id Software Reviews
79% would recommend to a friend
(27 total reviews)
Robert A. Altman
100% approve of CEO
Found 27 of over 31 reviews
Updated Aug 3, 2023
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- 5.0Aug 3, 2023DesignerCurrent EmployeeRichardson, TX
Open and honest management, excellent alignment with audience's likes, good work/life balance.
Texas heat and no beaches nearby!
- 4.0Mar 24, 2023Senior Concept ArtistFormer EmployeeDallas, TX
Good people to be around and learn from. Good benefits
Everything revolves around the company may get a bit high strung at times
- 5.0May 21, 2022Software QA TesterFormer Employee, more than 1 yearRichardson, TX
Experienced staff, amazing environment and great pay.
Not enough accountability for staff that perform poorly.
- 5.0Aug 4, 2021Software EngineerFormer Employee, more than 3 yearsRichardson, TX
* Competitive pay and benefits * Some of the best engineers in the industry * Constant stream of work at any tier of the technical stack where generalists can thrive * Leads are very dedicated, smart, and treat employees well
* While it has been better in recent years, extended periods of crunch do still exist * Lack of sick days4
- 5.0Sep 11, 20143D ArtistCurrent Employee, less than 1 yearRichardson, TX
I know id had difficult time recently, however I can say that all the negativity is gone now. All we care about now is making Doom with positive energy and moving forward. Managers and directors are really trying hard to make the company better than ever, and treat and educate the employees, so it's really a good place for artists to be grow. They don't just tell what to do, instead they ask individual opinion. Artist team is very open minded with great leadership by art director and leads. They care about making a great game with their passions and dedications everyday. New HR is just awesome. She cares and treat other coworker as family or friends. I know that most of talents didn't want to come to id before because of bad reviews or rumors recently, but it's in changing state now, and we are eager to find passionate and talented developers to make Doom.
It takes freaking long time to request and get anything like software or equipment.4
- 5.0May 28, 2017Senior DesignerFormer Employee, more than 5 yearsRichardson, TX
Amazing talent in this studio, which pulled off an amazing feat with DOOM 2016 that no one expected. Everyone there loves the id IPs and most got their start with them back in the '90s. Doom 2016 felt more like experienced devs putting together their love-letter to the brand that started it all. Future is VERY bright now that this team has made DOOM together.
Bonuses and salary aren't nearly what they used to be in the id old days, but understandable considering the team sizes required now. A bit of corporate culture creep after the Zenimax buyout (annoying security protocols, etc.), but they trust id and get out of the way when needed (and support when needed). All in all, they are a great fit.9
- 5.0May 15, 2014ArtistCurrent Employee, more than 3 years
One of the best, well knit art teams Ive encountered. Everyone is very open and willing to share, grow and learn. The art team has a good attitude and wants you to succeed in all you do. Great group of guys!
Ive been here for over 3 years and yes it Id went through a rough patch 2 years ago but I can say that this place has turned it around and is on a serious upswing. When all the teams merged it created a rough atmosphere but this has been worked through and is far from how it was 1.5-2 years ago.3
- 5.0Jun 4, 20143D ArtistCurrent Employee, less than 1 yearRichardson, TX
id is full of people that are exceptionally great at what they do. There's a desire for quality here that is unmatched. Working here has definitely pushed me and made me into a better artist. Zenimax is a great company to work for; it really does feel like you're part of a big family of world class studios. The benefits are great, and the yearly bonuses are surprisingly very generous. Talent and hard work is rewarded appropriately. I can think of multiple people here that started as interns and years later are now in senior positions. It's fantastic to work for a company that is paying attention to your hard work and wants to reward you accordingly for it, maybe before you even think you deserve it. The technology here is still top notch, living up to id's reputation in engine programming. As an artist, it's great to see so much collaboration to tailor the engine to our needs. The studio culture here is a huge plus for me as well. I was coming from a much smaller studio, so I wasn't sure what to expect with 100+ developers, but it's been great. There's still a big sense of studio collaboration between all disciplines, and it really feels like we all have the same goal in mind. The game is coming along beautifully, and the studio-wide tournaments have been a blast. One of the cool things we do here is the last day of the month we have a sprint review, and each department presents what they've accomplished over the past four weeks. Afterwards we have lunch and "stay and play" for the rest of the day. It's our chance have fun and play any games we want. Strangely enough, a lot of us end up still only playing our game! I know we're onto something great here, because it's all I want to play lately.
Unfortunately the public view of id right now is not great. Admittedly, id has recently gone through a rough patch. I was fortunate enough to join id after some major shifts in management/employees, and things are definitely on the rise here. The people here that stuck it out through the bad times tell me it's been a complete transformation of the studio culture, for the better. It's sad to see the public opinion of id still so low, but we all know that it's going to be changing soon. Watch out, because id is back!5
- 5.0Jun 4, 2014ArtistCurrent Employee, less than 1 yearRichardson, TX
I have worked at other major AAA studios (Last Gen, Current Gen, 1st Party) in my time in the industry and frankly, things are good here. Speaking about the time I have been employed here far (since December 2013) I have seen a very solid, forward moving production with employees extremely satisfied with the project and management. I'm not trying to provide positive fluff; in comparison to other successful and positive operations out there id is right on par if not above average. Not only are things moving smoothly on the production but everyone genuinely enjoys the production, which isn't the case in some of the other studios I've worked at. The community here is also very positive, and we maintain a positive level of mutual respect across all disciplines as well as encourage employee socializing and outings. While the company is not perfect, no company is, as far as video game development and production goes, id is in a very sweet spot. It is also worth noting that people are promoted and given promotions and bonus based on contribution and skill, not pure seniority or favoritism. That means there are good people in good positions who care about the project. Zenimax Media is also a solid publisher (Our actual current CEO is also the CEO of Zenimax), and has fully backed our decisions and process. They really have a hands off approach and let us make the game we want. We all got into video games to make video games we love with teams we enjoy working with; that's what is here. Take it or leave.
We could use a little more organisation as communication flows laterally. Management always keeps us in the loop, but we could do a little better in communicating across disciplines . I've seen these problems else where, and they usually tend to work themselves out during the production of the game. In regards to some of the comments and negative reviews I've seen on this site: what company where those written about? I aware there has been a lot of change over the last year here, but recent comments? I've only been here six months, but so far that time has been some of the most positive in production in the industry. I moved from LA for this company/project and I haven't second guessed my decision. Also don't believe everything you read on the internet;at the time of me written this review, the CEO information on this site is almost a year out of date so that isn't a good gauge of the state of things here...3
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id Software has an overall rating of 4.3 out of 5, based on over 31 reviews left anonymously by employees. 79% of employees would recommend working at id Software to a friend and 78% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has been stable over the past 12 months.
79% of id Software employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated id Software 3.9 out of 5 for work life balance, 4.0 for culture and values and 4.1 for career opportunities.