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productive and fun work place
game tester (Former Employee) –  Montréal-Est, QC21 August 2018
great atmosphere. All the people that work there are nice and work hard. great environment. the location is quite ideal with food and entertainment being in a very lively neighborhood. the short time being there left me with good times.
Pros
free lunchers, snacks
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N/a
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Game Industry - not just all fun, there's work too
Level Artist (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON13 October 2018
Getting into the game industry and delivering multiple titles gives you such an enjoyment when seeing others play your game. Ubisoft Toronto delivers on many levels, such as an easy working environment, lots of party gatherings, an openness to speak your mind, being creative, sharing in may similar interests, and having many perks to boot! I'm so glad to be part of this company and working with many talented people.
Pros
The people
Cons
minimal parking space
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Tres bonne experience
Tester (Current Employee) –  Montréal, QC28 January 2019
Tres bonne equipe de travaille. Et des heures tres raisonable
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4.0
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A long and healthy relationship
Artiste multimédia et réalisateur (Former Employee) –  montreal1 November 2012
When put in context of the capitalistic society in which we live and by taking into account all of the pros and cons that go with it, Ubisoft is one of those great machines of production. It drives the local economy and would have those who dedicate their lives for the enterprise to share the wealth.
Apart from the often stressful deadlines and long hours, the company and most of its people come together and create a unique atmosphere of friendship.
Pros
good pay, great benefits, amazing parties
Cons
noisy
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Filthy, loud, unbalanced working schedules and responsibilities
Data Manager (Former Employee) –  Montréal, QC24 September 2014
The company has a great benefits package and treats its employees very well. The problem is everything else below this. The building is old and absolutely filthy, the workload is completely unbalanced from job title to job title, and management is often completely clueless. I really did not enjoy my time at this company, but not because of the company, but the people employed by them, and the conditions of the working environment.
Pros
Freedom, great benefits
Cons
Filthy, loud, distracting environment
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Great place to work. Lots of room for innovation
Games Intelligence Analyst (Former Employee) –  Montréal, QC12 May 2018
Positive environment with room to grow. You will be given the chance to innovate and creator. Be ready to work hard to prove yourself and your efforts will be rewarded.
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Fantastic!!
TEXTURE ARTIST (Former Employee) –  Montréal, QC1 August 2017
Absolutely amazing place to work. Great people. Excellent perks. Fantastic salary and room for advancement. Autonomy and teamwork. Interesting city and culture. Awesome work environment and office space(s).
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Bon environnement
Testeur (Former Employee) –  Montréal, QC7 August 2018
bon environnement pour les testeurs et leur besoins
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4.0
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Nice culture and work environment
IT Production Manager (Current Employee) –  Montréal, QC19 July 2015
Even though the salary is not the absolute best, Ubisoft compensate with a fair work/life balance and employee on site benefits (Gym, on site medical clinic, massage, etc).

The general ambiance is surprisingly casual for a company that size (~2500 in Montreal)
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A great experience
Tool Support specialist (Former Employee) –  Québec, QC5 August 2014
Its the gaming industry!

Job security is fleeting at best but youhave to love the poeple you work with and the work.
Pros
Tons of benefits and great poeple to work with
Cons
Extreme long hours
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4.0
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tres bien
Rebranchement de postes (Current Employee) –  Montréal, QC10 June 2018
j'aime bien travailler la bas. l'équipe est tres gentille
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Plaisir
COMMIS ADMINISTRATIF (Former Employee) –  Montréal, QC19 May 2018
Excellente entreprise où le travail est plaisant et enrichissant.
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un environement de travail exemplaire reflétant un belle culture d'entrprise.
Testeur de jeux vidéo (Former Employee) –  Montréal, QC6 February 2018
Chez Ubisoft, les opportunitées sont multiples et pour quelqu'un qui a sa carrierre comme priorité en vue, c'est un choix excellent.
Pros
gym apres 6 mois, apres 3hrs d'overtime repas payés etc
Cons
Le salaire de base reste quand meme assez bas !
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High energy workplace: energy; variety of challenges; and talented, creative people.
Communications Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON20 August 2015
Ubisoft Toronto is a place that helps you develop into roles that let you discover your skills and talent. Along the way you are mentored by Toronto's top talent in all disciplines. Everyone will take a moment to talk to you, big studio with a small studio feel.
With hard work comes play and the studio culture makes sure we all know, respect and have fun with eachother.
Pros
Able to be involved in many aspects of the studio
Cons
Stressful when a game is about to be published - long hours
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Friendly coworkers and no risk of layoffs
Part of the production (Current Employee) –  Toronto, ON7 December 2013
There are two big advantages to working at Ubisoft. First, they hire more friendly people than the other studios I worked at in the past. Second, they haven't done any layoffs. Their plan is actually to keep expanding.

