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  1. Helpful (1)

    "overall a good place to work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gainesville, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gainesville, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    * Flexible hours, solid benefits, decent salaries
    * Casual, fun environment
    * A large group of family and friends
    * Enthusiastic management and employees
    * New CEO, positive changes

    Cons

    * Mid-level and entry level management are still learning the ropes
    * Lack of solid execution on ideas

    Advice to Management

    * Take ideas more seriously, let employees contribute more to the company, encourage employee growth
    * Encourage training
    * More team-building exercises


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Whirlwind of development, art and programming."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gainesville, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gainesville, FL
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A challenging unique environment, developing cutting edge games using Unreal technology. A group of tight-knit artists and developers working towards their dreams.

    Cons

    Brutal crunch periods, long work hours. Little work-life balance emphasis. Little opportunity for internal advancement, and lack of motivating influences.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to focus on recruiting and retaining top talent. Turnover is dangerous to any business, but especially indie studios.


  3. "Fantastic experience."

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

    Pros

    Exciting environment. Creative employees. Satisfying challenges.

    Cons

    Demanding industry. Work-life balances can be quite hard at times.

    Advice to Management

    Talk more.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Trendy has a lot of good potential and talented people but is still in the baby stages of development as a studio."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gainesville, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gainesville, FL

    Pros

    -Some cool and high scoring (in reviews) projects.
    -The chance to work on many different kinds of games.
    -Chance to learn new things.
    -Good workmates.
    -Good opportunity to try your hand at different parts of development (if you are ambitious enough)
    -Cost of living in Gainesville is low and people are fairly nice.
    -Health insurance.

    Cons

    -Long work hours plus weekends in many cases.
    -Current studio space is cramped and inefficient.
    -Very few company perks.
    -Projects are not given enough planning time.
    -Pipeline is pretty sloppy.

    Advice to Management

    Fix the pipeline, learn from employee feedback, the studio is too small for communication to be this sloppy. More perks asap :)


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Progress but still a long way to go"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Trendy Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    * Flexible Hours
    * There are talented people
    * There is possibility for growth
    * New CEO is smart and seems to be turning the company around
    * It can be a fun environment if you are friends with the right people

    Cons

    * It can be a fun environment if you are friends with the right people
    * Compensation is not based on merit and is very unballanced
    * People in management get too involved in the creative decisions and force their opinions. people in production and management took over as director
    * Artists, and designers are not trusted.
    * A lot of ego
    * Talented creatives are held back

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees better and help people feel motivated again by lowering egos.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Not the best place to work."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gainesville, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gainesville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Trendy Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people there were good. There were fun parties after work. We were making a cool product that millions of people used.

    Cons

    Executives at the company were out for themselves. Long work hours. Pay wasn't amazing

    Advice to Management

    Treat the employees better


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Video Games"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful, talented people
    Potential to be a great studio
    Cool location

    Cons

    Poor management
    Inconsistent planning
    Frustrating, last minute changes
    Little transparency

    Advice to Management

    Hoping for the best for everyone at Trendy Entertainment, it's been a rough couple of years.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Avoid This Employer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -good group of Employees
    -talented developers, artists and teams
    -Interesting people

    Cons

    -Horrible/ Inexperienced management
    -Abusive and controlling boss
    -Low wages / No perks
    -Crunch Time / Overtime hours are constant and mandatory despite contracts
    -Experience and knowledge is not respected or allowed
    -Lead and senior positions are a farce. Only person making decisions is boss, despite lack of knowledge
    -Questionable business practices
    -Constant threats / inappropriate behavior from management

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect and allow leads, senior positions and directors to do their jobs. There are many very innovative individuals working for this company who suffer daily under poor working conditions, arbitrary deadlines and slimy management. I do not understand how the artist teams deal with the uninformed decisions made by upper management. It's bad enough in our room and yet, I know they have it even worse off than we do. I have never worked for someone who is so afraid of his own employees before that he treats them like bad kids and while I may not be one of the vocal ones in the office I am secretly ashamed of working for this company by the way it treats the people it employs.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Avoid at all cost"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Gainesville, FL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Gainesville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is competitive. And if you make it in the clique, you're good.

    Cons

    Long hours with no payoff. Unfulfilled promises. Promises made to make you work longer and harder, only to learn they were never real. Weak management. Many layoffs. It's sad to watch coworkers be let go under the guise of mass layoffs, for personal reasons, not because of their work, but because someone higher up felt threatened. I can't wait to get out. You are always afraid you're the next to go. If you want a career, go elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate yourselves. You need to make changes. Major changes.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "“Quality artists, poor location, terrible managment ”"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Trendy Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A very strong culture. Great IP to work on.

    Cons

    Advancement within the company is difficult
    Really long hours for extended time periods
    Sometimes goes into shift based schedules during crunch

    Advice to Management

    Management is a joke here. It's basically a close group of buddies protecting their positions - the result is: well, Vicarious Visions. A company that makes other people's games poorly. My advice to management? Quit. Go find jobs in advertising.


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