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Updated February 17, 2018
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  1. "Poor training even worse prospects for rising up the ranks"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA Tester
    Former Employee - QA Tester
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Traveller's Tales 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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great team and stability"

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

    I have been working at Traveller's Tales 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

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Avoid"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Programmer in Wilmslow, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Programmer in Wilmslow, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Traveller's Tales full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It's reliable employment which is rare for the games industry.
    You get a discount on Lego purchases.
    Paid overtime and flexitime.
    Colleagues are generally great.

    Cons

    Pay is poor
    Benefits are poor
    Holiday allowance is minimum
    Management are asleep at the wheel
    The technology is ancient
    Games are the same thing repeated over and over
    Crumbling offices
    Hubris - there is a belief that the games are excellent & high quality when the reality is that they sell because of the word 'Lego' in the title.

    I'd only recommend working here as a last resort.

    Advice to Management

    To Warner Brothers: go and have a look at exactly what is going on, and take steps to fix it. There's a great studio there, potentially. It's hidden under some truly mediocre management.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great perks and stability, but little room for growth and a ridiculous schedule"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Traveller's Tales full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - The people. Made some great friends here and in my particular department the Leads were fantastic, and there aren't too many cliques.
    - The perks. WB do a great job rewarding their employees with goodies, days off etc, hopefully this'll keep improving.
    - Lots of titles to work on.
    - Nice location (though a little expensive) and Manchester is round the corner.
    - Extremely stable once you're permanent.
    - Good flexitime system.
    - Paid overtime . (this shouldn't be a Pro but it's a testament to the state of things)
    - Work parties.
    - Good bonuses.
    - The work is good fun to start off with...

    Cons

    ...but if you love variety then you're going to be bored very quickly.
    - Take far too long to make contracts permanent. No excuse considering how much money the company rakes in.
    - Project turnarounds seem to be getting shorter and shorter as the games get bigger and bigger.
    - You will do overtime fairly regularly.
    - Average salaries.
    - Poor growth ceiling.

    EDIT: Actually in hindsight, I've realised I gave Tt Games a 4 star review but when it comes down to it a lot of the pros are things a company should be doing for its employees anyway, especially when that company rakes in millions of dollars. I'm adjusting my review to 3 stars. Don't get me wrong, the freebies, flexitime and perks are great, but at its core the projects themselves are so ridiculously tight I would've traded all the freebies if it meant proper breathing room in the development schedule and little overtime. If employees don't speak up against all the cons listed above, then game developers will continue to take advantage of people who are willing to slave away because they feel they "owe" something to the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Projects could really use more flavour and variety at this point. The games sort of blue together despite the different IP's and it feels like you're just working on one never ending lego game.

    Stop churning out more games than your workforce can physically handle without putting in ridiculous overtime.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "One step forward into the Games Industry, two steps back into elitism/nepotism"

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

    I worked at Traveller's Tales full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - You get paid overtime and free food/drinks depending on how much overtime you have done.
    - You'll meet people in the QA department who are disciplined in different ways. Great if you're looking to find somebody to team up and develop an indie game with at the end of your contract.
    - Staff parties.
    - You'll get an idea on how video games and levels are developed from blocking out to the final polish, despite the repetitiveness.
    - This will give you a clear introduction into QA testing with different tasks to complete.
    - Discounted products.

    Cons

    - It will be repetitive as you will need to complete the task over again.
    - You will barely feel rewarded for the hard work you have done.
    - A grand amount of nepotism/elitism within the business. Mainly few senior staff just treats other people different to me and/or my colleagues. This can be problematic and potentially discriminating.
    - Minimum wage salary as of 2015.
    - Lack of opportunities to move up to a different field in development.
    - You get rude colleagues barking at you, but that's work life.
    - Your shifts are preset by your manager, so they're not flexible and you will only get the days off where you're giving.
    - There's a lack of passion for developing video games in this business and it is more focus on doing your work. Like machines who are devoid of life and enjoyment.
    - No extra salary for night shifts.
    - You're expect to work and not be given any ideas on how to improve as a QA Tester.

    Overall, if you want to get an idea of how games are developed and have another paragraph in your CV, go for it! Though this should only be good for a one term contract as opposed to the permanent role.

    Advice to Management

    It's simple: Pay everybody proper living wage, should be no excuses whatsoever. Bring about more opportunities for everybody to move up the ladder towards the different fields. And stop being a tyrant who think intimidation will work.

