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Capcom Vancouver Reviews

Updated February 24, 2017
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  1. Helpful (8)

    "Capcom Vancouver"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Coworkers were fun to work with.

    Cons

    Year long crunch. Mandatory overtime.

    Advice to Management

    Overtime isn't the solution to everything.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Good Brand, Mismanaged."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Capcom Vancouver (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Some really great people.

    -Occasional fun company events such as bbqs.

    -Lots of autonomy, which is also a negative given number of poor work submissions with no oversight.

    -Decent location, will be moving to new location.

    Cons

    -Incredibly Political. If you aren't in the inner circle or good at talking yourself into the inner circle, you can forget getting a decent raise or a promotion. It is essentially EA, nepotism is the standard operating procedure.

    -Management is completely out of touch with anything that is going on with the dev teams, and the GM is more concerned with polishing his own image over producing good games.

    -Bleeds talent. The talented people leave and given poor company reputation, have to settle for sub par hires.

    -People are rarely held accountable for poor performance.

    -Thinking is that hiring a dozen more project managers might help spur production from poor performers.

    -Revolving door policy. Multiple cases of people who quit and return, receiving promotions and raises each time. Creates a resentful atmosphere and gives long term employees no reason to remain loyal.

    -Low pay compared to every other big studio in Vancouver. Makes it difficult to retain or attract talented people.

    -Very little company culture. No interaction with Capcom Japan, do not think you will be able to try Capcom Japan tech or use their assets.

    Advice to Management

    Hard to imagine changes at this point. When comparing products Capcom Vancouver has produced to products rival big studios produce in Vancouver, that ought to be enough for management to realize they need to improve, but that is unlikely to happen. The poor reviews of Capcom Vancouver on Glassdoor sound like broken records because even though executive leadership has changed, the same problems remain. Do not be fooled by shilling 5 star reviews from Producers and Community Managers. Who wouldn't be happy to be paid to do nothing?


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Not Bad, but Not Good Either"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Capcom Vancouver full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers with a good attitude. Great benefits, good work/life balance (outside of the world team), solid IP with which to draw from.

    Cons

    No accountability for management means all blame gets placed on lower level employees and people that leave. There's a patented inability for management to see past 2 weeks into the future, this leads to a predictable panic around every milestone. No 360 reviews mean bad managers stay there and more bad decisions get made.

    There is no honest feedback to be had. One moment everything is fine, the next moment you're reassigned with no explanation except for a spontaneous bad review come bonus time.

    Advice to Management

    Stop blaming old management for problems that still plague the studio. Begin real 360 reviews, identify weak leaders.

    Get a vision holder for your projects, one that can hold people accountable for meeting that vision. The design by committee approach only ensures that every department has a different vision of what you are making.


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  5. Helpful (10)

    "Great people, but no career growth"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Capcom Vancouver full-time

    Pros

    Lots of experienced staff who are willing to help others.
    Friendly and approachable people.
    Many teams for recreational activities such as board games, soccer, hockey, skiing/snowboarding, and cycling.

    Cons

    Actionable feedback for career growth is hard to get.
    Management strongly supports white knight syndrome and assumes anyone who is not always crunching overtime as being lazy or negligent. Lieu time is heavily dictated by how much overtime someone does, not by what they contribute to the project.
    Near constant crunch for months.
    Lower pay than the industry standard for most positions.
    Many staff deserving of promotions did not receive one and left because of that. They were then replaced by people with the title and position they should have been promoted into.

    Advice to Management

    Management is so fixated on the studio's outward appearance they haven't fixed the internal problems. Fix those first and your staff will help fix the company's reputation in the city.
    Promoting more than 5-8 deserving staff per year will keep talent in the studio.
    Provide people with meaningful feedback and help them with their careers.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Great people to work with, but very poor leadership, little mentorship leads to poor career growth..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great team collaboration, some good additions to company lately, process changes have helped in how development cycle is being done...

    Cons

    However, upper management leadership does not lead correctly. Very little to no mentorship that leads to no promotions. Lots of internal politics. Poor planning keeps leading to quick reaction changes...

    Advice to Management

    Start believing in your own people instead of writing them off so easily. Mentor properly! Plan properly! And make sure some people in higher directorial positions are actually doing their jobs!


  7. Helpful (15)

    "Good Place to Gain Experience and Have Fun, But Not Much Else"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Capcom Vancouver full-time

    Pros

    -Most people are passionate about games
    -You can learn many aspects of game development

    Cons

    Career advancement is NOT based on merit, talking your way out of work is more likely to give you a promotion rather than doing the work. Decisions are made without consulting anyone, commitments are made by technically inclined people, and people that actually tried to implement those impossible ideas are blamed for the failure. Since raises and promotions are not based on merit, compensation is not actually competitive after a year.

    Advice to Management

    Switching to Unreal Engine, and paid advertisement on VanCityBuzz will only attract people in the short term. As soon as people realize they will have no opportunities in career advancement or deserving salaries, they will leave too; which leads to way more turnarounds.

    Fire the highly paid and useless people, put that money into people that actually have talent and more importantly with high motivation to make games.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Political Games"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Capcom Vancouver full-time

    Pros

    -The people who actually do work are fantastic.
    -Nice physical environment
    -Benefits are nice
    -Can potentially have decent compensation if smart with negotiations

    Cons

    -Political games
    -Top Heavy
    -Everyone seems to be in a bad mood


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Was fun, but run maybe not so much any more."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Senior Gameplay Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Senior Gameplay Engineer in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    Pros

    was a small game studio with big plans and all the good times that go along with that scenario.

    Cons

    big plans kinda happened and then everything tanked in my opinion.
    not the studio it once was as most of the founders have skipped out


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Questionable Promotions, No Transparency, Bad Communication"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Environment Artist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Environment Artist in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Full time employment in an industry that is heading more towards contract employment only
    - Opportunity to work on AAA titles
    - Ambitious people get the opportunity try interesting things

    Cons

    - Inability to focus on what makes the IP good and push the quality on those features and maintain them between sequels.
    - Base of tech is terrible, making it difficult for quality software engineers and technical artists to provide support and quality tools. Tech is basically a house of cards, make one small change and the whole thing could break.
    - Low paying, bonuses are small and always come with an excuse.
    - Terrible (and notorious) overtime with a joke amount of comp-time at the end of a cycle.
    - Executives are self-serving, and only concerned with what gets them ahead
    - Suck ups and game-players are rewarded rather than hard workers, making for an environment where people step on others to get ahead and create a lot of animosity within teams.

    Advice to Management

    - Recognize who key contributors are and focus on keeping them happy rather than just keeping the peace. If someone is screwing up -- do something about it. Don't allow for complacency and crap-quality.
    - Remember who actually makes the game and keeps you in a job. It seems that is lost on a lot of upper management.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "a mini EA Canada in culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    works on sequeal of a title with name recognition
    decent office building

    Cons

    poisonous politics culture.
    employees treated like any other disposable assets.
    poor quality code base that i had to work on.

    Advice to Management

    most are from EA canada nearby. Same culture.


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