CCP Reviews

Updated June 22, 2015
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  1. Helpful (4)

    Great people, poorly managed

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CCP full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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!


  2. Helpful (4)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  3. Helpful (1)

    Spent three years watching my career skills degrade

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Designer in Atlanta, GA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Extremely laid back, perhaps too much so.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Game Master in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Game Master in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at CCP full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    Get rid of the deadweight.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Fantastic people, regrettable politics.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Designer in Atlanta, GA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Right place, wrong time.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Some really great, passionate coworkers.

    Cons

    Weak and inexperienced senior management. Too much nepotism.

    Advice to Management

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


  9. Helpful (2)

    Great coworkers but bad salary

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Fun and nice~

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  11. Helpful (5)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 Management

    Need company handbook and career advancement.



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