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Jagex Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
58 Reviews

2.6
58 Reviews
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Jagex CEO Mark Gerhard
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The people are great, all interesting, capable and all care about the finished product (in 6 reviews)

  • Other benefits such as free fruit (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • In the past senior management was ignorant of the competition and thus lacked vision (in 8 reviews)

  • Generally very poor relations between upper management and development teams (in 6 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Lovely place to work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The benefits are like nothing i have ever seen before when working for other companies.
    Lots of lovely, driven people.
    Everyone willing to help each other out.

    Cons

    I don't feel there are any cons

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lovely.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - Free gym
    - Other benefits such as free fruit
    - Great co workers
    - Overall great
    - Generally a good atmosphere
    - Good salary
    - A high skilled amount of co workers

    Cons

    - The CEO should have some more trust to the employers.
    - Salary COULD be higher
    - The work hours can be a little long some times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Remember to listen to the people who works for you. You have to start listening some more to the players too.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to work with great people!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Jagex Employee  in  Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Jagex Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    Pros

    The people are great!! I am working with some of the most talented people I have ever met in my life. A vast majority of the people at Jagex are not only work colleagues but also friends in and out of work.

    Jagex is a very personable organisation and has a great employee benefits program including the softer benefits such as team fun funds, canteen, games room, bicycle repairs.

    They're also really keen to get involved in supporting local charities which is really important to me.

    Cons

    There is a small but vocal minority of people who always seem to focus on the negative side of anything for example we have great facilities here with a stunning office space yet they moan about the integrity of the hand towels in the toilets.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work! Exciting and full of opportunity (for people with the right attitude!)

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Developer  in  Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Technical Developer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    Pros

    Fantastic people...I love my team, and ive made great friends here in a relatively short time.
    Great benefits that resonate well with me and my friends.
    Exciting work, its just cool working in the games industry and i love the status that gives me
    Really cool office, especially since the canteen was set up as the food is brilliant and the staff great
    Plenty of opportunities to develop and excel
    A genuine company that tries to do the right thing
    Great support when relocating to the area and a more friendly HR team than ive ever experienced

    Cons

    Growing very fast means a lot of change occurs regularly, but this isnt necessarily a bad thing as creates opportunities for people with the right attitude
    There are a few v negative people here, many of them have been around for years and havnt worked anywhere else yet think they know everything and moan constantly about the new ideas being brought in by new blood. Their inflexibility is a sign of their inexperience in the real world and sometimes they can really irritate me / the new blood.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    better strategies around integrating new starters with the old guard could be useful, though not sure what sort of things? Might relieve a friction point?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fantastic place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - MMORPG Content Developer  in  Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - MMORPG Content Developer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    Pros

    Very well experienced staff, well paid, I enjoy working with the games. I'd even do voluntary work at Jagex!

    Cons

    Very few; maybe I've seen the better side, but it is a fantastic atmosphere, lovely staff and we have great events!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on less about the money and more about the opportunities and content.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Very good company to work for, benefits, promotions etc. Management structure, jollys, little buy in from most staff

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Community Coordinator  in  Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Community Coordinator in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    Pros

    Very good company to work for, benefits, promotions etc. Management structure, jollys, little buy in from most staff

    Cons

    Not everyone bought in, management can be a waste of space

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire better senior people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great work with interesting people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    Pros

    Jagex had lots of incredibly talented and passionate people. Everyones incredibly supportive and no one ever says "That's not my job I'm not helping you".The games the Jagex make might not be AAA but that really care about getting the best work possible and aren't just looking to make a quick buck.

    Jagex likes to promote from within and doesn't expect you to have had X years of experience or be the next person in line for the job or to get the best pieces of work. As long as you've shown you're good at your job you will be rewarded and noticed, Jagex is very good at spotting people that are working well and remembering them.

    There aren't many business analyst types at Jagex and lots of work on a project tends to happen at the same time, this means as a developer you get early exposure to a project and often get to shape the way that it works. It also means that you get to see all parts of the game / web process for the systems that Jagex makes.

    Jagex likes to make lots of things itself so you often get to work on internals of systems and libraries that you wouldn't get the possibility to work on in other places.

    As a company Jagex treats it employees very well with the perks, office and benefits being very good. The Onsite canteen, games consoles and relaxation areas mean that the office is a relaxed office with a good atmosphere.

    Cons

    Certain parts of Jagex don't like to use much standard technology so if you like plugging standard technology A into standard technology B or using the latest buzzword framework then Jagex is unlikely to be for you. The homebrew nature of Jagex's technology means that lots of time doing something simple can be more frustrating than it should be and if you're ever stuck you can't just look on StackOverflow, but it makes the learning process more fun.

    Jagex puts of really emphasis on quality so if somethings not good enough then there's a real chance that it will be scrapped and the work won't see the light of day. This can mean that there's often lots of iterations of a project with something that were pushed in often being take out or visa versa. This combined with often tight deadlines can often lead to some late nights or longer days every once in a while. Final sign off or adjustments often go up to the executive team who will see the final finished product so any changes or amendments often and up coming in at the last minute leading to rushing to the deadlines and lots of panic to get things finished before they launched.

    Lots of the departments at Jagex seem to operate on the same level but independently this can lead to lots of being pulled in separate directions all at once sometimes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure that people under you take and make decisions without having to have executive team members approve them. Let people be accountable for decisions they make without saying "Let me just run that past X"

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great team, incredible opportunities, farcical senior management.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technology Team Manager  in  Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Technology Team Manager in Cambridge, East of England, England (UK)

    Pros

    Interesting and engaging work, career opportunities based on skill and hard work, workplace culture, work-home life balance, camaraderie and teamwork, friendship, strong technical ability amongst peers.

    Cons

    Squabbling capricious upper management, CEO with a god complex, one way communication, difficulty making swift moves, average to slightly below average salaries (although excellent benefits package somewhat compensates for this).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Abdicate.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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