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CCP Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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2.8 61 reviews

26% Approve of the CEO

CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson

Hilmar Veigar Pétursson

(19 ratings)

42% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work environment is pretty good, apart from the air-conditioning(in 9 reviews)

  • Plenty of great benefits and laid back environment(in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • The upper management is totally clueless(in 6 reviews)

  • Senior management are fond of their catchphrases and "motivational" words(in 5 reviews)

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Incompetent execute leadership

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsThe employees 'on the ground' are passionate, talented, and really bond not just at work but outside of it and include spouses and family.

    ConsThe executive board is incompetent and has never held itself accountable for its mistakes and bad decisions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMost of you: Quit. Stop ignoring and sidelining leaders who challenge your bad logic and choices and LISTEN instead.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Bored to tears when it came to real work; all they wanted to do was party and play.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsThe dedication to the team members and the camaraderie of the "in" group. The attempt, though misguided, of how to create a great place to work. World travel available to almost anyone, regardless of a business need.

    ConsNo focus or direction for business, products, or people. It was run more like a big boys' playground than a business. Expenditures in hiring, parties, travel, and global conferences that could not possibly be sustained based on revenues and loss of investment dollars. Simple math could project the last couple of years' lay-offs and end of WoD. WoD was used for 7 plus years to scam investors out of money to be funneled to EVE and to Icelandic leaders' hubris. The most fortunate thing about the closing the ATL office was that it happened before the illegal workplace activities were uncovered and claims were made. It may have been fun for some, but it was gender & sexually hostile and things went on there that no one should have to be subject to in the workplace.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSince you do not seem to have the capacity to grow the hell up, sell the company so it can be run like a real business.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Downhill

    (Former Employee)

    ProsAmazing intellectual properties, highly appealing perks. The company was an undisputed leader in its field in the years preceding my employment. With upcoming titles in development (already announced publicly), there is still a chance that the company will be able to recover some stability in the near to midterm future.

    ConsIncreasingly frequent downsizing, inability to deliver. The company stumbled once shortly before I joined, and in retrospect never managed to recover.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCCP has been managed on a steadily downward path for many years. Numerous people who started as true believers left completely disillusioned.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fun place to work but not serious developer

    Senior Programmer (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsCompany holidays are great! every couple years they fly everyone to some great resort for a fantastic time! The working environment is relaxed, and very flexible working schedule. Their core game is fun to play, and the fans are fantastic to work with. You certainly feel like your work is making a difference.

    ConsThe management is challenged, they have a garage game mentality with triple A budgets and team size. This causes erratic and inconsistent decision making. Management is focused so much on feeling good that they are incapable of actually sorting through all the information and making informed decisions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on hiring and promoting managers who promote communication, and deliver results over those who just make people feel good.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great people, poorly managed

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSome of the most excellent and brightest co-workers I've ever had the privilege to work with. Fun leisure activities, at least for the single folks, company trips, great free lunches, overall a great environment to work in.

    ConsThe upper management is totally clueless. They have these fantastic teams on the ground, and no idea where they want to point them, what to do with what they create, and the company values in particular are a long-running tragic joke. Some of the middle management is just so confused, that they can't be effective either. Also, many employees, are by industry standards, underpaid.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPoint at a star, and then get out of the way. Stop rebooting your projects every 6 months to a year. Stop wasting money on swag and silliness. When you get feedback, listen to it!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It's a family, unless you're not part of the family.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsTons of great co-workers
    Copious time off
    Excellent benefits and perks (company provides breakfast and lunch daily)
    Passionate people trying to churn out a good product

    ConsPost-2011 layoff, hours required became unmanageable for several departments who were cut in half or worse.
    Icelandic management has a tendency to halt progress on all other projects to fix their mistakes with EVE by taking over whole development teams for months at a time.
    Tendency to 're-invent the wheel' with everything, even when there are proven, useful tools in the marketplace already.
    Very little follow-through on in-house tools. Little to no maintenance done, until someone needs it again, and then it becomes a 6 month to 6 year undertaking.
    Not a ton of support if you are struggling with the hours and workload. Work harder, not smarter.
    Frequent burnout of employees creates a lot of turnover.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRe-evaluate who you place in charge, and if they are REALLY qualified for the job.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Spent three years watching my career skills degrade

    Designer (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsThe company-provided meals were outstanding. Company has devotion to producing top shelf visuals. Concerned about developing a strong company culture. Has positive attitudes regarding sex and gender expression issues.

    ConsNo private work spaces ... everything out in open. Move to new offices in Atlanta created noise issues. Ongoing tendency to reinvent the wheel as far as tech and graphics go. There was a "not invented here" attitude whenever a new lead level manager took over a department resulting in multiple do-overs in game design and graphics during my tenure. Few female developers in any career discipline in US offices, especially after 2011 layoff. Squeaky wheel focus of Icelandic management team constantly hampered development of US based project.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake some of the financial focus on leisure activities and put it into recruiting developers at competitive salaries. Simplify investment in the company for all employees. Create clear growth opportunities for employees within the company. Provide non-discriminatory benefits for US employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Managers should be replaced

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFree lunch everyday, sometime breakfast and dinner as well. Easy to get a day off no matter what.

    ConsManagers are not good in general especially Icelanders and good managers are leaving the company. If you are not Icelander, you may be sometime intimidated. Some people do unnecessary traveling and earning money from per diem. No career path.

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    Extremely laid back, perhaps too much so.

    Game Master (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsGreat work environment if you're self motivated. Plenty of great benefits and laid back environment.

    ConsCronyism. If you're not Icelandic and work on EVE, get out.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the deadweight.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Fantastic people, regrettable politics.

    Designer (Former Employee) Atlanta, GA

    ProsTalented, passionate people working there. Easy to make great friends. Fantastic folks to work with.

    A real love for making games that people want to play.

    Even when laying employees off, they provided a great deal of support in the process: HR went above and beyond to help place former employees where they could.

    Pay wasn't super-competitive, but benefits like the cantina are incredible.

    ConsNot enough trust given to the American employees. We had veterans who'd been in the field for a decade or more being told their experience didn't mean anything; they had to do things in accordance with the Reykjavik way. There was a distinct feeling of the Old Boys Club.

    Difficult to advance internally. Some positions had no job descriptions attached to them -- nothing outlining their responsibilities and skillsets -- for years.

    Management had difficulty accepting the possibility they might be wrong. The most heartfelt admission of making mistakes happened only when 20% of the company had to be let go. By then, it was too late.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThere are ways that CCP excels by not doing things the way that other companies do things. There are also weaknesses in the company that come from the same attitude. Please, look critically at the internal practices. Building EVE is something to be rightfully proud of. But heavy employee dissatisfaction is a grave warning sign that something is continually going wrong, not something to be shrugged off and set on the back burner.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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