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Updated October 4, 2018
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  1. "Good entry to the industry"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmslow, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmslow, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at TT Games full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - People are lovely
    - Can get quite a lot of titles under your belt in a short period of time
    - Job is pretty secure for the games industry

    Cons

    - Pay is below industry standard
    - Documentation on the in-house tools is severely lacking
    - In-house tools are incredibly outdated, and don't provide many transferable skills if you plan on moving elsewhere
    - You are expected to work overtime even if you've done all your tasks

    Advice to Management

    Be more open with your staff about the decisions you are making, and don't lie to them. To say all future projects will have 18 months from start to finish and then turn around and tell them they have 6 months to do a project with tech they haven't used before just goes to show you don't really care about your development team. You are hemorrhaging staff right now and the silence suggests you haven't even considered why that might be.

    There's some incredibly talented people who could absolutely deliver on the Metacritic scores you crave, but they are dragged down by slackers and people who don't know how to do their jobs. And move to an industry standard engine where there is a wealth of information to draw from. It'd attract a lot more talent too, so you can get rid of all the useless hacks, and if absolutely necessary you could reach out to other WB studios for help.


  2. "Great Place To work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at TT Games full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I worked at TT Fusion, which is the Wilmslow office.
    As TT is part of Time Warner, they have great benefits, competitive wages and great annual bonus’s (discretionary). They also have flexi time and paid overtime.

    The atmosphere in the office is very professional and friendly.
    I would also say it’s a great introduction to the games industry. While I was there I met a fair few talented graduates that had started their professional lives there.

    Cons

    Due to the fast turn around of titles, You often need to work extra. When it comes to the last month of a project you are often also expected to work 6 day weeks. You are compensated with overtime and when it comes to one of the many bank holidays I had to work, I was told I could get a holiday back. If you have a family or value a good work life balance it can get tiresome after a while.
    However if you are young, free and single and are prepared to work the extra, it’s perfect.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "TT Games, OK, but maybe lost its way slightly. Good stepping stone into the games industry for juniors though."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmslow, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmslow, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some great staff some of whom are experienced industry veterans.
    Good benefits package with LEGO discount.
    Good working environment and offices.

    Cons

    Poor wages in comparison to other companies offering the same job title.
    Poor Upper/Senior Management.
    Dev Cycles are far too short leading to buggy and un-polished games.

    Advice to Management

    Stop with the ultra short dev cycles and crunch mentality, it doesn't help to make a polished game.

    Actually deliver on the promises you make in company meetings.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good company but not for QA"

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    Current Employee - Former Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Former Employee in Oxford, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at TT Games full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A great company to work for animation or programming.
    Fun Company soirees
    Some interesting titles

    Cons

    The QA dept should be avoided at all costs as the management do not treat employees particularly well
    1 month contracts

    Advice to Management

    Treat you employees with more respect and less of the shadyness


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Don't work for QA!"

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

    I worked at TT Games full-time

    Pros

    - The people you work with are amazing
    - Discount on Lego and DvDs
    - Good work parties

    Cons

    - Everyone else in the company will get a bonus but QA don't. It is ridiculous. You put years of hard work in to basically get nothing out of it.
    - The games are exactly the same. There is no individuality nor is there anything exciting about it.
    - QA are treated like poo. No respect and treated like children
    - You don't have a life.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being so lazy and fight for QA. Start caring about your job.


  6. "Animator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at TT Games full-time

    Pros

    * Fun Projects
    * Good People
    * Flexi time and benefits

    Cons

    * Some projects weren't planned well enough so that lots of overtime was needed.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Creatively bankrupt. A stepping stone and nothing more"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmslow, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmslow, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at TT Games full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Lovely colleagues, the company is full of friendly and talented individuals who are very easy to get along with.

    -Area is fairly nice with great travel links to Manchester.

    Cons

    -Once you've worked on one project, you've worked on them all. Unambitious and repetitive. You will not be creatively fulfilled here whatsoever.

    -Technology is extremely outdated, engine is ancient. No transferable skills from learning how to use it, it is uniquely awful.

    -Management is pathetic, impotent, and either blind or unwilling to see where the problems lie.

    -Culture of cronyism in the upper echelons. Structure of the the studio is poor, no real prospects of moving up the chain no matter how good you are.

    -Mediocre pay in an expensive area.

    -Atrocious and unrealistic work schedule. With each project that goes by it feels like there is less and less time to get it done. Extreme overtime and crunch. Extremely stressful and destroys morale, but nothing changes.

    -Working with third parties is a complete nightmare due in part to a spineless publishing team. Unreasonable demands, constant changes, but no real pushback on TT's side. Demoralizing and affects creative freedom.

    -Culture of studios one-upping and undermining the other (Tt and Tt Fusion). It is unhelpful, pathetic and childish. Extreme sense of elitism from the upper management.

    -Staff headcount is huge and unsustainable. Yet the core problems with the pipeline remain. Senior management is too stubborn and disconnected from the workflow to notice or care, just keep hiring more people. Why do we need 600+ people to make what is basically the same game over and over?

    Advice to Management

    Stop and take a good look at how stretched and stressed and exhausted your team is. Consider that pushing them constantly from one project to the next with no respite is the worst possible thing you could do, regardless of how many freebies you give out. Cut down the work schedule and give the team some actual time to make something good instead of constantly rushing everything. Stop focusing on maintaining the status quo, things need to change before you end up with a mass exodus on your hands.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Good place to start. Don't stay longer than 2 years."

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    Former Employee - Animator in Wilmslow, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Animator in Wilmslow, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at TT Games full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice workmates.
    Good place to start and gain AAA experience.
    Equal tasks are given regardless of your position, so It's great in order to face some challenges.
    You will develop a lot of autonomy and end up being quite resolutive.
    Paid overtime.
    Crunch time here is a joke. (A lot of free time)
    Great place to settle down and have a family if you are looking for an easy life, since it is not challenging once you've been around for some projects.
    Good workplace if you are an older artist seeking an easy going environment.

    Cons

    Really poor leadership and Cronyism. There are no supervisors.
    Hard to settle down if you are newbie since no one cares about what you have to do.
    No training.
    You learn what you have to do by doing it.
    No guidelines.
    A lot of frustrated artists.
    Poor feedback.
    Mess of pipeline. Worst thing probably.
    Unable to keep good professionals.
    No rewards for talent or hard working attitude.

    Advice to Management

    Hire pipeline people ASAP. So many people slacking off to be honest.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Poor training even worse prospects for rising up the ranks"

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    Former Employee - QA Tester
    Former Employee - QA Tester
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at TT Games full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, some of the nicest people you will meet
    Free game library with always new games added
    Cycle to work scheme (although this seems to be common place in these places)
    Free cans of fizzy drinks
    Free fruit
    The management act like they care about you
    Work on multiple games at the same time

    Cons

    No chance of ever becoming permanent just keep handing out short extensions
    Night shifts
    No chance of getting a normal sleep pattern with the constant shifting of working hours
    When they need to drop the workers numbers due to lack of work they keep hold of people based on sex and minority to fill their quotas ( white cis males have no chance)
    Work on different games but it is really just the same game with small changes

    Advice to Management

    Train people better
    Give people either mornings , lates or nights don't keep switching them
    Keep people based on talent not sex or ethnicity


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great team and stability"

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    Current Employee - Animator in Knutsford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Animator in Knutsford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with
    Great perks working for a company owned by Warner Bros
    Lots of games to make

    Cons

    Games are becoming a little samey, formula could use a slight shake up


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