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Infinity Ward Reviews

Updated Jul 1, 2019

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3.0
47%
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Infinity Ward Studio Head Dave Stohl  (no image)
Dave Stohl
8 Ratings
  1. Helpful (2)

    "Interesting projects, need clear direction early"

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    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.

    Infinity Ward2016-12-26
  2. "Infinity ward Krakow Poland R&D"

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    Current Employee - Senior Tech Artist in Kraków
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Infinity Ward full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Small but growing team so the people are amazing to work with - there is a real family atmosphere and everyone is the best at what they do. -Base salary on par or higher than industry standard in Krakow, Poland -Free lunch during the work week - Coworkers are very passionate about what they do you get to work on tech and art solutions for engine R&D - Studio head and entire team cares very much about... work-life balance and tries to finish a game and engine features as painless as possible. -Driven and forward-looking studio head who wants to keep pushing forward technology and the industry.

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    Cons

    - Like anywhere, sometimes you will have to put in some extra hours if you're missing a dead line, but it’s not unrealistic.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to your team. Don't settle for average.

    Infinity Ward2019-07-01
  3. "Level Specialist"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Infinity Ward

    Pros

    Full breakfast/snack kitchen, free coffee, free delivered lunch daily

    Cons

    Echochamber at times, self gratification, certain departments use sexist language at times.

    Infinity Ward2018-11-10
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Awesome people terrible "culture""

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    Former Employee - Designer in Encino, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Infinity Ward full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fair pay, very competent co-workers, good company perks

    Cons

    Stress, Crunch, Incompetent studio leadership, Poor project planning, Sociopath studio leadership, no actual studio identity as studio heads constantly rotate through Activision executives and high senior level turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Remove studio heads from the company unless they receive training for how to make a game without forcing employees to crunch for two years.

    Infinity Ward2018-11-18
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Disappointing..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Infinity Ward full-time

    Pros

    Free lunch (dinner also if you work late).

    Cons

    -VERY low pay -Poor leadership -Slow Advancement -No one that is a part of leadership cares about you as an individual or your career path. -Cliquey -HR department lacking coordination, sympathy, and initiative

    Advice to Management

    Investing more into your already hardworking employees is way better than hiring a bunch of contractors every 6-12 months just so you can pay them a low wage. Perks are never better than benefits.

    Infinity Ward2018-08-09
  6. Helpful (10)

    "Horrible HR"

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

    I worked at Infinity Ward full-time

    Pros

    Salary, daily great free lunch (and dinner when working overtime, which is pretty much all the time but varies from department to department, and bonus.

    Cons

    Don't look to HR for any kind of help. Longest hours I've experienced. Large company so some leads better qualified than others. Culture that rewards dishonesty, bullying and more.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your developer's complaints and take them seriously.

    Infinity Ward2017-11-23
  7. Helpful (5)

    "Dysfunctional Leadership, Long Hours, Low Pay"

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

    I worked at Infinity Ward full-time

    Pros

    *Nice facilities with big kitchens and a gym onsite. *Free lunches, dinners and snacks. *Lots of free swag and frequent parties/events.

    Cons

    *12+ hour days everyday for months on end. *Directors and leads that fight publicly amongst each other. *Lack of a clear vision for the project *Call of Duty is uninspiring to work on.

    Advice to Management

    It’ll be impossible for IW to make a great game with its current leadership. Establish clear roles/responsibilities and put an end to the fighting and undermining Talented employees can work anywhere they want in the current business landscape. Treat your employees with respect, pay them fairly, stop requiring overtime, and make sure you have qualified leaders to run your departments.

    Infinity Ward2017-08-03
  8. "Friendly people, fun perks, long hours, slow advancement."

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    Former Employee - Technical Artist in Woodland Hills, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Infinity Ward full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Most coworkers are super friendly and helpful. You'll make friends and learn a lot as long as you don't actively try to avoid people. There are plenty of sub-communities around playing board, card, video, and rec room games at lunch and doing things on the weekends like extreme sports, regular sports, karaoke, bar-hopping, etc. Catered lunches, lots of swag, fun (and fairly frequent) parties. Then there's the... standard stuff like decent health insurance and vacation.

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    Cons

    Pay raises are minimal, my rent increases at a much faster rate! Get a good wage going in; they won't do a proper cost-of-living adjustment unless you fight like hell and/or threaten to leave. Crunch isn't fun. Last project we had 12+ hr days every day for about half a year (felt like eternity) and some departments did it for much longer. Even normal days you're at work for 9+ hours because someone decided we need... to 'make up' that lunch hour now. Most people don't even take an hour for lunch. What happened to the 9 to 5? RIP Dolly Parton.

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    Advice to Management

    The studio has a lot going for it: cool people, cool perks, etc. But if you don't offer industry standard wages to long-term employees you initially nabbed cheap, you'll lose them. And don't make them fight for it, industry standard should be standard. Also, don't add crunch to the schedule, avoid it at all costs! Happier workers do better work and last longer.

    Infinity Ward2017-06-29
  9. "Long hours, fun environment for some. Management needs work."

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    Technical Artist in Woodland Hills, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Infinity Ward

    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.

    Infinity Ward2017-06-27
  10. "IW great company to work for"

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

    I worked at Infinity Ward part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Awesome high skilled coworkers. Interesting projects

    Cons

    Not a clear management structure.

    Infinity Ward2015-09-04
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