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30+ days ago

Graphics Programmer

Cryptic Studios Los Gatos, CA

• Upgrading our workflow to incorporate new state-of-the-art graphics techniques. • Making our games run on a… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Multiplayer Systems Programmer (Seattle)

Cryptic Studios Los Gatos, CA

• Working with leads & producers to scope technical milestones. Requirements: • Experience as multiplayer engineer on… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Console Engineer

Cryptic Studios Los Gatos, CA

• Working with other client engineers and game team engineers to make sure that performance targets are being met. • Extending existing… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Software Engineer – easy apply

Cryptic Studios Los Gatos, CA

• Putting the massive in MMO by working on databases, networking, transactions, chat, and other systems that scale to handle tens of thousands of… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Senior Graphics Engineer

Cryptic Studios Los Gatos, CA

• Upgrading our workflow to incorporate new state-of-the-art graphics techniques. • Making our games run on a wider variety of… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Content Designer

Cryptic Studios Los Gatos, CA

• Contributing to the design of the story and events to realize the vision of the creative director and lead designer on the project. • Working with… Glassdoor


1 day ago

QA Lead (Seattle) – new

Cryptic Studios Los Gatos, CA

, collaborating directly with Production and Design to identify and flag critical issues before they become challenges to meeting the schedule… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Engine Programmer

Cryptic Studios Los Gatos, CA

• Working with other client engineers and game team engineers to make sure that performance targets are being met. • Extending existing… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Senior Environment Artist

Cryptic Studios Los Gatos, CA

• Working in a team environment developing next-gen titles for PC… Glassdoor


30+ days ago

Systems Designer

Cryptic Studios Los Gatos, CA

We are currently looking for a full-time Systems Designer to work on our exciting new and ongoing projects. This design position is responsible for… Glassdoor


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    Capable developers hobbled by ignorant management

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    Current Employee - Game Designer in Los Gatos, CA
    Current Employee - Game Designer in Los Gatos, CA

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

    Pros

    Some very talented developers. We have a solid core on each team of strong developers that do great work even with limited resources and unfocused management. Over the past year a few of these people have left, or were fired, which was disappointing to see.

    Decent work stability. If you're the kind of employee looking for a paycheck and job security, Cryptic is your place to be. There are many long-term employees that remain employed here for no clear reason other than they continue to show up to work each day.

    Decent benefits and vacation package. Can't complain about that.

    Cons

    Executives think they are designers. Much of the executive team has a distant background in design, but they are ignorant of their limitations and how the industry and market has changed. One of our former designers likened it to "Talking your grandfather about the internet".

    Quality is not a part of "The Cryptic Way". Despite claims by management suggesting otherwise, quality is a distant second to getting it done on time. That wouldn't be a problem if management (executives and production) didn't set unrealistic goals every step of the way. Everything comes down to "Do more and do it faster" rather than ever focusing on upping the quality bar or prioritizing in a way that ensures we deliver something worthwhile.

    Apathy and ignorance towards the product and customers. Most of the developers don't play the games they make and some don't even play in the genre they're working in. That leads to a serious lack of passion on the development teams, and when faced with brutal deadlines, a lack of passion for the project shows in the end product.

    Limited opportunity for growth. This is a two part issue -- one stems from the executive micromanagement neutering internal leadership opportunities and the second coming from the fact that most developers interested in growing realize it's more efficient to find a new company than to wait for an internal opportunity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand your limitations. Cryptic was successful with City of Heroes and squandered much of that momentum for years. The Neverwinter and Star Trek franchise are the reason the company is still afloat, not the games themselves. If you intend to be in business five years down the line, double down on those franchises and/or up your quality bar.

    Trim the fat. For a company so focused on metrics and profit margins, it's astounding how many employees are little more than seat warmers. Cryptic lacks a company culture because there are too many people complacent with mediocrity.

    Invest in technology. Your engine and tools are not competitive nor are your efforts to modernize it. Spend the time and money to get up to date, or focus on projects that aren't competing with next-gen tech.

    Trust your talent. There are many talented and capable developers at Cryptic that are hobbled by Executive and Producer micromanagement. Your best employees will do better work if you get out of their way. Also, stop losing or firing the developers capable of bringing Cryptic into the modern age. You need your best employees to challenge you if you intend on being relevant.

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