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Updated July 24, 2017
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Pros
  • Some talented people worked there (in 13 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Poor top-level management led company to financial problems (in 5 reviews)

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

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  1. "Fun while it lasted."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Community Manager in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Former Contractor - Community Manager in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Crytek as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It was a very good experience. Projects are fun, co-workers are perfect. Even with late payments etc. I learned a lot for the future how to negotiate properly so It won't happen like this again.

    Cons

    Management is managing the problems, but not fixing them.

    Advice to Management

    Include your hard working employees more, listen to them and you will get out of the downfall.


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Crytek"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Crytek full-time

    Pros

    Has potential to go back to former glory days if significant changes are made.

    Cons

    Still having some issues off and on paying employees in a timely manner. Have lost many talented team members due to this

  3. Helpful (21)

    "Do not work at this company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Basic pros of a game company: Talented coworkers.
    Fascinating look into how an international company might dodge laws and sacrifice its own employees wages to avoid going bankrupt.

    Cons

    Work to maintain the concept of a corporate logo and spend your time wondering about its financial problems, rather than thriving in an exciting and fresh video game development environment full of inspired people.

    Lack of pay and constant lying from managers ruins peoples creativity and happiness.

    No company-wide e-mails sent out indicating that payments will be late.

    No company-wide e-mails or accountability to inform employees when salaries are actually paid! No e-mails from the finance department.

    You will find out from someone in QA, or a random coworker, if your paycheck arrived that day instead of a manager, a finance department employee, or the owners of the company.

    Fascinating look into how an international company might dodge laws and sacrifice its own employees wages to avoid going bankrupt.

    Management actively avoided documenting any of the late salary payments in electronic form such as e-mail.

    Important company meetings regarding inability to pay employees went completely undocumented; no follow-up e-mails sent out to employees or staff outlining company financial problems. No e-mails sent out giving appropriate heads up on when salaries might come in late.

    Embarassing pattern of using Human Resources and appraisal systems to create competition among employees that weren't even being paid. Appraisals and raises were conducted when the company currently owed employees months of salary, a wildly inappropriate time for the company to be casting judgement.

    Employees being given raises or promotions so they won't leave, and not because they are excellent employees.

    Several departments worked together to relocate employees when they knew they wouldn't be able to pay for it. No paychecks.

    Endless list of excuses for why salary payment can't be made, including that the salaries are in 'bitcoin' format and can't be converted; even though the employees know more about bitcoin than the CEO's.

    Overall game design innovation and funfactor is lackluster, but you already knew that.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lie to your employees about how looking at other employment opportunities is illegal. Don't hint to employees that exercising their rights as German employees is illegal. In the simplest terms, don't relocate foreigners to Germany and then not pay them while you misinform them of their employment and citizen's rights.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Top devs, games and company but bad upper management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Crytek full-time

    Pros

    - Crytek had and still have one of the best devs
    - Multilanguage (you can find people from all over the world with the same interests, amazing experience)
    - Nice working hours
    - Free drings
    - Free gym
    - Free travel pass (train and bus)
    - Top engine
    - Very good payment for a "german" company

    Cons

    - Crytek doesn`t know what it wants, to be a publisher, a developer or a business company. Crytek needs to get back to its roots and make world class games. They start slowing but it will take time.
    - Sandbox team is encapsulated from the team and its a pain to work with them
    - Bad internal comunication, you mostly learn something 1 hour before the internet knows it

    Advice to Management

    Crytek is an amazing company, don't let it die. Get back to the roots and work on the strengh part of the company. Get the sandbox team back intigrated into the core company.


  5. Helpful (13)

    "No more glory is there"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Crytek full-time

    Pros

    - Great team and talented people to work with (most of them have left and are leaving there so...)
    - Free gym and travel pass

    Cons

    - No clear business model and vision (the brothers don’t know what they want to do)
    - Toxic politics everywhere from all levels (you don’t need to work hard even, just play politics hard)
    - Unsupportive and obnoxious HR
    - No bonus and no proper performance review

    Advice to Management

    Avoid if possible. I would rather go with smaller companies that have solid portfolios than Crytek. If you are at the beginning of your career or want to move to Germany, it might be an attractive start; Most of the experienced people are not there anymore. Also, with the various financial and business problems they have been facing, Crytek won’t be able to give the ideal amount experience that you are looking for.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Shaky"

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    • 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


  7. Helpful (15)

    "Run away as fast as you can"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nothing really, if you dont get paid for 1 or 2 months, the rest really doesn't matter

    Cons

    Poor senior management
    No order or processes
    family members of the owners get top positions without the skills or qualifications
    Lack of communication with the employees
    The Yerli brothers have ZERO idea of what next, I think they may go bankrupt in the following months

    Advice to Management

    Stop obsessing with VR and start creating good AAA games with good story telling, stop doing tech demos without content. And most of all start respecting your employees or no one will ever want to work for you ever again.

  8. Helpful (9)

    "Unpaid Wages..."

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    Former Employee - Design Related in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Former Employee - Design Related in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    None that I can think off.

    Cons

    *Note* I worked at one of the Satellite Studios, but would prefer to keep the location anonymous so have listed Frankfurt as the location.

    Delayed Payments started in Mid 2016 and completely stopped a couple of Months later. Employees strung along with the Promises of money coming soon and a new business deal/loan is going to get us back payed...

    Never Happened, Then find out on Social media 3 days before Christmas that I've been made redundant... All in all about 6 months of an absolute fiasco.

    Advice to Management

    Pay people on time, Employees pay is not an Overdraft Facility. If your running low on Cash Flow have the foresight and enough in the bank too lay them off and give them severance so they can get on with their lives.


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Talented Dev Team, Poor Management and Direction"

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    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.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Avoid"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Still some nice colleagues around
    - Coffee, beverages and fruits are for free
    - still might be something worth mentioning in your CV if you really need something for your portfolio

    Cons

    - There is no hope left
    - Financial situation is unchanged
    - Management is getting laid off, no replacements
    - Business plans are based on hope and dreams
    - Salaries are not being paid for months
    - Employees need to go to court to get paid
    - There is no direction and communication is handled very poorly

    Advice to Management

    As you have obviously no idea how to manage a company:
    - Sell the company as long as someone would still buy it.


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