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CCP Reviews

Updated October 31, 2014
Updated October 31, 2014
65 Reviews
2.5
65 Reviews
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CCP CEO Hilmar Veigar Pétursson
Hilmar Veigar Pétursson
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Review Highlights

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

  • Generally laid back environment, and with a right manager there is ample room for professional development (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Executive and senior management has been the failure point of CCP for years (in 6 reviews)

  • Very few ideas from non-upper management, larger than peas, were actually implemented (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 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 (more than an 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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fantastic people, regrettable politics.

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

    I worked at CCP full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Talented, 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.

    Cons

    Not 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 ManagementAdvice

    There 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Right place, wrong time.

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    Former Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at CCP full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some really great, passionate coworkers.

    Cons

    Weak and inexperienced senior management. Too much nepotism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay your people what they're worth, make them feel valued, and they will stay loyal.

    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great coworkers but bad salary

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

    I worked at CCP full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Getting industry experience and getting a foot in the industry

    Cons

    Poor salary and a upper management that doesn't listen to its employees or customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Fun and nice~

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stone Mountain, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stone Mountain, GA

    I worked at CCP

    Pros

    Good meals, good fun people.

    Cons

    Communication between manager level people and working level people.

  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    There's no on the job training or career growth.

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    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at CCP

    Pros

    You get free lunch every day.

    Cons

    There's no career advancement or on the job training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need company handbook and career advancement.

  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    Great growth opportunity, but beware of communication problems.

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

    I worked at CCP

    Pros

    The company allows its employees to take independent initiative on many projects, and seems to value creative input from across all departments. The camaraderie and sense of family is truly amazing.

    Cons

    Management wields the lack of formal corporate policy like a blunt instrument, threatening and punishing employees rather than chastising though regular channels. Employee compensation is extremely uneven across departments, and firings can occur with little warning and even less documentation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Knowledge may be power, but keeping information from your employees only serves to weaken the company. Transparency will certainly degrade as you grow, but you're doing very little to slow its loss.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company with friendly people

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

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

    Pros

    The culture are quite open and treat employees quite nice

    Cons

    No successful game in the past several years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fun but definite growing pains

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reykjavík (Iceland)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reykjavík (Iceland)

    I worked at CCP full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The head office is ideally located in downtown Reykjavik, close to the old Harbour area which is undergoing major redevelopment. There is a bus stop 30 seconds from the office although note that Reykjavik hasn't the most optimal bus service.

    Excellent free canteen, serving breakfasts and lunches on a daily basis. Free dinners are served every Tuesday and Thursday and families are welcomed.

    Frequent 'CCP fun division' activities i.e. organised trips, cinema, oktoberfest, camping etc. There are also staff run activities such as basketball and indoor soccer.

    Friendly and informal atmosphere within office, quite easy to approach and discuss at all management levels.

    CCP has some extremely talented and dedicated personnel who are passionate about EVE, the community and it's future.

    I found the work / life balance very favourable compared to other companies

    Recent re-org changes have resulted in being more focused on delivering quality supported by metrics. This is a welcome step-change from the previous gung-ho approach.

    Reykjavik is a small but beautiful city but it has a lot going for it, local amenities are to a high standard and not as extortionately priced as initially thought (e.g. electricity is dirt cheap). The local geothermal swimming pools are a modern marvel and very child friendly.

    If you are a nature lover / outdoors person then it doesn't get any spectacular than Iceland. Reykjavik is close to some of the best nature you'll see anywhere in the world, I'll miss seeing the northern lights from my lounge window for sure!

    Cons

    Recent layoffs and project cancellation has shaken staff confidence in senior management and overall morale.

    Some clear commercial metrics are ignored and all too often there would be 'pet projects' assigned from senior management which would consume internal resources with minimal affect on the bottom line.

    The change in structure and development process has met with some resistance internally.

    There is definitely a 'clique' within CCP, this is not necessarily defined by Icelanders / non-Icelanders but by team hierarchy. This can be a challenge when approaching externally.

    Iceland is a remote country, it can be a challenge to break in a social circle when you're in a town where 'everyone knows each other'.

    Reykjavik public transport isn't the best, you really need a car to get around to avoid being stuck in the downtown area.

    Weather in Iceland is notoriously unpredictable and it's dark in winter, very dark! Sunrise in December is about 11am and it's dark again by 4pm so be prepared for that. On the flipside it's practically 24 hour daylight from mid-May to end of July

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut down on the pet projects and plan a strategy driven around commercial business objectives, not just those being requested by the vocal minority within the community or 'fun' licensing opportunities. Revenue targets are fine but also an understanding and appreciation of 'how we are going to get there together' is of equal importance, share these with the teams and invite feedback and ideas.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Fun and challenging

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CCP full-time

    Pros

    I loved my time there. Brilliant coworkers, good office and adequate equipment, good food and many thing done well for the employees. Unlike many others I found it rather easy to advance my career. Very humane attitude towards family people.

    Cons

    Maybe I loved my time there because I decided not to participate in the office politics. In retrospect CCP is a very top-heavy organization with commands coming from above to us lowly workers on the floor. Very few ideas from non-upper management, larger than peas, were actually implemented.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Being lean and agile is good, but being able to commit and spend time on doing things well is also important. Stop expecting something else than what you sow.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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