United Front Games Reviews

Updated Apr 22, 2019

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3.9
52%
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United Front Games CEO Stephen van der Mescht (no image)
Stephen van der Mescht
9 Ratings
  1. "Solid company"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Programmer 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at United Front Games full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great camaraderie, location and good projects.

    Cons

    Engineering practices such as code reviews weren't as rigorous as they should have been.

  2. "Best Game Company"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Rendering Programmer in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at United Front Games full-time

    Pros

    This was an awesome place to work.

    Cons

    Too bad it's no longer in operation.


  3. "Great idea that didn't follow through with reality"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Senior Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at United Front Games for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - great driven team - interesting original tech - cool location

    Cons

    - bad noise pollution - management too risk averse - culture of guilting to work late hours

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  4. "Big Family"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at United Front Games full-time

    Pros

    Great and talented people Exciting projects produced at high quality Flexible hours Family values

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the game industry is a lot different now and the studio had two projects cancelled over a short period of time.

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  5. "Great Place to work"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
     in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at United Front Games

    Pros

    Awesome people, really smart, very dedicate. AAA Quality games.

    Cons

    Projects keep getting cancelled, actually the company is bankrupt now.

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  6. "Senior Lighter"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Lighter in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at United Front Games full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Wide variety of projects, great people, great location

    Cons

    Studio is closed now :(

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  7. "ufg - r.i.p."

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Game Dev in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at United Front Games full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    i worked at ufg for some time and the team that was assembled there was at one point i think among the best talent in van. it stuck it out for a while, having just hit its 9 year anniversary a few weeks before its closure.

    Cons

    3 days ago (october 16th) united front games made the decision to shut down development and close its doors; it will no longer exist as a video game developer. the studio had been weakened by the loss of a few contracts and the studio bet its future on the success of its original ip smash + grab.

  8. "A good place to start but don't stick around too long"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at United Front Games full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    If your just starting out in games UFG is good place to go. You will have to put in a lot of hours but you will get to learn a lot as well. There are some good people working there that will enjoy teaching you and helping you develop your skills.

    Cons

    No place to advance. You will always be in the same position you started in. Management has a problem and tends to hire friends and people who are yes men for anything other then regular grunt. Unless you get close to some of the people in power positions it doesn't matter how good you are you will never get anywhere. Work life balance is horrible. You will be expected to work OT all the time. Changes are made all the time with no consideration to production limitations expecting the workers to just put in the time.

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  9. Helpful (5)

    "Former Great Studio, Now in Decline"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Programmer in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at United Front Games for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I worked with some of the best developers in the industry, accomplished things I never knew I was capable of, grew as an individual both personally and professionally, and was treated with respect throughout the whole process (at least until my final months there). From 2010 through 2012 it had some of the best work culture I've ever experienced. The studio brand still means a lot to me.

    Cons

    Rampant nepotism and elitism, not everyone can fit in. Culture of heavy overtime, burns out anybody who is personally invested in their work. Studio is trying to change strategies (from AAA games to Free-to-Play) but has not changed their management style to suit. Many of their best talents and most invested people have long since left.

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  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place to work at, Great people"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
     in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at United Front Games for less than a year

    Pros

    The atmosphere and team culture at United Front Games is great. They also had a really good balance between life and work.

    Cons

    Some of the Senior management sometimes overdid it on wanting to have meetings at a high frequency, where it did affect productivity. And for short term contractors they only offered extremely short extensions/contracts (which can be hard to plan for what happens after)

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