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Textbook example of why the Video Game Industry needs Unionization
FQA Tester (Employé actuel) –  Montréal, QC5 avril 2019
If you can accept a care-free gig knowing that you will not advance further within the company, by all means apply here and just do the minimum required to stay afloat.

Management is pretty atrocious and the company highly favors "yes men" due to unreasonable crunch times and awkward scheduling. HR is not your friend here when it comes to harassment and misconduct from management.

The workplace culture is like every other entry level tech job. You're expected to treat your position as "more than just a job" and willing to be overworked and underpaid.

The hardest part of the job is working around the constant incompetency of management. The lack of communication and transparency is a trademark sign of freelance contractor companies.

On the flip side, if you accept your position as a freelance worker, you can leverage it to decline awkward schedules and overtime without repercussions.
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Very easy job, easy to stay afloat
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Low wages, incompetent management
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Friendly environment
Game tester (Ancien employé) –  Montréal, QC29 octobre 2019
They have a friendly environment but everyone there makes you feel like you are surrounded by people with no goals in life. it's too gloomy and it feels like you cant affort any mistakes.
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Réponse officielle de Keywords Studios
20 novembre 2019

We are sorry to hear you had a negative experience while at Keywords. We'll pass this feedback on to our management teams. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and we do wish you the best.

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A Sweatshop disguised as a Progressive Tech company
Certification Quality Assurance Tester (Ancien employé) –  Montréal, QC2 octobre 2019
Keywords Studios' goal is to acquire multiple service lines around the world, strip them from all benefits and essentially turn themselves into THE premiere Sweatshop of the video games industry.

I have worked in multiple departments within the company (FQA, Console Certification and Virtual Reality).I was mainly a Certification Tester throughout my employment, and I cannot stress how anti-worker the company is.

If you're familiar with Rockstar/Riot/Activision/etc in the news, expect the same expendable/harassing treatment from management throughout your employment.

Certification Testers are paid the ABSOLUTE minimum and not compensated extra for their extensive commitment to their department. As individuals who are verifying titles for end-user release for Microsoft/Nintendo/Sony/VR, we were constantly spoken down to and threatened for talking about workplace conditions.

Speaking of conditions, the Virtual Reality department is the biggest offender in my opinion. I am not sure if they have improved the lab, but when I was working there, we were squeezed closely together using VR headsets and constantly hitting each other with no solution in sight. Furthermore, the lab is literally unfurnished with concrete flooring, just desks and PCs with carpet only situated for management. I am pretty sure the CNESST would have a field day with the room.

Do what I did, get your experience and find a company that would actually appreciate you.
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Réponse officielle de Keywords Studios
11 octobre 2019

Hello and thank you for taking the time to provide your review.

We are very sorry to hear that you felt expendable and talked down to in your time with us. We value our employees and encourage them to raise any issues so that they may dealt with accordingly.

Our business is built around our teams. Wiithout our teams there is no business to offer. We are proud to hear when our staff goes to work for clients and partners, even to the competition, should the right opportunity arise. This proves that our staff is progressing, regardless if their career growth occurs within Keywords or externally. Though our goal would be to find opportunities internally, we are proud to say that within the past year we had an organic growth of 50%, which included many opportunities for our existing staff.

We are happy to hear that you have seen improvements and we are committed to continue them, especially in regard to staff retention which is the core of our business. We wish you well with your next endeavors.

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