At Insomniac Games, Inc., 96 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 148 employee surveys, with a 95% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 3.53. It was published on Jul 6, 2015. 12529 Visitors

What Employees Say

Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
Our facilities contribute to a good working environment.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
I am given the resources and equipment to do my job.
People care about each other here.

What They Do

We asked Insomniac Games, Inc. to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

We challenge the limits of technology by making amazing video games for multiple consoles and devices to be enjoyed by global fans of all ages.

About this Company

Website: US Headquarters: Burbank, California
US Sites: 2 Major Locations: Burbank; Durham
US Employees: 183 Founded: 1994
Industry: Media

Insomniac Games, Inc. has been awarded:

Best Small Workplaces 2015 (ranked 12)

Best Small Workplaces 2014 (ranked 10)

Enjoying family day at Insomniac

Perks and Programs

We asked Insomniac Games, Inc. to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Customized Appreciation: Insomniac believes that recognizing employees is rather personal and to that end, each employee is asked how they wish to be appreciated so that rewards and recognition are customized to the individual. So, whether you like the outdoors, board games, cooking, the latest tech, you can be assured that your preferences will be taken into account when it comes to appreciation.
  • Year-End Paid Studio Break: Insomniac provides a paid, two plus week holiday closure so that time can be spent with friends and families during the holidays and allow for some much needed downtime from production. We find that closing the studio means that everyone takes a break at the same time and doesn't have to worry about work or emails piling up in their absence.
  • Peer and Project Awards: Insomniac believes that recognition can come from anyone and anywhere. Insomniac has several peer and project awards such as the Wrench, the Groovitron, and the Merit Society that customize thank you's from peers, project managers and creative directors. All come with bragging rights!
  • Adoption Assistance: Insomniac is a family friendly workplace and provides financial assistance to employees that wish to adopt. Reimbursement of up to $6,000 toward public or private agency fees, court costs, foreign adoption fees, unreimbursed medical expenses and temporary foster care charges is available to all employees after one year of employment along with all the other traditional leave benefits.
  • Unlimited Learning Time: Insomniac supports ongoing education and learning and encourages employees to take advantage of unlimited conference days to hone their skills and hear from industry experts at conferences throughout the year.


$52,956 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Quality Assurance Tester $94,957 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Artist
4% 401(k) match of employee's salary, up to 4% of an employee's contribution 100% Company-paid health coverage for employees
80% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 30 hours Weekly hours at which part-timers receive health care coverage


  • 401(k) or 403b plan
  • Pre-tax savings account


  • Free snacks during the day
  • Free lunch on a regular, daily basis
  • Personal concierge service
  • Massage therapy
  • Fitness classes
  • Convenience store
  • Banking
  • Free beverages during the day
  • Free breakfast foods on a regular, daily basis
  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Car wash
  • Dry cleaning
  • Personal travel service
Old Skool Games for our Wrap Party


25 days Holidays & vacation days after one year of employment $5,000 Adoption benefit
80 days Job protected maternity leave 30 days Paid leave for adoptive parents


  • Flexible schedule (100% use it)
  • Elder care resources
  • Lactation rooms


  • Dental care
  • Prescription drug subsidy
  • Alternative treatments, such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic
  • Vision care
  • Mental health care
  • Fertility treatments


  • Prostate cancer screening
  • Cholesterol tests
  • Flu shots
  • Fitness center
  • Skin cancer screening
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Complete biometric screening
Ultimate Frisbee at Lunch


Enjoying Recess a la Insomniac

How to Get Hired

We asked Insomniac Games, Inc. for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

While knowledge, skills, and education play a role in each discipline, cultural fit can play an even bigger part at Insomniac.  We're all about making great games and creating an incredible player experience.  EVERYONE contributes to our games whether they are a designer, an artist, a programmer or even an accountant.  You need to have a passion for what you do and not be afraid to speak up and share your ideas.  One of our key tenants is that 'great ideas can come from anyone'.  This is a culture of communication and collaboration and we like it when you have a voice!  Oh, and we don't take ourselves too seriously so being comfortable in a creative and humor filled environment are also key to our culutre fit.  

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Wow, well one audio designer actually wrote us a song describing his love for our games and characters - that was pretty darn cool!  Sure a great reel or gameplay footage can be helpful to us in assessing your skills but it's not the only way to impress us.  For recent grads, we love to see internships and pet projects that demonstrate you have tackled something on your own and can think creatively and act independently.  If you've worked in the industry for a while, what outside pet projects have you taken on that demonstrate your own passion?  Do you mentor or teach?  Do you write code and share it freely with the world?  Any of these "extras" show us a bit more than just your resume.

Are there any unusual or especially rigorous steps of your hiring process that candidates should be aware of?

Most of our positions require a qualified candidate to take a test.  Tests are typically for art, animation, audio, design and programming.  Our tests aren't a walk in the park and can take upwards of 8 hours to complete.  We give candidates one to two weeks to submit their completed test as we know there's life outside of the application process.  In the end, no matter how much experience a candidate may have, the tests are designed to showcase their unique talent and level of familiarity with creative tools, programming and even creative thinking. This really helps us better evaluate a candidate's aptitude for the work we do while demonstrating their ability to think outside the box with latitude and minimal direction.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

Insomniac is always on the lookout for great talent and we aren't focusing on a particular position or area of specialty at this time.  Just because you don't see an opening for a particular position, it doesn't mean you shouldn't apply.  There are plenty of times where we may scoop someone up because we know they'll make an amazing contribution to the studio and our projects.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Easy!  Check out our website,, follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Linkedin.  We have several blogs, a community dedicated to each of our games and a development team that continually contributes to our R&D site where we share ideas and code.  Have a specific question?  You can always ask it at .

hiring Outlook

5% Job Growth 249 Average applicants per opening
5% Total voluntary turnover of full-time employees in the past year 3239 Applicants in past year
23% New hires by employee referrals

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