Ubisoft Employee Reviews about "french"

Updated Jan 8, 2021

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Ubisoft Cofondateur et Président-Directeur Général  Yves Guillemot
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Pros
  • "The work environment is just unreal(in 207 reviews)

  • "Nice environment at office, great people in the team(in 61 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Low salary(not really a con as the work life is very balanced)(in 140 reviews)

  • "Tenured French Royalty: There are many individuals who exist in the organization for reasons beyond me(in 67 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Intern, more than 1 year

      Great place to be an intern at

      Jan 8, 2021 - Tools Programmer in Montreal, QC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      NB: I cannot speak for the company as a whole, I can only share my experience based on the team I was in. Awesome people and projects. My team valued a good work-life balance. Treats employees well and often sends presents. Decent compensation.

      Cons

      I only worked remotely, so my exposure to other teams or the company as a whole was quite limited. I didn't get to meet a lot of people outside my team. Largely French-speaking. Some events/talks are primarily only delivered through French.

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    2. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Great game developer in Quebec City

      Oct 12, 2020 - Team Lead in Quebec, QC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Amazing staff, great licenses, and closely-knit community

      Cons

      a lot of the internal conversations are in French

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    3. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Great baseline, weird hierarchy

      Oct 19, 2020 - Content Strategist in Montreal, QC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good insurance Perks Diverse Okay pay Close to downtown

      Cons

      French structure No possibility of moving Up quickly Scarce opportunities Middle management through the roof Toxic culture

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    4. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Good people, Good projects, culture change needed

      Oct 17, 2020 - Project Manager in Montreal, QC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Teamwork Good projects Employment stability Enthusiasm of coworkers Friendliness

      Cons

      HR can have discriminatory and exploitative policies or processes Director level leadership can be slightly toxic Male dominated French language barriers

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    5. 5.0
      Former Contractor, less than 1 year

      The Best place in the Indsutry to start your Career

      Jun 23, 2020 - User Researcher in Toronto, ON
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Resources: it's amazing to work at a well-resourced company that you take for granted at smaller companies. - Diversity: Work with people from all walks of life - from a 15 year professional Mime to an Afghanistan War Veteran - Products: Either love or hate their IP, but depending on your product, your team experience can be great

      Cons

      - Tenured French Royalty: There are many individuals who exist in the organization for reasons beyond me - Competitiveness: When 'work is play', and 'play is work' its hard to draw the line. Also, your competition is always younger and hungrier for the low paying opportunity to work at a game studio. - Unlimited Time-off: Just provide normal vacation and sick days so people don't feel guilty for using them.

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    6. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Job Security vs Uncompetitive Salary

      May 1, 2020 - Software Engineer in Montreal, QC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -Ubisoft is so big, it is relatively easy to move around and meet a ton of people. Every production and franchise are like their own little separate studios, for better or worse. This makes job security very safe! Ubi generally doesn't let people go unless you give them a reason. -Very transparent about production's internally. Also internal testing and feedback allows you to contribute to other franchises and projects you don't even work on. It makes you feel included in the company and it's products, establishes a bit of trust. Many other game dev studios do not have this level of transparency. -Studio itself is lovely, is in a nice area, and people are (generally) super nice even if you're not French. Can't speak French? Haven't had any problem with anyone over the years. -Summer and holiday parties are pretty epic. -Depends on the production, but sick days and vacation are super flexible and hardly ever questioned. Every manager I've had has been more than supportive and willing to give people breaks or work from home if your position allows it. You do not get a lot of days off every year, but that's offset by the fact you have unlimited sick days and most productions let you use 'sick days' instead of vacation ones if you have emergencies or obligations like family matters or problems at home to take care of. Office/work hours are typically extremely flexible too but managers vary on their rules. -Ubi does a lot for it's community both locally and game dev at large. They host tons of events and programs for kids in school who aspire to be game devs for example. -Some feel Ubisoft is not diverse enough, especially with gender specifically, but honestly I've found it to be one of the most diverse and openly welcoming workplaces so far. There's always room for improvement so I hope they continue. But, Ubi does not shy away from these topics.

