Privateer Press Reviews

Updated 20 Jan 2020

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5 Ratings
  1. Helpful (2)

    "The Writing on the Wall is Clear"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Privateer Press full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    When I worked at Privateer Press there was a lot of camaraderie, mostly good work life balance, and if you like miniatures the company produces you will be able to get your hands on some.

    Cons

    -Pay is so low it's downright shameful. No raises or bonuses. -Management is more concerned with doing everything as cheaply as possible than they are with functional quality. If cutting a corner saves them less than 1% then they will cut that corner. -Very little room for growth and zero professional development. -Management demands fast turn around on everything. Every project is a rush job. -Company is creatively bankrupt. No new ideas, just rehashing what worked 5-10 years ago or chasing fads from other companies that fizzled out last year. Unless a new idea comes from the owners the odds of it being shot down are high. -Owners live in a separate state but want to micromanage everything remotely. Company felt very employees vs. owners because of this.

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  2. Helpful (11)

    "A Dying Company"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Playtest Coordinator in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Privateer Press full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You get to work in the miniatures game industry, which is a niche industry with a lot of passion.

    Cons

    There is only one person in the company (Matt Wilson) who gets to make any decisions, and he has a very specific, narrow vision of what he wants from his properties, and he struggles to communicate it with the rest of the employees. Senior leadership is willfully ignorant of the product lines and irregularly requests assistance from knowledgeable team members, which leads to inconsistent and often error-filled products. Senior leadership is very out of touch with current business trends for the industry and make decisions with little research or understanding and poorly delegate the projects. Company turnover rate is exceptionally high, and management does not back fill positions (either at all, or in a timely fashion), or simply shuffles existing employees into new roles and responsibilities with no pay or title adjustment, leading to exceptionally large workloads handled by unprepared employees. No training or career development. No reviews. No raises or bonuses. Pay minimum or close to minimum wage for almost all roles. Company owner lives in an entirely different state but no decision can be made without his implicit sign off, which can stall or halt project completion. Very, very, very few people in the company play any of it's own products except during mandated events (streams, conventions, etc) because of fatigue with the game and an aging game design that caters to a very small audience that is continually shrinking. New products are rushed out without proper design and iteration time and only manage to land well on pure luck and grit.

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  3. Helpful (3)

    "Could have, Should have"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Privateer Press full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Some 1st Fridays you get a free lunch - You get showered in free goods the company makes - Working in the game industry

    Cons

    Buckle up! Here we go!!! First is the pay, everyone is paid well below industry standard. There are a few who make more than others and that's due to some questionable ideas of how valuable they are. Second! The culture! It wasn't too bad when I started out. Camaraderie would have been a pro. Ever since struggles began and the moving of locations drew closer people began backstabbing each other. The advantage of a small company is that everyone has each other's backs. Third, how out of touch everyone is with the gaming community at large. From High Command coming late to the deck building party to Level7 Invasion coming late to the Pandemic clone party, PP chases fads instead of making them. Their dev chats are full of terrible in-jokes.

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  4. Helpful (7)

    "A Mess"

    1.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Privateer Press full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It's like a puzzle trying to figure out what you like about working there, if you're into that sort of thing.

    Cons

    Very poor management and overall direction. Lack of communication. Nearly everything is behind schedule and puts unfair pressure on several departments. Working directly with anyone higher up becomes an agonizing process as you quickly realize how out of touch they are with what your position actually does for the company. The pay is a joke compared to salaries around Seattle, don't settle for this.

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  5. Helpful (7)

    "Had potential"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Privateer Press full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great people and culture. Coworkers genuinely care about each other and helping the company improve. Flexible & casual work environment.

    Cons

    Run into the ground. Pay is embarrassing.

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Fun Place To Work"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Privateer Press full-time

    Pros

    Great people and a great product.

    Cons

    Lack of internal communication leads to problems.

  7. Helpful (12)

    "A Sinking Ship"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Privateer Press full-time

    Pros

    Fun coworkers, unique industry, casual workplace, good work life balance.

    Cons

    Ownership has no business sense and is totally out of touch with reality. Bad decisions are made constantly to either keep the lights on month to month or provide creative ego strokes to the owner. Employees are overworked, underpaid, underappreciated, passionless, and constantly trying to mitigate the impact of terrible decisions passed down from the owners. Very few employees actually play the games the company makes and even fewer actually enjoy it when they do. Unbelievably low morale, as evidenced by the high turnover over the past few years.

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  8. "Small Game Company with Great Staff"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Recommends

    I worked at Privateer Press

    Pros

    • Great place to grow your career within the table-top gaming industry • Personable management with "open doors" for communication • A passion for making quality products with a great community of gamers • Annual profit sharing and product comp • First Friday is free once a month to play the games you make • Fun staff with "family" atmosphere; full of passionate gamers

    Cons

    • Workload often exceeds staff available • Money for raises/bonus' can be tight at times

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  9. Helpful (9)

    "They have no care for their hourly employees."

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Privateer Press full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    So long as you work and do not speak up, you will likely not be messed with. If you like to be left alone, unless you do something to anger management, they will pretty much never talk with you.

    Cons

    No future in the company. No employee development or training options. Complete disregard for hourly employees. Industry bare minimum standards of safety and health. Wage discussion is suppressed and dismissed. Employee organization is suppressed and dismissed. Management at all levels is completely despondent, dismissive, and uninformed in any aspect of their departments. Nepotism and cronyism run every aspect of company "progression". Hourly employees are referred to by management as "Not Really People". Over the time I worked here, the morale of Privateer Press has fallen apart. The only support you get is from your friends.

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  10. Helpful (6)

    "Fun people, Terrible Management"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Privateer Press full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work is consistent, people are fun to work around, overtime is around for the taking, free stuff if you like the product they produce, and medical benefits.

    Cons

    They pay, according to the bureau of labor, 50% below the industry average in every single position in the company. Do not work in the warehouse expecting to make any kind of livable wage.

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