Fantasy Flight Games Reviews

Updated 28 May 2020

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2.6
45%
Recommend to a Friend
29%
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Fantasy Flight Games Founder & Chief Executive Officer Christian T. Petersen (no image)
Christian T. Petersen
28 Ratings
Pros
  • "A joke among my batch of interns was that there was only two kinds of people at FFG: Awesome ones, and the ones you haven't met yet(in 9 reviews)

  • "good work environment; and good compensation(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Deadlines were often short resulting in rush jobs at low pay(in 7 reviews)

  • "FFG has begun a slow death spiral since being acquired by Asmodee(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Broad enjoyable work, great support"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Sculptor 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fantasy Flight Games

    Pros

    Throughout my time freelancing for Fantasy Flight, I have enjoyed working on many different projects and IPs. Feedback was thorough, consistent with great attention to detail. Was a very enjoyable process creating art for Fantasy Flight. Free samples and contributor copies! Full credit in published games of sculptors.

    Cons

    Payment can be delayed sometimes, but only rarely!

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  2. "good experience"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Assistant Wiring in Kuching, Sarawak
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Fantasy Flight Games part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Making new friends, free food and have satisfaction

    Cons

    Work very tough, not easy. Requiring a lot of physical energy.

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  3. "A Good Place to Work, Though Changing"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Coordinator in Roseville, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fantasy Flight Games full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere, AMAZING people, get to work on Board Games

    Cons

    Asmode North America's influence is increasingly prevalent and drives Fantasy Flight Games toward some really bad business decisions.

  4. "Beginning of the End"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fantasy Flight Games full-time

    Pros

    The people are amazing. The products are (for the most part) amazing.

    Cons

    FFG has begun a slow death spiral since being acquired by Asmodee. The culture, the vibe, and the direction of the company are all headed the wrong way. Talent is fleeing the building, and they're already shutting down major game lines. Leadership is incompetent. They've made bad decision after bad decision, and they spend all their time playing political games with their French Overlords. They are leaderless, out of ideas, and desperate. It has become a toxic environment, and it's only a matter of time before Asmodee shuts it down completely or sells it off for scraps. If you are thinking of working at FFG or Asmodee North America, you need to RUN the other direction as fast as you can. If you love games, working for this company will ruin that for you.

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  5. "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Game Developer in Roseville, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fantasy Flight Games full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    LGBTQIA+ friendly, working on being more diverse, I feel listened to and respected, awesome benefits. Some flexible hours too, great PTO AND

    Cons

    Sometimes people are let go without a reason, though part of that is for their privacy. It is kind of nerve-wracking though.

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  6. "Amazing culture, but stagnant growth potential"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Producer in Roseville, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Fantasy Flight Games full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great culture. Everyone appreciates everyone else.

    Cons

    Pay is sustainable but rather low for equivalent work. Promotions are nearly non-existent if you don't have manager ambitions.

  7. Helpful (5)

    "Have a lawyer triple check any contract you sign."

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Roseville, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fantasy Flight Games full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Benefits equal to a european company. Working on games. That's it.

    Cons

    I worked for them for about 2 months. I got the job after an interview when they told me out of 50 interviews for artists I was the first one who could actually draw. Got nominated for best board game art, and never was informed by them. Was “laid off” by them after spending a few hundred dollars of my own to go to a convention to sell their product as part of the job. Got no reference. And when I reapplied several times for my old job or the equivalent never even got a call back. Chris’s view of art direction is, “I don’t know what I want, but that’s not it.” Plus had all the artwork done for a board game I had a contact to do before I came on board but Chris could never meet with me before I came on board. He said since they didn’t approve the art before I became a full time employee the contract was null. Which he made sure happened by not meeting with me. So I got zero pay for the art but they used it all. I was ten years older than any of them. I also had undiagnosed autism. But good luck to all the people. It was a job I wanted badly.

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  8. "Great games from a good company"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Fantasy Flight Games full-time

    Pros

    Being a part of a company dedicated to making truly amazing games.

    Cons

    Very little ability to progress with your career. Communication between senior executives and designers could be vastly improved.

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  9. Helpful (5)

    "Chaotic and thankless"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fantasy Flight Games full-time

    Pros

    The people. Such good people. The majority of them I am so pleased to call my friends for life. They work so hard for so little and fight every day to make that company better. It's amazing. The location. Minneapolis is fantastic. If you work here, don't live in the suburbs. You'll move within a year. The games discount. Definitely a nice little perk, but I'm scraping the bottom of the barrel here. That's about it.

    Cons

    The few people who aren't included in the above are uneducated, overconfident, lazy, and so incredibly arrogant. Their inability to enact change to better ensure the health of this ridiculously growing business is mind-numbing. If it weren't for the strength of their brand and customer loyalty, they would be sunk. The decision-making is last-minute, slapped together nonsense that farted out the side mouth of some junior executive who was desperately trying to get anything past the stubborn blockade of the senior execs. And then they claim it as their idea and MUST IMPLEMENT IT NOW. They have no foresight, no hindsight, no awareness of evolving cultures, and a stubborn inability to adapt to a future they know is coming and fear with all their heart. Pay is terrible. Way way way below industry standards at 10 years ago. And they act like they're doing you a huge favor that you get to work there. You're expected to grovel and praise constantly. No one is allowed to say no. The offices are so incredibly drab and backwards. They keep building new rooms and doors and have all these plans, then nothing ever pans out. Lack of foresight and ingenuity has made that place a graveyard. Software. Their addiction to outdated and overwrought design and data storage software greatly impedes their ability to succeed. They also insist on building every single software need themselves in house in order to save a penny. It's pathetic. No planned growth or expansion. It's all knee-jerk and reactionary. So many people are stuck in jobs that are obsolete or redundant it's hilarious. Granted, easy for them, but holy crap what a waste. They also restructure the entire company every three months, creating more of these useless positions and eliminating any deliberate expansion opportunities. No growth metrics, no career planning, no concern for the well-being of employees. There is one man who controls all the decision making and his judgement is incredibly flawed.

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  10. Helpful (3)

    "A Walking Lawsuit"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Fantasy Flight Games full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits. Close-knit employees. Feels like a small family owned business.

    Cons

    They are no longer a family business - employees are overworked, under qualified, under staffed and not given the tools that they need to succeed. Women are underpaid, harassed and not given equal opportunities (for example, not able to go on work trips because the company would have to pay for a separate room for them. And you quickly notice that there are NO women on the executive staff). On a similar note, people of color are not represented in this company. Federal break standards are not observed and salaried workers are basically indentured servants with the hours they are expected to keep (a 40hr salary quickly turns into a realistic 70 hours worked).

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