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Vicarious Visions Reviews

Updated June 1, 2018
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Pros
  • "I've never felt more at home in work environment" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Great Benefits ( 2 months paid paternity leave" (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • "Really long hours for extended time periods" (in 4 reviews)

  • "Albany is a little out of the way, but close to so much" (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great Place to Work!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vicarious Visions full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    + Collaborative environment
    + Flexibility (work/life)
    + People are passionate about what they do

    Cons

    - Location (commute purposes) is good for me, but there are few amenities

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!

    Vicarious Visions Response

    Apr 6, 2018 – HR Manager

    Thanks for your feedback! We work hard to promote a positive, collaborative culture and it's great to hear that you are feeling that! So glad to have you here!


  2. "AAA Studio with Passionate Teams"

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

    I have been working at Vicarious Visions full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people here are all extremely passionate about their work, no matter the project. The drive and commitment to quality are what motivates everyone to give their best.

    Cons

    Location. Northeast winters are not the most fun to endure, but that is no fault of anyone.

  3. "Great Studio"

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

    I have been working at Vicarious Visions full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Lovely people, great benefits, interesting projects, welcoming studio culture.

    Cons

    Albany is a little out of the way, but close to so much.


  4. "Awesomesauce"

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    Current Employee - Narrative Designer in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Narrative Designer in Albany, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vicarious Visions full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly Environment
    Excellent Compensation
    Smooth On-Boarding & HR Support

    Cons

    Communication/Information Silos slow cross-departmental collaboration.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing...


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Greatest company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vicarious Visions full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Their priority is to care for their people. Great benefits & perks. Open door policy all the way to the executive level. On a development level, the talent is amazing, they take great pride in innovation & providing the customer with an experience that exceeds their expectations.

    Cons

    Developers work long hours, however, VV does its best to help make this inevitable requirement better. Free meals & snacks, special events & activities, great time off package. They also take care of the family at home, hosting events to keep them connected during the "crunch" times.

    Advice to Management

    You have the right combination, keep at it!


  6. "A close family with a very bright future"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Vicarious Visions full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    -Great Benefits ( 2 months paid paternity leave!)
    -Great Coworkers
    -Stability in an industry that rarely sees it
    -Creative staff who take risks
    -Affordable Housing. This place is a great affordable place to raise a family.

    Cons

    -Corporate risk level much lower than studios
    -Can sometimes be hard to get solid career growth beyond a mid level position

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to ensure that people are fully engaged and working to their maximum potential. Also realize when people are overworking themselves and need a break. Often during crunch is the time in which people need to take a day off and recoup the most.


  7. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Vicarious Visions full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fun environment to work in. Fellow developers care about each other.

    Cons

    Suspect game industry pays less than other comparable engineering opportunities.

  8. "A Well Balanced Culture; A Place to Grow and Stride"

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    Current Employee - Artist in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Artist in Albany, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vicarious Visions (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    We are always striving to remain in AAA IPs which still exploring unique ideas
    It's a company that supports local colleges, community involvement, and sharing local culture
    Benefits packages are good and promote healthy living with fun competition
    There is a strong mentoring program here that helps us all develop as individuals and leaders
    Fun work environment with lifetime relationships
    Culturally open to a wide variety of individuals
    Everyone can be involved in internal tools development which helps us all grow our quality of product

    Cons

    Heavy creative involvement from the exec team can pose both positive and a negative at times.
    Need for healthier options for food catering and breakfast bar


  9. "Awesome Culture, Awesome Games, Awesome Job"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vicarious Visions full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I currently work for VV and I can honestly say that it's awesome! VV spends a great deal of time and effort into maintaining the studio culture. They are very accommodating of employee needs both inside and outside of the studio. They also go above and beyond with free perks such as happy hours, yoga classes, meals and snacks, and swag - especially when a project is in full swing.
    Not only is the culture top notch, their games are fun and innovative. VV encourages its developers to work on things that interest us. Because almost everyone works on things they enjoy, it really shows in the quality of work and craftsmanship.
    VV FTW!

    Cons

    The studio is owned by Activision and working with ATVI can be challenging at times. It's also worth noting, however, that many, many other studios have this same dilemma.
    Also, VV is located in Albany, NY. While the area is actually really nice, the winter months are really cold.

    Advice to Management

    It'd be nice to have fewer meetings.
    It'd also be great to invest more in equipment and hardware like 24" monitors, battery backups, stand up desks, etc ...
    Lastly, we shouldn't ever run out of coffee. We need a more robust coffee station/system like you see at nice hotels.


  10. "Great studio with a great culture"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Experienced people
    A stable studio - been around for many years
    Good working environment
    Good studio culture
    Opportunity for career progression
    Opportunity to develop new skills
    Encourages creativity beyond the core products
    Very family friendly with excellent core values
    Good work/balance although there can be some crunch periods
    Located in capital region upstate NY which is excellent place for people with a family
    Are always extremely helpful and supportive
    Good remuneration and benefits

    Cons

    Location of the actual studio has limited amentities
    Albany is a small city with limited nightlife for those people
    There can be some crunch periods


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