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Ubisoft Montreal Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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Montreal, QC, Canada Area (Canada)

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Ubisoft Cofondateur et Président-Directeur Général Yves Guillemot
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Pros
  • Compared to other companies in the AAA video game industry, any overtime is managed quite well; a good work-life balance can be maintained (in 47 reviews)

  • A super creative work environment (in 80 reviews)

Cons
  • Low salary with no guaranteed bonuses (in 45 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is tough - Ubi is kind of a sweatshop (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer Online in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Programmer Online in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting and challenging project with a talented team
    Gym in the building
    On-site clinic
    Good insurance plan for dental, vision and meeting our other medical needs.
    Regular one to one communication with your manager.
    Christmas week off

    Cons

    Need to pay to drink coffee or tea.


  2. "GPP"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Gameplay Programmer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Gameplay Programmer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Here, the work environment is pretty cool. It is located in a nice district of Montreal. Feels like an University campus.

    Cons

    The salaries are well below par when we compare them to other companies (either small or big). It is not easy to move up the ladder.

    Advice to Management

    You should pay more your employees, they are your biggest asset... By far! We should hear more often what are your values and next steps...

  3. "Great Place to Work at"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Programmer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ubisoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    For the Montreal studio:
    - Great perks: kindergarten, free gym with kinesiologists available to give classes and build tailored programs, bonuses based on game profitability or studio profitability, medical clinic on site, etc.
    - Opportunity to work on large projects (AAA games), smaller ones, or even in satellite groups such as the Technology Group, IT, etc.
    - Large company so there is a lot of opportunity for moving around in the company, especially at a large studio like the one in Montreal.

    Cons

    - Triple AAA project teams tend to get very large, especially towards the end, which slows many things down and may contribute to feeling like a tiny cog in a huge machine.
    - People working on games often have to work unpaid overtime (supper is provided).

    Advice to Management

    - Reduce the amount of pipelines. We are busy constantly re-inventing the wheel and it makes it much more difficult to create generic tools and services that will work for all pipelines.
    - Content is as important as technological breakthroughs. You can create a great game with a great story, amazing characters and good gameplay by reusing an engine you already have that shipped a game. This will increase Return on Investment.


  4. "Great place to work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Great place to work, incredible parties, lots of perks(Gym, kindergarden, and lot more)
    - Big teams working on AAA. Great variety of stuff on which you can work

    Cons

    - Big team can be a down side for some people.
    - Office in Montreal now in several sites.
    - Office noises

    Advice to Management

    Please fight off Mister Bolloré


  5. "Level Designer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Level Designer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Level Designer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ubisoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of benefits
    Decent variety of internal projects going on
    Job Security

    Cons

    From what I've heard, below average salary.
    Management quality can vary from project to project, year to year.
    A lot of similar gameplay in the flagship titles.
    Less creative freedom compared to smaller studios.

    Advice to Management

    Clearer objectives and needs would result in less redesigns.
    Need more creative opportunities to explore gameplay.


  6. "Level designer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Level Designer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Level Designer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ubisoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Comfortable work environment and great job security. One of the few places that doesn't fire you at the end of a project. Good benefits and sleep loose schedule make it a very easy work environment.

    Cons

    Constantly hiring externally. Makes it very difficult to move up in a production roll. Managing staff is too young to retire, and recently, production feel like they're stagnating, and projects are becoming bloated.


  7. "Risk Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Risk Analyst in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Risk Analyst in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    creative environment, flexible, innovative, open, development opportunities

    Cons

    working with different time zones and coordinating everyone can be challenging

    Advice to Management

    none that I can think of right now

  8. "Project manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior PM in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior PM in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ubisoft full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    -trust
    -It's OK to make errors
    -continuous training
    -travel opportunity
    -relocation opportunity
    -competitive salary and benefits

    Cons

    -big cie and studio
    -project bonus are based on market performance not quality
    -organic management on many projects


  9. "Data center supervisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Datacenter Supervisor in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Datacenter Supervisor in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ubisoft full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great company if you want to create your own carrerr path. Good opportunities in the company.
    Great benefits, company events and great coworkers. You manage your own schedule as long as you do the required hours per week.

    Ive been working here for 8 years and a half and did different positions in the IT department.

    I recommend everybody interrested in IT and video games to give them their chance.

    Cons

    Internal politics can be frustrating at some times.


  10. "Good company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Manager in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Production Manager in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment for quick learning
    Awesome benefits
    Varied jobs pportunities available
    Trainings and self development opportunities

    Cons

    Managers are self thought
    Too much open to continuous changes


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