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Volition Reviews

Updated Sep 13, 2018

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  1. "Fantastic Games Company!"

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    Former Employee - 3D Artist in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Volition full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Super talented people to work with.

    Cons

    Management sometimes stood in the way of progress/innovation.

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    Volition2018-04-26
  2. "Used to be better"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Volition full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Flexible work environment and hours

    Cons

    Pretty standard benefits...located in a small town.

    Volition2018-09-13
  3. Helpful (3)

    "Still Good Company, but Currently Under Poor Corporate Leadership"

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    Current Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Champaign, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Volition full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Flexible Work Environment (FWE), where you can roughly set your own daily hours and even work from home as much as is practical for your current tasks. There are also still quite a few very talented and knowledgeable developers, particularly in the programming department, but those numbers are dwindling quickly under the current continued mismanagement by Deep Silver and Koch.

    Cons

    Currently Deep Silver and Koch are effectively running Volition into the ground, with much of our senior staff and most of our studio level management having either been laid off or resigned within the past few months, including numerous employees with 20+ years at Volition. There's still probably time to turn things around, but things really need to start improving soon, or there won't be much left of the heart and soul of this great studio.

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    Volition2018-07-23
  4. "Fun company, poor outlook"

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    Former Employee - QA Analyst in Champaign, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Volition full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Fun working atmosphere - Ability to work on large scale video games in a part of the country where there are few studios - Great downtown location

    Cons

    - Never was given the feeling of being part of the development team - Low pay - Next to no opportunity for advancement if in QA - Overtime work - Layoffs

    Volition2018-08-08
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Unstable"

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    Former Employee - Designer in Champaign, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Volition full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Champaign is nice and affordable. There are flexible hours and some talented people on staff.

    Cons

    Poorly managed, this company is hindered by indecisive owners with unrealistic expectations and little understanding of the games industry. There isn't much of a place in the business for AA developers anymore, and if there isn't some serious reinvestment in the company, they are doomed to be swallowed up by their much larger competitors in the third-person sandbox space (i.e. Rockstar, Ubisoft, etc.)

    Volition2018-03-29
  6. "Great studio; not great publisher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Volition full-time

    Pros

    * Great atmosphere * Nice place to live * Fun projects

    Cons

    * No publisher support * Lots of publisher overhead getting in the way * Studio's "do more with less" mantra isn't realistic ... ever

    Volition2017-10-10
  7. "Endless Potential"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Volition full-time

    Pros

    The atmosphere and culture is casual and largely everyone is open to collaboration. No idea is too silly and if you have the will, you are often empowered to find a way.

    Cons

    You aren't always given the resources necessary to complete tasks to the quality level matching the rest of the industry. Higher levels of management can be a bit opaque and the studio is often hamstrung by tight budgets, resulting in non-competitive perks compared to other game studios.

    Volition2017-07-11
  8. Helpful (1)

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

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

    I have been working at Volition full-time for 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.

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    Volition2017-02-14
  9. "volition entertainment"

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

    I worked at Volition full-time for 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

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    Volition2017-01-26
  10. "Good, Stable Company"

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     in Urbana, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Volition for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great, experience people, good team atmosphere.

    Cons

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

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    Volition2017-01-04

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