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  • Sr. QA Analyst

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    Current Employee - Senior QA Analyst in San Jose, CA
    Current Employee - Senior QA Analyst in San Jose, CA
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    I have been working at Cryptic Studios full-time (More than 5 years)


    Treats QA like real staff instead of temporary contractors with benefits, PTO. Real interaction with development, opportunities to improve process and learn on the job skills


    Micromanaging can be a problem, often features are released to QA too close to release date. Underpaid compared to other software-based QA jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Give new features more time to stew in QA before releasing them.

Cryptic Studios Interviews

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    Software Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview


    I applied online. The process took 1 day. I interviewed at Cryptic Studios.


    I underwent the online test involving 2 C++ programming questions. At first I was unable to solve the problems in the allotted time so I received a rejection email. I then contacted HR and asked if I could retake the test in the future. They said "yes, and we encourage you to." So I went back and after several hours of struggle I perfectly solved the problems which it seems to me are really no more than a means to gauge how much someone wants the job. So I attempted to apply again, but this time HR said "No, you've already taken the test." So I said "Ok, when can I retake it?" "When you have more experience." Needless to say I no longer wish to work for such a conceited ill-informed company that has no regard for it's employees or it's job candidates. I don't think it will be long before this company goes bankrupt due to such poor management. Have a nice day.

    Interview Questions

    • String manipulation questions.   1 Answer

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Headquarters Los Gatos, CA
Size 51 to 200 Employees
Founded 2000
Type Subsidiary or Business Segment
Industry Media
Revenue $10 to $25 million (USD) per year
Competitors Unknown

Cryptic Studios is a leading developer of massively multiplayer online role playing games, with a reputation for delivering profitable, on-time and on-budget titles. Cryptic developed the innovative and successful City of Heroes, as well as its subsequent expansion, City of Villains. Both titles garnered numerous awards from leading enthusiast press including GameSpy's ... More

Mission: Cryptic Studios' development process is centered on efficiently structured teams working together in a collaborative atmosphere to develop high quality games. The goal is to deliver unparalleled gaming experiences that appeal to a wide range of audiences and to iterate based on early prototyping and vertical slices. We develop fun multiplayer games for gamers worldwide.

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