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ZeniMax Media Reviews

Updated April 9, 2019
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great workplace!"

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

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

    Pros

    Great company culture, good management

    Cons

    A fair amount of nepotism can be seen, but nothing too much


  2. "Great place to learn, but don't stick around"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ZeniMax Media full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great products and you get to work with some really smart people.

    Cons

    If you want to see any growth, you have to hope that someone dies.

  3. "Secretive environment with cliques"

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Rockville, MD
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent PTO
    Subsidized cafeteria with wide selection of food

    Cons

    Like high school with cliques, if you are not “in” then you are “out”
    Very secretive due to nature of gaming business
    Lack of communication
    Dismissive of forward thinking

    Advice to Management

    Be open to some other ideas, let people have a chance to earn trust


  4. "Work work"

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

    I worked at ZeniMax Media full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Job security and cool people

    Cons

    Corporate feeling and slow progression


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Solid company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They have been working to bring their benefits up to par with the rest of the games industry. Competant management and strategy to sell good games.

    Cons

    Compensation is a bit lower than the rest of the industry, but its located in a high cost of living area.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Not a bad place to be"

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    Former Employee - In CS in Hunt Valley, MD
    Former Employee - In CS in Hunt Valley, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ZeniMax Media full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great camaraderie and good social interactions
    Interesting work
    Good pay
    Generally solid management

    Cons

    Studio doesn't seem to know that CS exists, the department is terribly treated by headquarters.

    Advice to Management

    Treat CS like part of the company. Credits, bonuses, parties, etc.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ZeniMax Media full-time

    Pros

    Generous pay
    Good environment
    Snacks
    Generous access rights (unsure if pro or con)
    Very good HR department (very personable and easy to get a hold of)
    The holiday parties are pretty rad
    Great culture and fun coworkers to get to know

    Cons

    =Throw you in the deep end very quickly
      -If you take this job, have a VERY good understanding of everything requested of you in the requirements section of the listing, because it WILL NOT be explained to you in any fashion.
      -Very sink or swim approach
    (advice for employees: Swallow your pride and ask questions, because if you don't they will assume you are worthless and axe you without warning)
    =Some management holds unrealistic expectations
    =Generous access rights
    =From an IT perspective, excessively confusing

    Advice to Management

    Take a good look at your placed management and decide if they are adequate to be taking the roles they are taking. Make sure they are proper management material and can lead AS WELL as do. Some on site leads and managers are excellent workers, but not excellent leaders or teachers.

  8. Helpful (8)

    "It's ok if you're in the right department."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    They give you free snacks, discounted lunch room, and close for a winter break. You can dress very casual. And the pay is decent too.

    Cons

    Depending on your department you will be overworked. Micromanaging is real and is a trickle down effect. The company has grown but they don't want to grow certain departments so the workload can be heavy and stressful. It's not a diverse workplace. And favortism and nepotism is also evident throughout company.

    Advice to Management

    They need to stop micromanaging and also hire more people in the areas needed.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Meh."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    • Decent benefits for full-time employees.
    • Opportunity to work on some amazing IPs.
    • Great cafeteria.
    • Nice perks like free copies of new ZeniMax games, subsidized lunches, snacks, and various events.

    Cons

    • Extreme tribal culture. People of different departments and studios rarely mix, even at large events. There isn't even an employee directory, to help identify others in the same building.
    • No path for advancement. Senior employees are well treated and never leave, so the vertical structure prevents anyone junior from advancing.
    • No support for self-improvement, aside from individual managers.
    • In the rare times that positions do open up, most departments reflexively look outside the company, shunning internal candidates.
    • Unless you are senior enough, pay is pathetic relative to the area's cost of living.

    Advice to Management

    You have many dedicated employees at all levels who want a real career path. Create a culture of self improvement by offering classes, mentoring, real internal networking opportunities, and paths for advancement. Better salaries will also help, given the cost of living in the DC area. Those will help with long term retention and morale far more than occasional food trucks or detailing that employees still pay full price for.


  10. Helpful (28)

    "Mostly great...but there are issues"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rockville, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Friendliest people
    - Lunch room, gym, lounge w/ coffee, free drinks
    - Good pay!
    - Learn a lot from coworkers if you try
    - Easy to get to, free parking
    - wide age range of people
    - super relaxed environment
    - work on amazing games
    - get yr own cubicle/office, no open offices so you can actually get work done
    - really accommodating to some groups - designated smoking pavilion, motorcycle parking,
    - great insurance and 401k matching
    - company is growing a lot and very stable

    Cons

    - cliques in upper management, which affects bonuses, esp if you aren't good at self promotion to the cliques
    - bro culture, no effort to retain minority employees so biggest turnover is women & non-white guys
    - no advancement opportunities, no promotions. If asked about, you get vague answers and no actions
    - no profit sharing, just bonuses which vary wildly
    - PTO is 10 days, ppl with chronic illnesses get dressed down by managers/producers. Don't know how parents do it. (Also, sick peoples always in office as result)
    - reviews are awful. No standards for them, or even a guarantee if you'll get one.
    - crunch is optional but exists

    Advice to Management

    -PTO is really on the low end especially since there aren't sick days.
    -Standardize reviews, and formalize a promotion process. There are people who've been there for 7+ years who aren't senior yet.
    -Morale often gets low due to above issues. Any efforts to address the above are blown off/ignored. Listen to people more - they're hardworking and they really care about the company. We've lost great people from this.