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- "Management have no clear and consistent direction." (in 31 reviews)
- "low salary" (in 25 reviews)
- "Absence of communication from the top management to the 'grunts'" (in 9 reviews)
- "Big managers are terrible, most of the people doesn't even understand how they were upgraded to those positions." (in 8 reviews)
- "Middle management is useless and only creates obstacles in communicating problems" (in 7 reviews)
- 4.0Jun 25, 2014Anonymous EmployeeCurrent Employee
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.
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.35
- 1.0Jul 28, 2014Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee, more than 1 year
-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
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.39
- 1.0Dec 15, 2016Senior DeveloperFormer Employee, more than 1 year
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.
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:42
- 5.0Oct 1, 2023Technical DirectorCurrent Employee
I highly recommend this company for several reasons. Firstly, the people within the organization are amazing and fascinating. Secondly, the work conditions are great, including provisions for equipment, software and tools, reporting, attention to detail, and respect for your personality. Thirdly, the company produces interesting and globally recognized products. Fourthly, the company values work-life balance. Lastly, you can expect predictability and confidence in all aspects, as the company delivers a much better attitude than you would anticipate.
No negative parts. I highly recommend this company!!
- 2.0Feb 19, 2023Engine ProgrammerCurrent Employee, more than 5 yearsFrankfurt am Main
Some great people working here, mostly at the non-management level, but some of the tech leads are great as well. Unfortunately most of the good people are leaving. Hunt team is doing a great job despite the madness. I never crunched while here or made feel like I had to crunch.
The culture here seems to be of positivity at all costs even when things are obviously going wrong. In this environment manipulative people with a rat-race mentality tend to thrive. There's little space for quality. - Promoting incompetent people to key positions because of friendships or relations with the company owners, which directly cause disastrous consequences (IT falling TWICE in repeated succession to a ransomware attack by the same group, and having backups from months before) - Chain-promoting juniors to lead positions because of needing to fill a leadership hole - Rewarding people that stay positive and don't raise issues and punishing those who raise issues - Rewarding narcissistic or manipulative, behavior by key managers - Putting people that are conflict-averse in key management roles, where they are naturally unable to deal with or mediate conflicts or disagreements between employees10
- 4.0May 26, 2023Senior Software EngineerCurrent Employee, more than 10 yearsFrankfurt am Main
- Fully remote work is supported. You can work from anywhere in Germany and other countries - Good work/life balance. OT is not encouraged - Flexibility in your timing - The teams are made of pros, and it's very hard to find someone you don't like. The skill level is stimulating and you never end learning - Flat hierarchy - competition is not encouraged, friendly environment - Some benefits (job ticket, fitness, some discount deals on selected stores) - Adequate salary, fairly good in the German Game Industry
Minor cons as - Sometimes the information flow from management to employees is not clear - For a software engineer, you must expect a decent game programmer salary; it's not a bank - Hardly any bonus2
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Crytek has an overall rating of 3.9 out of 5, based on over 231 reviews left anonymously by employees. 77% of employees would recommend working at Crytek to a friend and 65% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has decreased by -8% over the last 12 months.
77% of Crytek employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Crytek 4.1 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.6 for culture and values and 3.9 for career opportunities.