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Updated November 17, 2017
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Ubisoft Cofondateur et Président-Directeur Général Yves Guillemot
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance, friendly workspace (in 54 reviews)

  • The work environment is crazy awesome, people working here are friendly (in 93 reviews)

Cons
  • Low salary with no guaranteed bonuses (in 55 reviews)

  • Work-life balance is tough - Ubi is kind of a sweatshop (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Ubisoft as a work place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ubisoft full-time

    Pros

    Really cares about the employees and it is an innovative work space.

    Cons

    Too many employees, it can get impersonal at times


  2. "Analytics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    very nice people, good culture, interesting work

    Cons

    smaller office than expected

  3. "Difference between Dev Studio and Marketing/Business Studio"

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

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

    Pros

    Theres 2 side of Ubi SF: Dev and Business Ops/Publishing.

    I've seen and heard what the Business side of Ubi Sf is like and it is much more relaxed, balanced, and healthy.

    Cons

    I was unfortunately a part of the Dev side.
    To keep it simple, if you like pure disorganized chaos and absolutely horrendous toxic culture where numbers and checking things off the list is more important than a quality job or life, this is the place for you.

    Working there has become a part of my life that I just want forget and move on from...


  4. Helpful (1)

    "great place to hone existing marketing skills but not long-term"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ubisoft full-time

    Pros

    lots of flexibility in different areas - on attendance: if you are getting your job done, no one is really concerned with your exact hours or if you need to WFH or run an errand during the day every once in a while. everyone holds their weight and gets the job done. also in terms of creativity: if an idea is awesome and you are passionate about it, people will definitely entertain the idea.

    great environment for someone who has a few years of experience in a marketing function. you can easily apply your learnings to really cool projects and brainstorm even bigger ones in the process. this is especially true right now as the company is expanding in so many exciting directions

    Cons

    zero training in the mktg dept which makes it harder for you and all of the teams you work with. if you don't already have existing experience, it's not a place to start out and learn.

    while it's a fun place to be, the terrible benefits and really low pay make it an undesirable place to work in the long-term. turnover is approx. 2-3 years but the upside is most people end up going to work for the "cool tech companies" that offer the usual bay area perks

    Advice to Management

    definitely needs a reshuffle and perhaps an overhaul on oversight or the procedures. they pride themselves on not having as many processes as other big gaming companies, but it just results in confusion and people not realizing when they are doing something they shouldn't be doing.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Anonymous"

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

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

    Pros

    Brilliant talent resides throughout Ubisoft in all sectors.
    Creativity is king.
    Fast paced environment is great for an energetic person, never a boring moment.
    Long term Loyalty to those who perform well.

    Cons

    The French influence, from a business perspective, rules. This isn't necessarily a con because they're smart but it's also not negotiable and you will only go so far unless you are fluent in French.
    Jobs can become much larger than your initial expectations, and you don't necessarily get the recognition you'd expect at maybe another employer, as soon as you might expect.
    Unless you're willing to relocate, your advancement potential is limited.

    Advice to Management

    Quit being so detached it can appear arrogant, even if this is not what's intended.


  6. "Campus Ambassador"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ubisoft part-time

    Pros

    Great job with good pay and cool perks.

    Cons

    None except they discontinued the program


  7. "Better be motivated!"

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

    I have been working at Ubisoft full-time

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, passionate people, innovative minds

    Cons

    Talent retention policy (salary, ...)

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome company, great games, difficult work-life balance in marketing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ubisoft full-time

    Pros

    Lots of autonomy to make big decisions, very creative, amazing place to build a career, cool people, fantastic products.

    Cons

    Sometimes the leadership can be a bit too involved in small decisions. Work-life balance is tough - Ubi is kind of a sweatshop. They give the marketing team "summer hours" on Friday's but no one uses them.


  9. "Good People, Not Enough Of Them"

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    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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Don't expect to develop your career"

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    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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