The downside of working here is the salary. It's 15-30% below what you can get elsewhere. Ubisoft has been lucky in the last 4 years, feeling no pressure to raise salaries. This is because Toronto doesn't have much of a game development industry. There is a single other studio around the city, which is Rockstar. So, no competition for talent.

The other downside is that you likely will feel like a pawn at some point here. This is to be expected, as most teams are above 200 people. If you think that's a lot, in Montreal, some teams peek at 900 people. There has to be some advantages to working at small companies right? Another reason you may feel like a pawn is that even if the Toronto studio had good intentions for its people, many of us got shuffled and moved to new roles and projects due to another studio's needs. So, you may be excited about your current project and giving it all you got, and suddenly, a directive from Montreal demands that you help them with a struggling project. This should not come as a surprise as the industry is highly risky and a large company must do what is best for itself as a whole. Also note that this could only be temporary.

Back to talking about the positives, this is a place where you will never feel like you risk of being let go due to company finances. The proof is that the company hasn't been profitable lately (public
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Pros
No layoffs in the history of Ubisoft Toronto
Cons
The pay is 15-30% below what many other studios offer
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Good and stable
Audio designer (Current Employee) –  Montréal, QC23 November 2017
Good place to work. Very good job security. Good general vibe. It's video games so crunch time is often taken for granted. But you can make your way through and evolve a lot
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4.0
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belle ambiance
Technicienne aux achats (Former Employee) –  Montréal, QC13 March 2018
Très belle ambiance de travail. avantages sociaux impec malgré le taux de roulement élevé.
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Good place to work, partial time
Testeur de jeux vidéos (Current Employee) –  Montréal, QC17 February 2018
Bonne place pour faire un petit salaire, si tu aime les jeux videos et tu aime te faire payer pour jouer.
Alors c'est une très bonne place pour apliquer
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Great work environment...bad management and communicative skills
Modeler, Texture Artist (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON29 July 2013
The work environment was amazing. Every amenity an employee could ask for.
Training was available at all times.
People were friendly and helpful.
Management has no clue what they're doing. All art directors do not know how to communicate making it impossible to complete tasks to their own personal vision.
Perception is a huge factor there. If you arrive early 8:00am (two hours before most management arrives), and leave 2 hours before management leaves 4:30pm , you're perceived as not putting in 100% effort. But if you sleep in and arrive at 10 am and leave at 6:30 PM then you are perceived as putting in your all. It's very broken. Same amount of time...just a small shift later.

Overall, you're not treated as a person...but as a number.
Pros
Work space, facilities
Cons
Management, Art Direction
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Working as a Concept Artist
Concept Artist (Former Employee) –  Montreal, Canada1 September 2014
A day with Ubisoft would be like any other in-home Artist jobs, you receive and email and later a conference call. The job details for that particular project are given to you in verbal and written form then you begin your designs. Once the designs and/or job requirements are completed you email/fax your work to your Senior Artist. Once the job has been received they (Leads, artists, graphic designers) will tell you what needs to be fixed, if it's good as it is.

The best part of the job is working as a designer for games, magazines and promotional things of the sort. The hardest was getting in touch with your bosses across the world through bad internet connections and time zones.

Lack of communication.
Pros
Art, games and design
Cons
Lack of communication and unstable pay
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