Crytek Reviews

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  1. Helpful (7)

    After reaching rock bottom, it can only go up... but how long will it take?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Designer in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Current Employee - Designer in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

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

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

    Pros

    - Some fresh blood arrived, this could potentially help with the situation at Crytek.

    - There is finally more focus and clearer direction for certain projects like Hunt, though a lot remains to be done to have a working game.

    - You'll have the chance to look at the owners' Ferraris numerous times during your stay at Crytek.

    - A few more holydays got added, that's a meager bonus.

    - The work-life balance is good. There was no long-term crunch for a long time and the flexi-time is a good plus.

    - Things are overall better than they were a year ago. However it's still very far from being "decent" and it's definitively not "good" at all.

    Cons

    - The studio is not really international anymore. Most UK and North American employees already fled the company in the previous months. I must say I mainly hear German and Russian around me these days… not so appealing anymore.

    - Many seniors/lead/directors left and it is very hard to replace them. Seniors don't seem to be interested to join Crytek and the recruitment process is still very amateurish compared to other companies. It’s even a bit embarrassing sometimes to have interviews with good candidates, as they quickly realize Crytek is not for them…

    - A lot of key programmers left or are about to leave: all technical directors left and the "new" one in charge is really not easy to work with.

    - The overall mood is still bad. There is still a big lack of trust towards the upper management. Bad apples don't magically transform into good apples, they say. It’ll take a few years and at least one successful project for Crytek to prove it can be on top again.

    - No decent middle management anymore as all experienced middle managers left the company in the past months. It started with the development directors of Crysis 2/3, and then followed by all middle managers of the Crysis franchise…

    - So many projects got canned in the past couple of years: a massive sci-fi rpg, a fun new kind of fps, a cool tech demo, a fairly generic moba, a demo for a movie studio, etc. So much time was wasted and so many employees felt betrayed.

    - The owners still don't realize how much they failed their employees. They lost connection with their employees long time ago, got a big head and stopped sharing the same vision.

    - HR is nearly inexistent. No wonder why the studio culture is gone. Long time ago, there used to a fairly charismatic HR director that was really pushing the “Hero” culture at Crytek. It felt a bit out of place at times, but at least there was a clear vision for the HR department.

    - The office is really boring, no decoration, no nothing. The decoration budget pays for the Ferrari leasing maybe…

    - There are many clans and bad office politics that can get an entire department being fired (i.e. the outsourcing department). Being a good chap with the bosses will ensure your abnormally quick promotions to director level...

    Advice to Management

    Hire a CEO that cares about the company.
    Radically rethink what the company culture is about.
    Pay bonuses.
    Offer a 1 hour ride in your Ferraris for the employee of the month, every first Monday of the month.

  2. Helpful (1)

    There is a new Crytek ... and it's better

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

    I have been working at Crytek full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    - Working with amazing technology + access to unnannounced and unreleased hardware/software.
    - VERY talented people working there. The production value of what comes out of there is just incredible.
    - The new Head of Production is doing an amazing job at changing the culture for the better.
    - Very flexible working hours and relaxed atmosphere.
    - Better salary than most game companies in the area.
    - Best relocation package I've seen in ANY company.
    - Very international company in a very international city, people from all over the world.
    - Germany is a great place to live (Frankfurt is specially good if you come with your family) and having the airport at 15min from the office it's great (some employees even fly home from time to time just for the weekend).
    - Free ticket for all the public transport around Frankfurt.
    - Free gym at a great gym chain.

    Cons

    - Last year we had some bad problems and it's true that good people left (on the other hand, it has freed the space for fresh and modern ideas to come through).
    - A lot of changing of direction in the games. Production and management sometimes getting in the way of design.
    - Some big egos still left (some have left, which makes a huge difference)
    - A few employees that do nothing.
    - QA management is a joke.

    Advice to Management

    - Modernize the proceses, practices and culture (look how it's done in other industries, please).
    - Keep people informed of what's being done in the other teams, even if it's just a screenshot of a new character or feature it helps to feel things are happening.
    - Talk straight to your employees, if there's bad news just say it straight, don't sugar coat it, it breaks the trust and rumours start to fly.
    - Do something about people that do nothing, it brings the morale down.
    - Stop throwing random people at QA and train them professionaly as technical QA, the software industry has been doing this for decades, learn from them.

  3. Helpful (5)

    It's looking up!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Current Employee - Developer in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

    I have been working at Crytek full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Finally, after a long time of stress, uncertainties and lack of information, it slowly becomes clear management is trying to work on their problems. Although far from perfect, it's looking up at least. New employees are coming in, some interesting projects are being worked on and promotions have happened or are underway.

