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Updated Sep 7, 2022

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3.3
63%
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75%
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great company!

    Jun 17, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Cryptic has an amazing culture that is very rare to find in the game industry. They also have amazing benefits and health care. Cryptic is also starting to "Modernize" with the newer leadership which gives the company a great future.

    Cons

    Perfect World is kind of hard to work with as a publisher, and the third party IPs cause a bit of friction.

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  2. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Culture good leadership needs work

    Sep 7, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great supportive company culture. Encouraging of growth and internal promotion. Fun and supportive of gamers and gaming culture of all kinds. Diversity before it was cool.

    Cons

    Leadership needs to do a better job of listening to internal feedback. Too much reliance on doing what worked last decade.

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  3. 1.0
    Current Employee

    Move away from this place

    Feb 7, 2022 - Senior Artist II in Los Gatos, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Working from home. Free t-shirts. Some free food.

    Cons

    Filled with meetings. No overall game direction. No long term company plans. Location is too expensive. Old tools. Outdated skillset. Old games.

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  4. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Good People, Terrible Management

    Jan 1, 2022 - Systems Designer 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    A lot of driven, passionate individuals doing good work on the ground level who were a pleasure to work with There was a lot of nice parts of office life back before the pandemic Fully remote option is a really nice plus Crunch is a rarity

    Cons

    Office life is dead thanks to pandemic + full remote, so all the perks are as well Pay is below market rate - offset significantly now due to fully remote Issues predominantly stem from management. People stay untouched despite a wall of complaints just because "we're not as bad as the other studios" Management tends to be clueless about the current state of the game, why things go over well with players, and how to interact with people. Management is also exclusively an "old white guys club" and they view that as "just how it is" and not both a problem to be fixed and a symptom of bigger problems in the company structure Filing any complaints about people in upper management will lead to your career going on a massive nose-dive, and at best you can save it by moving to a new team Experts on the ground level are regularly ignored and told their opinion is irrelevant

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  5. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    cool place

    Oct 8, 2021 - Marketing Manager 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    cool place and friendly people

    Cons

    there are no cons for working with them

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  6. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Great place to work but…

    Sep 30, 2021 - Environment Artist 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Cryptic looks after their employees Sense of ownership on projects People are great to work with! Flexible schedule

    Cons

    Need more diversity Old tech Not pushing boundaries, ok with coasting with basic art Management gets feedback but is slow to react or sometimes do not. Need more actionable accountability from management

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  7. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Passionate & talented D&D and Star Trek teams

    Aug 30, 2021 - Senior Game Designer in Los Gatos, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    The team on the live products know their customers, IP and tech very well.

    Cons

    Pay is relatively low compared to other, similar San Jose or Bay Area jobs

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  8. 3.0
    Former Employee

    Ok, but very business focused

    Aug 18, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Decent work culture Can take on a lot of responsibility / ownership with teams being smaller

    Cons

    Incompetent leadership Many devs that don't play MMOs Heavy focus on predatory/outdated monetization strategies with P2W

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  9. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Positive

    Jun 25, 2021 - Producer in Los Gatos, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Diverse, small, inclusive, dogs in office

    Cons

    Old tech, reliant on old games

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  10. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Great Place to Start

    May 14, 2021 - QA Test Analyst in Los Gatos, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Friendly environment that encourages learning

    Cons

    Few opportunities to move up

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Cryptic Studios Reviews FAQs

Cryptic Studios has an overall rating of 3.3 out of 5, based on over 73 reviews left anonymously by employees. 63% of employees would recommend working at Cryptic Studios to a friend and 41% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -1% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Cryptic Studios employees rate their compensation and benefits as 3.1 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Cryptic Studios. This rating has decreased by -1% over the last 12 months.

63% of Cryptic Studios employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Cryptic Studios 4.0 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.8 for culture and values and 3.1 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Cryptic Studios to be work life balance, benefits, coworkers and the cons to be diversity and inclusion, career development, senior leadership.

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