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3.1
57%
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74%
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66 Ratings

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Pros
  • "Great people and passionate supportive community(in 11 reviews)
  • "The immediate team is fantastic.(in 6 reviews)
  • "Good benefits (especially holidays)(in 6 reviews)
  • "Good salary / bonuses(in 4 reviews)
  • "Free drinks and snacks.(in 3 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Family

    Jun 27, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great people and passionate supportive community

    Cons

    Challenging technology and hurdles to unlock that technology

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  2. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Do not work in QA here

    Jul 21, 2022 - QA Analyst in Austin, TX
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    -Entry level QA job -Free soda

    Cons

    -Long commute to Bee Cave, TX(1 hour+ ) -Terrible management -Terrible pay(Went from $15 to $16 over 4 years) -Terrible pipeline(Overtime is necessary every patch release) -No impact or ownership cause Chris Roberts will be your CEO/Game Director/Game Designer/Artist/Engineer/etc. -No WFH -Promotions are random at best, regardless of how much interest or work you put in. For real, DO NOT work here. They have had a roadmap that goes nowhere for like 5 years. You will be overworked cause anyone who actually tried here quit awhile ago. The rest will be people who dont mind working dead end jobs cause they dont know any better or dont care. 3 QA Managers have quit in the 4 years I was there. One person went a whole year without writing a bug and still got promoted. You will be told that CIG is making tons of money, but you will never see any of it in raise or promotion.

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    2 people found this review helpful
  3. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Poor leadership, poor organization, lack of progress, screwing over it's employees.

    Jun 22, 2022 - QA Senior Tester in Austin, TX
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - Good coworkers. - Outside of burnout and stress the job is easier than normal due to how incredibly disorganized and poorly organized they are. - Very little to no Crunch. - They actually do provide insurance and it's not horrid. This is surprising considering how they are forcing people out right now over lowered pay for their area. I'm wondering if this is just something was established before the company became a soulless profit machine. - Work life balance was pretty good when I started. Pay wasn't as bad, remote work made the office location and poor commute a non-issue, people were not being forced to expose their immuno-compromised loved ones. It's gotten way worse now but credit is given where credit was due.

    Cons

    - Poor Leadership, anything above your department level is impersonal and it's clear they don't care about anyone. I don't even think they care about the game. It seems to be very $ focused at extracting $ from customers AND PR. - Poor Organization. I've never seen so much time lost at a company at all levels of work (not just QA it goes and affects way way higher than us) - Lack of progress. I can see why the game has been in development this long. Between poor organization, a heavy focus on making profitable additions rather than finishing the actual game, and high amounts of tech debt very little actually gets done relative to other companies. - Development Hell. Given the above point, yeah, it's development hell. - Internal PR. I'm constantly being told incorrect information about things I work directly on in their internal company wide communications. Employees in other departments are being terribly misinformed about the state of work and the state of employees. Anytime some major PR kerfuffle happens they're there to tell everyone exactly what they should believe and have some willing sycophants to lie about things if needed. I experienced a little of this in social media too, but it's so much worse here. I pay attention and communicate with many departments and the difference between the official stories and actual events I'm able to verify are very large. - The pay. When I joined the pay wasn't stellar but it was workable. However the Austin area has had major price increases across the board and pay hasn't even close to kept up. I'm making prolly 15%+ less than when I started relatively and that's AFTER getting more money. This is below standards even for the poor standards of the video game industry. You could easily make 50% more at a non-video game company for the same skillset. Usually video game industry underpays by about 20%-30%. - Poor employee treatment. The day to day work life treatment is not an issue. That is fine. However any time something major happens or anything regarding pay you are left high and dry. This ofc results in major PR events periodically but they use their PR to cover up as much of it as possible. Some stuff still leaks out to the press but they have willing sycophants ready to lie about any issues and assure you everything is fine. Just ignore all the people leaving and lack of progress on the game. It's all fine. - Career opportunities are bleak. Austin has always been a poor location within company for this and with rising prices in Austin it appears they will prolly transition some Austin employees to other places where they can get it done more cheaply relative to the area (UK) or where people's acceptance of being paid too little to live in their area has already been beaten out of them (California). - Diversity is given lip service, that's about it.

