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83%
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Kevin Rountree
35 Ratings
Pros
  • "There are a few pros to working here, for example if you like your hobby then getting a 50% discount is great(in 21 reviews)

  • "Lots of hobbyists work there and you get 50% discount on most products(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management is capricious and deceitful(in 11 reviews)

  • "My hobby has now been clouded over and i unfortunately have more negative thoughts than positive(in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Games Workshop full-time

    Pros

    GW is a unique and quirky place to work. Managers want to support their staff and there are lots of opportunities to develop and progress. GW has a very diverse workforce allowing fora variety of experience and insight.

    Cons

    Needs to catch up with being a big business. Some senior managers are very stuck in their ways.

    Games Workshop2019-03-10
  2. "Global family business"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Games Workshop full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Niche business, vertically integrated and unique culture

    Cons

    Local implantation worldwide without a global structure - too UK centred

    Games Workshop2019-05-18
  3. "An average place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Games Workshop full-time

    Pros

    With every company there are a pros which would entice people to work there. With this company i would say the 50% discount on Miniatures is a perk if you are into the Hobby, If you work at the main head office in Nottingham then they also do a good breakfast in the staff canteen. They also have a sports and social club that you can join - here they do various events throughout the year at a discounted rate so that is...

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    Cons

    Unfortunately there are alot of cons the wage is a big factor - unless in a ahigher management role then the wage is below similar jobs that you can go elsewhere to do. You could easily make more money stacking shelves at Tesco than work in alot of areas which you would have gone to university to study. Now this would be a great platform for someone to gain skills in a certain area but then move on to bigger and better...

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    Advice to Management

    Try and actually talk to your fellow colleagues and engage with them - perhaps also say hello back when you walk past them in a corridor - its not hard. And most importantly pay a better wage! Toy miniatures at half price does not substitute money when paying a mortgage! Otherwise your turnover of staff will continue and people will look elsewhere for a similar job with a better chance of success.

    Games Workshop2019-04-20
  4. "Its a good company to work for if you like toy miniatures - but not pay your Mortgage!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Games Workshop full-time

    Pros

    This is based upon the experience of Warhammer World in Nottingham. There are a few pros to working here, for example if you like your hobby then getting a 50% discount is great. The other quirk is the canteen, now the food is about Wetherspoons standard at best - but if you like that then its all that you need! Another pro is that there are many opportunities to gain experience and go for a different job. There are a...

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    Cons

    Now most companies do have a con - alot would say "but you work at GW you can play with toys all day!" Now this is true to an extent but behind the scenes its different. The quirk of getting cheap toys in their eyes supersedes getting a decent wage to live on. They pay you poorly, even in a skilled job where you go to University to study for. You can make more money stacking shelves in Tesco than you can here. - Ridiculous...

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    Advice to Management

    TOY MINIATURES DO NOT PAY FOR MORTGAGES! Pay your staff better and respect their needs and opinions. Dont just look at your computer screens and see sales figures, actually spend time with the staff and maybe say hello at least to them.

    Games Workshop2019-04-10
  5. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Games Workshop full-time

    Pros

    Great teams and a general sense of camaraderie

    Cons

    Nothing that is relevant to Games Workshop alone

    Games Workshop2018-10-18
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Working at workshop"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Games Workshop full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Passionate people throughout the company, many of whom celebrate your success as much as your own. Support is readily available for those who need it.

    Cons

    Decisions seem to work on a pendulum basis, which can lead to a lack of stability from higher management. Sadly ego often seems to be a leading problem during any interdepartment disputes.

    Advice to Management

    When decisions are being made that impact multiple departments, give staff a clear indication of what is going on and the overall goal to be achieved. The constant chop and change helps few.

    Games Workshop2018-08-15
  7. "A great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Games Workshop full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work with friendly colleagues and environment.

    Cons

    Difficulties to progress with your career

    Games Workshop2018-08-14
  8. "Fantastic company"

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      Former Employee - Lots of Varied Tretail and Head Office Roles in Nottingham, England
      Recommends

      I worked at Games Workshop full-time for more than 20 years

      Pros

      Worked there for 18 years. Loved it! Can't recommend the company enough.

      Cons

      None- it was pretty damn awesome

      Games Workshop2018-08-13
    • Helpful (4)

      "Okay for a Job, Deadend for a Career"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Games Workshop full-time

      Pros

      - 50% discount is a hefty bonus on the product if you're a fan of what they produce - Lots of good social events and outings with the company social club, at a low price - On site bar right on the premises - Fun and unique Intellectual Property to work with

      Cons

      - "Company Culture" is a buzzword, but has no meaning or relevance, and is mostly used to justify nepotism or punish any face that is arbitrarily considered to "not fit". - Zero career progression and any attempts to move laterally inside the company are usually treated with the same detachment as if you were a stranger. - Nepotism is rife across the company, and there is an emphasis on blind submission to higher ups...

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      Advice to Management

      Address the near militant approach to managing staff and crushing constructive feedback. Listen to your employees, develop them, and treasure their contribution to the success of the company, instead of burning through them like a disposal resource. Genuinely invest in making the workforce better, and the company an only benefit.

      Games Workshop2018-06-28
    • Helpful (6)

      "Warped Corporate Culture"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nottingham, England
      Doesn't Recommend
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Games Workshop full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      Get to work with Exciting IP Discounts on Toys Onsite canteen Sharesave Scheme

      Cons

      Staff are frequently promoted or appointed without any job knowledge or relevant skills. This stems from a culture of 'fit over skill' which is enforced so strictly that everyone becomes afraid of speaking out against it. Even worse, because staff have no training or background, but are hired based on personality alone, they end up covering for mistakes by lying, bullying and scapegoating. Staff with outside training...

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      Advice to Management

      Stop valuing 'fit' - which is widely abused - over skill. Make sure staff are trained for the jobs they have, including managers. Implement anti-bullying policy.

      Games Workshop2018-06-11
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