they would also explain...

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    Cons

    The art team seemed to dictate a lot of decisions at times even if they weren't fully educated on the topic. Even if people were wrong they would never admit it. It became difficult to work with some of them and at times frustrating knowing you couldn't make parts of the game live up to it's full potential. In the end there was a ton of micro managing by this department. Deadlines seemed almost meaningless. Work...

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    Advice to Management

    Accept that not everything is going to be perfect, conflict can be helpful, micro manage less, focus on fixing problems rather than placing blame, and learn to trust your team when you may not know enough on a specific part of the game process.

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