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Ludia Reviews

Updated 11 June 2018
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Pros
  • "Proximity with management, top properties, fun work environment" (in 7 reviews)

  • "benefits, a lunch every friday, a party every few months" (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Whenever I would hear about big decisions being taken, it was mostly last minute and would cause a lot of turmoil for others" (in 3 reviews)

  • "Just like in video games, low salary" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Solid & stable company with good people."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - UI Designer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - UI Designer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A reasonably stable company with some very talented people.
    Work on some great IP's.
    Nice Parties.

    Cons

    Company can be a bit slow to catch up with industry trends.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the dead wood.


  2. "Intermediate 3D Artist"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - 3D Artist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - 3D Artist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ludia (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Stress free work environment - Nice people

    - Free lunch on Friday

    - Competitive salaries

    - Great location

    - Showers, nearby gym, bicycle locker

    - Highly talented, senior teams

    Cons

    - Some projects severely disorganized

    - Extreme lack of clarity for sprint goals

    - No Tech Artists...

    - No project Art Directors...

    Advice to Management

    Hire Art Directors and competent Tech Artists to support your teams.

  3. "O.K company. AMAZING CEO."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Ludia full-time

    Pros

    Cool lofty work space with tiki bar and lounge.
    Lots of employee recognition
    Fun outings.

    Cons

    Very clicky.
    Very hard to move up or switch departments once you are in.


  4. "Gestionnaire"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ludia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Free lunches and a few industry veterans, decent tools now that most of company is on UNITY.
    Old Montreal is pleasant.

    Cons

    Terrible cheap office furniture. Uncomfortable chairs, dusty Work space with wires every where.

    Zero dress code- some things you cannot unsee.

    Zero room for advancement for managers. Rampant politicking and back room dealing, No female executives. Executive leadership based on nepotism.

    Very much an us-vs-them vibe between execs and managers. Big brother-esque- can’t trust anyone vibe.

    Lack of ability to focus on what employees are good at and profit from it.

    A CEO who is a self proclaimed visionary who while he has done some great things continues to micromanage product development, makes last minute feature changes and has a hard time listening to the experts hired to create the product.

    If you are a junior cutting your teeth in this industry there’s lots to learn here. If you have experience already stay away.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring experienced people if you don’t want to listen to them. You love to tell managers to listen to their teams but seem incapable of Re puri sting the favour.

    Figure out why all your middle managers keep quitting. If you want to run your business like a start up that’s fine but if you really want continued growth start using the experienced talent you have in a less demoralizing way and soul sapping way and revamp your organization so they actually have room to grow.


  5. "Some thoughts"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior UI Designer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior UI Designer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ludia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A great social environment, with great benefits.

    Cons

    Isn't organized like a company this size should be.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better! And roles need to be organized more with a clear hierachy, especially when it comes to approvals.
    Too often important information comes too late.
    And with regards to Art...there are always far too many cooks in the kitchen...professionals need to be trusted and listened to.


  6. Helpful (10)

    "Where your career goes to die, sort of."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - 3D/2D Artist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - 3D/2D Artist in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    From all the places I've worked at, Ludia was the best place to work in terms of how they treat their employees and the perks they give. Yearly raises though they typically average about 2-3%.

    Cons

    The main problem with Ludia is lack of career progression and with that lack of significant pay increase as you will be paid below average. If you are level 1 aka junior you could probably get promoted eventually in about two plus years. If you are level 2 trying to be level 3 aka senior you might as well quit now. There is a road block and a dumb one at that. Upper management has no faith in trusting the opinion of the producers and leads of projects when it comes to promotions. They seem to think they know better even though most of those up for promotion have never met upper management so how can upper management know the quality of the work produced and the importance of those seeking promotion? There is a big exodus of level 2 people who are really level 3 but choose to seek employment elsewhere because of this. So with this Ludia lacks true senior level people so not surprisingly their latest projects have been failing. I don't see this changing. Upper management seem to think people are easily interchangeable so they don't try to keep their stellar employees around because their egos prevent them from promoting the more ambitious employees or try to accommodate them. So if this is you, don't apply here as you're just wasting your time and giving Ludia your expertise for below market pay.

    Advice to Management

    It's time to sort out career development of your employees. Have a long and hard talk with your hr department to see why so many experienced people have been leaving your company of late. Time to drop the ego and realize the mistakes you've done and work with your current employees to prevent more exodus of experienced people.


  7. "Great environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - QA Tester in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - QA Tester in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Welcoming people, great environment, good benefits.

    Cons

    It's hard to switch careers internally.

  8. "Love it!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ludia full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Proximity with management, top properties, fun work environment

    Cons

    None that they are not working to improve

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen and to become better at what we do!


  9. "Ok Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great environment
    A lot of perks (free lunches on Fridays, paid week off during Christmas break, matching of RRSPs, etc.)

    Cons

    Location not ideal
    Lack of communication
    No clear vision/strategy


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing and fun work environment!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - QA Tester in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - QA Tester in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Open, comfortable and clean environment
    - Amazing people to work with
    - Rooms with video games, ping pong, pool, Foosball, etc
    - Large lounge with couches and bean bags
    - Breakfast and snacks every day (Bagels, toast, fruit)
    - Catered lunch every Friday
    - Beer and wine after work every Friday
    - Gym membership with tons of classes (yoga, pilates, etc)
    - French and English classes
    - Flexible hours
    - Frequent parties to celebrate different company successes
    - Three weeks vacation plus a week off between Christmas and New Years

    Cons

    I honestly can't think of any. It's an amazing place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Please never change how you treat your employees.

    Ludia Response

    8 May 2017 – Human Resources Advisor

    Thanks for your comments. It’s really nice to hear that you appreciate all that we do to offer you a nice work environment and enjoyable working conditions.


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