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Splash Damage Reviews

Updated April 27, 2017
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  1. "Overall great company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Splash Damage full-time

    Pros

    Staff are great, not the most talent people I have ever worked with but still up there.
    Management is solid, they listen to you and try to solve issues you have, HR are very nice and are willing to help even with things outside of work.
    Good benefits.
    Reasonable pay for London.

    Cons

    Lack of interesting projects as of writing this.
    Made some bad business calls in the past.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to signing projects within scope of the teams.


  2. "One of the best"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer
    Current Employee - Programmer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Lots of talented chaps
    - Lots of different projects
    - Very cool office
    - Friendly environment
    - Company is growing at an impressive rate
    - Some projects are very well managed and successful
    - Pay can start lower than average, but you have a review every 6 months (other companies do that only once per year)

    Cons

    - Company is growing at an impressive rate
    - Some projects are a disaster and instead of trying to fix things often senior staff just jump to another project
    - Salaries are not the best around at the start

    Advice to Management

    Less pats on the back, more awareness when a project is on fire


  3. "Great company!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Artist in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Technical Artist in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing people and atmosphere. I had a great time working and interacting with all the people, everyone is super friendly. The company does a lot of effort toward their employees to make sure everyone is happy. Everyone can come forward with new idea's to improve anything.

    Cons

    As Splash Damage does not always have ownership of the projects they're working on, you might not have the freedom you want. Also, communicating with (in my case Microsoft) was not always as good as I wanted. However they did a lot to try to improve this.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up all the energy and mind set to keep improving. I totally agree on the idea that the employees make the company, so please keep listening and make them happy.
    Keep pushing for an own IP, with all the amazing people I'm sure it's going to be great!


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  5. "A very nice experience, wonderful people."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Projects are challenging and engaging.
    The company manages both its own IP as well as third party franchise, this allows employees to develop different aspect of their profile.
    The company doesn't exclusively consider skills as a must have for hiring, the majority of the professionals in the studio are great to talk to, very approachable.
    Pastries on Friday!

    Cons

    Because of the diverse nature of the projects that are managed by the company, resources can sometimes undergo a period of transition during which a project might slightly suffer to benefit another. Overall this is not a deal-breaker, also there is to consider that this is done not to have to let anyone go when a project's scope shrinks, people are mostly relocated to other projects.

    Advice to Management

    Improve the way resources are managed, especially in between third party and own IP.


  6. "Great company, poor salary"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Level Designer in Bromley, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Level Designer in Bromley, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, excellent co-workers and managers that care for their employees. The company throws many events and parties. The company is expanding rapidly and employees have a choice of the projects they want to work on.

    Cons

    Low pay compared to other companies. Projects aren't very engaging or challenging. The company chooses safe projects.

    Advice to Management

    Employees rarely seem to stay longer than 1-2 years because of the low wages. Management really needs to step it up and become competitive with other companies in the industry.


  7. "Good company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Gameplay Programmer in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Gameplay Programmer in London, England (UK)
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team, lots of passion, company cares for employees. Slowly moving from work for hire to own ip. Couple projects to choose from.

    Cons

    Salaries could be higher (it's getting better). Other than that I can't think of more cons

    Advice to Management

    Keep on caring about people and maintain the stability of the company by having multiple projects.


  8. "Probably the best game studio in the UK"

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

    I have been working at Splash Damage full-time

    Pros

    A wide selection of games to work on.
    Super talented people to work with.
    A huge degree of senior management transparency.
    Many career progression opportunities.
    Massive amounts of creative freedom.
    Flexitime.
    Free parking.
    Quaterly company share payout.
    Free beers and pastries on Fridays.
    Crazy amount of staff parties.
    10 weeks full paid paternity leave.
    Private health care.
    Free gym membership.
    Free fruit.
    Free soft drinks.
    Awesome free coffee machines.
    Life drawing classes.
    Free cinema trips.
    Lots of charity support and events.
    Did i mention the staff parties. There's so many. 😀

    Cons

    Core hours are 10am to 5.30pm. This can be hard to work around with people who commute an hour or more.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.
    Keep ensuring staff are happy.
    Make sure no one gets missed from promotions.
    Give salary increases to everyone annually.


  9. "Great Team"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team, really cool people to work with. some nice company events.

    Cons

    Upper management can be pretty unorganized at times.

    Advice to Management

    Try and be more organized


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Environment Artist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environment Artist in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Environment Artist in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good working conditions, good team of producers, interesting projects, and a very friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    Sometimes the focus on is on "Getting it done" as opposed to cultivating creative and unique solutions (and eventually also creative and unique games).

    Advice to Management

    Management is very well equipped, take good care of the developers, and will put the developers above all. There is some overtime and crunch, but it is all managed and given back as Time in Lieu (paid holidays).


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Poor Senior Management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great group of talented people working on inspiring projects.

    Cons

    Senior management is too disconnected from the rest of the company. The company is owned by one individual and it is his way or the motorway. The CEO is obnoxious, arrogant condescending and flamboyant. He loves bragging about his boat and Ferrari while the company pays below industry wages and struggles to advance.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the CEO and Senior management. Seriously, with the talent and creative talent at Splash Damage they could be so much more respected if they had stronger, more caring and professional Senior Managers.


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