Big Viking Games Reviews

Updated Mar 21, 2021

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2.3
43%
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30%
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Big Viking Games Founder and CEO Albert Lai
Albert Lai
33 Ratings
Pros
  • "There's catered lunch every day, RRSP matching, plenty of vacation time and there are never any qualms about needing to take sick time(in 8 reviews)

  • "BVG is great if you are looking for a job from scratch or starting your career(in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • "BVG is not a game company anymore(in 11 reviews)

  • "Upper management still seems out of touch with the rest of the company(in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Great place to work!"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Big Viking Games full-time

    Pros

    Company cares about its employees Lots of great perks Work/life balance Supportive team Enjoyable work/projects

    Cons

    Honestly, can't think of any at the moment! My experience has been positive.

  2. COVID-19
    Helpful (2)

    "Good ethics and motive but weak processes"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Big Viking Games full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good team. CEO is doing his best to make the place better. He needs to be that aggressive to make the company grow. They will survive and grow it is just a matter of time.

    Cons

    Weak Processes and communication are the root cause of all conflicts and poor day-to-day management which leads to micromanagement and makes the leadership look bad with constant change in vision.

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  3. Helpful (2)

    "A history of mismanagement, but things are getting better"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Live Content Marketing Specialist in London, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Big Viking Games full-time

    Pros

    The recent changes in the SLT have been for the better, having Albert finally let go of the reins and give control to the new GM is finally allowing someone with the proper skills to run the company.

    Cons

    Sadly the process of fixing 8 years of bad management and processes is very draining, so turnover is fairly high

  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good for Newbies, Bad for Anyone Else"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous 
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Big Viking Games full-time

    Pros

    Decent place for very junior people to get experience in the gaming industry

    Cons

    Terrible management at the highest level. I was constantly surprised by the poor decision making that went on behind the scenes. Don't blame everything on the HR department, they had to deal with it all just as much as anyone else. Its a poor sign of company culture health if you struggle to keep an HR professional on staff for more than a year. They know when its a losing battle.

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  5. Helpful (6)

    "Children in Charge"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Big Viking Games full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Free food, beverages and benefits, the building was clean.

    Cons

    Toxic culture...don't be fooled by the free food and benefits. Middle managers turn over really fast, so does the HR department. It is frustrating to work here, the culture makes the job impossible to do.

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  6. Helpful (2)

    "Waste of Time"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Software Developer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Big Viking Games full-time

    Pros

    This will ruin your future chances of getting work anywhere decent

    Cons

    They give bad references for even star employees

  7. Helpful (2)

    "blah"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Big Viking Games full-time

    Pros

    good for starters, and not many pros

    Cons

    not for experienced and don't join unless this is your last option

  8. COVID-19
    Helpful (20)

    "BVG is no longer a game company"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Big Viking Games full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Awesome people, some of the best I’ve ever worked with. -We used to have breakfast and lunch before covid. -Depending on department/team you wouldn’t be micromanaged or asked to work extra hours

    Cons

    -BVG is not a game company anymore. There are two games, they are 10 years old and Flash will die in 3 months. I don’t know if BVG will survive this. They have announced that they won’t be making any more new games. They plan to buy failing games (....) and link them up with outsourcing companies. So if you want to be a glorified carrier pigeon, this is the place for you! -Because they won’t be making games anymore, they fired a ton of people, including half of the art team. I assume the lay offs will continue and will take out the remaining creative roles (art, qa, and even dev). The only roles that will remain are administrative/HR + entry level “content people” (because they can’t outsource English-speaking stuff) -Middle management is as much in the dark as the rest of us. The higher ups will spring stuff up on them out of the blue. Example: they will hire a “super star” who will “fix everything”, and then this person will leave within two months, without anyone every knowing what happened to them. -They will hire and retain terrible people despite many employees voicing their issues. Recently, we had some amazing devs quit because of this terrible tech director who turned out to be a hack. He was eventually fired but by then we had already lost really good people. -The CEO is either someone who’s incredibly oblivious and naive, or just plain incompetent. Or both. He’s the type of person who will make a 20 minute speech and say absolutely nothing. Bit of an art form, that.

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  9. Helpful (9)

    "They gotta build trust...but maybe it’s too late"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Big Viking Games full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I worked at Big Viking Games full-time for more than 3 years Pros BVG is great if you are looking for a job from scratch or starting your career. Unfortunately, there are severe problems that will start to cost you after 1,5 years. Some of the Pros: - Stable Employment - Great Perks, Breakfast and Snacks - Remote work. - Hardly ever had to do overtime. - Amazing people and capable employees. - Some team Lead’s intentions are genuine and those are some of the best leaders I've ever worked with.

    Cons

    - Lack of trust. Upper management does not seem to be aligned with the staff. Tries to be transparent but act inconsistently with their word and treat employees as expendable resources. - Career advancements here are scarce, no mater what they say, which makes BVG a very competitive and toxic workplace. Upper management is always putting obstacles to not give raises and promotions and contradicting their word. You'll get nice compliments but only get decent monetary recognition if you threaten to leave. - Fast paced production pipeline and turn a blind eye to quality consistency (might be costly to mental health, depending on which position/team you are at) - Company at low maintenance mode for years and mostly interested on fast revenue return. - Culture used to be great at the beginning but then became toxic.

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  10. COVID-19
    Helpful (8)

    "Only expect this to be a 'job', they will NOT value you"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Big Viking Games full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - The employees are nice and some of the best in their field. - Company has made and stuck to a commitment to reducing crunch for developers. - Company cares about the health of it's employees and isn't pushing any of us to work outside of a remote environment during the pandemic.

    Cons

    - Often it feels like advice from professionals inside the company is ignored or is not considered and acted on in a timely basis. - Many projects are started up only to pivot a while into development when the company seems to need to focus on money making initiatives. Projects pivoted off are rarely returned to and you may find yourself working on something you didn't originally sign up for. - Seemingly heavy burnout among middle management and long term employees. - Company revels in when things are going well but clams up when things are going bad, leaving us mostly with uncertain answers or promises to follow up that are not often satisfying. - Company often claims to care about culture but actions often feel for show, especially if contradicting actions occur afterwards. - Some employees have reported being asked to write online reviews when it started receiving negative reviews in the past. - Company at large makes a solid effort to prevent individual scope creep but some management seems to act as if they're above this and make complicated requests at bad times. Failure to complete these tasks can result in the manager completely forgetting and it's fine or getting very upset with you in spite of what you had originally scheduled. Completing the tasks feel thankless and half the time it feels like the extra work is never even looked at. - Company has a shaky history of handling HR emergencies leaving some folks to feel unfairly treated, blamed or shamed for things that have happened to them.

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