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29 Game Programmer Reviews

Game Programmers give their job an average rating of 3.7 out of 5.0. The Game Programmers happiest with their jobs are employed by High 5 Games with an average rating of 0.0 while the Game Programmers least happy with their jobs work for Tournament One Corp. with an average rating of 2.9.

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"I love to create something from nothing. When you work for weeks and weeks on one project, seeing work is almost like having a new baby. I don't think that I hate anything about programming. There are times when I get frustrated, but that never deters me from completing my project."
Posted 6 years ago in Tempe, AZ
Game Programmer at Carnegie Mellon University
in Pittsburgh, PA

"I love problem solving in games which could include varied number of problems, from graphics to AI to simple problems which could take hours or even days to figure out!"

Person You Work For 3 / 5 People You Work With 3 / 5 Work Setting 3 / 5
Support You Get 3 / 5 Rewards You Receive 3 / 5 Growth Opportunities 4 / 5
Company Culture 3 / 5 Way You Work 4 / 5
Game Programmer at Menfes Interactive
in Atlanta, GA

"New technology I learn with different people from different universities. I hate that internship got over early."

Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 5 / 5
Support You Get 5 / 5 Rewards You Receive 3 / 5 Growth Opportunities 5 / 5
Company Culture 4 / 5 Way You Work 4 / 5
Game Programmer at Jagex
in Carlsbad, CA

"My position was amazing, I was allowed to help design the abilities and weapons for all of our characters in the game. I was then given the responsibility of coding them to work and fix bugs with our systems."

Person You Work For 4 / 5 People You Work With 4 / 5 Work Setting 3 / 5
Support You Get 3 / 5 Rewards You Receive 4 / 5 Growth Opportunities 2 / 5
Company Culture 3 / 5 Way You Work 4 / 5
Game Programmer at Spacetime Games
in Austin, TX

"I absolutely love being able to develop abstract concepts into concrete features. The mental engagement is exciting and keeps me waking up and coming to work every morning. The greatest downside is the lack of financial compensation when compared to the general corporate developer, but that's a price I'm willing to pay for the privilege to create entertaining products for people to enjoy."

Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 4 / 5
Support You Get 5 / 5 Rewards You Receive 4 / 5 Growth Opportunities 5 / 5
Company Culture 5 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
Game Programmer at On The Level Game Studios
in Houston, TX

"The ability to create worlds from simple lines of text is an unparalleled experience. Though this profession is not for everyone, the passion of others in the field as well as the sense of accomplishment when a project ships is without compare."

Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 4 / 5
Support You Get 4 / 5 Rewards You Receive 5 / 5 Growth Opportunities 3 / 5
Company Culture 5 / 5 Way You Work 4 / 5
Game Programmer at Say Design
in Irvine, CA

"Being able to work day and night is awesome. I love to work with extensive hours so I can get more to my bank account. Working as a game programmer, do offer a lot of crunch time and that satisfied my financial crave. Being able to work with different programmers with different aspects is also fun."

Person You Work For 4 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 2 / 5
Support You Get 2 / 5 Rewards You Receive 2 / 5 Growth Opportunities 2 / 5
Company Culture 4 / 5 Way You Work 4 / 5
Game Programmer at Arktos Entertainment Group
in Los Angeles, CA

"I love the challenges presented by Gameplay. They sometimes require novel solutions that aren't pre-defined, yet they almost always require critical thinking, and careful planning. The mental challenges of envisioning solutions, and the math required to achieve them keep me coming up with better and better ways to add to the game while improving my skills. If there's anything I hate about it, it's probably the compromises we have to make sometimes to meet the schedule, but then I like quality."

Person You Work For 4 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 4 / 5
Support You Get 2 / 5 Rewards You Receive 4 / 5 Growth Opportunities 3 / 5
Company Culture 4 / 5 Way You Work 3 / 5
Game Programmer at Nice Tie
in Tempe, AZ

"I love to create something from nothing. When you work for weeks and weeks on one project, seeing work is almost like having a new baby. I don't think that I hate anything about programming. There are times when I get frustrated, but that never deters me from completing my project."

Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 5 / 5
Support You Get 5 / 5 Rewards You Receive 5 / 5 Growth Opportunities 5 / 5
Company Culture 5 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
Game Programmer at Gremlin Games
in Rexburg, ID

"I like working on new problems and game programming gives me that. Also being a game programmer on a small team lets you dip your toe into other parts of game design."

