Too political to be productive
Lead Game Designer/Developer (Former Employee) – San Antonio, TX – May 20, 2017
In my first year there, I had five different lead associates in my chain of command. In my three years there, I had 11; they kept on leaving. I had three Senior Associates (the big boss), only one of which had any background in software development. Because management doesn't understand how software is made, they make unrealistic demands. The current Sr. Associate fired me without severance and tried to say I was unqualified for the job so I couldn't get unemployment, even though I'd been there three years and gotten a raise and my games had gotten rave reviews and been reprinted multiple times. The politics is insane as they NEVER promoted from within to Lead Associate, so every Associate was in a cut throat competition to try and get promoted (although none were in my time there). They are unethical and happy to throw anyone under the bus. They do not spend any money on employee development. They're just about the cheapest lot I've ever seen.
My understanding is that Booz in the D.C. area actual cares about turnover rates, corporate culture, and ethics. I didn't see any of that on the IMAG team in San Antonio. The only reason I didn't blow the whistle to the client was that I have friends still working there, and Texas being an at will state it wouldn't have gotten me anything. My two prior managers both were fired after five years or more with the firm, both with no severance; they are evil people in San Antonio.
Lots of motivated worker bees