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Updated April 20, 2017
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Ubisoft Cofondateur et Président-Directeur Général Yves Guillemot
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance, flexible hours (in 43 reviews)

  • Work environment is really good (in 74 reviews)

Cons
  • Low salary although it is a minor gripe (in 43 reviews)

  • Typical game industry crunch, poor work/life balance, management has little experience operating at the AAA level (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Good People, Not Enough Of Them"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Brand Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Brand Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a great place to work and learn the industry while being around great people.

    Cons

    There's lots to get done with too few people to get it done so people are often exhausted.


  2. "Really good company,for beginners"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Game Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Game Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Gain a lot of experience

    Cons

    Not a competitive salary,they ask a little bti more considering the salary


  3. "Don't expect to develop your career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Fun industry / super interesting if you're into gaming
    -Lots of great people to work alongside with
    -Conveniently located in SF proper / no need to commute to south bay
    -Get to travel to cool places for work (gaming conventions, etc.)
    -Pay is better than a startup

    Cons

    -High turnover (even for the bay area). Buyer beware
    -Senior members openly state that "we don't do trainings" despite promoting itself as a 70/20/10 company
    -HR is completely powerless to address systemic issues which include:
    -Awful work-life balance
    -Complete unwillingness to change process (or lack thereof) e.g. the marketing team saw a recent mass exodus, yet a senior member sent a demoralizing email out to the remaining team basically labeling the departed employees as unable to cut it
    -Unrealistic expectations and no support
    -Terrible managing of team members

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your talent and hold your team leadership accountable. The old guard is slowly killing the marketing organization. The Bay Area is full of other great companies which is why your team is leaving for them.


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  5. "Great to ascend, not good work/life balance for those with families."

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    Current Employee - Senior Game Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Game Designer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Young studio, good chance for entry or mid level to work your way up to senior.

    Cons

    Typical game industry crunch, poor work/life balance, management has little experience operating at the AAA level.

    Advice to Management

    You're hemorrhaging senior talent, you need to focus on how to retain them.


  6. "Business Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team environment and culture

    Cons

    Upper management disconnected from team dynamic


  7. "Ubisoft"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    a lot of fun parties. laid back.

    Cons

    work life balance isn't great.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Ubisoft is an amazing company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Brand Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Brand Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ubisoft full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ubisoft encourages a creative environment that places the emphasis on the product (games) first. Very people focused, with an excellent team atmosphere and work/life balance as a priority.

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for career advancement once you progress to a certain level. Need to be able to think and work globally.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the vision and place games first. Keep an eye on those that are truly passionate about the products versus those just collecting a paycheck. Success will follow.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Run away while you can, unless you are French speaking."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There is a definite coolness factor in working at Ubisoft. It is good as long you get to learn something new, which is a little over a year and then its a drag to please people and butter your way up.

    Cons

    Loyalty-over-competency kind of environment. Nothing is merit based. If you are a high performer, you'll be amazed to see a lot of directors and senior managers are stuffed with fluff, buzzwords and can be absolute divas.

    Advice to Management

    Stop favoring the unworthy and toxic individuals just because you know them or because they have been with the company for eons.


  10. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Ubisoft (More than a year)

    Pros

    one of the best gaming companies in this decade. Ubisoft keeps coming up with more and more games every year.

    Cons

    hierarchy is real. Most gamers hate ubisoft due to their cash grabbing updates and buggy intital releases


  11. "Absolutely go for it."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Support Representative in Morrisville, NC
    Former Employee - Customer Support Representative in Morrisville, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ubisoft part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, kind and helpful floor managers, agent empowerment, and easy access to many of the tools you'll need to get the job done.

    Cons

    Some tools are restricted to permanent employees so you may need to ask other users for assistance. Not all information is shared to lower employees, and some are shared by word-of-mouth until they get an official response. Along with this, if you're not up to date on the newest information it's easy to fall behind.

    Advice to Management

    At no point did I ever fear for my job, or feel the need to talk to HR about an issue. Everyone was professional, but still enjoyable to be around. Only thing I would say is that there are some small tasks every once in a while that need to be handled by other teams. It would be nice if you gave us smaller guys some chances to show we're willing to work hard for something that will make life easier in the long-run.



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