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Capcom Vancouver Reviews

Updated February 20, 2017
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  1. Helpful (8)

    "Good studio but average quality"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (10)

    "Great people, but no career growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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.


  3. Helpful (9)

    "Best job or greatest job?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Community Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Community Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Capcom Vancouver full-time

    Pros

    Summary:
    - great culture
    - actual work life balance
    - great management team
    - transparent studio
    - staff treated with respect
    - great projects that are still secret

    This is my fifth role in the gaming industry and the environment at Capcom Vancouver is by far the best I've experienced. From the very start this has been an enjoyable experience.

    The hiring process was quick and relatively easy. The studio respected my time and treated me as a professional, which is surprisingly uncommon in the industry at times. Salary negotiations were quick and easy and benefits are equal to the best I've seen.

    Everyone here is excited and glad to be working on great projects. If there are people complaining about work on their lunch hour or over drinks afterwards I haven't seen it. There's a great deal of respect and friendliness when dealing with other staff. It's an egoless environment that extends down from the top of the studio down. People are proud of their work and their contribution but they don't seem to be in the habit of putting down other's ideas to prop their own up.

    There's a definite focus on diversity at the studio. While like most places in the industry it still struggles in some areas, it's not the standard "boys club" or frat house that some studios can be.

    There's a great deal of social activities and clubs to join in, so making friends can happen quickly.

    The studio makes time for that work-life balance they talk so much about. I've been at jobs where despite all the promises of work/life balance and the recruitment sales pitch about them being different they expect a 10+ hour work day on an ongoing basis. While I understand that "crunch time" is a part of the industry, too many studios expect that to be an ongoing thing. Capcom is the first studio I've ever worked at where after an 8 hour work day my manager told me to go home.

    Cons

    Summary:
    - commuting sucks
    - lack of nearby restaurants

    I'm not a fan of the commute. While this is also the case with EA, and may not be the case for you, getting to Burnaby everyday in traffic is a pain. There is access to the Skytrain nearby, which may help you.

    There's not much in the way of food around here. McDonald's. Do you like that? Otherwise there's some places in the buildings nearby but not much. A drive can get you to more choices.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Everything seems to be going good, and so far this has been my best experience in the industry.


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  5. Helpful (9)

    "Struggling to keep up..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  6. Helpful (8)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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"

    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
    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"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 (3)

    "One of the best places to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    My favorite thing about Capcom is my co-workers. They are awesome and always willing to help. In human related things, they are mostly as good as tech (coding, ...) things.

    Cons

    I think I need more time to see the cons!


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Focused on the Future"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burnaby, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Capcom Vancouver full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Leadership is transparent about the direction the studio is going. Weekly updates are helping keep everyone on the same page and moving towards the same goals

    Lots of talented people, working on cool IP's

    Great Benefits and good pay - lots of little perks, Fun studio in general

    Cons

    Still working on fixing some of the previous management mistakes
    Always working on Tools ( but they are working on the them)

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to the team and keep being transparent


  11. Helpful (10)

    "working hard to improve"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    talented staff
    new leadership is committed to change
    big opportunities for the future
    great benefits and fun environment
    great catalog of IP

    Cons

    lots of legacy from the past to overcome
    previous management made poor decisions that the current team is still recovering from
    need to make investment is tools & engine

    Advice to Management

    stay the course, you are on the right path



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