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A growing and maturing company with lots of ambition

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

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

Pros

There's always plenty of challenging and ambitious projects, the team is great and there is always a willingness to do better. At CCP there's an opportunity to work in the game industry while at the same time working on a solid long-term project, EVE Online is 10 years old and still going strong.

Cons

CCP has had its share of growing pains, the vibrancy and spirit of a startup company doesn't really scale. The company has gone through some restructuring which has taken some time, but seems to be heading in a good direction.

Other Employee Reviews for CCP

  1. Helpful (4)

    Day to day environment was nice, long term planning was abysmal

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reykjavík (Iceland)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reykjavík (Iceland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The daily environment was nice. Reykjavik is a great city as long as you do not crave huge city life. The hours were never long, the hardware and tools provided were good, and the cafeteria on site had good food.

    Cons

    The number one problem was a lack of producers (in function, they have plenty of people with producer on the business card). In most studios you have an upper level of "idea people" the "grunts" (programmers, designers, artists) and in the middle, you have the producers, who try to ensure schedules are stuck to, and that the upper level understands what delays will come from changing their minds. They also facilitate communication between the grunts, so that projects with inter-dependencies get done. CCP is completely lacking this middle level of people. They have granted long standing employees with this position as a reward, regardless of lack of skill in managing people. Because of this, they have wholesale embraces SCRUM as a way around the ineptitude of management. Fine for projects small enough for a SCRUM team to finish on their own, provided all are made up of driven individuals, but larger projects languish for months because of a lack of direction or enforcement across teams. This is ignoring the recent "purge" in which many very competent and talented individuals were let go, and their peers who toed the company cheerleader line more closely were kept. The purge was also suspiciously drawn across icelander/foreigner lines, with many more icelanders staying, despite Iceland not having the industry to actually support a true surplus of talented individuals who would merit keeping over their experienced foreigner peers.

    Advice to Management

    Fire or retire to a corner your long standing original people and replace them with someone who has actual power to direct changes to the project. Stick to goals, and drop SCRUM.


  2. Best employer I've worked with to date.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Reykjavík (Iceland)
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Reykjavík (Iceland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The coworkers are mostly awesome, a fun bunch to work with. The projects are for the most part very exciting, CCP is constantly pushing the boundaries. There is never a dull moment in this company, always something going on be it work related or social. The projects are demanding, and bring out the best on problem solving in most people. The work environment is pretty good, apart from the air-conditioning. Good equipment, performance PCs, good monitors and desk/chairs.

    Cons

    Internal processes can be muddled, and are sometime missing so people have to find a way to figure them out when they shouldn't have to. Internal communication can be bad at times, sometime it feels like management is out of touch with the staff, but usually it's a case of misunderstanding. Also, there is often a lack of knowledge between teams, it has happened more than once that several teams are working on almost the exact same thing. That's getting better with better planning recently. Too much automated email spam.

    Advice to Management

    Nurture communication between teams, reduce the amount of internal tools to use, stop reinventing the wheel. Make sure people know what others are doing.


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