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Loved it...until I got fired for not being trained by my supervisors properly.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA (US)
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)

Pros

Got to work on a great title, good collaboration and support among immediate contracted teammates, learned a lot about what goes into producing a AAA title. Various people I met around the office were friendly.

Cons

I was a contractor hired to create additional downloadable content. I succeeded two rounds of interviews/tests to be one of the few hired yet was terminated two months after starting because, as the producer said, "We have an idea of how fast you should be in two months and you didn't achieve that." This was a gig that involved proprietary software that you can't learn in school--it was being developed as we were being trained on it. I put in solid 40 hour weeks, furiously taking notes on my tasks, dealing with constant bugs in the system that created more work and lost it on multiple occasions. My supervisors were in regular rotation, dealing with their own chaos and deadlines in the building next door. One would tell me I was doing something wrong, I'd fix the problem and the other would tell me I should have done it the way the first supervisor had told me to avoid. I was given no warnings or advice on how to improve my performance and better contribute to the team. I quit my job for this seven month opportunity and found myself escorted like a criminal to the street two months later, one of the most humiliating experiences of my life.

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My conscience is clear. I worked hard, learned from my mistakes and took part in a unique project. But I can't help feeling like I was set up to fail, management playing a numbers game where their plan all along was to keep hiring and firing people every few months until they found whatever they were seeking. I was never given any documents on proper operating procedure, as all the complex information was given verbally and later attempts at clarification were often delayed as they dealt with their own tasks, preventing me from completing mine. Maybe I should have been tested on more skills than the ones that were a fraction of the overall job? Maybe management should have been more involved (and patient--I was just starting to get a handle on things in that second month) in my learning the ropes? Because I was thrilled for the chance to work at Ubisoft and now I'm left feeling like the hero you finally get to meet is actually pretty cruel.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Montreuil, Ile-de-France (France)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Montreuil, Ile-de-France (France)

    Pros

    happy relations
    large, famous project
    access to cutting edge tech

    Cons

    no long term opportunities
    low salary
    projects made in montreuil are not the most intersting, from an engineering point of view

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    think more about long term development if you want to retain employees

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    Former Employee - Gameplay Programmer  in  Annecy (France)
    Former Employee - Gameplay Programmer in Annecy (France)

    Pros

    Work on good franchise, with high technology and with one of the best professionel in video game
    I like to make game that people will play
    We are in first line for new technology (new consoles)

    Cons

    Pressure and Deadline, some difficulty to evolve

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more confident on what could be achieve with a bit more time

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