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CCP Reviews

Updated November 30, 2017
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Pros
  • What attracts people to CCP is EVE Online, as a game and as a unique, sandbox MMO design flagship (in 5 reviews)

  • Many benefits including flexible work schedules, office treats, benefits package, etc (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Redundancy round after redundancy round, with not a single head in upper management rolling (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Right place, wrong time."

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    Former Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at CCP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some really great, passionate coworkers.

    Cons

    Weak and inexperienced senior management. Too much nepotism.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people what they're worth, make them feel valued, and they will stay loyal.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great coworkers but bad salary"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at CCP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Getting industry experience and getting a foot in the industry

    Cons

    Poor salary and a upper management that doesn't listen to its employees or customers.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Fun and nice~"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stone Mountain, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stone Mountain, GA

    Pros

    Good meals, good fun people.

    Cons

    Communication between manager level people and working level people.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "There's no on the job training or career growth."

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    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    You get free lunch every day.

    Cons

    There's no career advancement or on the job training.

    Advice to Management

    Need company handbook and career advancement.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Great growth opportunity, but beware of communication problems."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    The company allows its employees to take independent initiative on many projects, and seems to value creative input from across all departments. The camaraderie and sense of family is truly amazing.

    Cons

    Management wields the lack of formal corporate policy like a blunt instrument, threatening and punishing employees rather than chastising though regular channels. Employee compensation is extremely uneven across departments, and firings can occur with little warning and even less documentation.

    Advice to Management

    Knowledge may be power, but keeping information from your employees only serves to weaken the company. Transparency will certainly degrade as you grow, but you're doing very little to slow its loss.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Nice people, nice place - the first year or two."

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    Former Employee - Artist in Reykjavík (Iceland)
    Former Employee - Artist in Reykjavík (Iceland)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CCP full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The atmosphere is beyond anything I have seen in the industry elsewhere.
    Mainly because it is built around "Icelandic values" which Icelandic people seem to like; Dinner twice a week and a good canteen, always access to food and drink easily makes happy employees.

    Parties were nice, lots of fun activities.

    Cons

    Notice above, that all the pro's are just fun and activities and social stuff. None of that is coming from the professional side of things.

    The company has been run by the CEO for a long time, I have nothing against him and I like him and all of management personally - but in most other companies they wouldn't have been allowed to stick around this long.

    The tools and tech may be good in some parts, but others they are ancient and not up to par with anything in the industry and a massive wall of lack-of-willingness-to-improve them was setup whenever asking for new features or even remotely asking for updates to become more cutting edge.

    Multiple rounds of redundancies, insecurity, bad investments and more.
    Really bad at holding on to talent, a lot of departments seemed to suffer while others was apparently the favorites of management.

    Redundancy round after redundancy round, with not a single head in upper management rolling. Food for thought.

    Salary is low! as in very low. I saw a lot of talent not getting promoted when they should have been, and when they received offers elsewhere CCP was unable to match it or even come with any form of counter offer to hold on to them.

    But the parties are great.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up upstairs, be real with the projects you have and understand that you are big company now and need to step up to the task instead of still believing you are a small indie company.


  7. "CCP = Unrealised Potential"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CCP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Prior to the latest round of redundancies, the company culture felt sincere in its stated desire to focus on, and invest in, people. Sadly all of that appears to have been an illusion, as it was thrown away at the earliest sign of financial duress. It does still have at the centre of its beating heart something special which is hard to articulate.

    It is certainly still a very progressive and open company culture, with a true celebration of diversity.

    Other benefits include private medical and dental, life insurance and free breakfast and lunch and abundant snacks.

    Cons

    C-level Execs: The company leadership is not sufficient for the purpose of providing commercial leadership to the company, and while they have a desire to change (they’re generally good people), they clearly lack the ability required to lead CCP to greater and sustainable success. The only successful game which CCP have launched was launched 15 years ago, and there have been four massive rounds of redundancies occurring about every three to four years.

    Rewards & Career Path: almost zero chances of career progression and this is something the leadership seem to celebrate. There is no effort made at retaining talent which leaves managers without the ability to keep good people, and makes good people leave. There are no bonuses, retention or otherwise, and salary and stock are certainly acceptable but by no means exceptional. This has likely worked in Iceland as there is nowhere else to go. It certainly isn’t going to work in the U.K.

    Oddly bureaucratic: The HR policies outside of Iceland are flaccid and give the appearance of providing value to employees while being so complex and bizarre that they are clearly aimed at improving odds that employees will not avail themselves (and at times cannot avail themselves) of benefits like “Travel Grant” which requires an invoice and only covers £1000 a year, and fitness reimbursement which covers a measly £150 and requires the same. Travel policy means you’re often out of pocket for doing company work as you get a taxable per diem insufficient for most actual expenses incurred.

    Advice to Management

    Foster leadership within the company and address leaders who aren’t managing their people well (improve them or get them out quickly) and seek it externally where internal resource is insufficient. Get rid of HR policies which don’t serve your employees and de clutter the rest of them. When you let people go, be kind to them. Be who you claim to be - stop telling them and instead show your employees how great you are.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Consider, but beware dragons"

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    Former Employee - Programmer in Reykjavík (Iceland)
    Former Employee - Programmer in Reykjavík (Iceland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CCP full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    CCP is a relaxing place, casual work, and it's fun! People are nice, food is good, and if you love-love-love Iceland things are looking up.

    Cons

    But CCP Is also static, stuck in its ways, it has a product that is successful but is incapable of transferring that success to other areas. They tried VR, and then pull out completely. They try huge offices in other countries, and then pull out completely. It is not a place of agile, modern development, it is a place of 10+ years of spaghetti code and processes that just aren't moving fast enough.

    Also, you better really love Iceland. Be sure to your partner does too!, too often a partner left at home with nothing to do was the cause for losing someone. Remember *you'll* have access to hundreds of instant friends via your colleagues, but what will your partner do? Iceland is a tiny culture and finding a meaningful job can be beyond difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Really manage the company instead of letting projects float around. Don't put people in charge just because they're Icelandic, be sure they are powerful visionaries and strong managers. Inject energy into the core product.


  9. "Friendly family oriented work environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reykjavík (Iceland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reykjavík (Iceland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CCP full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very talented open minded co-workers, friendly environment with focus on work-life balance, great benefits, multi-cultural workplace.

    Cons

    Can't think of a single one.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work at focusing on current employees.


  10. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CCP full-time

    Pros

    Best company I have been worked, different kinds of perks and benefits

    Cons

    too flexible sometimes not always good to some lazy people


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