Crytek Reviews | Glassdoor

Crytek Reviews

Updated July 24, 2017
122 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

2.3
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli
Cevat Yerli
79 Ratings

122 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
  • Work with a lot of talented people (in 12 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)

More Pros and Cons

  1. Helpful (19)

    "Many people writing reviews and not seeing the bigger picture"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Crytek full-time

    Pros

    They do a lot for their employees and if you are motivated enough you can survive the current bad press. Its the games industry - there are ups and downs. The teams are great and there are many talented people around - we just need to make the most of it.
    Many creative people and of course some, that have less socials skills than others - but that's variety and what makes it interesting.
    The brothers are working on it and people can see that they are under a lot of pressure.

    Cons

    We lost many good people but still have enough people trying to turn things around. Reading other reviews is sad as we have people writing the reviews that are unhappy with the situation but also not in the position to get all information from upper management. Which is normal! This is how business work.
    Still, the current atmosphere is tensed. It will be better.
    And yes, if you need help you have to ask - sometimes twice - as these are difficult times for everyone and every department. So cut your co-workers a little slack. If you show commitment, it is always rewarded in the end (whereas: not by more paid days off or money. Sadly).
    So big con: Not enough vacation days! 24 should be minimum and would definitely lighten the mood.

    Advice to Management

    More company meetings or face to face talks with the departments. This will relief some pressure and might lighten the atmosphere as all employees seek more transparency (which of course is only possible to a certain degree - this must be understood by all).
    There are many good people and if you see that they are important (even PMs as there are people who can't do the job but its needed!) and value them, they might be more supportive. Commitment needs a fair chance.
    Also: You hired people for a certain job as they are the professionals. Please don't cut in their decisions. Bigger picture for management and employees to be minded! We can't all be good in everything and need trained people to make decisions. (Still: Not by everyone)


  2. Helpful (13)

    "Worst Employer Ever! Take another offer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Was able to gain some experience and learn some new software skills such as cryengine before everything collapsed and went to hell.

    Cons

    MULTIPLE MONTHS WITH NO PAY
    Zero communication from management.
    Endless pathetic excuses regarding payment with seemingly no regard for the staff.

    Advice to Management

    Pointless. They don't listen to anyone and seem hell bent on running the company into the ground whilst dragging everyone else down too.

  3. Helpful (20)

    "Strings employees along with false promises while avoiding paying them"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Developer
    Former Employee - Senior Developer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Awesome people to work with, talented, motivated, intelligent. The team is a good team, dev team leaders and production are very good at their jobs too.

    Cons

    Those same amazing people are being horrendously abused by the owners (the Yerli brothers). Pay hasn't come on time, to all studios worldwide, and this has been occuring on and off since at least 2014, and I've heard of it having occured for years before that from longer-term employees. When they can afford to pay everyone, they have been known to re-coup the missing pay, I'll give them that much. The problem is that they tell people everything will be fine by "this date" or "that date", which really means - this is the day they expect to hear some new about some deal they have going on. Those deals often fall-through or get re-written in different language, people can't survive not knowing when they'll get paid or not. The terrible thing is the owners will lash back out when employee lash out about not having received pay. They'll suggest that employees should have saved their money better to survive the turmoil. Ridiculous. See advice to management below:

    Advice to Management

    Keep 3 months of salary for all employees in the bank, ahead of time. If at anytime it drops below this amount, lay off employees (or give them the option to be laid off) and pay out what remains in the back as severance so they can find a job with consistent pay. If you can afford to pay them again later, hire them back if they are willing to come back. If you can't do that, then sell what you have pay everyone their due pay and provide any severance you can so they can move on with their lives and careers.


  4. Helpful (30)

    "Company gambles with the salaries and lives of its employees"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -The pay isn't that bad
    -There were some fun office perks like free coffee and drinks (but that's pretty much expected these days)
    -The developers really care about the projects they're working on

    Cons

    The company is managed horribly. Take a look at the recent bad press and realize that everything being said is true. For a long period, Crytek stopped paying its employees and just kept saying "Thank you for your loyalty as we move through this difficult time." Any company that can't pay its employees on time is a company you don't want to work for. There's also been a mass exodus of talent that's going to really hurt Crytek's ability to put out quality products.

    Advice to Management

    Overhaul the way you do business. And stop trying to brainwash your employees by saying things like "We have a plan," and "We can see the whole picture." Just admit that you made a horrible (and unforgivable) mistake by betting your employees would work for free while you get all the benefits.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Crytek"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)
    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


  6. Helpful (18)

    "Do not work at this company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    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.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Good professionals working under bad management"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Artist
    Former Employee - Artist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    In Crytek you can work on famous titles, with very talented people.

    Cons

    The top management positions owned by people who are not capable to manage the production and aren't fit to their positions by professional skills.

    Advice to Management

    The best advice to a CEO would be to remove your friends and family members from high posts and hire experienced professionals. Also would be a nice thing to have at least 3 month beforehand plan/buffer funds for salary payment for company's employees

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Do not join this company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Crytek full-time

    Pros

    Really friendly people worked there.

    Cons

    Management have no clear and consistent direction. And never got paid once on time.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Awful experience"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great and professional colleagues, corporate events, friendly atmosphere in Studio

    Cons

    Salary delay, incompetent management in FFM, falsity

    Advice to Management

    sell your company


  10. Helpful (16)

    "Crytek a sad story in my life!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sofia (Bulgaria)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sofia (Bulgaria)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big team and very nice skilled ppl to work with. There are a lot of good things that can be learned in this company. The engine is great in many aspects.

    Cons

    The are no additional training and lack of opportunities for growth in the company.

    There is little or no management in the company. Over the years there were very poor decisions made about the company future, and basically this led to the present situation. The company owners doesn't know where Crytek should stand as a company. Publishing or development - triple A, VR, "Free to Play" or mobile gaming it's a total mess. Every few months they come on with the next "big idea", and everything done before that is trashed. Hours of work gone just because a stupid idea.

    And last but not least late payment, sometimes over six months delay. Often they say payment will be send due the next week, and then the next week nothing happens except a new excuse.


Showing 122 of 124 reviews
Reset Filters