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Obsidian Entertainment Reviews

Updated Aug 5, 2019

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Feargus Urquhart
16 Ratings
  1. Helpful (3)

    "Stable work environment and passionate coworkers"

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    Current Employee - Senior Artist in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Obsidian Entertainment full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good place to cut your teeth as a junior entering the industry, or as a intermediate artist looking to grow. People who show initiative are often recognized and promoted. Mandatory "Crunch" is very rare.

    Cons

    Scope of projects can spiral out of control due to failures at the production level (bad data fed to directors) or project directors with good data making delusional decisions.

    Advice to Management

    More accountability is needed at the project director level when a project's scope is mismanaged.

    Obsidian Entertainment2019-08-06
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Fantastic Company"

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    Former Employee - QA Tester in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Obsidian Entertainment full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great company culture, good pay and great work-life balance.

    Cons

    There can be frequent layoffs.

    Obsidian Entertainment2018-11-16
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Welcoming Environment, Good Devs"

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    Former Employee - Intern 

    I worked at Obsidian Entertainment full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Coworkers are very welcoming, great company culture Superiors eager to explain when you're stuck Very flexible with hours and life events

    Cons

    Lower pay than expected Would benefit from greater coding discipline across teams

    Obsidian Entertainment2018-10-10
  4. Helpful (22)

    "Subsistence-level game development"

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

    I worked at Obsidian Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    - You will make close friends in the trenches. - If you already live in Orange County and need a paycheck, you can earn one here.

    Cons

    At the heart of Obsidian is a coterie of apathetic underperformers propped up by a slow churn of overworked, underpaid developers held to higher standards than senior employees. - You will not be able to afford to live near the office. - Highly political work environment. - Obsidian’s development strategy is to expect as few developers as possible to achieve more than is humanly possible, in as little time as possible,...

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    Advice to Management

    The supposed pedigree of Obsidian, with its best work slipping ever into the past, is is not worth the personal cost of working here. If Obsidian can not or will not pay average salaries, and if it will continue to expect employees to move mountains while being jerked around by all and sundry, then the very least they can do is treat everyone who puts up with it with the same level of respect.

    Obsidian Entertainment2018-08-07
  5. Helpful (11)

    "Your team will keep you going when it gets rough... but doesn't make up for the deep-rooted problems"

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

    I worked at Obsidian Entertainment full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Really friendly and caring people Monthly birthday treats Parties and holiday activities are fun when they happen

    Cons

    Company has been around 15 years, run by people who've been around 10 more. You'd think they'd know how to run a business by now, but you'd be wrong. Leadership is completely entrenched in old ideas and micromanagement. Despite several close calls in the past, the company has not structured deals in a timely & effective manner to prevent massive layoffs. Any sense of "open" structure is an utter farce - leadership...

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    Advice to Management

    -Get out of the way of your top talent, and hire top talent to fill in where leadership is lacking -Establish adequate training and career progression -Lose the nepotism -Explore new ideas

    Obsidian Entertainment2018-04-08
  6. Helpful (11)

    "Confused Company, Let Employees Do Their Jobs or They'll Leave"

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

    I worked at Obsidian Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    - Great devs, you’ll love your core team minus a director or two and most of the company owners - Despite cons below, devs and hanging out with fellow employees outside of work is great - you get to work on RPGs (except Pathfinder and a few other games in past not being RPGs)

    Cons

    - Compliments on performance or any feedback at all is rare - All gender issues in reviews below, lot of women have resigned, although lack of promotion and training happens to everyone - Pay is below average, raises are minor, money seems to be in a trashfire somewhere (DICE parties, sponsored or attended). What seemed to generate revenue for the company doesn’t last long, keeping the treadmill going - Sense owners...

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    Advice to Management

    - You set an example in all respects, take a good look at how you manage and how you treat people - Owners and directors - If your teams get more done at better quality and make publishers happy when you’re NOT involved, question how you lead and how you’re really contributing when you are involved - Grow up. The “we’re still the same scared kids we used to be, finding our way” doesn’t hold water 20+ years later, so...

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    Obsidian Entertainment2018-03-24
  7. Helpful (9)

    "Stuck in their ways"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Obsidian Entertainment full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Some really talented, awesome people work there

    Cons

    - Structural decision-making problems. They've been making the same types of games for 20 years, and still don't know how to run a project without crunch time. - Leads are not well-supported, nor are they trained in how to manage people. - No senior women, and women are not promoted to senior positions. For a company that touts itself as caring about diversity, and that makes games with female characters in important...

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    Advice to Management

    Create a clear pipeline for advancement. Restructure reviews to leave less room for individual bias.

    Obsidian Entertainment2018-02-07
  8. Helpful (9)

    "Good Place, but don't Rock the Boat"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Obsidian Entertainment full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The owners are transparent about projects and accessible to everyone. Crunch is acknowledged as a sometimes necessary evil, but management genuinely tries to avoid it when possible. The owners and HR are also pretty flexible in working with employees. There's an understanding that life happens and they'll try to work with you for missed days and makeup time. There's a solid studio culture and love for RPG's....

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    Cons

    The flip side of people working together for so long is an entrenchment of doing things a certain way. There's resistance to updating game mechanics or even matching current industry trends. "Who else has done it this way?" is often asked by management before dismissing any "new" ideas (meaning not from CRPG's in the 90's). There's also a select group of employees who, for one reason or another, are always the ones...

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    Advice to Management

    Cycle through the project leads and management. Give employees some sense of career path advancement and/or mentorship. A lot of hungry and driven employees have left because they didn't see a future (and rightly so). Genuinely be fair to everyone. Employees notice the special treatment a few people consistently get.

    Obsidian Entertainment2017-09-30
  9. Helpful (10)

    "Needs structural change"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Obsidian Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    - Some interesting IPs. - Cool people with a good sense of community because the company is pretty small. - Fun work events. - few weekends and after hour crunch periods.

    Cons

    - They get bullied by publishers often. which often means making bad deals leading to later problems. - career progression is muddled. It's not clear what you need to do to advance and it can be hard unless you know or have someone vouching for you. Good work gets overlooked and rarely praised. - The pipelines need work, between collaborating with publishers and making sure employees are tasked correctly and with reasonable...

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    Advice to Management

    - Create clearer hierarchy. - Don't hire seniors, make them, and promote people who do good work. - Stop leaning on past successes and push towards doing something new.

    Obsidian Entertainment2017-10-17
  10. Helpful (3)

    "Fun Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Obsidian Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    They appreciate their employees and have fun projects to work on

    Cons

    No cons just make sure any comments about the projects are constructive, the artists and directors don't take "sound" comments lightly... like "ehh, meh, eesh, umm"

    Obsidian Entertainment2017-08-01
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