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Codemasters Reviews

Updated July 19, 2017
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  1. "Review"

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

    I have been working at Codemasters part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great management style. Work well with employees

    Cons

    I do not have any cons to mention


  2. "Marketing manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly & talented team, some good projects, excellent culture if you love cars or racing. Good location if you want a quieter life.

    Cons

    Terrible top level organisation. (Director level). Constant pandering to investors, project timelines slashed, budgets cut. Constant atmosphere of 'This studio might not exist next year'. Excellent games turned into mediocre ones by lack of time investment.

  3. "QA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Codies is full of truly talented, dedicated and passionate people, an inspiring place to work. Their projects are a labour of love and the quality of the games is second to none.

    Cons

    Lots of competition for advancement particularly in the lower ranks. If you want the move onto bigger and better things, the opportunities will present themselves but you'll need to be patient and prepared.


  4. "Talanted people with passion for the Gaming Industry"

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

    I have been working at Codemasters full-time

    Pros

    Great people, inclusive, friendly environment, competitive staff benefits ( including fully equipped gym and the HQ), approachable exec team.

    Cons

    Need to get over the past and move forward. A sense of insecurity and instability at times.

    Advice to Management

    the main focus should be on developing your staff and talent retention.


  5. "Working at codemaster"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Codemasters part-time

    Pros

    it is a good company, you have more motivation

    Cons

    Nope, everything is okay for me, cz l just go there to learn something.

    Advice to Management

    Nope


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Stop living in the past"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Codemasters (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing and talented staff for the most part. Good facilities such as the canteen and gym. Good portfolio and history with a lot of potential for great games. The company was once great, suffered some ups and down and is currently striving to revive it's old flame...

    Cons

    Some prehistoric senior staff that are set in their ways or worse appear to have no interest in their duties or the ongoing projects. Higher management is either blind or unaware of the lack of leadership and initiative under them. Project planning and production is mediocre at best except when it comes to mandating overtime and organising takeaway orders.

    20 year old tech with so much technical debt Greece would be laughing. Some subtle bullying, special treatment and pressure to work overtime with complete disregard for the root causes. No transparency or sharing between studios : sometimes even seems like a form of rivalry/pride to make the better game/tech.

    Advice to Management

    Stop investing money in sugar coating the company with attractive benefits (gym, free milk, etc) and actually invest where it matters for the business and the employees : fund training, software, R&D, content creation and stop pretending a AAA can be made out of recycled gems in a 48 hour day.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Nice place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Royal Leamington Spa, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Royal Leamington Spa, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There is a really skilled team
    Great site in the countryside with lots of facilities
    They make great racing games
    Everyone is passionate about what they do

    Cons

    Limited to making racing games so some people who didn’t have a passion for racing games got a little board.

    Advice to Management

    I never really had any issues with management, in general management were supportive. The management went through some changes while I was there but that never affected me.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Codemasters of present is like a phoenix rising through the ashes of Codemasters of Old"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Runcorn, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Runcorn, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's under a leadership that's awakened to what it takes to run a games company in the modern times. Changes are happening now and more changes are on the horizon

    They're releasing great games and there's more great games planned to be released

    Evo Team in Cheshire have a great culture were everyone's opinions are valued and everyone can make a difference. With a great atmosphere and a fun place to work, the passion to make games is evident in the project their currently working on.

    Working with the other studios is great as you have a wealth of knowledge and experienced developers

    HQ are investing heavily in looking after their staff and have a solid plan for the future so it's a great company to be a part of right now

    Cons

    Codemasters may have had a bad reputation in the past but it's not how it should be judged now

    Codemasters HQ in Southam have a Gym and a Canteen, Cheshire office doesn't have such facilities so has to rely on the sandwich vans and going to the local shop

    If you don't drive then getting to the Cheshire office may be difficult, there is a local train station and a bus stop near buy but the bus service stops quite early

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing and listening to your staff


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Minor Issues, but slowly improving"

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    Current Employee - Programmer in Southam, West Midlands, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Programmer in Southam, West Midlands, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Improved benefits including on-site gym
    Senior management are trying to improve the company, but takes time
    Work-life balance is good
    More Interesting projects on the horizon
    Feel good factor is slowly coming back
    Games are much better quality

    Cons

    Communication is still poor from top to bottom
    Doesn't feel like a gaming company, lacks fun factor

    Advice to Management

    We are a gaming company, processes and working environment don't reflect this


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Definitely getting better at it - still some way to go though"

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    Current Employee - Principal Programmer in Southam, West Midlands, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Principal Programmer in Southam, West Midlands, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great production team. Lots of heavy hitters. Lots of interesting work to be getting on with. Good studio set-up. Lovely canteen. Gymnasium on site. Decent pay.

    Cons

    Project planning is still a bit shambolic.

    Advice to Management

    Design, implement, review, iterate. ***IN THAT ORDER***


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