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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
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    An ocean apart and no understanding of market differences

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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 a year)

    Pros

    Great ideas, IP's and possibilities. Wonderful global infrastructure.

    Cons

    Top level executive management in Korea does not understand western markets no cultural differences in employment expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a close look at how much budget you set forth for adapting your games to the western markets, you're currently under. Let those with an understanding of the western markets and employments lead those satellite divisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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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
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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