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Splash Damage Reviews

Updated December 15, 2017
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  1. "Nice place but They need to have or give senior staff management training"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Creative in Bromley, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Creative in Bromley, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice working environment. Staff generally happy ceo is really good. But can be the greatest if the latter is addressed. And in return the company to work for.

    Cons

    HR is slow and staff conflict or issues with in are not death with. It's evident senior or leads need management training and people and communication training skills. As it's not always professional and could have been handled far better. Also you should look at your staff and their qualifications and achievements more as your review are just for the short few months not overall if they are an asset not used. This will help motivate staff to say if they feel valued as a whole. In the creative field motivation is key. But this fails once u are in the company though perks are good work wise and management it's not.

    Advice to Management

    You should get a outside company and have training days for people, communation and motivation management and dealing with conflict or what ever. Most companies do this and as a creative company where most are not corporate they don't quite knowhow to bridge working professionalism with not so professional in approach. Have all your seniors and leads attend one. Then your company will be perfect


  2. "Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Splash Damage full-time

    Pros

    Atmosphere, people, multiple non-money bonuses

    Cons

    Salaries slightly lower comparing to industry

  3. "Not bad but could be better"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Splash Damage full-time

    Pros

    Free food and beer. Flexible working hours. Good social events.

    Cons

    Older employees get overlooked in terms of pay reviews, loyalty not rewarded


  4. "Think VERY carefully before applying for a job with this company"

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    Former Employee - Environment Artist in Bromley, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Environment Artist in Bromley, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Splash Damage full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I can honestly think of none. Yes they have a decent social life but it doesn't count for much giving the serious disadvantages of working there.

    Cons

    1) The pay is well below the standard. Particularly as many talented, skilled, and experienced people work for the company.

    2) The atmosphere is good if you happen to be 'in with the crew' but a nightmare if you don't. If you are okay with a male-orientated, sarcastic, bullying, intimidating, and hierarchal workplace then this place is fine. Otherwise, no.

    3) The projects are not meaningful, and are usually the boring bits of the animation which other companies don't fancy doing- so they pass it on to us.

    4) Management are unengaged and don't interact with the people at the bottom who are making them money.

    5) I can't overstate enough, the atmosphere is one of bullying and intimidation. Unfortunately once you are there, it's not easy to get out, find another job etc. So avoid being stuck, find another place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Sort your HR team out. They are not organised, not considerate.
    Respect and appreciate talent when you see it. Reward employees. Don't take them for granted. If you respect employees more than they will work harder and want to do a better job for you.

    Splash Damage Response

    Dec 21, 2017 – Senior HR Advisor

    Many thanks for your review of your experience at Splash Damage. We value all feedback and as a company we're committed to being as transparent as possible.

    We care about all of our employees and... More


  5. "Big growth"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Splash Damage full-time

    Pros

    - Somewhat underrated in the last few years, Splash Damage is on the road to becoming a much bigger deal in the games industry
    - Absolutely passionate about competitive multiplayer games, they know their niche and they really care about their audience
    - A greater emphasis on making their employees happy in the last couple of years
    - Working on some very major AAA titles

    Cons

    - As the company expands rapidly, there's a risk of the culture eroding if great care isn't taken
    - Working extra hours is a common occurrence
    - Salaries aren't competitive enough


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Best company I have ever worked for"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bromley, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bromley, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Splash Damage full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Clear vision and company mission
    - Genuine care about staff and an active effort to make things better all the time (anonymous surveyor, monthly conversations instead of years appraisals, regular 1 to 1s, company events etc.)
    - Small and agile teams for the projects going on - people can have input and iterate
    - comprehensive benefits package (including medical, gym membership and pension among many other things)
    - quarterly revenue share - irrespective of position
    - peer reviews and pay reviews twice a year (previously I was lucky to get a pay rise every few years)
    - Room to grow due to company expansion
    - Willingness to try new things and adapt modern management processes

    Cons

    - could be growing a bit too fast
    - planning not always the best (though getting stronger)
    - communication from upper management not always as good as it could be

    Advice to Management

    - be as transparent as you can be
    - continue to work on making it a great place for people to work
    - try to maintain studio culture during growth


  7. "A good company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Splash Damage full-time

    Pros

    Plenty of nice and talented people.

    Cons

    All projects are about shooting things.

    Advice to Management

    Diversification of projects

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Not a rewarding exprience"

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    Current Employee - Programmer in Bromley, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Programmer in Bromley, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - They're genuinely trying to make it a good place to work
    - Generally, comfortable working conditions
    - Didn't have to crunch much, relaxed working hours
    - Free beer on Friday

    Cons

    - Pay is very low for London, for mid and bottom positions at least. Be very realistic about your budget, think twice before accepting an offer, and don't count on pay rise anytime soon. You won't get it first year regardless of your performance: company policy.

    - Projects are bad. It's hired work for the most part, and don't be fooled by big titles on the website. Check carefully what exactly they did in each game and again, be realistic. You'll be fixing things and doing features other companies can't be bothered doing.

    - HR can be pretty rude once you're hired (not all of them though, but you know)


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Professionally a waste of time"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Artist
    Former Employee - Artist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Splash Damage full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company social life is awesome
    Free pastries and drinks on Friday
    Lots of events and parties
    Work life balance depends on what role you are and your willingness to let go.
    Good place to be if you've done your share of the games industry and want a place to relax

    Cons

    Very few people are professionally fulfilled
    Essentially a glorified outsource company
    No ownership of work or games
    Games getting cancelled even though most people saw it coming
    Your time here depends on what project you manage to land. Some get treated significantly better than others
    Lots of politics and drama
    Promotion is based on politics and not on skill
    Most art leads have no leadership talents

    Advice to Management

    Stop running a 200 person company like it's a 10 person company. Set some boundaries and be professional.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "promote good people, let bad people go!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - 3D Environment Artist in Bromley, England (UK)
    Former Employee - 3D Environment Artist in Bromley, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Splash Damage full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good as a first job.
    good if they headhunt you for higher positions.
    theres free softdrinks, pastries and beer on friday.
    gym membership.
    not too much crunch, depending on the project.

    Cons

    very bad employee progression, the only way to rise in rank is if someone above you leaves.
    everyone who stays long enough eventually gets promoted completely regardless of skill, and since the nr 1. company value is not letting people go splash has become an attractor for all kinds of unskilled people, that just endure there way up the foodchain without ever needing to improve themselfes.
    very bad lower tier salaries.
    located in probably the most boring part of london.

    Advice to Management

    start cleaning out upper and medium management there is a lot of bad managers in there, a lot of people that probably never wanted to be managers but couldn't turn down the extra paycheck.
    I would say the same about lower tiers but the fluctuation there is so high that it isn't really needed.
    stop taking work for hire jobs that don't fit the company profile. seriously.


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