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Top Review Highlights by Sentiment
- "Great people to work with, low cost of living" (in 8 reviews)
- "The atmosphere and culture is casual and largely everyone is open to collaboration." (in 4 reviews)
- "Low cost of living." (in 3 reviews)
- "Cool office with easy access to gyms, breweries, restaurants, park, etc and a flexible work environment to support using them." (in 3 reviews)
- "Management is probably the biggest con." (in 3 reviews)
- Former Employee, more than 8 years★★★★★
Mostly positivesNov 23, 2022 - Artist in Champaign, ILRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
I worked at Volition for many years. Coworkers are nice. Company is almost completely remote since pandemic. Has started to use more and more outsourcing companies in other countries, so jobs have been eliminated. The company always seems to be hanging on by a thread but keeps surviving. PTO was always generous, including giving the week between Christmas and New Years off without having to use PTO.
Uncertain how long company will be around. It had several massive layoffs over the last fifteen years or so.
Thanks so much for the comments, we really appreciate it. Just to clarify, Volition has not had several layoffs, massive or otherwise. If you haven’t seen the news, we recently became part of the Gearbox Entertainment family of studios, and we’re continuing to grow in order to support development on multiple simultaneous projects. The size of the worlds we create in our games does require outsourcing and/or co-development (the same as it does for any other AAA game studio), but that hasn't stopped Volition from continuing to hire and add jobs here in the United States. Volition has been making games for 25 years and we're very excited to continue growing and making amazing, groundbreaking games far into the future. I hope this information helps. In any case, thank you so much for the time you spent at Volition, and we wish you all the best wherever your career takes you!
- Former Employee★★★★★
Bat place to workSep 21, 2022 - Senior ArtistRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Low cost of living, remote work available. Flexible work environment. Great culture among the content creators and lower management. Focus on diversity and welcoming atmosphere.
Always behind industry trends Chronic understaffing. Micromanagement. Poor leadership. Uncompetitive salary. Very few bonuses which are always small when they are given. Severe overdependence on outsourcing. Constant delays make games take forever to release which end up un-polished. Stagnant game design philosophy leads to non-competitive mediocre products. IP can never escape the shadow of other games that dominate the genre, but are given higher weight than the more unique IP's the studio has produced. Scheduling leads to burnout. Little room for employee skill growth.Continue reading
Thanks so much for the thoughtful feedback. Your point about hiring more senior people is well-taken, and we’ve already added some new studio-level hires who are really going to level up the studio and our capacity to focus on employee development. We're also continuing to add more resources for continuous, on-the-job training. We sincerely appreciate the review and wish you the best of luck wherever your career takes you.
- Former Employee, more than 3 years★★★★★
Character ArtistDec 11, 2022 - Character Artist in Champaign, ILRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Good people and flexible work hours.
The location can be a pain. No other studios remotely close.
Thanks for the review! We're really focused on the flexible work hours, trying to help maintain good boundaries so that everyone here has a great work/life balance. As far as the location goes, definitely true that there are no other studios nearby, but luckily we're hiring remotely now, so people can work from home wherever they are, without having to relocate. (Outside of Illinois, Texas, Michigan, and Massachusetts are currently where we have the highest concentration of employees). Thanks again and take care!
- Current Employee, more than 5 years★★★★★
Engaging work, good peopleSep 15, 2022 - 3D Artist in Champaign, ILRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Fun and collaborative work environment. People there are great and work/life balance is respected + protected.
Chronic understaffing and proprietary engine limit scope and quality of games.
Thanks so much for the feedback. We really appreciate what you said about work/life balance being respected and protected here, that’s definitely something we strive for. Thanks again for the review and best of luck at your new gig!
- Current Employee, more than 1 year★★★★★
Much ImprovedMar 4, 2022 - Senior Designer in Champaign, ILRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Since Embracer Group has taken over as the main POC for publishing, every has drastically improved. Management is much improved and actively trying to make the company better. Cost of living is super low here making it affordable to own a really nice house on a dev's salary.
There are still too many cooks in the kitchen when it comes to creative direction, but it looks to be shaping up for the next project.
Thanks so much for the feedback, it's super helpful. The "too many cooks" thing has come up a few times and it's definitely something we're trying to improve with the recent team restructuring. Glad you feel like it's headed in a positive direction! We agree!
- Former Employee, more than 5 years★★★★★
Too many layers of creative managementDec 19, 2021 - Designer in Champaign, ILRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Low cost of living. Saints Row is a popular series.
So many cooks wanting a say in creative decisions and management and keeps adding more, like it’s a corporate goal. Not enough people in UI, tech art, tech design, lighting. Volition insists on building their own tools like it’s 2002, but they have one tenth the team they need to support them, so the they’ve been falling behind for the last 5 or more years. Company will never ship a successful game that’s not Saints Row. Too many people involved to really be sharp and creative.Continue reading
Thanks so much for the feedback. We have definitely taken this to heart, and have restructured things at a franchise and studio level to remove bureaucracy and ensure sure people are empowered by the tools and processes to keep making amazing games. We've also actively hiring in all the disciplines you mentioned, and have had some great senior hires come in recently. We very much appreciate hearing your thoughts and wish you the best at your new gig!
- Current Employee★★★★★
Volition is a great place to work!Mar 23, 2022 - Game DesignerRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
There are great designers here.
Upper management is a bit of a blackbox.
Thanks so much for the feedback. We've been working on creating more useful monthly company meetings so that the entire company feels they have insight and alignment with things happening at both the studio management level and the Embracer level. We'll keep trying to improve this; it'll be an ongoing process. Thanks for letting us know how it's going from your perspective!
- Current Employee★★★★★
Great People, Poor ManagementOct 5, 2021 - Principal Technical Artist in Champaign, ILRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
Great people to work with, low cost of living
Inexperience in senior areas of studio leadership and management leads to avoidable mistakes in studio direction
- Former Employee, less than 1 year★★★★★
vsMar 9, 2021 - Ddvd in Houston, TXRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
its a great job to be at
boring and takes a lot of timeContinue reading
- Current Employee, more than 10 years★★★★★
Still Good Company, but Currently Under Poor Corporate LeadershipJul 23, 2018 - Principal Software Engineer in Champaign, ILRecommendCEO ApprovalBusiness Outlook
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.
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.Continue reading
Volition Reviews FAQs
Volition has an overall rating of 3.9 out of 5, based on over 44 reviews left anonymously by employees. 75% of employees would recommend working at Volition to a friend and 59% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -1% over the last 12 months.
75% of Volition employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Volition 4.4 out of 5 for work life balance, 4.3 for culture and values and 3.5 for career opportunities.
According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Volition to be culture, workplace, coworkers and the cons to be senior leadership, management, career development.