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Cryptic Studios Reviews

Updated Jul 13, 2019

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Stephen D'Angelo
17 Ratings
Pros
  • "They advocate for work life balance: you are encouraged to put your family first, always, including children(in 10 reviews)

  • "Hours are normally reasonable as crunch is avoided(in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Los Gatos is convenient to people who live near(in 5 reviews)

  • "Upper management can sometimes feel like they live in a bubble(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Content Designer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cryptic Studios full-time

    Pros

    Great company for the industry.

    Cons

    Management can seem scattered at times.

    Cryptic Studios2018-06-13
  2. "Good Studio"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cryptic Studios full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great People, Improving Management, Good Work/Life Balance

    Cons

    Definitely not an indie studio. Cryptic knows how to make MMOs and that's what it wants to make. If that's your thing, you could be pretty happy here. Los Gatos is very expensive.

    Advice to Management

    Move the studio to somewhere your employees can afford to live.

    Cryptic Studios2019-07-01
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Getting worse..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cryptic Studios full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Ongoing Cryptic life/work policy is a good intention Good health benefits

    Cons

    Production wants to run other departments too much Increasingly political company Too many tasks assigned for the life/work policy to be meaningful anymore

    Advice to Management

    Part ways with Phil Frazier Understand your projects directly instead of having feedback processed by intermediaries

    Cryptic Studios2019-07-14
  4. Helpful (2)

    "Reign of the dinosaurs"

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

    I worked at Cryptic Studios full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice campus. Unlimited sick time.

    Cons

    It is my opinion that Cryptic has a lot of negative legacy that makes the CEO's mission to change the toxic culture a mere unattainable dream. Work Culture: -Widespread fear of direct communication -Little direct feedback is given at any level, and when given, it is drowned in platitudes with no follow through -There is no system of accountability in place -People who have been at Cryptic for a long time show...

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    Advice to Management

    If you wish to lift Cryptic our of the ranks of B level game studios, you will need to invest in quality salaries for talent, and dropping a lot of legacy dead weight.

    Cryptic Studios2019-03-20
  5. "Pretty good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cryptic Studios full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good, friendly atmosphere, minimal crunch, pretty stable.

    Cons

    Aging proprietary engine, Fandom of the IPs can and has stifled new and interesting directions to take those IPs.

    Advice to Management

    Always leveraging other IPs is a way to stay in business, but it wont't make your studio a magnet for talent

    Cryptic Studios2018-12-12
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good Company for Gamers"

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    Former Employee - Senior Individual Contributor in Los Gatos, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cryptic Studios full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Most people are very into their games, if you are a MMO gamer you'll fit in great - Everyone from IC to CEO is genuinely nice - Low stress work environment (may not always be true for Engineering or Production) - They advocate for work life balance: you are encouraged to put your family first, always, including children - If you play their games, they may or may not grant you a huge amount of in-game currency...

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    Cons

    I liked working here, but of course I didn't stay, and there are some reasons for that. I want to stress though, IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH THE PEOPLE. Everyone at Cryptic was nice, smart, and helpful. Basically, you really need to like MMOs and gaming, and I just don't. Maybe you do, but I can't get into the games to the extent that you'd need to enjoy the work. Many people are jealous of people who make games for...

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    Advice to Management

    I think the culture that Cryptic has built is great. Hiring people to help foster that makes this a wonderful company to work for.

    Cryptic Studios2018-11-01
  7. "One of the best places to make games"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Albany, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cryptic Studios full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good work-life balance Lots of fun and friendly people and great atmosphere Creative energy everywhere In-house tools are powerful and flexible Lenient and accommodating time off Excellent health benefits Seasoned professionals with lots to teach

    Cons

    A lot of passion can lead to a lot of infighting Powerful tools take time to master Pay was low when I was there, but I hear that's improved Located in California, and California is expensive!

    Advice to Management

    Keep improving pay - California is expensive! More arcade cabinets in the game room

    Cryptic Studios2018-06-10
  8. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Senior Character Artist in Los Gatos, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cryptic Studios full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good people, good place, good hours

    Cons

    Pay not highly competitive, Bonus not enough compared to what parent company makes in annual revenue.

    Cryptic Studios2018-05-09
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Chill, friendly company. Nothing ground-breaking here though."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Gatos, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cryptic Studios full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    + Unlike many other game studios - crunch is uncommon, and people's work schedule is quite flexible. No problem taking a day off now and then. + The people here are friendly, and not overworked. There's a lot of activities both company-wide as well as 2-5 people getting together during lunch or after work to play some tabletop game. + The office is pretty cool, and got better throughout the last couple years. There's...

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    Cons

    Not neccessarily cons, but things to keep in mind: +/- The location... Los Gatos - much like the company - pretty chill. Close to Silicon Valley. Expensive to have a family. Not a lot of opportunities to create one :-D +/- Management is playing it safe with the new title. Definately not shooting for the stars... Can we at least try to hit the Moon? No?.. +/- There isn't much if any innovation going on. Neither...

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    Advice to Management

    Honestly - the company is very good at what it's trying to be - a friendly, chill environment that makes games for casual players / fans of D&D, Star Trek or Magic. Keep up the good work!

    Cryptic Studios2018-02-18
  10. "Great at first"

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

    I worked at Cryptic Studios full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice Location. Office space is comfortable and pleasant.

    Cons

    Frequent miscommunication. Adversarial management abounds. Benefits are weak to say the least

    Advice to Management

    Examine high employee turnover.

    Cryptic Studios2018-01-18
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