CCP Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
62 Reviews

2.2
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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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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fun place to work but not serious developer

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    Former Employee - Senior Programmer  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at CCP full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Company 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Focus on hiring and promoting managers who promote communication, and deliver results over those who just make people feel good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    low salary and lots of incompetent producers and managers, including the CEO...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at CCP full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    free lunch and company trip

    Cons

    Low pay. An ego-inflating, can't-look-himself-in-the-mirror CEO. Seriously, after so many layoffs in the past couple of years and stagnant revenue growth, why is the CEO still on the job? He would've been fired already if this were a public company. I guess the board is just as clueless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    replace the CEO or sell the whole company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at CCP full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    Since 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Downhill

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CCP full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Amazing 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Incompetent execute leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at CCP full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most of you: Quit. Stop ignoring and sidelining leaders who challenge your bad logic and choices and LISTEN instead.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great people, poorly managed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CCP full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Some 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Point 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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at CCP full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Tons 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

    Cons

    Post-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 ManagementAdvice

    Re-evaluate who you place in charge, and if they are REALLY qualified for the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Spent three years watching my career skills degrade

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    Former Employee - Designer  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Designer in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at CCP full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Managers should be replaced

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CCP full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Managers 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.

  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Extremely laid back, perhaps too much so.

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    Former Employee - Game Master  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Game Master in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at CCP full-time for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the deadweight.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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