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Crytek Germany Reviews

Updated February 4, 2017
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Pros
  • Work with a lot of talented people (in 9 reviews)

  • Nice office atmosphere, many talented people (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Terrible upper management doing the same mistakes over and over again (in 5 reviews)

  • Again as mentioned before, big problems with the Middle Management (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Positive Environment - Long Hours"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Producer in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Former Employee - Producer in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Crytek full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Supportive and positive employees and management, I felt I was part of a great team working together. Excellent quality product in CryEngine and the toolset available for game creation. Visuals are still top in the industry although the gap is narrower than it has been in the past.

    Cons

    Crunch for deadlines is very real, although it does vary from project to project. There seems to be often an appetite to do more than is possible where ideas are encouraged and explored even if there's no realistic option for fully developing them in to completed projects.

    Advice to Management

    Very pleased with the way management was supportive and empowering although they could be very heavy handed with their ideas when they chose to be.


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Talented Dev Team, Poor Management and Direction"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    I worked in the Frankfurt studio with some really talented developers.
    It is a studio that allows a lot of creative independence.
    Good for a junior position to learn a lot of technology.

    Cons

    Probably the worst communication I have ever experienced at a company.
    Very poor treatment of staff regarding payroll.
    A very strange split between the core engine team and dev teams leading to very little progress solving technical issues.

    Advice to Management

    Develop your core business strategy and communicate it to your talented developers. Invest in your core market.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Shaky"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

    I have been working at Crytek full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    - Multiethnic environment
    - Career opportunities
    - Working on fairly solid and prestigious
    - Looks good on cv

    Cons

    - Lots of financial problems lately, due to management mistakes in the past.
    - Engine team tends to work on their own, causing issues to the game teams

    Advice to Management

    - Continue with the not so over-ambitious plans you have now
    - Make the engine team more driven by the games in development


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  5. Helpful (13)

    "There is no hope."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Artist in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Former Employee - Artist in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Crytek full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    if you are artist maybe this place is good to make your portfolio. but don't stay too long because they are incapable of paying you for long time.

    Cons

    Crytek consistently have financial problems. also very political management. manager like alienate, back talking and bulled people. I would say 'Congrets! it serves you just right! '


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Very creative minds & family oriented"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    a lot of talented & creative minds making beautiful & innovative games, the benefits job tickets-fitness membership-fruits-drinks and so on, it is very easy to maintain a good work-life balance, very family oriented and supportive company, the location is perfect right in the heart of Frankfurt

    Cons

    Senior Management was lacking transparency & communication, but the last couple of months this is getting way better.
    Still, the Senior Management could be more productive and more supportive of the ideas and wishes of their employees

    Advice to Management

    Continue the transparency & good communication. Look more closely at the Senior Levels and see who is really productive or just good with words.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Passionate People, Unclear Goals"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Current Employee - Manager in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Crytek full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Crytek makes excellent games and the international team makes the culture interesting. The company is putting a lot of resources in VR which is exciting.

    -Very diverse team; the company recruits from all over the world
    -Passionate people who like what they do
    -Lots of freedom to try different things
    -Amazing-looking games and cutting edge tech.
    -Casual atmosphere

    Cons

    -Lots of crunchtime. Lots.
    -Executives are not good at communicating what's going on.
    -People don't know where the company is headed. There is no focus.
    -Sudden shifts in direction to projects which results in tight deadlines and crazy overtime.
    -Salaries seem lower than what most companies offer based on people I've spoken to.
    -More vacation time. Most German companies offer more.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of products that aren't going anywhere. It's demoralizing to see failed projects that keep getting supported when there are others that desperately need more resources. There are all kinds of people working on random projects that nobody seems to know about while others have to crunch to meet deadlines.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Low efficiency"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Crytek full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    official company benefits, very flexible position according to self-improvement (employees can participate in conferences, trainings, certifications etc), fully equipped working place, freedom in work (you can choose and try any technology or approach)

    Cons

    Too many side projects, very relaxed atmosphere, too many levels of management, qualification level of many employees (in job description) never match real industry standards (middle, senior, architect etc means nothing in Crytek), non-efficient management, there is feeling of absent goals and direction

    Advice to Management

    Start from simple things on low levels: forbid playing games on working place, forbid eating on working place. Each employee skills assessment REQUIRED, improve management quality.


  9. Helpful (30)

    "Dramatic situation as salaries for last months are not paid!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - 3D Artist in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Current Employee - 3D Artist in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Indeed still some talented people working in this studio, but it could change in the next weeks. How long will they work without salaries being paid?

    Cons

    Crytek's quote of "Crytek global domination" ended as a silly self-destruction.

    -No good plan for the future. I would say no any plan which is better than the current one.

    -people are sad, quiet and demotivated, some leaving the company, many talking about it.

    -Many people working on old hardware, including very old 24 inch monitors.

    -Open space working environment and very noisy.
    Difficult to concentrate on work in such conditions. People walking around, talking aloud, like in a pub.

    Promises, hopes and requests that we keep being quiet and not talk about Crytek problems outside the company - how long can you be quiet?

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company to NVidia, Intel? You and your business department can't manage it. You FAILED BIG WAY in the last 5 years and disapointed employees.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Creative & Challenging"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    - Management apologized for the delayed payments with additional vacation and compensation payouts
    - Greatly improved communication and offers multiple ways of feedback to management (company meetings, team meetings, brown bag lunch with senior management, e-mail address for feedback, open doors)
    - Above average non-financial incentives (free beverages, cinema visits, great parties)
    - Very high standards of quality
    - Learning and education provided to improve own skills (inhouse and also with international experts), including language courses
    - Lively and creative work environment
    - Interesting projects
    - Support for new employees (company apartments, moving support)

    Cons

    - Delayed salary payments
    - Too many resources spent on canceled projects.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on utilizing the resources available on the most important projects, continue training your employees and keep the company together.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "The Forefront of Technology"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Artist in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Current Employee - Senior Artist in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Crytek full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - VR Games
    - Great Teams
    - Highly intelligent and very talented colleagues
    - Best talents from all over the world
    - Nice benefit package (Public Transportation, Gym Membership)
    - Nice working environment

    Cons

    - Too many different projects
    - Projects are calculated with a very narrow margin

    Advice to Management

    - Focus on one main project and maybe on smaller side project
    - More efficient allocation of internal resources
    - Terminate projects that don't create any value



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