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Infinity Ward Reviews

Updated 27 June 2017
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  1. "Long hours, fun environment for some. Management needs work."

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    Former Employee - Technical Artist in Woodland Hills, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Technical Artist in Woodland Hills, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of perks, especially for gamers, and great environment for FPS game development with people who know their stuff. Decent health benefits.

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance. Mistakes from higher ups affect everyone negatively. Friction between leads. Located in the crappiest part of the Valley.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Interesting projects, need clear direction early"

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

    I have been working at Infinity Ward full-time

    Pros

    The compensation and benefits. Freedom to give feedback interdepartment. Location has a fair cost of living for the income. Project has breadth and depth, thus interesting challenges. Free food. Relaxed feel when not crunching.

    Cons

    The leadership does not seem confident of decisions made. Lacking clear direction in early projects. (Mostly art, some design) Lacking communication of vision thus lacking buy-in from implementers. Micro managed to some degree in the single player design department. Long crunches last year of each project.

    Advice to Management

    Wish directors have higher CoD IQ and tastes that's more in line of core audience. At the same time, should understand what is tiring to the audience and what needs advancement. Better interdepartmental planning to share assets, smart not brute forcing production.


  3. "IW great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Infinity Ward part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome high skilled coworkers. Interesting projects

    Cons

    Not a clear management structure.


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  5. Helpful (8)

    "Never move up the ranks!!"

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    Current Employee - Artist
    Current Employee - Artist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The perks are great, you get free food everyday. So if that is more important to you then actually working for a company that you can possibly have room for advancement then great.

    Cons

    The management at this company is a joke. They pass you and ignore you and look down at you like your a piece of trash. They forget that without you they wouldn't have their ridiculous salary for doing nothing. I've seen the same 4 people move up and around this company but yet if you do good work and aren't part of a select few, you will not go anywhere. You aren't even acknowledged when you do a continuous fantastic job compared to those who are moving up. The pay scales are all over the place. I've been a senior for about 6 yrs but then you have newer people with less experience and less shipped AAA titles that are buying million dollar houses and super cars. Meanwhile, just chug away at your desk with your head down. Great morale boost.

    Advice to Management

    Try hiring people fit for the job that know the core audience. There is actually zero direction and the art team has to define the looks of the level themselves.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Best company I ever worked for!"

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    Former Employee - Senior Technical Visual Effects Artist in Woodland Hills, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Technical Visual Effects Artist in Woodland Hills, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic environment, highly competitive salary and benefits. Incredibly talented and passionate group of people in the industry!
    Amazing project to work on with some of the minds that invented the most popular franchise in the entertainment history: Call of Duty! Fun work place with lots of amenities, parties and outdoor activities organization. Great technology to work with and ability to contribute to.

    Incredible sense of 'family' within everybody in the company from developers to high management. It's a company that believe in actions and not in mere words and talents will always be rewarded anytime it deserve. Great sense of justice and everybody share a strong vision and knowledge.

    Cons

    Long hours are needed during the last period but no surprise when you are working for such a big and well know franchise!

    Advice to Management

    You are just amazing, best managers in the industry!


  7. Helpful (2)

    "One of the best companies I have worked with yet"

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Systems Engineer in Encino, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Systems Engineer in Encino, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fun people, Great work environment, Good hours, Opportunities to advance

    Cons

    Hard to get a job with, Temps have very little influence


  8. Helpful (9)

    "Great learning experience but terrible creative environment"

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    Former Employee - Project Lead in Encino, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Project Lead in Encino, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Infinity Ward full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic compensation, good advancement opportunity to those willing to grow and learn, and plenty of resources and budget to get the job done. High profile studio name and franchises to work on that allow for good experience on large budget / large audience games. Free food in the kitchen and great studio amenities for the team (large kitchen, game room, theater, gym).

    Cons

    Creative culture is lacking due to projects confined to specific genres and mechanics and determined by publisher. Decisions, business and creative, are decided by committee on publisher level (too many cooks in the kitchen syndrome). Highly political environment focused on profit margins rather than design innovation. No freedom of expression in design, concepts, or new ideas. Business focused management out of touch with the creative and passionate side of the industry. Frequent crunch periods.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage creative innovation through open design exploration, game jam teams, experimental feature lists, and break off groups for new IPs or concepts. Listen to employees and creatives regarding creative fatigue and allow those employees an outlet for their creative frustrations.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Work"

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    Current Employee - Game Designer
    Current Employee - Game Designer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Free food, healthy environment, Friendly people

    Cons

    Long work hours, Extreme Dead lines