Treyarch Reviews

Updated Apr 2, 2021

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3.9
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Treyarch Co-Studio Heads Mark Gordon and Dan Bunting
Mark Gordon and Dan Bunting
4 Ratings
Pros
  • "QA Testing Call of Duty is far more fun and engaging than corporate America(in 7 reviews)

  • "Working on best known AAA title in the world(in 6 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Not a con for everyone, but be aware of long hours and weekends(in 8 reviews)

  • "Work/life balance is impossible here(in 7 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee

      Great

      Mar 24, 2021 - Game Designer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The pay The invierment The about of work The love for your job The care for your family

      Cons

      If you are not dedicated don't work here

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    2. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      A mixed bag

      Apr 2, 2021 - Associate Artist in Santa Monica, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      If you work here, it can open a lot of doors for you. The people who work here are amazingly friendly and supportive. Everyone is excellent and passionate about what they do. The people and are wonderful. Lots of perks like grub hub credits and food.

      Cons

      The only way to move up or even maintain your job is to consistently work overtime. Overtime is just expected for many positions. It's created by Activision setting consistently aggressive production schedules. It's also created by the competition to not get laid off at the end of a project if you're a temp, which you will be for at least the first year, if you're hired here, regardless of status. There is a real effort to improve things which I applaud leadership for. Things seem to be getting a little better. Activision is very tight with the purse strings no matter how much money COD makes. There are layoffs after each project and if a position is vacated in the middle of crunch don't expect them to hire someone new for that position. They expect you to pick up the slack and do more work to cover for the person who left. I experienced this in multiple departments across multiple projects. The people who thrive here seem to be the ones who are comfortable consistently working overtime hours and schedules to get the job done. They are compensated well for their time and have a lot of independence in their work. There are some political forces at work here. I didn't mind it too much. I could still walk up to anyone at the company and talk to them but I got the sense not to bother the senior management and directors. Top-level politics can hold a project back or suddenly change the direction of a project overnight. Not a lot of diversity of opinion or worldview here. Everyone thinks the same.

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    3. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Good place to work

      Mar 28, 2021 - QA Test Lead in Santa Monica, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good benefits, good people, plenty of chances to expand experience

      Cons

      Crunch hours can be grueling, frequent turnover

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    4. 1.0
      Former Employee

      GET READY TO SELL YOUR SOUL/LIFE WHEN WORKING AT TREYARCH

      Oct 21, 2020 - Artist in Santa Monica, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      * Sometimes you would get freebies like food and videogames. (But not worth it.)

      Cons

      *When you get hired you will be automatically thrown to the wolves. No training etc. Survival of the fittest. * No work-life balance (100+hours a week) * Salaries are very low for the amount of work hours and the crap you have to deal with. (Sweatshop style environment. They expect artists to be a machine. No one likes to work together. Company expects you to work minimum 12 hours a day.) -Dealt with many disgusting personalities/egos (I'm a guy and even I couldn't stand working in that cocky macho man environment.) -Lots of managers with no managerial skills/experience. -Non artistic people giving artistic critiques/feedback which made the job much harder and frustrating. -Company does not care about your physical/mental health; if they did they wouldn't insist on employees working so many hours and wouldn't complain about taking vacation days. Also you have to take vacation days when they want to and not when you want to. -The company likes to hire 1 year temps so they don't have to offer them vacation days and other benefits.

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    5. 2.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Politics and bad management.

      Nov 26, 2020 - 3D Artist in Santa Monica, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      You get t work on COD, friendly people in your teams.

      Cons

      Horrible management, politics. I was warned before I joined and everything I was warned about is true. Managers keep people with 6-9+ years experience at mid level with low salaries and crappy bonuses where they could be senior level at other studios with the same experience making way more $$$. Of course part of the fault here lies with the individual for not leaving Treyarch, but it goes to show how they value employees. People who are senior level are tasked as leads without getting the actual promotion or lead job title, not knowing if they’ll ever actually get the official promotion. The upper management is extremely resistant to change because every game they make sells well, this is in contrast to the inferiority complex Treyarch has in comparison to Infinity Ward. If you are full time you get full benefits and a bonus, if you are contract you get none of that except a crappy healthcare plan. Stay away.

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    6. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      great

      Nov 17, 2020 - Janitor/Cleaner in Milwaukee, WI
      Recommend
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      Pros

      a game company was a cool experience

      Cons

      looked down upon my title

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great

      Sep 21, 2020 - Tech Support 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good hours and good pay

      Cons

      There is no social interaction

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    8. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Some great people, not so great company culture

      Oct 9, 2020 - Artist in Santa Monica, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Lots of talent, learn a lot working on a large franchise, decent benefits

      Cons

      Rigid structure, very little transparency, no actual company culture

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Good company

      Aug 19, 2020 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Nice pay and great boss

      Cons

      Lone ult but great people

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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Good Place to Work

      Nov 1, 2019 - Senior Designer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good benefits and culture, management seems to genuinely care about people

      Cons

      Can be insular and hard to break into the culture.

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