    + Frankfurt is a central and pleasant city with good connections abroad.
    + Living in Germany is great. Good infrastructure, healthcare, way of living, public transport etc.
    + Free Job ticket for public transport. Gets you around most of Frankfurt.
    + Friendly and helpful people to work with.
    + Projects currently being worked on are interesting
    + Salaries are fine (but Germany has a lot of tax)
    + Company is financially stable again, or so they say
    + Management realised its flaws over the last few months and are putting in effort to fix / improve it.

    Cons

    Atmosphere:

    - Lots of talented people left and are still leaving (albeit at a lesser rate)
    - Whereas Crytek used to feel like a bit like a family, it turned into survival of the fittest. It got a bit better though.
    - Rumour mill still going strong, it's killing the vibe. Could be minimised with frequent updates from all levels of management.
    - Lots of shuffling of employees between teams. Breaks team-spirit
    - Lots of egos and arrogance, especially the core (Crysis) guys.
    - Lot of 'useless' employees that I would have fired a long time ago.

    Technology:

    - CryEngine has been passed by better game engines, and any progress on a possible new engine version is extremely slow. Crytek needs to step up their game and learn from competitors.
    - Engine team does not listen to the people that actually work with the engine and just do whatever they want / think is best

    Projects (Games)

    - Lack of goals. Sure, projects are being worked on but there's no real goal. Good, it means no crunch, Bad, no sense of pressure or drive.
    - Frequent and major design changes on projects cause people to lose faith or passion with the project.
    - The same mistakes are made with every project. Technology wise, decision wise, design wise. Everything wise.

    Management

    - The CEO has too much say in the projects. Let him do business or engine stuff, and trust us to do things the right way. His suggestions and demands are often ridiculous but need to be carried out as he's the CEO.
    - Only management believes in the Games as a Service model. Most employees don't.

    Advice to Management

    - Trust your employees. They know and do more than you think!
    - Invest money in the office (technology, decoration, maintenance) and employees to keep them satisfied
    - Crytek needs to invest into building a good reputation again, prove and promote it.
    - Go out of your way to attract new (experienced) talent to the studio.
    - Get rid of most of the upper management because they do not know how to run the company or even how to treat their employees with respect.
    - Be a AAA retail game developer again, with a solid design, story, you name it. Things that make games great, not a tech demo.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Best company I worked for!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

    I have been working at Crytek full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    - innovative direction
    - state of the art technolgy
    - challenging projects
    - invests in high end
    - give people the right opportunity
    - great talent
    - very focused

    Cons

    - too much innovation might be a bit risky

    Advice to Management

    more young talent with good senior leadership and trust them like you did in the past with Far Cry and Crysis.

  6. Helpful (6)

    A shadow of the company it once was

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Current Employee - Developer in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

    I have been working at Crytek full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    - Germany is a great place to be, even if it is Frankfurt
    - Crytek is getting better and there seems to be an effort to make amends for the last 3 years. It has a huge way to go before it can start drawing in the best talent again (or even keeping the talent it has).
    - the cry engine is very powerful

    Cons

    - All the main driving talent in nearly every department that have kept the company on its feet are gone or in the process of going.
    - Many developers that have been there for years are suffering from lack of ambition and have become far too comfortable, resulting in burying their head in the sand and thinking their way is the right way.
    - In an attempt to fill the huge gap that has been a big drive to hire people, most of which have been interns or juniors, this in turn lowers the standards
    - no bonus's at all.
    - some people are in the wrong positions, being there just because they have been in the company so long or they are smooth talking but without any real experience.
    - salary is still low for the industry and with the lack of promotions (or unpaid promotions) this has contributed to people leaving

    Advice to Management

    keep the people that are there at the moment happy, otherwise the whole company will end up being run by interns or inexperienced developers .
    have a solid plan and relay this plan to your employees. it feels like everything is just drifting at the moment. most importantly, be wary who you put in charge this time. stick to a proven and verified track record, not just someone that can talk the talk.

  7. Helpful (6)

    Good place to enter industry but not the right place to stay

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

    I worked at Crytek full-time

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

    Pros

    Not much if you compare them with others, either standard stuff or none.

    Cons

    Looks like nobody know where it headed. So company survived last crisis, but when to await next?

  8. Helpful (25)

    One of the "wurst" studios in Europe

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

    I worked at Crytek full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    The studio is financially stable; at least they've been able to pay for the salaries without delays in the past months in Frankfurt. However this came at the price of terrible sacrifices, i.e. firing people, cancelling projects, closing the US studio, selling the UK studio to Koch Media and seeing dozens of talents and veterans leaving the company.

