Codemasters Reviews

Updated September 3, 2015
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  1. Avoid

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    Former Employee - Associate Producer in Southam, West Midlands, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Associate Producer in Southam, West Midlands, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are great - you'll work with some incredibly talented teams. The location is great - nice grounds to walk around in lunch. Decent(ish) offices.

    Cons

    Cash flow problems - I experienced a few months where I wasn't paid on time. Morale is at an all time low - the company is leaking staff everywhere and the teams are nowhere near the quality of what they were just a few years ago. Cash flow means the company can't afford next-gen (well, current gen now) kits for the team. Some of the longer serving members of the Senior Management team are completely checked out.

    Advice to Management

    Leave.


  2. Great people, flawed business model

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southam, West Midlands, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southam, West Midlands, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Codemasters full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    An amazing community Life time friends Wealthy corporate benefactor Strong work-life balance Old CEO gone, new one is much better

    Cons

    Limited cash flow Minimal benefits Looming danger of redundancies Broken technology Moving backwards Too few profit generating teams Excessive support staff Talented staff that are aimed at a failing genre of games

    Advice to Management

    Allow the development times they need to make a great engine and games, increase funding for middleware as the company is falling behind and the best members of staff will leave. Change location or rent out rooms, there is too much space on site that is empty require an unachievable ROI from the remaining dev teams.


  3. Head of Operations

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    Current Employee - Operations Head in Pune (India)
    Current Employee - Operations Head in Pune (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Codemasters full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to work, Fantastic growth

    Cons

    None I can think of


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  5. Interesting place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southam, South West England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Southam, South West England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Codemasters (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Could be a fun place to be, interesting people, varied roles. Hours were normal but others had a much harder time. Overtime paid as time off in lieu. Bonuses were reasonable.

    Cons

    Us and them barrier between studio and support teams. Not enough involvement of support teams with games. IT seemed to be a law to itself.

    Advice to Management

    Be more involved with the people that work for you. Don't allow games to drag on for years, then close it down - do it much sooner!


  6. Helpful (1)

    Moribund

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Unbroken Developer in Leamington, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Unbroken Developer in Leamington, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A few decent engineers left. Steeped in history. Plenty of car parking space.

    Cons

    Extreme scarcity of development equipment. Company in extreme technical decline. Politics a heavy factor in decision making. Strong opinions from managers where evidence suggests limited recent success has been despite rather than because of them. Poor recruitment and retainment means current leaders are there due to time served rather than ability. Limited and stagnant due to the fact so many people have worked nowhere else. A reluctance to try novel ideas or remove obvious problem personnel. The facilities are in considerable disrepair and it is not unknown for Southam to run out of luxuries such as toilet roll.

    Advice to Management

    Have the good grace to try elsewhere. Have the sense to listen to the revolutionaries. Admit to current failings.


  7. A good learning experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Codemasters full-time

    Pros

    + Some smart engineers + Friendly staff

    Cons

    - A lot of deadweight. - Salaries heavily skewed in favour of management - Rare pay/performance reviews

    Advice to Management

    Treat hard working, talented developers better before it's too late.


  8. Great....back in the days

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Codemasters full-time

    Pros

    Good tech, passionate people, room for promotion. Some really strong programmers!

    Cons

    Terrible top level management (but most are now gone finally), narrow game protofolio.

    Advice to Management

    Get out, you clearly haven't helped in the last few years.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Rushed products, crushing deadlines, clueless senior management.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Codemasters full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Amazing people, great location, quality products despite exec interference.

    Cons

    Senior management - CEO/COO need to give more time and autonomy to development teams, and stop killing devs with stupidly short deadlines. Lead by example and motivate those loyal enough to stay.

    Advice to Management

    Lead by example and motivate those loyal enough to stay. Don't treat staff like numbers on a spreadsheet.


  10. Helpful (1)

    A fun experience, but no incentive to stay too long

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Programmer
    Former Employee - Programmer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Has a friendly atmosphere between coworkers. Overtime is paid. Lots of experience around, although that appears to be vanishing.

    Cons

    Poor retainment. Large period of overtime each year. Doesn't provide many opportunities for advancement. Doesn't want to take risks with projects outside their comfort zone, and handles attempts poorly.


  11. Group Lead

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    Current Employee - Artist
    Current Employee - Artist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Codemasters full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Had large diverse teams, different types of work and a well managed work to life attitude. feeling of honest group efforts to achieve high standards all areas within production.

    Cons

    Continued staff reduction, same deadlines required and top heavy managment withuot understanding of teamwork and core values required to create solid quality games. Only driving games, bad move.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest and leave if you know your input is redundant.



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