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US offices are depressing

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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

Gain some entry level experience into the gaming industry. You get to work on some great products...not ones that were created by your own offices but those created by the Korean office.

Cons

Our Christmas bonus one year was a copy of the game we'd worked on. Just 1.
Management of the Seattle office was abysmal. Dealt with an extremely nepotistic manager who wouldn't promote anyone until they'd all left and he could promote his relative. Not that she was bad, just that she didn't have the experience that others did until they all left.
Pay was not competitive.
NCsoft West was a total mess run by incompetence and apathy.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You don't need to be wasting your money on a downtown Seattle office. Most of those employees are useless...you could probably hire a few English fluent folk out of HQ and do an equivalent job.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    This company attracts good people and great talent

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    Former Employee - Art Production Manager  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Art Production Manager in Austin, TX

    I worked at NCsoft full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They provide good benefits and progressive policies like offering health coverage for domestic partners. They also allow individual teams to have a lot of autonomy, which is risky but great if you're successful in delivering a good product.

    Cons

    Like any game company, you are vulnerable to team-wide layoffs if you're a developer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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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
    No opinion of CEO
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