Cryptic Studios

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Cryptic Studios Reviews

Updated November 2, 2014
Updated November 2, 2014
14 Reviews
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    Cryptic Studios

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Game Designer in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Game Designer in Los Gatos, CA

    I have been working at Cryptic Studios full-time

    Pros

    The environment favors autistic people who own dogs. It's quiet, socializing seems to all MTG games or Netrunner games, people would rather work than wander around the office and chat. The games are not designed as clickbait or to maximize profits. The goal, as told to the employees, is to make a good game that the fans want to support by buying things, rather than a scam to siphon money from people. This is an important point.

    Cons

    Compensation seems to be slightly low.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Dim outlook for this company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - A Job in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - A Job in Los Gatos, CA

    I have been working at Cryptic Studios full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There are some awesome people that work here.
    The products are world wide known.

    Cons

    The company has taken a turn to not caring about customer service and extorting more and more money from those that use its products. Soon it's managed games will have to start charging a subscription fee which will drive off existing users and detract new ones. There are constant bug reports from users which aren't taken seriously. The list goes on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start treating customers like they matter. Stop making your products so unattainable by price and fix the bugs before releasing them to the public. You money grubbing attitudes will cost all of us. I fear for my longevity with this company as it looks to be headed towards bankruptcy or sale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Senior in Los Gatos, CA

    I have been working at Cryptic Studios full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance
    Solid benefits and compensation
    Nice area to live

    People are very friendly and we have board game nights, a large game lounge, company trips to the movies etc.

    Cons

    Very expensive Area to live
    Building is a little grungy
    Game engine is all in house so it has a pretty steep learning curve.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cryptic is an excellent developer capable of doing an astonishing amount of good with surprisingly little support.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA

    I have been working at Cryptic Studios full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company has opportunities across development, design, production, art, audio, and publishing. If you want to do it, chances are you can. If you're good at it, you'll excel. Lateral movement is common and career progress is a given for capable workers.

    Cons

    Proprietary tech can be a barrier to entry and may be holding back projects. Cryptic has, for years now, been beholden to third-parties who just don't operate as well as Cryptic.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the best jobs I ever had.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead FX Artist in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Lead FX Artist in San Jose, CA

    I have been working at Cryptic Studios full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart and talented coworkers
    excellent development process
    cool fun projects
    bonus gifts and events

    Cons

    Limited opportunity for advancement
    Cost of living in the Bay Area

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help employees to continue to grow beyond their current competencies, especially if you expect them to... And if you delegate responsibility, it also means that you need to let go of some creative control.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    horrible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA

    I have been working at Cryptic Studios

    Pros

    good people at the bottom. great place to work techincally, some of the best engineers I've worked with in my career

    Cons

    people with no understanding of quality or how to make good products on top. performance measured by nepotism and egos, not actualy skill

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to develop a culture that cares about quality and making good products. study the state of the art, try to catch up.

    Doesn't Recommend
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Excellent place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cryptic Studios (more than an year)

    Pros

    My experience at Cryptic has been almost exclusively positive. Management is receptive to feedback and most of the employees have a very strong team-oriented attitude. I see little of the workplace drama that I've experienced at many other companies. Much less mandatory overtime than many other game developers.

    Cons

    Not enough staff for the QA department. Like many other companies in the industry, QA has few advancement options unless they leave the department - and not everyone can get that opportunity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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