Crytek

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Crytek Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
67 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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. 9 people found this helpful  

    Many people writing reviews and not seeing the bigger picture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Crytek full-time

    Pros

    They do a lot for their employees and if you are motivated enough you can survive the current bad press. Its the games industry - there are ups and downs. The teams are great and there are many talented people around - we just need to make the most of it.
    Many creative people and of course some, that have less socials skills than others - but that's variety and what makes it interesting.
    The brothers are working on it and people can see that they are under a lot of pressure.

    Cons

    We lost many good people but still have enough people trying to turn things around. Reading other reviews is sad as we have people writing the reviews that are unhappy with the situation but also not in the position to get all information from upper management. Which is normal! This is how business work.
    Still, the current atmosphere is tensed. It will be better.
    And yes, if you need help you have to ask - sometimes twice - as these are difficult times for everyone and every department. So cut your co-workers a little slack. If you show commitment, it is always rewarded in the end (whereas: not by more paid days off or money. Sadly).
    So big con: Not enough vacation days! 24 should be minimum and would definitely lighten the mood.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More company meetings or face to face talks with the departments. This will relief some pressure and might lighten the atmosphere as all employees seek more transparency (which of course is only possible to a certain degree - this must be understood by all).
    There are many good people and if you see that they are important (even PMs as there are people who can't do the job but its needed!) and value them, they might be more supportive. Commitment needs a fair chance.
    Also: You hired people for a certain job as they are the professionals. Please don't cut in their decisions. Bigger picture for management and employees to be minded! We can't all be good in everything and need trained people to make decisions. (Still: Not by everyone)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 9 people found this helpful  

    Company gambles with the salaries and lives of its employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Crytek full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -The pay isn't that bad
    -There were some fun office perks like free coffee and drinks (but that's pretty much expected these days)
    -The developers really care about the projects they're working on

    Cons

    The company is managed horribly. Take a look at the recent bad press and realize that everything being said is true. For a long period, Crytek stopped paying its employees and just kept saying "Thank you for your loyalty as we move through this difficult time." Any company that can't pay its employees on time is a company you don't want to work for. There's also been a mass exodus of talent that's going to really hurt Crytek's ability to put out quality products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overhaul the way you do business. And stop trying to brainwash your employees by saying things like "We have a plan," and "We can see the whole picture." Just admit that you made a horrible (and unforgivable) mistake by betting your employees would work for free while you get all the benefits.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    Once had a huge potential to be a great company (not by the sheer number of employees worldwide)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I've spent several years at the company and believe that I've learned a lot on how to do and how not to do things. Met many great people, made new friends and connections. I had a chance to work on many great projects which contributed a lot to my career and I'm wholeheartedly thankful for that.

    I truly enjoyed and appreciated many opportunities which I had because of working at Crytek!

    Cons

    Crytek was a very good studio to work at for many years, but leadership competence didn't grow the same way like the sheer number of employees and studios. On top of that, after seeing the success of early games hubris, greed and arrogance started to take over in senior management. The company made pretty much all the mistakes out there to loose top talents, waste money and to loose trust of employees, investors and potential business partners. It'd be a great case study for many business books. The book "How the mighty fall" by Jim Collins could have been written about Crytek.

    Occasionally they really hired the appropriate people who could have made a real, meaningful change and improve the company or the games. But systematically, they did not let them do their job. I guess because that would have meant that they admit that they are not the best anymore which is conflicting with what is on their minds about themselves.

    It's a shame as Crytek had all the potential, opportunity and talent to be a great company in all regards for many years, but the owners were more busy posing themselves and showing off instead of being humble, honest and respectful great leaders and too blind to realize that they should have just move back a little, go to party and live their high life and let the pros make them rich.

    Good thing is that many of the ignored talents are filling in high positions successfully at other companies by now - which is a great service to the game industry!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being overly confident and arrogant. Familiarize yourself with such words as "emotional intelligence", "respect", "self awareness" and so on. Start to respect competition, people, their work and listen to those around you...not the loudest ones and the ones you like having a party with, but the ones knowing how to do their stuff. Hire better leaders then you are (yes, for this you'll need to realized that you're not the best first which will be extremely difficult for you). Respect competition and once you realize that there are better companies out there, learn from them. Focus on what you're good at which is Tech and Art not games.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    not sure where it's going

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Crytek full-time (more than an 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Brilliant at first but something wasn't right on the design team.

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    Former Employee - Environment Artist in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Environment Artist in Nottingham, England (UK)

    I worked at Crytek full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Awesome company to grow as an artist.

    Cons

    Poor management. Designers feeling unappreciated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think it's too late.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 12 people found this helpful  

    One of the "wurst" studios in Europe

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    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
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a great place...

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    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.

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    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. 10 people found this helpful  

    Big lack of respect for their employees

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    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. 13 people found this helpful  

    It's over

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    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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