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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 (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
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Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 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 (more than an 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
  2. 12 people found this helpful  

    If only they didn't believe that pigs could fly..

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    Current Employee - Senior Management in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Management in Austin, TX

    I have been working at NCsoft full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Almost free lunches. Some of the community.

    Cons

    Immediate ''fire you now'' reaction. An itchy finger to redlight certain games that are not making the cut and currently that involves all Western influenced MMOs. I can tell you that even with knowledge of the business, finances, NDA disclosures, and how HQ runs it's still difficult to maintain an open connection with both my side and employees and theirs. Trying to get through to someone in Korea is like tapping a pencil on a manhole in New York during rush hour. You won't catch anyone's attention, and that's just the way it always has been. Honestly, being fluent in Korean doesn't much either as they detest foreigners with knowledge of their ''native'' tongue. Ridiculing our Office more than aiming to help.

    For anyone who is interested all I can say is don't be. Move on to a Western owned and Western run Company.

    NDA: NCSoft is going to be insourcing more so than outsourcing. You can expect the full shutdown of all NCSoft Western-Run/European Run Offices with in the next two years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    After your meltdown please do not attempt to re-open to the United States. Stay in Korea. Thanks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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