Overly Competitive Company with Little Regard for Employees.
Employee (Former Employee) – Rockville, MD – February 24, 2014
Bethesda Softworks is a subsidiary of ZeniMax Media. Perhaps that is why they have lost touch with the local DC Metro area community. Their corporate structure and competitive drive has led them astray from hiring local, passionate, talented, applicants and has them focused on repeating their tried formula. This has led them to produce many of the same type of Role Playing First Person Shooter type video games, which have become more and more underwhelming as time passes. Bethesda hires only "published" artists, which is problematic for up-and-comers trying to make it into the videogame/technology industry. How can an artist become "published" in the gaming world when no one takes a chance on them? Furthermore, they provide no job security or opportunity for advancement within the company for their employees, both contract and permanent. The work environment is a hostile one for new hires. The supervisors have little patience for error and do everything to inform subordinates of their displeasure, short of out right saying so. A lasting productive environment must be built on teamwork, trust, and encouragement, qualities which fall short for the Bethesda Staff. Employment at Bethesda isn't all bad, the work tends to be fun, when you're not being hounded by someone else, and the in-house cafeteria and gym provide for delicious cuisine, and the ability to burn off those pesky calories. Overall, not the best experience. If you're actively seeking an "in" to the videogame industry, look elsewhere.
Excellent quality food for employees, On-site gym.
Poor management, overly competitive, close-minded staff