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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. Helpful (1)

    "Friendly, fun and driven, but the projects fall a bit flat for the ambitious and quality focused artist"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Artist in Albany, NY
    Former Employee - Artist in Albany, NY

    Pros

    Wide variety of projects
    Lots of room for internal growth
    Good compensation through bonuses and stock purchase plans
    Excellent facility
    Friendly, talented people

    Cons

    The projects aren't the most exciting for ambitious artists
    Deadline rather than quality focused
    Facility is great, but the location isn't ideal

    Advice to Management

    Keep taking care of your employees and they'll keep taking care of you!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to get started, but whether or not you want to stay... questionable."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Albany, NY
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Albany, NY
    Recommends

    Pros

    Being part of Activision, there is a great deal of stability. Getting to work on Guitar Hero and Marvel titles is pretty great. You definitely get to make your mark in the game industry. However, with the nature of Guitar Hero, and the dreaded holiday release schedule, there is only so much time to innovate and polish. Great people, great company, they take care of their employees, and have been through pretty rough times with regards to crunching, and are doing everything they can to mitigate future crunch, it's always not avoidable though.

    Cons

    Albany. While the projects are relatively high profile, there could be better things to work on. The company is still has a ways to go before being top notch. It also seems some people who are in leadership positions could benefit from having a critical review of their performance from their subordinates. Not to say that they're particularly bad, but perhaps don't know that they could improve in some areas.

    Advice to Management

    Be more communicative and open. More regular feedback on how employees are doing would be helpful.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "A company focused on management rather than quality products."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Designer
    Former Employee - Technical Designer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Vicarious Visions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great facility.
    Mostly great people.
    Steady paycheck if you avoid the regular lay-offs

    Cons

    Poor executive management.
    Far too much middle management.
    An un-earned belief that the studio is world class.
    Inability to ship a high quality product created in-house.
    Being in the right group of friends determines your advancement in the company rather than skills and work.
    Studio has not made significant profits in recent years and the near future isn't especially bright.

    Advice to Management

    Clean shop of your managers that have no experience other than being managers.
    Focus on Design and better experiences not on more engineering/art with longer play times.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Vicarious Visions full-time

    Pros

    This place has great people, and projects that are interesting to work on. It is a great place to start your career in the gaming industry. If work / life balance is important, this place is great about that.

    Cons

    Career track can be unclear at times. I was never sure what can be done to move up except for staying here longer. Honestly, it's a great company. Anything negative I have to say is going to be nitpicky.

    Advice to Management

    Get more involved in project level decisions. Also, pay more attention to employees that are putting in more then they have to. In my time here, I've seen management let go of great people and reward people who are only just alright.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work, but not good surroundings"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good working environment
    Honorship to their employee
    Multicultural, diversified coworkers

    Cons

    Boring surroundings
    Poor management of its mother company, Activision


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