Cryptic Studios Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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  1. Lead artist

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    Current Employee - Senior Artist
    Current Employee - Senior Artist

    I have been working at Cryptic Studios full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work life balance is great, I am able to spend time with my family. Cryptic is only been in crunch a hand full of times since i have been here. Crunch time at Cryptic is either work at least an extra hour or it has been work your normal 8 hours and come in on Saturday for 8 hrs. Cryptic expect people to wear multiple hats. As an environment artist you are expected to do everything from level design, light, asset creation, and work with and support the Design team. this leads to a gather sense of ownership to everything an artist makes.

    Cons

    As I put in pros: Cryptic expect people to wear multiple hats. the negative side of this is that people don't specialize and don't get extremely good at one specific thing. It is so expensive to live in Silicon Valley. With Facebook, Apple, and Google paying people ridiculous amounts of money it is caused a negative effect on every other job. The pay isn't greatest versus the cost of living in the area.


  2. Great Company, so-so publisher

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great wages, good community, good people.

    Cons

    Perfect World (their publisher) is not the best around. Their studio in Redwood City is an inefficient mess, and it tends to impact Cryptic employees more than it should.

    Advice to Management

    Work to further shield employees from PWE's mistakes.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Was good at beginning, and then....

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    - great employee benefit, a lot of company outings and holidays - got work around some very talented people - co-workers in the same team or department often become friends for life - pet friendly, gamer friendly

    Cons

    - poor management. - poor planning, poor communication, and despite many company meetings and post-mortems to address the issues, they were never improved. Same mistake will keep happening over and over and over again. - horrible management personnel and is very clique-y, if someone doesn't like you on a personal level for any reason, you have no advancement opportunity even if you've done great work and has helped the development on multiple levels (even with people from multiple disciplines to back your work). It's often one way communication and it will stuck somewhere and never goes through. It somehow felt very unprofessional. - blame games happen way too often.

    Advice to Management

    please improve your communication, and be professional doing it too.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Been looking rather grim

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    It's a non-mobile, PC (and to some extent, console) game company that's been around for quite a while despite the tough times. The atmosphere is casual, gamer-friendly, pet-friendly, and people often take on cross-disciplinary responsibilities (it's a pro if you want to be more involved, but a con when it results in being forced into a role you don't want for a very very long time like it did for some people).

    Cons

    Poor management, very outdated tech, frustrating proprietary tools, as well as the attitudes from management that makes mediocrity thrive. Also, lack of leadership within each department--especially art and production. Being a game studio, it's understandable that there are crunches every now and then. What's frustrating is that most of the crunches could have easily been avoided, and those who crunch aren't rewarded. Despite post-mortems, same thing happens over and over. Some of the managers are terrible when it comes to performance reviews; they just don't seem to care or appreciate all the extra time and effort you've put in to meet their demands. Needless to say, compensations aren't great.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the people. Reward the ones that are talented and work hard, and promptly get rid of people who are not. Listen to what people are saying. Holding post-mortems won't change anything if you don't listen.


  6. Cryptic Art Department

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cryptic Studios full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very friendly, low stress, highly collaborative environment. Great area, talented team, fun work place.

    Cons

    Sometimes the project scope can be mismanaged, but this isn't usually a problem. Tools are pretty dated, lots of technical debt.

    Advice to Management

    Try to listen to new opinions, and don't be afraid to take chances on new projects or new ideas.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Problems at the top..

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cryptic Studios full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Reasonable salary/benefits Great co-workers Hardly any crunch

    Cons

    Upper management/leadership lacks vision and/or has repeatedly failed to communicate it. Frequent ground-shifting decisions are made by management with no clear justification or transparency. Executive leaders do not take ownership and responsibility for decisions they've made.

    Advice to Management

    Set a clear vision, communicate it regularly, and rally your employees behind it. Trust and empower your employees to execute on that vision. Make yourselves more accessible and transparent. If circumstances change, recognize the need to communicate the what and why to your employees. Own up to and take responsibility for your own mistakes.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Awful Company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Developer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at Cryptic Studios

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

    Pros

    They have an office I guess?

    Cons

    Worst management I've ever encountered Terrible project planning and foresight Knee-jerk style development driven by invisible heads without accountability Lied about office location, salary/bonuses, genre of game, etc. Overall just a greedy, untrustworthy organization

    Advice to Management

    Leave the company


  9. Helpful (4)

    A comfortable place to work but liimiting

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Cryptic Studios full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -comfortable environment with space to relax and get away from your desk if you need to -everyone is pretty relaxed and pleasant to be around -barely any crunch

    Cons

    -doesn't spend the money to get the best talent or keep their best talent -management bottlenecks all decisions -people want to make great games at cryptic but management is too focused on what is doing well in the marketplace and not in creating something truly unique...its a business I know

    Advice to Management

    you play it safe too much, hire up some talent with a vision and make something great


  10. Helpful (6)

    Horridly arrogant management team

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA

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

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

    Pros

    They make games but lets not kid ourselves.. cryptic isn't known for good games.. They have a few nice people (that aren't management).

    Cons

    Management are complete BS artists and liars. Jack gives great speeches and its really easy to fall for his rhetoric but believe me, its all smoke and mirrors. Their management team is a club of old buddies that really don't give a crap about anybody but themselves. A bunch of failed game designers that moved into management positions so they could do even less work while explaining to everybody else why their way is the right way. - Upper management is completely clueless but unbelievably arrogant. - They only make microtrans, free-to-play games. They simply want to trick their players into giving them money - Almost nobody at the company has any idea how their own engine works (none of the original devs have been at the company in years) - Did I mention how arrogant all of their management is? Just wow.. -They aren't afraid to lay people off creatively so there is little/no severance package I've literally heard their upper management team discussing putting out a piece of crap game just so they can recup costs and make a quick buck. its disgusting. If you're looking for a place to hide out for a while or boost your resume and you don't care what you work on its not a horrible place to be. If you're a passionate game dev, don't bother with this place.

    Advice to Management

    There is a good reason why PWE doesn't want anything to do with you anymore. They're going to dump the whole company on the first publisher to make an offer just to get away from Jack


  11. Helpful (3)

    Twilight Zone

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cryptic Studios full-time

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

    Pros

    They take care of their employees in terms of reasonable benefits and fair bonus structure. Hours are also reasonable.

    Cons

    The leadership is truly abysmal and culture is non existent. They hold events, but it's like someone in there took a page out of an outdated corporate catalog for team building.



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