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    4 people found this review helpful
  4. 1.0
    Former Employee

    Not going to improve

    May 31, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The people are the best part of this place but you can't hold on to that very long

    Cons

    Marketing runs the show and only looking at making money instead of actually finishing the game I think CIG forgets that this is backer money and not just normal funds because they aren't spending wisely Turnover is really bad because people aren't feeling this project is worth it anymore and they no longer care for the employees HR is a joke and will play politics/drama Not competitive in benefits and pay (laughable) Studio management act desperate and seem like they are trying too hard to get people back in the office No upward promotions unless someone quits then it's pretty much switching positions Simps are the ones holding this company up

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    13 people found this review helpful
  5. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Poor Planning, Terrible Communication

    May 4, 2022 - QA Senior Tester in Austin, TX
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    I met some great people here, I wish they were treated better.

    Cons

    1. Processes and organization is severely lacking in this project-based business. Planning is a second-thought and the lack thereof leads to a lot of wasted time. 2. Communication between departments is terrible. Production, Management, Developers, QA - many teams are constantly surprised by new information and developments in-game that is extremely far along in progress and usually throws off everyone's plans because it requires a lot of sudden attention from out of nowhere. 3. If you're looking for career advancement, good luck. You'll probably end up looking for internal promotions for a pay raise rather than looking for a position of your dreams. Towards the end of my time here I felt more like a number than an employee. It's disappointing.

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    8 people found this review helpful
  6. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Space

    Feb 5, 2022 - Senior QA Specialist 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, learned a lot

    Cons

    Terrible management, can't stick to a schedule

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    7 people found this review helpful
  7. 2.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Cloud Imperium Review

    Feb 1, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    It's a great place to be if you're passionate about the game

    Cons

    There's a major lack of diversity

    5 people found this review helpful
  8. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Great sandbox of creative, inept executive leadership

    Nov 4, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Fun game to play and an amazing workplace to creatively immerse oneself into a fictional world. Amazing art and talent to collaborate with. Health benefits are great and very talented teammates to work with (those who stay). Cool studio facility and supportive HR and studio management.

    Cons

    Complete mismanagement and micromanagement of projects which leads to incredibly high staff turnover. CEO micromanages every aspect to the projects so decisions can't (or won't) be made by anyone other than him - even minor gameplay or development decisions. Complete lack of department budgets, timelines or accountability. Poor communication and silo'd teams working on game features that should be connected. Lack of centralized production knowledge and course setting. Most (if not all) of the execs have never held their positions before in a large scale company setting.

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    17 people found this review helpful
  9. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Lots of potential, nonexistent leadership

    Oct 7, 2021 - Senior Character Artist 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Some great people to work with, Interesting concepts and ideas to create

    Cons

    Low morale, poor communication, bad planning, very low diversity.

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    13 people found this review helpful
  10. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Amazing Place to work at.

    Aug 24, 2021 - Senior Technical Artist in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The team and engagement is amazing.

    Cons

    They ate growing which also includes a bit of growing pains. That means pipelines shift constantly and communication needs a bit more spacial attention.

    4 people found this review helpful

    Cloud Imperium Games Response

    Thank you so much for your review and comments. We are over the moon you are enjoying your time with CIG!

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Cloud Imperium Games has an overall rating of 3.1 out of 5, based on over 102 reviews left anonymously by employees. 57% of employees would recommend working at Cloud Imperium Games to a friend and 51% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -17% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Cloud Imperium Games employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.1 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Cloud Imperium Games. This rating has decreased by -13% over the last 12 months.

57% of Cloud Imperium Games employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Cloud Imperium Games 3.1 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.3 for culture and values and 3.5 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Cloud Imperium Games to be workplace, benefits, coworkers and the cons to be career development, management, senior leadership.

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