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Updated February 19, 2015
Updated February 19, 2015
42 Reviews
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Pros
  • The teams are great and there are many talented people around - we just need to make the most of it (in 11 reviews)

  • You can learn a lot and get great experience which will help you in future in your career (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Awful management from the very top, to all the inept middle management (in 8 reviews)

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

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

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

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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

    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?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 25 people found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    not sure where it's going

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    At this point just sell everything and move on

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Be more informative.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 12 people found this helpful  

    Big lack of respect for their employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 15 people found this helpful  

    It's over

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

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

    Pros

    Used to be great, nice city, bla bla bla...

    If you're a junior, go ahead. You'll get some decent experience and leave after a couple of years, to go far far away.

    Cons

    The 3 brothers / owners are either incompetent or they lost their mind long time ago... around Crysis 2 time I presume. The first brother, aka the "creative" one, had so many counterproductive ideas that he drove the company in a dead end, with useless pet projects coming out of his mind every couple of months, wasting money, time and resources. He's also the kind of boss that won't show up at any meeting you invite him to and if you are lucky enough to get him to sit down in a room, he'll spend most of his time checking his iPhone and give very little attention to the speaker. Not to mention he loves to troll, especially in the press. The second one, the smart / corporate one, takes care of the finances. Without him couterbalacing his "creative" brother, the company would have probably been in a much worse situation. Then the third one... no one really knows what he's doing, expect making inappropriate jokes during the (rare) company meetings. They all like to show off... especially their Ferraris. They even accused (in the press!) the employees who complained about the salary delays of being "impatient" and "not loyal"... How disrespectful and disconnected from the reality must you be to say such things?

    At the beginning of the year, half the HR department and finance officer(s) left the company. You know, the people who know the ship is starting to sink before everyone else. We also lost great development directors, most concept artists, lead graphics programmer, lead lighting artist, producer, marketer, art director, event manager, etc. The list is long and growing every month. It's not about who's leaving, but who's staying. In addition, it's is now nearly impossible to recruit anyone but juniors, as the company is blacklisted within the dev community.

    The negativity in the office is very high, it is a toxic environment that will crunch you if you actually care. The hate against the upper management (the owners) is indescribable. So, like many, I just sit around not doing much and waiting for my visa to arrive... Why would someone work hard for substandard free 2 play projects, for a substandard wage, in a terrible work environment with awful office politics?

    What were the strengths of Crytek?
    Tech? Epic, Dice and even Ubisoft already caught up long ago. The Engine as a service (who came up with that name?) is not successful and the tech is clearly not a focus point anymore, no matter what they would like us to believe.
    Sandbox gameplay? Look at Ryse or Warface... and you'll be embarrassed for Crytek. Releasing again Ryse on PC and seeing again terrible reviews is just painful to watch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's too late, you destroyed the last bits of DNA that made Crytek a great company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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