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3.9
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Ubisoft Cofondateur et Président-Directeur Général  Yves Guillemot
Yves Guillemot
1,008 Ratings
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  • "Management remains mainly French - locals tend to get bypassed in management/leadership roles unless you get into their clique(in 57 reviews)

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  1. "Great company and fun culture"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Software Engineer 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Ubisoft for less than a year

    Pros

    They really care about their employees and the culture is great. Theres a really good work life balance especially for the games industry.

    Cons

    Not great for working remotely and the pay could be better.

    Ubisoft2019-08-30
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Stepping stone company, filled with nepotism, upper management/HR won't help you"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ubisoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    In general a fun and chill work environment. When you quit, it will be the people you miss the most. Your coworkers are great people. The only reason why I'm giving 2 stars and not 1 star. Work/life balance was good for me, but this is dependent on what team you're on.

    Cons

    You don't quit your job, you quit your manager... and your upper management/HR, but especially your manager. Main reason to quit as I could have lived with the other cons. The whole office doesn't trust the incompetent HR team especially when you hear what's happened to various people leading them to quit. You got some creeps in the office. Nepotism is rampant in this office in various teams. People who should have been fired or never even hired in the first place are kept on and usually promoted because they are friends with people from above. Boy's club is very much apparent on a lot of teams and upper management. Maybe when teams have high turnover you should look at the top of the departments who have been there for 10+ years and done nothing to change it. Salary, benefits/perks are very average. Barely a step above public sector companies, definitely way below what your average Bay Area tech company offers. WFH is only allowed dependent on your manager.

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    Ubisoft2019-07-24
  3. "Great company culture"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Contractor - Partner Marketing Coordinator in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Ubisoft for more than a year

    Pros

    Absolutely wonderful company culture. People understand the work/life balance, and know how and when to get work done at a high level.

    Cons

    Communication of management, and lack of clarity with internal and external changes

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    Ubisoft2019-06-10
  4. Helpful (8)

    "Good place to get into the game industry"

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

    I worked at Ubisoft full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Mostly great people working there - Great company culture - Give a chance to junior people to get their foot in the door - Good on-boarding process - Opportunities to travel internationally (depending on your role) - Convenient SOMA location

    Cons

    - Very low pay, not competitive with Bay Area standards - Executive management doesn't seem to know the direction they want to take and how to lead the ground troops (or doesn't communicate it well). Middle management seems to do more for the company - Poor benefits package - Almost no perks, especially considering what other Bay Area companies offer - Work-life balance can get a bit iffy - A pro that sometimes turns into a con: they will not fire employees unless there is a very serious reason. Low performing employees will be given opportunities to prove themselves valuable in whatever small capacity. However, low performing employees who manage to stick around for a long time may end up being promoted by default, resulting in incompetent people in leadership or management positions

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    Ubisoft2018-12-09
  5. "Good work life balance"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 

    I have been working at Ubisoft

    Pros

    There is a good balance between work life balance. Everyone is respectful of everyone's time. It's an open door culture where people are always happy to help. People are encouraged to reach out if they need any help or have any questions or just to connect.

    Cons

    Lack of ownership. Some departments are adverse to change and lack the willingness to learn difficult/new tools.

    Ubisoft2018-05-11
  6. Helpful (1)

    "One of the best (and most challenging... in a good way) experiences in my career"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Ubisoft full-time

    Pros

    Great company and products. A fun place with lots of smart and talented people to learn from. Some good perks.

    Cons

    Working really long hours, especially leading up to the launch of a game. Work-life balance is sometimes difficult to achieve.

    Ubisoft2018-03-24
  7. "Data Science Intern"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ubisoft

    Pros

    Relaxed working environment. Good work-life balance

    Cons

    Inefficient management and slow working pace.

    Ubisoft2018-03-23
  8. Helpful (1)

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

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    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.

    Ubisoft2017-05-26
  9. Helpful (10)

    "Don't expect to develop your career"

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

    I worked at Ubisoft full-time for 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

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    Ubisoft2017-04-07
  10. Helpful (1)

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

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    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 for 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.

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    Ubisoft2017-03-19

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