Location: Montreuil-sous-Bois, France
Yves Guillemot founded Ubisoft with his four brothers during the video game boom of the 1980s. From the beginning, the Guillemot clan was certain of the company’s inevitable growth; the corporation’s title refers to “ubiquity.” The international games developer, publisher, and distributor boasts the second-largest internal development staff in the industry with 24 studios in 17 countries.
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six
- Assassin’s Creed
- Prince of Persia
- Far Cry
- Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell
What to Expect
Ubisoft distributes to 55 countries and operates subsidiary business offices on six continents. From Montreal to Morocco and South Korea to Sydney, the company has expanded their brand to a dominant world presence. In the United States, the company maintains a business office in San Francisco and the Red Storm Entertainment studio in Cary, North Carolina. In 2010, the company employed 6,400 people; more than 5,000 work in creative production. Since its inception, Ubisoft has insisted on keeping all game development in-house, and the strategy has paid off—their top 10 titles have sold nearly 200 million combined units. Positions within the corporation exist in the areas of marketing, PR, manufacturing, art, programming, finance, and others. Entry-level jobs in game testing do not require professional experience, but most roles in development and administration require a related bachelor’s degree.
The corporate culture is generally casual and friendly, with flexible hours, open office spaces, and a strong commitment to fostering a positive work-life balance. Perks vary a bit from one location to another, but common amenities include daily fruit-basket deliveries to each department, massage chairs, game rooms, free beverages, and company sports teams. The Body, Mind, Soul program offers monetary reimbursement to employees for healthy activities. Salaries, vacation time, and signing bonuses will fluctuate by region, with European and Canadian studios in the upper range.
As an international corporation, Ubisoft offers relocation assistance to new hires and will guide you through the process of obtaining a work visa. Significant opportunities exist for travel and transfers within the company. Any potential applicant would be wise to start learning French—English is required, but the home offices are located just outside Paris. Each studio and business subsidiary is given a great deal of autonomy, so internal processes are not standard across the board; Ubisoft pays great attention to the theory of game design, and relies on an editorial staff to oversee all game development operations.
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