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Updated 16 May, 2018
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  1. "Anonymous"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Hothead Games full-time

    Pros

    Lots of perks and benefits, Good salary.

    Cons

    I could not think of any.

    Advice to Management

    Poor decision making.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "I’d look elsewhere"

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    Former Employee - 3D Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - 3D Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hothead Games full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There is occasional snacks and unlimited coffee

    Lots of restaurants nearby, easy to get lunch

    Awesome location downtown, a really great place to walk

    Cons

    The direction in the company seems to be lacking, we really don’t know what’s going on or if there are any long-range plans

    Heavy emphasis on analytics and KPIs, though we really don’t often actually see much of the data

    Poor outlook. Multiple products have performed badly.

    Open concept office; lots of noise so headphones are a must at all times

    Advice to Management

    Try to be more open about how the games and the company are doing.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Not an innovative company"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hothead Games full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Big gym
    - Unlimited coke, sweet and caffeine.
    - Most people are nice.

    Cons

    - Boring
    - Not embracing new technologies
    - Game design not innovative at all, just copy others or re-skin previous games.
    - Promotion is rare. People who can talk, cry or get along with management will get promote.

    Advice to Management

    Don't trick their staff with so-called stock option.


  4. Helpful (7)

    "Pretty good place but there are better studios than this"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Hothead Games full-time

    Pros

    - HH does have a lot of creativity
    - computer equipment is good
    - there is a full gym onsite plus showers
    - great kitchen with everything you might need

    Cons

    - the work can sort of drag on
    - the open plan office makes it super hard to focus
    - no job security, you could be fired easily


  5. Helpful (4)

    "A bit too hotheaded"

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    Former Employee - 3D Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - 3D Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    + Incredible co-workers

    + Enormous amount of creative freedom

    + Office Manager makes everyone incredibly comfortable and motivated with fitness classes, yoga classes, delicious fruits and beer Fridays!

    + Lunch and Learn Thursdays, you get to have a free lunch while learning what's happening in the company with all the different teams. This is quite important because it's easy to become isolated working on the project, and when there are multiple projects happening in the studio with around 150 employees working on this it can really motivate you.

    + A nearly fully equipped gym downstairs

    Cons

    - A focus on monetization. This is understandable to a certain point, but it's my feeling that Hothead has let it get the better of them.

    - Human Resources.

    Advice to Management

    I'd prefer to keep that private. I loved my time at Hothead Games, I wish it could have ended differently. It will be hard to find another employer with so many talented and awesome individuals to work with.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "A company known for lack of innovation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people here are great to work with. That is no question. However: there is no innovation work in the compang. We only try to take ideas from the best mobile games and try to redo them.

    Cons

    The other problems are that the office is in a isolated location downtown. It is an area that is nice but far to walk from the nearest skytrain. The furniture is not good and people are packed together very closely.

    Advice to Management

    It is important to try to make more original games. But the decision to do that has to be made.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Not what I hoped this would be"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Very talented and passionate. There is free food, which helps a lot. The office is in a nice location right by the waters.

    Cons

    No transparency and a revolving door practice. People are fired constantly. There should be some more transparency all around. Also, the hours can be long.

    Advice to Management

    Try a little harder to be honest about the company and the plans.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Programmer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hothead Games full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Co-workers were friendly, helpful and inspiring.
    One free lunch every week.

    Cons

    Very low job security.
    Layoff seems to be a very easy decision for the management.
    No warning or notice period, release letter on the table with little explanation.

    Advice to Management

    It does not look like a company on which you can bet your long-term career.
    For everybody else, if you happen to have a mortgage in Vancouver, go get a mortgage insurance while you still can.


  9. "Hot head is a great company, they have a solid community, and have a great work life balance."

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    Former Employee - Lead Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Lead Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's always the people, at any job. Hothead is no different. They have successful games, so it's rather stable. They push for health, and well being. After work activities, all that good stuff.

    Cons

    Like a lot of mobile companies, they've got some growing pains. Theyre structure is one part hierarchy, 1 part flat hierarchy, which I've never seen work well.

    Advice to Management

    My only real crit, would be to push for unity among the broader company.


  10. Helpful (8)

    "Incredible Incompetence"

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

    I worked at Hothead Games full-time

    Pros

    -Free lunch sometimes
    -Nice office space (but crap furniture)

    Cons

    -Incompetent management
    -Disingenuous transparency. They'll claim to be transparent with you but routinely hide information
    -Questionable financial future. For the first time in ~7 years, no bonuses were paid. This year has apparently already been 'marked' as a loss and so no bonuses. Ownership of company was transferred to a shell company and all employees forced to sign or told to not come back
    -Major layoffs recently
    -There is no concept of collaboration. People will steal credit for your work and be praised for it. Other teams will throw things over the fence and go out of their way to screw you over to make up for missing deadlines
    -Terrible corporate policies and an HR department that hasn't learned what empathy is
    -Management makes decisions at a glacial speed. If you ask for something, you will wait 6+ months for it
    -You will be risking your job if you attempt to question a managers decision. Virtually everyone that has stood up to a manager with a valid concern has been let go. Keep your head down and shut up
    -There is no work life balance. You'll be expected to work long hours, for free, but at least they'll order you dinner
    -There is no career growth potential. Your job is your job. The people who are in senior positions have been here 5+ years and aren't going anywhere. You'll never be brought into that circle and left to rot in your role
    -During your hiring they'll pull out all the stops but during your orientation they'll tell you that if you don't like things here, you should just leave now. First time I've heard that

    Advice to Management

    Find another industry where you're not responsible for managing people.


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