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Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli
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Pros
  • Highly talented people work here since Crytek has a good reputation in making top-notch graphical games even if gameplay is only mediocre (in 11 reviews)

  • You'll learn a lot in that company if it comes to tech (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • I don't get middle management at all (in 8 reviews)

  • The hate against the upper management (the owners) is indescribable (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

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

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


  2. Helpful (6)

    It's looking up!

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


  3. Helpful (3)

    Best company I worked for!

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


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  5. Helpful (8)

    A shadow of the company it once was

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


  6. Helpful (7)

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

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


  7. Helpful (6)

    not sure where it's going

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


  8. Helpful (8)

    Used to be a great place...

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


  9. Helpful (3)

    There is a picture coming.

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


  10. Helpful (13)

    Big lack of respect for their employees

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

    I worked 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

    Just to say something.....
    - Free drinks
    - Interesting technology only if you are junior developer. Just come, stay a couple of years learning something and escape.
    - Some co-workers are really nice, but like in any other place.

    Cons

    - No interesting projects at all.
    - Direction is completely gone.
    - They catch you with lot of good promises during the recruitment process but once you are inside the company of all that is gone.
    - Promises about increase salaries during crunch but when the game is over the completely forget about it.
    - No professional career.
    - Incredible lack of respect for their employees, not only the owners of the company don't give information about what is going on, but also they LIE on press about tons of stuff (Ryse team was NEVER asked about delay the game, people did't receive an extra compensation for the salaries delays). That gives you an idea of what kind of moral is behind the people who manage this company.
    - Bonus system disappear suddenly without any explanation, so the team didn't receives any bonus for their hard work, and of course they don't give you an explanation, they just rely that you will forget about it. Again big lack of respect for their employees.
    - Big managers are terrible, most of the people doesn't even understand how they were upgraded to those positions.
    - Still some medium managers are fairly reasonable and good (according to the situation they have to handle because of the incompetence of the big managers)
    - I got the feeling the owners of the company doesn't care at all.

    Advice to Management

    Give some proper direction to the company and start to respect your employees.


  11. Helpful (14)

    If I could give negative stars I would have given it Crytek

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior 3D Artist in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Former Employee - Senior 3D Artist in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

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

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

    Pros

    - When I first started working for the company over 5 years ago it felt like things were good and management at least have the perception that they cared.
    - There are aspects of the Cryengine I really enjoy using as an artist.
    - There are some very talented individuals who (used to) work there.
    - The Yerlis have extremely expensive cars they like showing off. Particularly when you aren't getting paid.
    - The Austin team was great, they were a very talented and experienced team. It was a mega fail on Frankfurts part shutting it down (disregard what the Yerlis said in the press as it was plenty of lies.)

    Cons

    - Lies and deception are rampant. There is zero trust among employees as a result of this. All of the press on late paychecks and how it's apparently the employees fault is another example of not only what liars they are but how the management views their employees.
    - Ego mania! I have never been around so many egotistical people in my life. For those who like just getting work done without political crap I can't stress enough how difficult your life would be working here.
    - Are you someone who likes stabbing others in the back, taking credit for their work, stealing or just flat out lying? This place would be great for you! I can think of several of these sort of people who after being caught doing one of these morally reprehensible acts got promoted.
    - Inept management bloated with middle management, have a problem? Hire more management!
    - The engine is a complete mess, it may have been good years ago but the lack of real management and a core engine team has really started to wear. It's filed with all sorts of legacy garbage which over complicates tasks which would be handled with ease in other engines.
    - So many times I was left out of credits for things I did, each time ended with the same excuses and no solution.
    - Salary is far below the industry standard.
    - Although you may be promised bonuses and fields of gold for sticking with the company, it's all a lie. They don't compensate you for being paid late (even if it is a month late) contrary to what the management has claimed in the press. They also use this "star" system which the most popular people get the most "stars" so that the end of the year when you have amassed these, they just hide them in their tool and hope you forget about it because you never get anything from it. Not even some verbal gratification for doing a good job (or a poor job for that matter!)

    Advice to Management

    It's no longer a question of if this company is going under but a question of when. After the tirade about late salaries and crappy engine service there is no way this can continue. If the existing management has any interest in salvaging what's left of this company; sell it to someone who knows what they are doing and cares about their employees.



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