      Cons

      -Ubisoft knows they treat their employees with job security better than other companies. So the trade off is salary. Their salary is uncompetitive for every role and focus - art, programming, testing, you name it. It sometimes feels insulting when you hear about your friends in other game studios making double your and your fellow coworkers numbers every year. Bonuses are slim too, especially if your project did not ship that year. They have rules for live service game bonuses post launch, but it's all super competitive and unrealistic expectations so the payouts are abysmal. The studio constantly bleeds top tier talent because of this. -Besides the summer and winter parties, perks at Ubisoft are slim. You only get 2 free games a year. Insurance is only okay and doesn't cover a lot. Coffee is not free and very expensive in the office so you have to make your own, I've never seen this in any other work office yet alone a game dev one. The "food" cafeteria inside is small, expensive, and frozen reheated stuff that people have gotten sick from. Once a month, they give out free bagels. If you can get one, you have to come into the office early and compete with coworkers before they run out. They sometimes offer fruit as well, but it's the same situation: 5 bananas for 40+ people. Makes no sense and management doesn't acknowledge it. Surprisingly a lot of people at Ubi think the perks are great and suck up about it, but they're also the same people who come from no experience or poor ones and haven't been exposed to the completion Ubi has. -In general, the games are getting stale and the market is rejecting Ubisoft. They're struggling to compete year after year, and it's one golden goose out of 5-6 that "saves" the company and keeps it moving without firing enmass. One of these days, it won't cut it. Upper management is out of touch and are using antiquated methods of copy and paste rather than ingenuity and innovation. Every project has awesome ideas but then the upper management tells them to stop, do it their way or stop working. They've had huge missteps lately and are letting good ideas die.

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    7. 1.0
      Former Employee

      AAA -at a price.

      May 19, 2020 - Project Manager in Montreal, QC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Free Gym, Located in the cultural hub, and one of the most historical cities in Canada.

      Cons

      There are some HR Talent Acquisition specialists who are very unprofessional. Taking things very personal in a business setting leading to toxic behaviour and interesting circumstances you may find yourself in. - French favouritism persists, sometimes its said to be equal opportunities for all, however if you do not speak french for a first language or its elementary then you will run into problems with managers and HR. - Relocation services - one of the most headache worthy experiences I have ever seen in a large studio. You may ask them a question regarding your move, and you won't hear back for 5+ days, and even then your question won't be answered. -Career path, be weary - if you aren't given an idea where you are headed in the interview, chances are you will be stuck in a stagnant job opportunity. This can reflect poorly on your experience for sure. - Bonuses: They allow for you to obtain them, however, sometimes the goals are very hard to achieve. - RRSP matching is up to 20%.. It seems good on paper, but be warned, if you are working here your pay will be lower (unless in the upper senior positions) which makes the want to contribute 20% pretty difficult to live off of especially in Montreal,QC where the taxes are greater than most provinces.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    8. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      French Clique

      Apr 2, 2020 - Ecommerce in Montreal, QC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Very good benefits; you can see the 47% tax credit helps offer better benefit than other business

      Cons

      There something anti-Quebecois; if you are not French from France or British; your chance are slimmer than Bob from Rimouski

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Amazing culture, games & tech - low salary

      Sep 28, 2019 - Gameplay Programmer in Montreal, QC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Amazingly passionate team members and super talented people - it's just so lovely to go to work everyday and hang out with the some of the coolest people in the world - Relaxed atmosphere - unlike other AAA studios the pressure isn't as high - So many different IPs and projects to choose from - once one project is over, you can move to tens of other brands if you choose - Lots of events, happy hours, parties, hangouts, lunches, talks, presentations, lots of information sharing, lots of skill development

      Cons

      - Salary is quite low compared to other AAA studios - Benefits aren't as good as compared to other AAA studios - Being a member of close to 4000 employees, it's not easy to grow in your career or rise in your rank - Ubisoft doesn't really care about keeping its employees - they know new employees will keep applying so it doesn't do much to retain current ones - Sessions are sometimes in French which is a bit annoying since this is an international company, there are many international employees here. And it's not that we're not trying to learn it - but it takes time and we miss a lot of important things sometimes

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    10. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Good place to work and learn, not for the long term

      Apr 25, 2019 - Senior Backend Developer in Montreal, QC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Awesome projects on AAA titles Get to face good technical challenges and gain good experience Flexible work hours On-site gym and clinic

      Cons

      Management practices/procedures end up creating silos, knowledge sharing should be encourage more. Pay is not competitive, specially if you gain seniority and experience pay lags. There’s a “French glass ceiling”, I managed to be proficient in French in my first years, reviews with flying colours, I was on lead of several initiatives in my previous team over the years, but promotions are hard to obtain since non native are often regarded good as leaders in several groups. It’s a more open culture if you manage to work on teams under anglophone management.

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