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Vicarious Visions Reviews

Updated October 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Overall Vicarious Visions is a friendly and fun environment with lots of activities and events to take part in especially in regards to music (in 3 reviews)

  • Friendly group of people, challenging problems to solve (in 2 reviews)

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

  • While Albany has some attractions, it is a relatively lower energy area more geared towards families (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great Place to Work!"

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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 (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!


  2. "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...

  3. "Pretty sweet"

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

    Pros

    Fun place to work at times

    Cons

    Owned by the man can be a drag


  4. Helpful (1)

    "VV review as a QA"

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

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

    Pros

    Great environment and very friendly team mates.Lots of fun activities.Interaction with the seniors are smooth.Lots of social events and all are free.

    Cons

    Pay is not good for QAs. It is located at Menands ,NY and its a very remote place.


  5. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Vicarious Visions full-time

    Pros

    Nice environment and great employee health benefits.

    Cons

    Long hours and deadlines.


  6. "Great place to work"

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

    I worked at Vicarious Visions full-time

    Pros

    Friendly group of people, challenging problems to solve.

    Cons

    Career advancement is not clear


  7. 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!

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

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    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.


  9. "A big family"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There is a family culture which is really appealing. Everyone wants you to succeed

    Cons

    Difficult to pursue your own goals.

    Advice to Management

    Be more upfront about job growth


  10. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


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