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  1. Helpful (9)

    "Good studio but average quality"

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    Former Employee - Game Artist in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Game Artist in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fellow employees are nice
    It is considered a AAA studio
    BBQs on the deck
    Nice in office pub

    Cons

    The leadership is bad
    The tech is bad
    Overtime can be rough
    Hope you like zombie games becsuse thats all you will do.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees reviews concerning their leads. The game engine needs to be scrapped and replaced with current tech.


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Struggling to keep up..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Capcom Vancouver full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Capcom backing
    - Has shipped good titles in the past
    - Easy work life balance
    - Has many smart programmers
    - If your idea of team events is the odd free team lunch this is the place for you.

    Cons

    - High hopes, but the studio is struggling to keep up.
    - Switch to unreal happening, but that won't fix bad design churn and decision making.
    - Place has had a lot of management changes, not necessarily for the better. Too many producers and project managers pulling the strings.
    - A lot of political games, little to no room for growth.
    - little focus on polish and "A"quality results.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency is good, but following through with results is what matters the most.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Overall programming aptitude is improving, but still a ways to go."

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer II in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Interesting IP with many opportunities to work on interesting tech
    - All tech is developed in-house, letting you touch all aspects you're interested in
    - Open atmostphere - you can contribute design and give feedback and you'll know it gets considered.

    Cons

    - Compensation is lacking. Less than what you'd make at EA or other nearby large studios.
    - Leadership likes to play it too safe. Difficult to convince them to experiment or try out new paradigms, programming techniques, etc
    - Codebase is a mess in some places. Lots of ugly code on there - a lot of it was written to hit frequent milestone deliverables. Technical debt is very high.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Better than most for this City, but leaves a little to be desired"

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    Current Employee - Environment Artist in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Environment Artist in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    It has proven to be a fun and positive environment to work in. Lots of perks and company events and great benefits.

    Cons

    Key to success very much seems to be who you know and not what you do for the company. Your reputation among upper management is the single most important element in career growth.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to learn what not to do"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)

    Pros

    Nice people. Fun projects. People are passionate about what they do. Good benefits. Owners are very approachable and easy to talk to.

    Cons

    - Overall quality of work is very poor. At least from a developers standpoint. 10k lines of code for a player. Come on hasn't anyone there heard of design patterns, object oriented development. Just abysmal design. Its a wonder they can final games.
    - Design decisions all over the map. Once month the game is X then next month game is Y. Then you wonder why things take so long.
    - Work life balance is not very good.
    - Terrible pay. They look for junior staff and underpay them. They keep pay low even after you excel and can demonstrate senior capabilities.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people what they are worth.


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