    Good perks are free entrance to Fitness First (gym) and free public transport ticket in the Frankfurt area including the airport. I won't mention the free drinks because I don't know a single studio in the game industry that doesn't offer it... Additional benefits of living in Germany are very good healthcare, strong protection for the employees and good infrastructure; it is one of the better places in the world to raise a family.

    So many people left the studio that the number of opened positions in Frankfurt is embarrassingly high and seems to increase week after week (50 jobs at the moment!). The studio is looking for pretty much every imaginable position; it might be good opportunities for juniors from Europe and Eastern Europe who want to have a look at free to play development in a former AAA studio. No need to mention that recruiting anything above junior/regular has been extremely hard after the bad press regarding the deep financial troubles of the studio.

    In the past year, there has been very little to no crunch at all. The reason? There is no publisher anymore asking Crytek to meet deadlines. This is actually a terrible thing for the studio because it is since then in a constant state of procrastination. There won't be an EA or a Microsoft pushing Crytek anymore to surpass itself. Prepare yourself for mediocre productions at best...

    The salaries are fine for Germany but cannot compete with UK or US salaries because taxes are very high in Germany (around 45% in average). And don't expect bonuses, the company is still on a financial diet.

    Cons

    Salary delays, no more focus on technology, disrespect for employees, entire and radical re-focus on free to play only, terrible handling of studio closures, lies in the press, etc. The list of cons and wrongdoings is very long.

    One important point that is often omitted is that Crytek lost two of their most creative studios: the former Free Radical Design (Crytek UK) and the former Vigil Games (Crytek US). Sadly, these were the only studios that could have helped Crytek to produce original and fun games, because they were not directly under the (un)creative pressure of the German headquarter. The way these 2 studios were let go was terrible and highly disrespectful, with very little information for the lower employees, constantly postponed salaries, etc. As a result, the Frankfurt studio is sentenced to recycle former projects over and over again.

    Another major problem is that in that the core team from Crytek (aka the "Crysis team") has been split, shuffled around, reorganized and split again countless times over the past year. Results: many of these veterans left the company. Dozens of leads, principals, directors and seniors quitted, to the point the company cannot replace them anymore. I remember a meeting where one of the owners said it was "easy to replace people", after the head of HR quitted. Sadly, the owners did not understand that having a strong core team was important and that recruiting new people was incredibly more expensive than keeping its current employees satisfied.

    The strength of Crytek was its engine. However, after so many key members of the R&D department left (most technical directors, graphics lead, physics lead), there is very little hope to see a new groundbreaking CryEngine any time soon. The Engine as a Service is also very disappointing in terms of revenue as the studio is unable to convince indie developers to use CryEngine instead of Unreal 4 or Unity.

    Most employees are very angry against the owners regarding the management of the studio and the handling of the past crises. It seems like those 3 brothers totally lost interest in the business; to the point certain people believe that the mishandling of the studio is meant to get rid of all employees without having to pay a single severance package. Working for Crytek feels like being trapped in limbo, either working on boring projects or being stuck in a constant state of pre-production without hope of seeing the project entering final production.

    All this is very sad. Wasting so much potential should be a crime.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company before everyone left, except if this is exactly what you're looking for.

  9. Helpful (5)

    not sure where it's going

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

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

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    once open a time that was fun , with flat hierarchy.

    Cons

    lost almost all good people
    nobody knows what's going on ?

  10. Helpful (7)

    Used to be a great place...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regular Programmer in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Current Employee - Regular Programmer in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

    I have been working at Crytek full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Work with many nice people
    Good opportunities to climb up
    Free drinks and free gym
    Good central office location in Frankfurt
    Less stress since the last games shipped

    Cons

    Lost focus on creating games
    Every week they lose employees who quit to move elsewhere
    Most of the people are pessimist about the future projects
    Used to be a great place to be. Now it's just sad

    Advice to Management

    At this point just sell everything and move on

  11. Helpful (2)

    There is a picture coming.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Animator in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Current Employee - Animator in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

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

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

    Pros

    The last 6 monthes were really hard. We had a lack of information in the past however management held up a company meeting and showed us their strategy for the next years. There seems to be a way out to the future. I'm now working since 8 years for Crytek. I like Frankfurt and doing my job as it is.

    Cons

    There are till too many project managers. Lack of information from upper management in the past. The growth was too fast.

    Advice to Management

    Be more informative.

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