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Great coworkers, poor management

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Former Employee - Junior Programmer  in  Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
Former Employee - Junior Programmer in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

I worked at Crytek

Pros

Coworkers are incredibly talented, and since everyone is coming from different horzons, it's easy to make good friends.
Working with those great personalities has been a very good experience.
On the technical level, I had the opportunity to learn a lot of new things.

Cons

Although the majority of coworkers were great personalities, some of the senior programmers were very protective about their knowledge, not wanting to share it with (junior) people they don't approve of.

Management only gave any feedback about my own job performance once year, and then, without much possibility to learn how to improve it. And these reviews were tightly tied to career advancement, which made it virtually impossible to arrive at higher level.

Remuneration was beyond bad for this kind of job. Below german average salary level for technical jobs for university graduates, and below international levels as well. Only senior staff got a good remuneration.

Finally, people were given little recognition from management for doing a good job, which resulted in a general discontent about the company, and thus a high employee turn over.

When talking to management, and showing a different opinion had repercussions on the job. People who disagreed (for good reason) and told this to management were simply "let go" and "yes men" made career.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Listen to what your employees say, even if they disagree with your vision. They are likely to bring up good points that will improve productivity and working climate.
Don't forget tt's your employees that produce the company value.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Best place I've worked so far

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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

    Pros

    Good, bright people, nice location, good equipment, challenging work at times, cute girls, you can get a lot of work done with very little BS to block you from it

    Cons

    Lots of random changes, lazy programmers that don't want to code a site properly and give you untruthful reasons for why domething doesn't work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the web department more seriously

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  2. 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)

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