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Found 110 of over 121 reviews
3.7
74% Recommend to a Friend
92% Approve of CEO

Found 109 of over 121 reviews

3.7
74%
Recommend to a Friend
92%
Approve of CEO
Splash Damage Co-Founder and CEO Richard Jolly (no image)
Richard Jolly
45 Ratings

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Pros
Cons
  • "Salary is poor, especially for London(in 19 reviews)
  • "Very low pay for an expensive city like London and no big difference in the pay between mid level and lead artists .(in 10 reviews)
  • "This is obvious from things such as senior management never playing or seemingly even caring about the actual gameplay, internal presentations being mostly about impressing with visuals as well as external marketing mostly trying to keep up appearances.(in 8 reviews)
  • "Especially those who are close to management, they will be protected.(in 6 reviews)
  • "Any decision will be done by comitee because remember, all decisions are done under the CEO so no one wants to take the responsibility of a decision that the people under the CEO won't like.(in 4 reviews)
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  1. 4.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Brand ambassador

    Jan 18, 2022 - Brand Ambassador 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Compensation was what very competitive

    Cons

    did not like the hours and amount of free time

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  2. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    If you want to make games and have a released project - search elsewhere.

    May 17, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The studio used to have good projects, but they all are over now. The studio used to have many good professionals, but almost all of them have already left. Maybe if I stretch my memory I could come up with a couple of more points, but sadly enough - they won't compensate for all the negatives below.

    Cons

    Seniors are unforgivingly outdated and do not know what to do with the studio. They also never knew how to make games. All the good stuff that has ever been released by SD was made by people who have left away because of different reasons. The current day's studio "leadership" only know how to promise a "good tomorrow", but then abruptly cancel a project that you have worked on out of blue. Those who worked in the company - can confirm in private conversations that this has happened with more than 10 "projects" in the studio during the last few years. The industry is tight - ask around, and you will get some real info. For years company management has been hiring and promoting people who have no competence in the field, but only for being agreeable to management's opinions. This policy became so usual that no one even denies that fact and people can directly advise you about the "way" in which you can go up top. So if you are a "Yes-man" - you can go far. Skill in that case - doesn't matter. But if you are a true developer that loves his/her craftsmanship - you most likely will end up in the mid role with having some miserable and extremely incompetent manager. And because this is a commonly accepted culture in this studio - you will find those "managers" in literally every dev branch of every project. Shady behavioural patterns. Company leadership group representatives are bluntly lying about bonuses and then leave you with nothing totally ignoring their own promises regarding pay-outs. So if you still decide to go there you should not make mistake to trust any of their words about potential future benefits during the hiring process. Ask for bigger pay right away because most likely there will be no other form of compensation for your labour. You also should not be expecting any pay raise in any nearby time. They will find every possible excuse to neglect your financial requests. Be prepared that they will be able to completely get away with it because in the contract they will leave a loophole for escape stating that all the bonuses will be subject to their discretion. Studio culture is actively signalling SJW virtues, clearly trying to create a positive modern "all-inclusive" outlook face, obviously cosplaying big studios of US, thinking that it will create a better reputation in a community of players, and users and maybe will attract more money/professionals to the studio. But the problem is that as with everything on the top shelf of this studio this virtue signalling is completely fake. Once a year they will change the logo to rainbow colours in socials, but at the same time they would provide absolutely discriminatory policies regarding their own in house employees and their mental, physical and financial wellbeing. Toxic people in the studio are mostly concentrated in areas that are not affiliated with any game production. Almost every person that isn't gifted with any meaningful talent, hence that isn't directly developing any product in the studio - only can justify its existence by being a top boss boot-licker. On the other side - driven by envy, those creatures despise everyone who has the liberty of truly independent views, and holds the role without the necessity to be agreeable to headquarters. Those who worked in SD can unmistakenly tell who exactly are those bunch of lowlifes. They have caused not 1 dozen super talented people to leave the studio for good.

