Insomniac makes list of best employers again

Ratchet & Clank developer touts third-straight top 10 appearance in human resources organization's top 50 best small- and medium-sized US employers.

The world of game development is not often thought of as one rife with employee-friendly companies. Every so often, horror stories arise about "crunch time," the final sprint to the finish line of a game's development, during which sleep can be a luxury and weekends a distant memory. That anecdotal evidence is punctuated by high-profile incidents, like the "EA spouse" lawsuit and the International Game Developers Association's ongoing quality-of-life concerns.

Despite that, Insomniac Games today announced that for the third consecutive year, it has landed a spot in the Society for Human Resource Management's "50 Best Small & Medium Sized Companies to Work for in America." Insomniac finished eighth in the small business category, the company said; the company finished in the top four for 2005 and 2006.

"Last year was among the most challenging in Insomniac's history as we prepared to release Resistance: Fall of Man worldwide with the launch of PlayStation 3," Insomniac founder and CEO Ted Price said in a statement. "Yet we delivered a top-rated and top-selling game--on time--while retaining our Top 10 ranking as one of the best small companies to work for in America."

Insomniac said results for the competition were based on employee-opinion surveys assessing the work environment, management responsiveness to worker concerns, and other factors.

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wars45
wars45

lol only got one of ther games but it my best game they are good resistance fall of man is the best online player on ps 3

chikkkenbutt
chikkkenbutt

insomniac FREGGIN ROCKS MAN. DEFINITELY DESERVES TO BE ONE OF THE BEST. ONE OF MY FAV GAME COMPANIES. NO DOUBT ABOUT IT.

Strongman98
Strongman98

INSOMNIAC IS BALLIN, fo real they got ratchet and clank which is a BALLIN series and now got REsistance man THEY AUSOME

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Insomniac is one of my fave developers

sacatash
sacatash

As long as they remain small, it would be beneficial to the employees. However, if the company expands along with promotions and new hires and the financial pressure piles up, especially that their game development will sky rocket due to PS3 development, then say goodbye to your ranking.

EPaul
EPaul

i wanna summer job there

MKHavoc
MKHavoc

Good for them. Keep making great games Insomniac!

gorilla_killa
gorilla_killa

Best of luck for Insomniac and keep the good games rolling even do i'll have to miss out on the new ratchet and clank.

shamarke
shamarke

its cool to work with games!

Rect_Pola
Rect_Pola

I always like there stuff. Even when I don't have the system to play it. You can tell their employees love it there and work their butts off because they want to.

prioritymail
prioritymail

Happy employees make good games. Are you taking notes EA?

c_rakestraw
c_rakestraw moderator moderator

Congratulations insomniac!

OmegaOrtega
OmegaOrtega

Hmm, I wanna work there. I wonder what job positions are available.

kalkhaja
kalkhaja

Congrats to Insomniac, they deserve this...they r small, but come up with truly amazing games...keep it up!

punisher2k8
punisher2k8

that's how a buisness should be. Gj Insomniac :)

KBABZ
KBABZ

I've got all their games save Disruptor and Resistance (both FPS, funnily enough). I actually asked on their forums whether someone's actually slept the night there due to work, but they replied that the only time that ever happens is actually when someone has moved in and is still looking around for a place to stay!

gtjava
gtjava

awesome!!!still lovin resistance!!!!

Dantes_Monkey
Dantes_Monkey

insomniac have been great since the early spyro days

UTIxxx50
UTIxxx50

great job insomniac! you deserved it.

the_real_VIP
the_real_VIP

Seriously, others should learn from Insomniac about management and respect of the workers.

blancobo
blancobo

Great job! Now when is Resistance 2 out in stores? This game better be on plans.!

RaiKageRyu
RaiKageRyu

Pretty amazing considering they dish out a title every year.

blancobo
blancobo

Congrats to the developer. Now on priorities... when are we seeing Natan Hale back in action? He has to go to Rusia and help the resistance against the Chimaera. The work is not completed yet and there is a lot of work to be done. I am counting on these guys to top the quality and overall of the first game.

omegabyte
omegabyte

"Insomniac Games... can you do no wrong?" Only if a church is involved >.>

Blaster2k7
Blaster2k7

You are one of my favorite companies Insomniac, keep it up. I just have one simple suggestion, please take out the LAARK on Resistance 2 if there aren't any vehicles in the multiplayer.

-oG-ShAdY
-oG-ShAdY

Insomniac Games... can you do no wrong? Seriously, when was the last time you just took a break being so great? I mean, four R and C games in four years; and then you bust out Resistance? What do you think you are doing? Trying to make money off great software titles? You guys are crazy!!!

azizrulez
azizrulez

insomniac games is having everything going for it at the moment, good for them

LINK2K9
LINK2K9

They sound like a cool company to work for, not to mention they make plenty of kick butt games.

Darth_Tigris
Darth_Tigris

I'm still jobless currently and would love to work for them. But I'm sure they're not located in the midwest. Easily one of my favorite developers, though, simply because of the R&C games. Wish people would really give those games the attention they deserve.

gamingwarrior95
gamingwarrior95

Insomniac is one of my favorite video game companies. Congratulations.

MikeySSH
MikeySSH

Insomniac, keep up the good work and priceless games!!!

Nerissa
Nerissa

Congratulations! I love Insomniac Games :)

mcxps3
mcxps3

yeah Sony should just buy them i mean theyve been with them from the beginning they make great games and created some awesome franchises. Keep up to good work guys im looking forward to Ratchet and Clank Future and ur PS store game u have planned.

carddude
carddude

I'll make sure to see if I can be employed by them! (When I'm 10 years older, LOL!)

moatartareque
moatartareque

YAY INSOMNIAC they stay with sony SONY FANS UNITE

kajtrooper
kajtrooper

Sorry for double post, but Insomniac has made a game every consecutive year since '02. It's amazing how they do that. They're GREEEEAT!

1icecube1_basic
1icecube1_basic

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kajtrooper
kajtrooper

Insomniac deserves this. They are great and reliable. :) MAKE ON, INSOMNIAC!

bigbadbobbyb
bigbadbobbyb

Odd news, but interesting. Although, i wonder if Resistance could have been even better than it was if they had worked their employees harder...

KamaKase
KamaKase

Nice to have some happy news for a change.

dunit13
dunit13

Yay for Insomniac I have always liked their games and studio just to bad I don't care for the PS3 I'm gonna miss you guys!

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

It's hilarious how the best games are from the happiest employees. EA would do well to take notice.

acadiascreech
acadiascreech

Insomniac Games seems like it would be a development team that would change your tire and feed you dinner if you got a flat outside of their studio. This distinction doesn't surprise me.