Capcom Vancouver

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4 people found this helpful  

Decent pay doesn't make up for terrible development experience

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Former Employee - Developer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
Former Employee - Developer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

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

Pros

Great people. Decent pay. Studio BBQs. Great art department. Capcom IP. HR department finds good people to staff the studio.

Cons

This is not really "Capcom" since they don't share anything with the broader Capcom family of studios. In-house tech is a mess both functionally and at the level of the source code. Development workflows are universally terrible, if they work at all. Promotions are based on how well you mask issues and preach how great everything is.

Design department is a joke. It's staffed with amateurs who contribute bad ideas. Toolset is so archaic they can hardly contribute to the game directly, so maybe this is a good thing.

Executive team comes from design/business background and lack the qualifications to run a studio of this size. Exec team consistently fails to be honest and transparent about state of development in the studio. Execs are constantly shifting blame on 'lazy' workers. They hand promotions to whoever rocks the boat the least. Critics are ostracised, ridiculed and even fired.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

License an engine. Concentrate on workflows instead of 'features'. Trust your employees. Rebuild the design department. Acknowledging issues doesn't make you look weak, it makes you look smart.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Good games, poor processes

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Capcom Vancouver full-time

    Pros

    Rare opportunity to work on games that are actually fun and look good on your resume. Good creative potential, lots of smart and passionate people. Due diligence helps ship titles against all odds (see below). Very casual. Fun events, cheap beer.

    Cons

    Very poor code quality, management doesn't realize or care. If you're a coder, you can't excel through the quality of your code. Bugs, OMMs, crashes. If you're a young coder, don't go here - you'll pick up bad practices. Very poor pipelines, broken builds all the time, artists and designers suffer. Toxic politics. Propaganda that forces everybody to be in denial about the issues and not speak their minds publicly. Multiple layers of PMs most of whom aren't professionals in either code or art and therefore use cheer leading, drawing graphs and guilt trips instead of reason to motivate and manage. In fact, outrageous ratio of PMs to people who actually do the job. Overtime, though not as bad as in some other places. Didn't fulfill promises of bonuses and vacations to compensate for the OT. Pay is below average. Location is not actually in Vancouver.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work smarter, not harder.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Better than most for this City, but leaves a little to be desired

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    Current Employee - Environment Artist in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Environment Artist in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Capcom Vancouver full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It has proven to be a fun and positive environment to work in. Lots of perks and company events and great benefits.

    Cons

    Key to success very much seems to be who you know and not what you do for the company. Your reputation among upper management is the single most important element in career growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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