Insomniac Games announced today that they have been awarded a top ten spot (number 8) in the annual list of "Best Companies to Work for in America." I'm sure many of you follow the Society for Human Resource Management's annual awards that recognize small and medium sized businesses, and this will seem like old news, but this will represent the third consecutive top ten placement for the developer of the Ratchet & Clank series and Resistance: Fall of Man. That's right! ThreepeatTM!
Based on my single visit to Insomniac Games, I can confirm that it is indeed an awesome place to work, solely judged on the high availability of delicious snacks. That's why I'm awarding them the first annual Kotaku award "Best Company At Which To Snack In America." Congratulations, Insomniac. Michael McWhertor
Insomniac Games among Top 10 for 3rd Straight Year in 50 "Best Companies to Work for in America" rankings.
"Once Again, Ratchet & Clank® and Resistance: Fall of Man Creators Remain First & Only Videogames Company Honored"
BURBANK, Calif. (FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE): Independent console videogames developer Insomniac Games has once again distinguished itself as being among the best studios to work for in the games industry. For the third straight year, Insomniac retained its unique distinction of being the first and only videogames company named to the "50 Best Small & Medium Sized Companies to Work for in America" list.
The rankings were announced before an estimated audience of 15,000 at the Society for Human Resource Management's (SHRM) 59th Annual Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas. Despite a 20-plus percent increase in applicants since last year -- and a combined 50 percent increase since 2005 -- Insomniac ranked 8th in the small companies category. Insomniac Games is the only company in the history of the small business category to earn a Top 10 ranking for three-straight years, remains the first and only videogames developer included on the list, and is the only company in the "TV, Film and Video" category to be recognized this year. In addition, Insomniac is Southern California's lone representative to the small business list.
"Last year was among the most challenging in Insomniac's history as we prepared to release Resistance: Fall of ManÔäó worldwide with the launch of PLAYSTATION┬«3," said Ted Price, Insomniac Games' founder and CEO. "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. Therefore, it's especially gratifying to demonstrate again that it's possible in the games industry to achieve excellent results while maintaining a collaborative and stimulating workplace culture."
SHRM, the world's largest human resources management organization, recognizes the top 25 small and top 25 medium companies in America that have used smart people management strategies to develop successful organizations with highly productive and satisfied workforces. The results were primarily based on a randomly distributed employee opinion survey that measures several categories such as workplace environment, management's responsiveness to employee feedback, and adherence to company philosophy. In addition, further assessments of company programs, practices and workplace culture were factored into judging.
Insomniac Games remains the only North American videogames developer to be honored in any ranking compiled by the Great Places to Work Institute ® (GPTW). The organization is perhaps best known for producing Fortune magazine's annual "100 Best Companies to Work for®" list, which ranks companies with more than 1,000 employees. Two videogames publishers have made GPTW's "100 Best Companies to Work for in America" list since it was first published in 1984.
Insomniac Games is best known for creating the multi-million unit selling Ratchet & Clank┬« and Spyro the Dragon┬« franchises for the PlayStation┬« game console and PlayStation┬«2 computer entertainment system. The company is responsible for the top-selling Resistance: Fall of Man, exclusively for PLAYSTATION┬«3 and is currently developing Ratchet & Clank Future´âĺ: Tools of DestructionÔäó for exclusive release on PLAYSTATION 3 this fall. Insomniac, with 150 employees, continues to seek new employees in a variety of production-related positions.
About Insomniac Games Insomniac Games is a wholly independent console videogames developer that has released award-winning hits for the PlayStation┬« game console, the PlayStation┬«2 computer entertainment system and PLAYSTATION┬«3 for 13 years. The company created the first three Spyro the Dragon┬« games, the Ratchet & Clank┬« franchise and Resistance: Fall of ManÔäó, which have combined to sell more than 25 million units worldwide. Insomniac Games is currently developing Ratchet & Clank Future´âĺ: Tools of DestructionÔäó, which will release this fall, exclusively for PLAYSTATION 3.

In addition to making blockbuster videogames, Insomniac is known for ranking among the top four "Best Small Companies to Work for in America" in 2005 and 2006 and among the Top 10 for 2007, according to the Great Places to Work Institute and Society for Human Resources Management. More information can be found at http://www.insomniacgames.com/ or by listening to Insomniac's "Full Moon Show" podcast, available on iTunes and the studio's website.
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