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Updated August 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance, friendly workspace (in 49 reviews)

  • A super creative work environment (in 84 reviews)

Cons
  • Low salary with no guaranteed bonuses (in 47 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "ok"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ubisoft full-time

    Pros

    great work life balance, fun and casual culture, nice co-workers, fun products, located in the city of san francisco near cal train, promotes from within

    Cons

    leadership team has been there a long time without any change, multiple teams do the same work, inefficient, very political environment


  2. "Student worker - Brand Rep"

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    Former Employee - Brand Representative
    Former Employee - Brand Representative

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

    Pros

    -Getting extra copies of games to play
    -Flexible hours
    -Great communication with management
    -Freedom to plan/execute events on your campus

    Cons

    -Having to work at night sometimes (depending on what events were best to execute)
    -Having a limit on how many hours per campaign (only matters if you want to work a lot)

  3. Helpful (7)

    "It's all about the company name"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Vacation and sick time off are based off of European ways, so basically, you will never run out of sick or vacation days ever again

    - The Digital Marketing and PR teams are probably the only teams I would recommend to anyone, and probably Brand Management. DM has their stuff together and are well rounded and do solid work. They also seem to genuinely like one another. The PR team, while they don't have a lot of power or sway at Ubisoft (at least compared to other PR teams I've worked with at other gaming companies) have GREAT leaders who want to grow their team--they care about mentoring and doing a good job. Brand is chaotic but they hold most of the power, so I would recommend it as a good starting point for someone looking to go into Brand/Marketing.

    - If you're looking to get your foot in the door at a game company in an entry level role, Ubisoft is a good place to start. Get your name on some AAA titles then reevaluate once you hit the 2 year mark.

    - You get a lot of free swag and get to go to some cool parties (they are a French company so the booze is often prime)

    Cons

    - Everything is cookie cutter--little innovation or interest in trying new things. Ubisoft is very much a "follower" company, not a "leader" company.

    - The company needs some serious pruning. It's amazing how unprofessional some of the Managers are (how they communicate and interact with others) which is probably because they aren't actually adults (ie. mature enough to not breed drama and negativity). The people at the company are generally awesome, but the handful of toxic people there just ruin it.

    - Pay is mediocre. You get free swag and get to go to some cool company parties (the company literally throws money around so people who don't need to be at certain events can go), so you really give away a good amount of what you could be making for these luxuries. So it really depends on what you want. For a year or two, these novelties are great, but it wears off pretty quickly.

    - Promotions seem to get handed out randomly. A LOT of people who do great work seem to get stuck in some sort of undertow and end up frustrated. They leave only to get a better job that's the equivalent of 1 or 2 promotions with a nice salary increase. It's easy to get stuck at Ubisoft if you're one of these people, and Ubisoft seems to feel that it's easier that these potential star-employees just leave than take a look at issues running deeper within the company. One friend of mine was actually told by her VP that due to the high turnover of her bosses they couldn't evaluate her properly, that this wasn't anyone's fault but unfortunately, they needed to review her again. She left for a way better opportunity. Basically, if you feel you can do bigger, greater things and need more challenges, Ubisoft probably won't give you that, so look elsewhere.

    - It's rare for contractors to get hired on full time and many of the contractors that I knew felt like outsiders

    - For larger gaming companies, it's not unusual for the majority of employees to have zero knowledge of games. The same is true for Ubisoft. The Sales, Digital Marketing, PR, pretty much every team except for maybe Community and the Sales Analysts are at all versed in games, or show any respect for games as anything more than a sales number. It's so bad that a game room was made to help provide access to games to help encourage more people to play, but only actual gamers use it. The Recruitment efforts haven't changed so more and more people who don't know games nor care about games are hired.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people who actually know games. I'm not talking about "fanboys" but people who are passionate about the product and industry. Making money is important but, well, your games are pretty bad lately so maybe put more attention into bringing in passionate people. If employees are eager for more challenges, give them some challenging projects. Way too many people leave simply because they feel disrespected, then they go to another company and are treated like royalty. Really look into the personality behind the people you hire. There are some really immature and unprofessional people who make working with them a nightmare.


  4. "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


  5. "Game designer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ubisoft full-time

    Pros

    less work late and overtime

    Cons

    pay check isn't good .


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Absolutely go for it."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  7. "Good place to work overall"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun environment, team building,benefits are really good, great environment overall, people are the best part and you end up building some lifelong friendships

    Cons

    Politics
    Decisions by committee
    Lack of support from management
    Red Tape
    IT has too much control

    Advice to Management

    Give your A+ people more room to grow, less red tape, and more support to work in a way that best suits their potential. Give them the freedom to get the job done, and get the impediments out of their way. Re-assign non-performers to roles where they do not interfere with the folks that are getting things done, but that will allow them to continue to contribute. Give teams appropriate time to do good work, and do not allow timelines to sacrifice quality. Provide good performers with room to grow and allow them upward mobility.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Run Away"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Marketing Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Digital Marketing Coordinator in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ubisoft (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working for a company that released some of the greatest video games. It's great being a part of something that brings happiness to people.

    Cons

    Not only is there no room for growth. They have a method of hiring contracted employees for cheap and then giving them the boot when the contract is over to hire another contract employee for cheap. That way they don't have to provide full time benefits. Not only that, the environment disappointingly lacks any sort of passion for video games. People are there because they have to be. My own boss didn't know anything about video games in general. In one meeting, someone in management uttered the words, "It doesn't matter what we do, we have our fanboys to buy the games." Then I guess we can all just go home right? This place is like the behind the scenes of Disneyland, sad and dream crushing. Unless you want to be treated like crap, and have no Holidays off (because we're a French company of course), stay at your own risk.

    Advice to Management

    Overhaul management and start fresh with people who actually care


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Brand manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Really great place to be

    Cons

    Not great opportunities for advancement

    Advice to Management

    bleh


  10. "Bad experiences with management"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Ubisoft full-time

    Pros

    Friendly junior staff
    Not really much else to say

    Cons

    Studio general manager was never at the studio so...
    Project executive producer was constantly no-show or late and got away with it because...
    he was secretly dating the AP who submitted people's time.

    Overall not a great work experience

    Advice to Management

    A wide variety of off site studios that underperform should be looked into, rather than be allowed to limp along because of the success of canadian studios.


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