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    7 people found this review helpful
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  4. 1.0
    Current Employee

    Nice Company

    May 10, 2021 - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great environment and nice people to work with

    Cons

    Work can be tough and hours can be long

    2 people found this review helpful
  5. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Great People, Good Company

    Sep 7, 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Talented People Honest Open to change Always Learning Beer Fridays

    Cons

    Multiple projects Too much planning Needs more technical/experienced producers Needs more interdepartmental communications Needs a legal team

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    1 person found this review helpful
  6. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    One to watch

    Nov 21, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The company has been silently pivoting away from work for hire and into full ownership and publishing of our games, it also almost doubled its size after the Tencent acquisition and there are multiple big projects in different stages of development

    Cons

    It can still feel that the company needs to find its footing processes-wise in some areas but trust on studio leadership is high

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  7. 5.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Amazing benefits and work culture

    Nov 8, 2022 - Finance Assistant 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    -Great benefits -Positive work culture -flexibility -Great IT and support

    Cons

    Pay is slightly below average

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  8. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Good place to work

    Oct 18, 2022 - Senior Engineer in Bromley, England
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Very nice people and culture. Friendly and accommodating to everyone. Very inclusive atmosphere. Great company values. Excellent out-of-work activities. Offices are wonderfully kitted out with awesome canteen, places to play snooker and relax, etc. Flexible working hours and hybrid model. Really suits young professionals coming into the industry. Pay is good for the industry and they seem committed to ensuring they lead the way here. With Tencent's backing, they feel robust and unlikely to be issuing layoffs. They have carved out an obvious niche in multiplayer social gaming and have a real sense of purpose to deliver that. Tech stack is generally modern and the games being worked on have the potential to be big blockbusters! Exceptionally good employee feedback mechanisms - if something is not right they will do their utmost to fix it. They have great self-awareness as a company and invest highly in this so any cons I've cited below will 100% be not a shock to management. They want to be as transparent as possible. So far great work-life balance (although I've not had to see through a crunch)

    Cons

    The company is going through a transition from "work for hire" to being the master of its own destiny. There is quite a lot of process and this can hamstring some of the creative chaos required to make great games. It has led to a "build to requirements" mentality rather than a "build to make the game great" outlook. There is somewhat of an old guard here fighting against a tide of change being proposed by new hires who have come from non-work-for-hire companies keen to impart that knowledge and help Splash be as great as they can be. The company is aware of this and is trying to make the transition but it might feel a bit frustrating to come into this if you are used to a more fluid/less process-driven approach to game development from an established company who "know how to ship games". Unfortunately, there appears to be a tendency to hire/hover in higher-ups rather than foster development from within. This means that they will end up losing a lot of their amazing culture as people who have been there for some time are forced to move jobs for promotions. I think there is a slight sense of insecurity that people don't know what they are doing so they hire a lot of "experts" who provide a lot of highly specialized advice and are more paid for having an opinion than actually doing anything. I think this has come out of a general fear that there isn't enough knowledge in the company without realizing that the most valuable knowledge is usually game/company-specific and comes from being hands-on. With the number of these "advice-givers" much outweighing those to implement things it can feel like things are talked about being done far more than things are done. There is somewhat of a meeting culture and the hierarchy is not flat enough to let people shine and get stuff done - there does seem to be a constant need for sign-off which I've not encountered before (and may be part of this work-for-hire working to requirements problem). I think they are aware of these issues it just may take a bit of time to change and give people more autonomy and trust - it is likely things will change once new ways/people have had a chance to prove themselves to be effective.

    4 people found this review helpful
  9. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Good Life/Work Balance but Lots of Issues to Fix

    Sep 30, 2022 - Anonymous Employee in Great Bromley, England
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - Extremely good Life/Work Balance - Chill working environment - Friday socials

    Cons

    - Low salaries - Extreme favoritism - Horribly managed projects - Lots of experienced people left and didn't replaced

    6 people found this review helpful
  10. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Splash Damage is an absolutely fantastic place to work!

    Sep 13, 2022 - Anonymous Employee in Bromley, England
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    -Great projects -Friendly teams -An emphasis on diversity and inclusion -Superb benefits package -Management and executives listen to (and act upon) feedback

    Cons

    -Nothing that I can think of!

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  11. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    It can damage you

    Sep 20, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    As such none , but you get paid on time.

    Cons

    Low salary. Mediocre studio and team, quality of work Very mediocre infrastructure and quality of building It’s outsourcing studio , works on other’s IP.

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    3 people found this review helpful
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Splash Damage has an overall rating of 3.7 out of 5, based on over 121 reviews left anonymously by employees. 74% of employees would recommend working at Splash Damage to a friend and 63% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has improved by 6% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Splash Damage employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.7 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Splash Damage. This rating has improved by 6% over the last 12 months.

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