Capcom Vancouver

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Worst, narcissist management in my long career

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Capcom Vancouver full-time

Pros

- There are some nice, friendly people in the dev teams.
- Good benefit package
- Good facility
- Possibility of a decent salary. Depends who you know.
- I'm not there anymore

Cons

Like all the reviews, management is downright terrible and evil.

See the definition of narcissist and that is what you get in a nutshell.

Some but not all of the cons of management at Capcom Vancouver are:

- The majority are a bunch of ex- EA castoffs who suddenly are unaccountable and have no one to answer to. Suddenly full of power, they can say or write anything about you, slanderous or not.

Unfortunately, they tend to abuse said power on a regular basis to create a toxic and poisonous environment where people need to be aware of their surroundings before they utter a word lest what they be overheard and is used against them.

- They love promoting the fakes and the talkers from which they can regurgitate intellectual sounding jargon allowing them to look great in front of their peers, making them sound like they understand the game development process, which in fact they don't.

- They view anyone who is not in agreement with their ignorant views to be against them.
They will give them a black mark and that poor employee will be a topic of discussion in the next management meeting.

If all managers are in agreement of getting rid of this petulant worker, there will be a campaign to hunt any transgressions, real or not, and compile them in the workers file to cast a black mark on their character and work ethics, thus making a case for a layoff.

- They love to promote ex QA's into designers because they know less than them, will say yes to everything they say, and thus are easily more manageable than an industry veteran who can make things go smooth if they only let them do their thing.

- The leads are promoted in the same manner as well. The ones that sound the smartest, yet have marginal talents, are truly valued by management.

- Cannot be trusted, hypocritical, and will turn on you depending on which situation will be most beneficial for them.

- Project management, there was none. And if there was anything on the rare schedule, it can change anytime.

- Before upper level management was introduced to the studio, all the games shipped on time. After their introduction, all subsequent games have shipped late. And not just by a few weeks, but by a minimum of 8 months.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Go away from video games. You don't play them, you know nothing about making them, you have no passion for them, and you are only taking a huge salary and bonuses from what could be 2 full time workers who can actually contribute to the game and who deserve it a whole lot more.

As the saying goes "People don't quit their jobs, they quit their managers"

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Ineffective management at best, toxic at worst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Capcom Vancouver full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Some great, talented people on the dev teams
    Good games
    OK studio facility
    Good pay
    (You ask for 20 words minimum but it's hard to come up with more pros than the above so writing this sentence to fulfill the word minimum)

    Cons

    All the other reviews pretty much sum it up. The biggest problem is inflated egos and office politics at the senior level. The people who get promoted to the top are generally those who ask no questions and simply tow the line for top execs. Questionable HR practices, and also a tendency to rid themselves of experienced pros who might dare to have an opinion, and replace them with junior people who are inevitably cheaper and easier to tell what to do, but less experienced so will ultimately affect quality and probably the studio long term.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some time off to really examine your HR and business practices over the last couple of years. People are too scared to say it for fear of losing their jobs but most people there are unhappy with the way you run the place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    a mini EA Canada in culture

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer

    I worked at Capcom Vancouver full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    works on sequeal of a title with name recognition
    decent office building

    Cons

    poisonous politics culture.
    employees treated like any other disposable assets.
    poor quality code base that i had to work on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    most are from EA canada nearby. Same culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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