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Updated September 8, 2017
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  1. "Great Internal Community"

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    Former Employee - QA Specialist in Bee Cave, TX
    Former Employee - QA Specialist in Bee Cave, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cloud Imperium Games full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I worked as a QA tester for a little over a year and a half, and during my time there they fostered communication, and supported me in expanding my skill set. There was a ton of opportunity to take on new roles, learn new things and transition into different disciplines.

    Cons

    The pace of development can sometimes feel a little slow.

    Advice to Management

    There were a few issues with the building the studio is housed in. Some AC problems that impacted workers that might have been addressed more quickly.


  2. "Great place to work"

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

    I have been working at Cloud Imperium Games full-time

    Pros

    team makes the company work

    Cons

    structure is lacking, minimal benefit

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Toxic Work Place"

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    Former Employee - Machinist in Playa del Rey, CA
    Former Employee - Machinist in Playa del Rey, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cloud Imperium Games full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You'll get fired if you look at someone the wrong way.

    Cons

    You'll get fired if you look at someone the wrong way, long hours, and bad lighting. And you get yelled at for things out of your control.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Pretty toxic environment to be honest"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cloud Imperium Games full-time

    Pros

    Cool project. Talented people. Tasty snacks.

    Cons

    management is scattered and confused.

    Advice to Management

    put forth realistic goals for your devs. and dont kill them in the process


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Talented ppl for a mission impossible"

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    Current Employee - Programmer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cloud Imperium Games full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work with extremely strong and talented programmers

    Cons

    They no longer provide free junk food

    Advice to Management

    I want junk food for free!!!!


  6. Helpful (13)

    "Incredible place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cloud Imperium Games full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    CEO and management who genuinely care about their employees. Great group of creative people. Excellent benefits and perks. Coming to work everyday here feels more like hanging out with friends than working, it is such a comfortable and creative environment, which allows people to really do their best work. This is easily one of the best gigs I have ever worked. Great employees who are all passionate about what they are doing. 5/5 stars!!

    Cons

    Sometimes the hours can be long, but that is to be expected. Having to deal with jealous failed game developers incessantly taking shots at our company on social media can be a bit fatiguing, but at the end of the day, we will have the last laugh.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing!! The small things you do for us on a daily basis do not go unnoticed, and really help boost our motivation and performance.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Incredible work environment!"

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    Current Employee - Developer in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Developer in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cloud Imperium Games full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Top rate CEO and management who really look after their employees. Working alongside some of the best designers, animators and developers in the industry. It doesn't feel like a job. Excellent perks and benefits. This is one of the best jobs I have ever worked in.

    Cons

    Negative press and attacks from failed game developers.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing what you are doing! Don't listen to the jealous haters.

  8. Helpful (15)

    "Mixed Emotions v.3"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    My peers are for the most part an inspiration to work with. The level of talent employed here is truly a blessing for CIG. This team has the ability to do great things. Some of the best people in the world work for this company. No question. Having a lot of Former Crytek folks working on the engine has shined a little bit of light on the limitations of the older engine. Top Notch folks indeed. Great to have them on board. Working thru the many technical issues can be challenging at times but often very rewarding as you will often learn something daily.

    Plenty of netcode work to go around as well. Once our Single player game is pushed out, we will start pushing hard into making our current early access netcode into something much more viable.

    Cons

    If you are seeking a job with our company, there are some serious issues that you may have to contend with while working here. Below are some of them:

    You might have to deal with some over zealous fans of the project both for and against. We have to be really careful as to what we say and where which is why a lot of us do not like attending functions or hanging out on social media websites. Certain fan groups are are at odds with each other and Employees are being caught in the middle having comments/discussions taken out of context. Its best to just ignore anything outside of the Official Forums and only let the authorized folks do the posting. Be sure to run public comments thru the Chain before posting a SME level discussion offsite. Many honest reviews of various things can often get attacked if it doesn't fit into somebodies narrative.

    There are issues with promises made in the past causing trouble now. As we have a diverse set of public eyes on this project, a lot of people want their special something on day 1 and if/when that does/does not happen, there will either be great praise or a great outcry about failed promises. You should not take it personally if you are working on something that somebody doesn't like or is not happy that its not top priority.

    You might also be asked to appear publicly on one of the many videos that are produced. As many of us are introverts, this might seem like a no-win situation as you wish to please your management but not wanting to be a public face.

    It is not advised to rock the boat with this company. Due to the growing public frustrations, Senior Management is (as well they should be) getting tired of dealing with every small thing turning into a epic disaster as portrayed by some of the community.

    Crunch times are real. And excruciating. Get used to working long hours.

    The company is lacking strong leader to start defining hard choices for actual implementation. To date, this has more or less been a big wishlist of ideas that many folks seem to think will in fact be part of this game upon launch. We all know what happens when there are 100 things to work on not enough people.

    Backers often question about the financials of the company due to the crowd funded nature of the project. Its best to just not even touch this with a 10 foot pole. The games terms of service account for this and when they will make financials public. Don't get trapped in a corner by "industry insiders" just asking for some water cooler talk. Your Job is not worth it. As was explained to me, it is "not our place to worry about financials, and just work on the tasks given to me". This is good advice. Also, just know that our marketing/public relations have already publicly stated that they have the crowd funding planned out 18 months in advance so there is nothing to worry about money wise.

    Advice to Management

    I believe we should make an official announcement as to what players should expect will actually be part of the game when the persistent universe goes live. This roadmap should be clearly defined and explained monthly as to the status of the systems. Information is currently too scattered with many external sites assuming things and us not exactly clarifying them. With all of the 10 for the "x" episodes and Media shows we produce, there is some outdated information that should be updated publicly so there is no confusion about something we added or cut after that video was created.

    It is also advisable for senior management to make itself more accessible to its staff without feeling like there is a cloud over our heads. We would not want to start losing folks to rival companies soon.


  9. Helpful (15)

    "Ambitious Company with Determined Employees"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Cloud Imperium Games full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Strong sense of community with coworkers. Long hours and late nights in crunch time to be expected, however the company takes care of employees, making sure they are fed, and acknowledged for hard work.

    Cons

    Communication between studios can be a little difficult, with different global hours, and product owners sometimes not immediately evident.

    Advice to Management

    We'll keep working until we get the job done right, but maybe cut back a little on the late hours. A rested mind is much more productive the next day.


  10. "Fun Company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cloud Imperium Games full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Fun work atmosphere
    - Everybody's friendly and gets along well
    - Obvious love for the genre both from normal workers and management
    - Top-notch equipment

    Cons

    - External harassment from outside influences
    - People keep calling the company 'RSI', not 'CIG'
    - Many late nights
    - Sometimes it can take many attempts before work is approved

    Advice to Management

    Generally friendly, if a little obsessed with fine details. Pretty easy to approach and pitch new ideas to, as the upper management are always looking for new ways to improve the content. for the backers


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