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Updated 16 January 2018
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Bungie is what all studios should be like."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Artist in Bellevue, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Artist in Bellevue, WA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bungie supports and embraces individuals creativeness. Your opinion is valued even if you disagree with individuals. This is really a company that looks for and embraces people that are self-motivated and are willing to interact with other teams and push the boundaries of the game.

    The growth at Bungie is great. We have reviews every 6 months these are peer reviews and if you are performing above what your level and you are working hard you can be promoted. I do not know many companies that promote people every six months but Bungie is one of them.

    The work life balance is great I work 8 - 9 hours a day 5 days a week. I have only had to crunch a couple times and even when crunching it was like 10 hour days for a week or two.

    Bungie has some of the best benefits I have ever seen in the industry they go well above and beyond when it comes to keeping their employees happy.

    Bungie also has performance bonuses and profit sharing this means every 6 months you will get one or the other this can range from a 3k - 9k.

    Cons

    It tends to take too much time to get approval from the higher ups to proceed with something and this tends to slow down production and leads to some crunch.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing but push on the higher ups to make decisions faster.


  2. "Bungie"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bungie full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    High growth company with top selling games.

    Cons

    Political company culture. Low investment in good management practices.

    Advice to Management

    More management training. Create shared company culture of support.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "A Fun company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bungie full-time

    Pros

    Fun place with phenomenal benefits.

    Cons

    Bungie is experiencing a lot of growing pains, they are working hard to figure out how to appropriately deal with them, but the pains are there regardless.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great!"

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    Former Employee - Physics Engine Programmer in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Physics Engine Programmer in Seattle, WA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent work environment, flexible hours, great pay!

    Cons

    none! Keep up the great work!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  6. Helpful (11)

    "Bungie Great for Some Employees, Not So Much for Others"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bungie full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great perks, such as a well stocked kitchen, food and beer brought in for events, coffee cart, company parties, gym membership for FTE employees, etc. Surrounded by very talented, intelligent, and passionate people.

    Cons

    Bungie is a great place to be as a salaried employee, but not as great if you are an hourly employee. Even though both are FTE positions (though there are certainly some contract, hourly employees on site as well), the benefits are different. For example, salaried FTE employees get a parking space and 10 floating holidays to be used between October and February. Hourly FTE employees only get 5 floating holidays (and no parking, taking the bus is the only option). Bungie can feel like a prison for an hourly employee, as you are not allowed to leave the building without clocking out (even mandatory 10 minute breaks cannot be taken outside). If you have a mandatory team lunch, you still have to clock out and miss an excessive amount of time that will have to be made up somewhere else during the week. If you have a phone call longer than 10 minutes, you have to clock out. There is also zero flexibility, so all of your hours must be done onsite (there's no ability to work from home, even if that would be completely reasonable in your particular position at most other companies). All of these things make Bungie a very difficult place to be if you are a parent. It is nearly impossible to find the time to take care of your family and get all of your time in at the office due to Bungie's extreme treatment of hourly employee's time. I imagine it is a bit easier as a salaried employee though.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees, especially your hourly FTE employees. Most people will work hard and get their job done without being micromanaged. Treat all employees the same - benefits should not be different for salaried vs hourly employees simply because of they type of work they each do. If you treat people well, they will be excited about the company and push to work even harder.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Fantastic company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic culture.
    Work is super interesting.
    Lots of opportunity for growth.
    Not a lot of politics.
    Opportunity to have a big impact in a great product.

    Cons

    Even though pay is very good and benefits are good too (I would say both are top notch compared to other game companies) there are a lot of big companies in the area that will temp you (Google, Facebook, Microsoft, etc).

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing!


  8. Helpful (27)

    "Shell of former glory"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bungie full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay.
    Good benefits.
    Can drink at work.

    Cons

    Management is filled with people who were talented contributors, but have no clue how / want to actually manage.

    Used to be a thriving meritocracy, however promotions are now given more to people who spend half their day schmoozing with management and actively refuse to or are incapable of doing their actual jobs, than the people doing the work and getting things done.

    Crunch falls more heavily on certain departments, than others. Due to an attempt to maintain a "good work/life balance". IE, some people will end up working 100 hour weeks in order to do the work of people who refuse to work more than 40.

    Management frequently will not get involved with the work being done, until it is nearly complete. Often causing it to have to be completely scrapped and redone due to it not fitting their "vision", that they could not bother to share beforehand.

    Certain members of upper management will literally yell at their coworkers, until they acquiesce to their demands/ideas.

    Disagreeing with management is a fast path towards being excluded from meetings, even on areas you own.

    Too concerned with playing things safely design wise, and too low of opinion of their player-bases intelligence, to allow for any interesting innovation.

    Terrible at talking / planning any kind of advancement or career growth. If you want to advance, go somewhere else, then come back.

    A lot of "well, I made Halo, so obviously the way I want to do things is the right way." attitude among the older employees.

    A good number of duplicitous people who only see you as a tool to advance their own career.

    Terrible parking availability.

    Extremely limited bathroom availability.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house, lose the hubris.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company looking to continually get better"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Concentrating on growing and making great games.

    Cons

    Cant do this without confidential info


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Great benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bungie full-time

    Pros

    Some of the best benefits I ever had in the industry. Small staff dedicated to all your needs. Very competitive.

    Cons

    Expect to crunch. Sprints are short and over zealous. There are also times when the road blocks are tribal knowledge and not well documented. You need to hunt for the information that should easily be found.


  11. Helpful (13)

    "Amazing company. Very employee-centered"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bungie full-time

    Pros

    Treats employees extremely well. Perks are numerous and impressive. Compensation is more than fair. Culture is very centered towards creating a great product.

    Cons

    Direction can take a long time to take form. Very large, slow moving beast. Tools are proprietary and tools team is under-staffed. This adds up to (not the worst) but definitely not the best tools to work with.

    Advice to Management

    More drive and a clearer vision would help. That's always getting better, but currently still has a long way to go. The size and scope of the project makes it difficult, but overall the company is sometimes very slow to pivot.


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