Person You Work For 3.3 / 5 People You Work With 3.3 / 5 Work Setting 3.3 / 5
Support You Get 3.3 / 5 Rewards You Receive 3.3 / 5 Growth Opportunities 3.3 / 5
Company Culture 3.3 / 5 Way You Work 3.3 / 5
Game Programmer at Gameloft

"It gets boring after awhile as you tend to do the same things over and over again and the industry is getting afraid to challenge itself."

Person You Work For 3.3 / 5 People You Work With 3.3 / 5 Work Setting 3.3 / 5
Support You Get 3.3 / 5 Rewards You Receive 3.3 / 5 Growth Opportunities 3.3 / 5
Company Culture 3.3 / 5 Way You Work 3.3 / 5
Game Programmer at Tournament One Corp.
in Stamford, CT

Please give us a one liner to describe this review.

"Wanted me for full; I did contract. Didn't get paid. 2 wk proj. went 3 months."

What do you like about working at Tournament One Corp.?

"Interesting programming problems, nice coworkers, mostly quiet atmosphere (besides the incessant beeping), they generally leave you alone and let you concentrate."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Honestly I would avoid this company unless you're really desperate to work in the gaming field. If you're highly skilled, as I am, it may be a waste of time for you. If you do apply, demand that they strike unreasonable things from your contract (like that you have to help them sue people if the request, indemnifying the company) and have them add more assurances such as a limit on how long they can wait around for approvals and not pay you for a project."

What don't you like about working at Tournament One Corp.?

"The unfair contracts, low pay, the CEO, can't put work in portfolio, lots of legal constraints in the industry, I didn't get paid."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"If the CEO stops trying to Win against all his employees, he will get better people to stick around. The #2 guy is great, but he can't make some important decisions or agreements."

Person You Work For 1 / 5 People You Work With 4 / 5 Work Setting 3 / 5
Support You Get 3 / 5 Rewards You Receive 1 / 5 Growth Opportunities 2 / 5
Company Culture 4 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
Game Programmer at Gameloft
in New York City, NY

Please give us a one liner to describe this review.

"Crazy overtime, no overtime pay, no vision to improve process."

What do you like about working at Gameloft?

"Good people, my fellow developers are creative but working in these condition makes it impossible to grow."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Don't do it if you have offers with any other company it's that bad. Everyone that's worked in development that I've worked with have been discouraged by the way this company works."

What don't you like about working at Gameloft?

"Treats employee like cogs and expendable. Give zero creative control to employees and has no vision to improve. Constantly changes direction and requirements without extending the deadline, resulting in constant overtime and zero overtime pay. Multiple people got fired after working months of overtime and help made the deadline."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Listen to your employees that actually know how to make games."

Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 3 / 5
Support You Get 1 / 5 Rewards You Receive 1 / 5 Growth Opportunities 1 / 5
Company Culture 1 / 5 Way You Work 1 / 5
Game Programmer at Dark Skull Studios
in Las Cruces, NM

Please give us a one liner to describe this review.

"Awesome company"

What do you like about working at Dark Skull Studios?

"It's a start up in its infancy with great ambitions and great talent."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Be positive, show drive and initiative. Be knowledgeable in your skill, and let us know what you are doing outside of work."

What don't you like about working at Dark Skull Studios?

"Uncertainty in the future of the company. It's a start-up so there isn't much room for error in this stage."

Person You Work For 5 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 5 / 5
Support You Get 5 / 5 Rewards You Receive 5 / 5 Growth Opportunities 5 / 5
Company Culture 5 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
Game Programmer at NGenius Games
in Littleton, CO

Please give us a one liner to describe this review.

"Was hard work and alot of research with little to no benifite"

What do you like about working at NGenius Games?

"Was a small bunch of guys, that just wanted to make a video game."

Do you have any tips for others interviewing with this company?

"Dont this company is going no where and you will be waisting time,"

What don't you like about working at NGenius Games?

"Was not going anywhere, and working too hard for not gettin paid."

What suggestions do you have for management?

"Scale down project, keep in mind the skills of you associates."

Person You Work For 4 / 5 People You Work With 3 / 5 Work Setting 2 / 5
Support You Get 3 / 5 Rewards You Receive 1 / 5 Growth Opportunities 2 / 5
Company Culture 3 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
Game Programmer at Gameloft
in Montreal, QC
Person You Work For 4 / 5 People You Work With 5 / 5 Work Setting 3.9 / 5
Support You Get 3 / 5 Rewards You Receive 2 / 5 Growth Opportunities 3 / 5
Company Culture 2 / 5 Way You Work 5 / 5
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