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Volition Reviews

Updated February 14, 2017
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  1. "volition entertainment"

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    Former Employee - Branding Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Branding Consultant in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    great place to work -- entertainment / great connections / celebrity clients / broadcasting and pr projects that are exciting in the entertainment industry

    Cons

    long hours / schedule varies
    Varied clientele makes it an always changing environment

    Advice to Management

    great company


  2. "Fun, friendly company, with a few too many chiefs."

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    Current Employee - Embedded Analyst in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Embedded Analyst in Champaign, IL
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Volition full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Talented, very passionate, hard-working, open, friendly staff. Making long-time friends here is almost unavoidable. Deep development history with a large amount of 10+ year vets. Very little "clickyness" in the social realms. MTG games going daily, board game enthusiasts everywhere, social movie nights, and more.

    Cons

    Dev QA new hires are targeted for their relatable degrees. (Game design / animation / art / etc.) Most are 21-30 which means many are in high-dollar student debt. Wages are barely livable in that context. Volunteering for extra responsibility and putting in 110% almost never helps you get promoted out of QA. Studio doesn't show a lot of interest in investing in a promising employee's future with the company. Since it is a pretty small for a AAA studio this usually means QA is not your foot in the door. It is your destination. Moving onward to an out-of-state studio is your best bet for advancing your career.

    Advice to Management

    -Invest in promising employees. Being in the mid-west your access to the hordes of west-coast devs is extremely diminished. Look into cost-effectiveness of cultivating your own talent for your specific needs. Loyalty breeds success.


  3. "Good, Stable Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Urbana, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Urbana, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Volition (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great, experience people, good team atmosphere.

    Cons

    Not many options in town. Title growth/promotions are slow and scarce.

    Advice to Management

    Push harder for your employees.


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  5. "Great place for employees with a family"

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    Current Employee - Technical Artist in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Technical Artist in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Volition full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Their emphasis on work/life balance is fantastic.
    The team his highly motivated to create great-looking and -playing games.
    There are many experienced people here who have been working side-by-side for many years, so collaboration often comes very easily.

    Cons

    Some of the more senior folks who have been here for a long time can sometimes be a bit jaded about the industry.


  6. "Senior Studio"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good work environment where everyone gets their voice heard.
    Games have a fun tone that allows for a lot of creativity with design.

    Cons

    Game budgets are not as big as some other AAA developers.
    Not as many job opportunities in the area compared to the west coast.


  7. "Good people, slow growth"

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    Former Employee - Technical Artist
    Former Employee - Technical Artist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Volition full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people. Everyone seems to have great drive and wants to make a great title. It is also a very fun environment.

    Cons

    Not many options in the area. Salaries are low. Title growth/promotions are slow and scarce. Good chance you will be hired at a lower title and salary you want/would get elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate individuals better.


  8. "Best AAA Culture in the industry"

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    Current Employee - Systems Designer
    Current Employee - Systems Designer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Volition full-time

    Pros

    Culture, events, quality of life (rarely do we crunch, and not for long), great leadership, cheaper area to live.

    Cons

    Midwest isn't for everyone. Weather is rough in the winter. There's honestly no major con about the studio itself - it's a dream company.

    Advice to Management

    High-level vision holders dip into the specifics of the project's details in a way that sometimes disrupts the low-level work, but nothing majorly wrong here.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "I've grown more here than I have at any previous job"

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    Current Employee - Artist III in Champaign, IL
    Current Employee - Artist III in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Been here 6 months now, time to do a review.

    I've been growing a lot here. Management is great. Feels less 'clicky' than my last studio. I'm taken seriously in my role. People value me. The studio invests in it's core values. The studio also invests in me and I feel like there's good work life balance. Nice geeky gamer culture and plenty of people to play board games with. Strong presence at GDC and the like. You're encouraged to do side projects and attend conferences.

    GREAT location, middle of downtown, you're never board here. I actually like Champaign a lot and I've lived in huge west coast cities. I love it here. Low cost of living.

    Cons

    Because of my position I've had to do some (minimal) crunching. More than my last studio but way less than really bad crunching (80-120 hour weeks over the course of several months). If you come here you might feel pressured to crunch a week here and there even though there's no official crunch.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in your people. That investment and personal growth is why I want to stay.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Exciting times at Volition"

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

    Pros

    Volition is full of talented and friendly people. You’ll be given the opportunity to learn, try new things and contribute. Access to management is easy and discussions are encouraged. The studio offers lots of perks including a flexible work environment. Champaign itself is a very livable college town. The size is manageable, it’s inexpensive and there’s plenty to do.

    Cons

    It’s the only game in town…literally. Champaign is small, so those looking for a town with a lot of game developers and big city energy will be disappointed. Since Volition is a small company, there’s not a lot of room to move up, although structure and culture changes have made a difference.

    Advice to Management

    The studio feels like it's still in transition, but keep at it. You're on a good path.


  11. "Working at Volition was an overall positive experience"

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    Former Employee - Game Programmer in Champaign, IL
    Former Employee - Game Programmer in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Minimal crunch
    - High degree of talent
    - Good work/life balance

    Cons

    - Lack of variety of types of games



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