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Pros
  • Great place to work with some great people (in 12 reviews)

  • a lot of good people worked at THQ (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management was very reactive , not proactive (in 4 reviews)

  • Bad management at the higher levels (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Video game software publisher"

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    Former Employee - Director of Product Development in Agoura Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Director of Product Development in Agoura Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at THQ full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Diverse portfolio of video game software

    Cons

    Unfocused strategy and publishing vision


  2. "Dooooomed"

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

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

    Pros

    Their office in CA was nice

    Cons

    They took on a ton of new studios that they could not handle. They then chopped a lot of them. Then they went bankrupt.

    Advice to Management

    Go back in time and fire your CEO.

  3. "Worst company ever"

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    Former Employee - QA Tester
    Former Employee - QA Tester
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at THQ full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The staff that were not management were some of the best coworkers I've ever had. Great people who were undervalued and unappreciated.

    Cons

    Management saw us as numbers and not people. They had no idea how to run the company. That's why it's non existant.


  4. "A lot of wasted work, poorest management top to bottom I have ever seen"

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    Former Employee - Senior Artist in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Senior Artist in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at THQ full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice benefits, challenging work, great games to work on

    Cons

    Some of the worst managers I have ever seen were at THQ. Nothing but politics got anyone ahead. No vision. There was no clue as to how to develop creative IP, or even understand why existing IP was successful. Marketing called the shots = recipe for disaster. Some managers were bullies, creating the idea that it was ok for other staff to bully...other managers were awol, still others were focused on protecting domains... real leaders were chased away.

    Advice to Management

    It's too late. You ruined some great possibilities and franchises. You wasted decades worth of work by failing to competently green-light projects and support them all the way through release before second-guessing and eating the cost of half-developed projects.


  5. "Company was Poorly managed company"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Agoura Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Agoura Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    THQ was close to my residence, making commuting in the soCal area bearable.

    Cons

    The company downsized teams regularly and Sr. Management was solely interested in making a cheap profit, often at the expense of clients and internal quality.


  6. "Audit Senior"

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    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Agoura Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Audit Senior in Agoura Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None, it was a very disorganized, dissatisfying company to work for. It was operating based on the clique and posse basis and not competence.

    Cons

    - High incompetence at C-Suite level, people who can just talk the talk but inexperienced to walk it
    - Operate on hope not strategy
    - Sweep any red audit flags

    Advice to Management

    - Well, none, they ran the company to the ground and i was not surprised, just shocked it took so long, there was no way they were going to make it. They lacked ethics


  7. "Past its sell by date"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Agoura Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Vice President in Agoura Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice location. The admins are fantastic.

    Cons

    Executive leadership and board could not possibly be more asleep at the wheel. Taking a share price from $33 to .45 is amazing. What is most impressive as to how much they go from one head of studios to another despite the lack of portfolio or games studio experience. Snake oil salesman and snake oil buyers, the board and exec teams deserve each other.

    Advice to Management

    Resign before you run out of studios to crash.

  8. "review of toy headquarters, or THQ:"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at THQ full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    good tuition reimbursal, made some good games in the past:

    Cons

    poor management, dumb ideas, and no clue of what it takes to make a quality product.

    Advice to Management

    fire yourselves and and hire people that know WTF they are doing!


  9. "New Employee and Ready to Leave"

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    Current Employee - Manager Level in Agoura Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Manager Level in Agoura Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - great boss
    - nice medical benefits
    - nice to have christmas closure

    Cons

    - R&D old and tired
    - IT non-existent and old school
    - leadership needs to lead

    Advice to Management

    I recently joined THQ and unfortunate to admit a mistake. People are nice, but company is stale and negative. For a software development company very antiquated management and systems. IT non-existent, servers are from 1990's with analog phones. NEW R&D BLOOD - THQ needs a hit. What about kid games like Mario Bros? Something beyond wrestling. Good luck!


  10. "THQ doesn't provide much opportunity to those who work hard and prove themselves."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Champaign, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    My company has a great working environment with lots of fantastic colleagues, decent benefits, rewarding in and of itself work, with some perks.

    Cons

    My company doesn't seem to believe in hiring from within, and the few that have been elevated were promptly laid off despite good reviews and performance.

    Advice to Management

    There is lots of talent within the company, but they are overworked with not very much support. We make titles for a third of what the competition does and it shows.


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