    If you're not willing to take heed of these recommendations, then you might as well resign from your role.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good entry level job with little reason to stick around"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmslow, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmslow, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Traveller's Tales full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - The people you work with at the dev level are all lovely and the office environment is generally positive
    - Very quickly build a portfolio due to short project turnaround
    - Good gateway into AAA
    - Lots of experience working on multiple platforms very quickly
    - Wide range of IPs to work with within the LEGO brand
    - Various perks and benefits associated with WB (fitness, family, pension etc.)
    - Decent bonuses (although it often feels they are padding the salary rather than being a bonus itself)
    - Overtime is paid (this shouldn't need to be a pro but I am not oblivious to the nature of the games industry so credit where it's due)
    - The job is fairly safe: LEGO isn't going anywhere and there will always be films to turn into LEGO to turn into games
    - Flexible start/finish times

    Cons

    - Regular intensive crunch sessions (2-3 month of crunch every 8-10 months of development)
    - Pay is not great considering the rather expensive area the company is based
    - Short development cycles result in creative bankruptcy masked as "reliable formula" leading to often tedious repetition and nasty crunch periods
    - Reluctance to offer a lot of permanent jobs (more so in some fields than others)
    - The engine is incredibly cumbersome to work with especially when going in as a junior
    - Conflict-of-Interest safeguards often prevent employees being involved in any games/tech related hobbyist projects (paid or unpaid)
    - Upper management can (and sometimes will) change any aspect of the game they wish at any stage without consideration of the consequences resulting in both lost work and extra work at the same time
    - Morale is always low at the end of the projects creating a miserable atmosphere at a time when there should be celebration that the game has launched
    - Diversity within the company (especially within the design discipline) is limited at best

    Advice to Management

    - Pay the staff better and listen to them
    - Offer permanent contracts
    - Take some pride in the games we make instead of trying to churn them out as fast as possible


  7. "Good people, not-so-good management"

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    Former Employee - Game Designer in Wilmslow, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Game Designer in Wilmslow, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Traveller's Tales full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice work-space and friendly staff
    Advancement available to those who pursue it
    Unlikely to fire you if you're incompetent

    Cons

    Extremely repetitive projects
    Very short dev-cycles
    Wages aren't amazing
    Bit of a crunch culture
    Proprietary tech experience which won't transfer to other gamedevs
    Unlikely to fire people who are incompetent

    Advice to Management

    Be braver about game choices and stop trying to squeeze every penny/staff member so hard.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Unorganised, egocentric and pack mentality. You will do a day of work and feel like you've achieved nothing."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Unlimited overtime
    - Nice people
    *It wants me to write atleast 20 words for pros...there literally isn't.*

    Cons

    - Awful organisation
    - Knowledge or ability or irrelevant to what task you will be given to do
    - Work all you want...they won't keep you if you're not social
    - Rude, arrogant managers who seem to forget they work in QA
    - Disgraceful, borderline breadline wages
    - Not a logical wage for Wilmslow area, they know part of your money is to travel because there's no way you can live there properly on that wage
    - You will receive ZERO training on how to do the QA job
    - Awful shifts that aren't entirely needed at all
    - THIS IS NOT a way to progress in the games industry, I repeat...THIS IS NOT THE WAY

    Stay at home, work weekends, pay rent with some friends and grind out your craft and never touch QA it's a waste of potential

    Advice to Management

    Have some self awareness and stop acting high and mighty like everyone is beneath you...you work in QA yourself.

    A certain attitude towards new people...Stop treating new people like garbage, on top of the awful wages and shifts, you will just get them to leave and a new batch of people will arrive and the cycle repeated.

    General note. When you get emails a few times a week that people are leaving and team moral is vocally negative, perhaps don't have the mindset that it's their fault instead of how you operate. I seen emails all the time about people leaving and the week later they were replaced by someone with no experience and given no training, and you wonder why the quality of the games are lowering?


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Good people, badly run"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Programmer in Wilmslow, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Programmer in Wilmslow, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Traveller's Tales full-time

    Pros

    Some great colleagues.
    Nice perks.
    Stable company.

    Cons

    Poor salaries.
    No prospects of career progression.
    No training.
    Climate of mediocrity.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to start for AAA games"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Traveller's Tales full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Variety IP franchises
    Great benefits
    Good working environment
    Everyone is friendly

    Cons

    Poor management,
    Slow getting up the ladder
    Not much say with creative decisions
    Old practices

    Advice to Management

    Better scheduling in team,


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