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NCsoft: stay away

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Former Employee - Systems Engineer  in  Austin, TX
Former Employee - Systems Engineer in Austin, TX

I worked at NCsoft full-time for more than 5 years

Pros

Met some really great people there.

Cons

Korean culture shoved down your throat. NCsoft wasn't ready to go multinational as they fully expect to graft their Korean culture onto their U.S. workforce.

Long hours; hectic schedule. Seems that the company couldn't plan more than 30 days in advance. Everything is a "fire"

Lowball pay; management's goal is to pay as little as possible. Their justification is the "cool factor" of working for a game company offsets the lower pay.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Seoul, hire a cultural consulting firm and heed their guidance. US, the people needed to run an MMO are worth more than you are paying them.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    The company seems to publish good games, but it is poorly managed.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at NCsoft full-time

    Pros

    The Seattle facility is in a good location.
    Owns studios, like ArenaNet, that are actually making good games.

    Cons

    Unclear direction from management.
    Management downsizes everyone except for people that are actually causing problems.
    People that are in charge of the Western game ports don't understand the market; they expect that what worked in Korea will work here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Games released in the West should have people familiar with the West in charge, instead of hoping that what worked in Korea will work here. Letting go of people that are good at their job only to keep people that are openly hostile and antagonistic is a recipe for disaster.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    This place made me think twice about staying in the industry.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

    I worked at NCsoft full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good location if you like downtown Seattle. There were some good people that were here before they wised up and left.

    Cons

    Very corporate and tightly controlled by Korean HQ. "Keep your head down" mentality which discouraged passionate employees. This place also has a tendency to waste a lot of good talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop creating a hostile environment for those that want to bring positive change. Hire better management that are from the game industry. Stop wasting good talent and listen to what people have to say. Take heed of the reviews posted on here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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