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Crytek CEO Avni Yerli and Faruk Yerli
Avni Yerli and Faruk Yerli
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  • "The project could've been more ambitious if upper management made a right decision(in 7 reviews)

  • "middle management here and there is occupied with rather untalented people who grind the gears too much(in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (28)

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

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    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...

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    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...

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    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...

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    Crytek2014-06-25
  2. Helpful (27)

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

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    Former Employee - Senior Developer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Crytek full-time for 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...

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    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...

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    Crytek2016-12-15
  3. Helpful (32)

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Crytek full-time for 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...

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    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.

    Crytek2014-07-28
  4. "Awesome studio with great potential"

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    Current Employee - QA Tester in Frankfurt am Main
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Comfortable work hours, free drinks, free food very often, coffee is incredible, pleasant workspace and studio, relocation support and a team of incredibly talented people. Also, quite the contrary to what (some) people would say, Frankfurt is a pretty awesome place, mostly in the summer.

    Cons

    Nothing really negative that I can think of.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on more community content ;)

    Crytek2019-03-09
  5. "Good and healthy production environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Crytek full-time

    Pros

    - Awesome projects and a good and helpful team that is eager to achieve the best possible result. - Free drinks (Cold and Warm), fresh&free fruits

    Cons

    - The current office is a bit outside of Frankfurt which can lead to higher commute times.

    Advice to Management

    - Talk to your employes and be interested in them. Show possibilities and acknowledge achievements by being personal and friendly.

    Crytek2019-02-18
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Not the Crytek that used to be"

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    Current Employee - QA Tester in Frankfurt am Main
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Very good employment benefits - Annual company trip to GDC - Some really great people and talent in here.

    Cons

    - Management is distant, production is chaotic, complete lack of communication on every level. - Key positions in design and prod tend to be blind to feedback, enforcing their ways despite obvious signs of financial failure. - QA is completely out of the loop and feedback from them is clearly disregarded, resulting in absurd game mechanics implementation, backlash from community and broken updates. The irony is to find...

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    Advice to Management

    Communication is the key, production must learn to listen and lose the attitude towards its employees. This should be a team not an arena, everyone has a role to play in a success if you are not willing to open your mind to this idea our projects will always fail.

    Crytek2019-02-19
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Good People, Bad Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Crytek full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good and talented people. You can improve yourself to a certain level. Good opportunity for starting in the games industry.

    Cons

    Unstable and unprofessional management. No roadmap. No one knows what will happen tomorrow.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company to someone knows how to run a games company. You are wasting the potential of the company with your personal failures.

    Crytek2019-02-07
  8. Helpful (4)

    "Good team, bad top menegment"

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    Former Employee - 3D Artist in Kiev
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Crytek full-time

    Pros

    - Good team like family, frendly for new employees - Career growth - Grate name at game industry

    Cons

    - Poor top menegment - Constant salary delay - Hard salary growth

    Crytek2018-11-21
  9. Helpful (10)

    "Great in the past, strayed in the present"

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    Former Employee - Senior Game Designer in Kiev
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Crytek full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    * Good and talented teammates. Most of them really love what they're doing * Strong technology. CryEngine is one of the best game engines in terms of graphics quality. Even despite it pathologically being in the unfinished state and unstable * Really good place to start game development career

    Cons

    * Worst top-management ever * Financial troubles and salary delays have become norm of life * Very strange decisions about projects in development * No global strategy about company developent direction * Treating people like consumables. Due to this many good teammates left this ship

    Advice to Management

    Please sell Crytek to someone who cares! Please!

    Crytek2018-10-13
  10. Helpful (5)

    "A buzzing hub for talent under a vulnerable management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfurt am Main
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Crytek full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - mostly very nice atmosphere in the office, working among talented and ambitious people - you can find - and excell in - a great load of creativity and a focus on quality work on every department - flexible working hours based on trust and commitment - German labor law f.t.w and the content of your employment contract is pretty fair

    Cons

    - the focus on excellent quality is on the verge to being obsessive. Too much focus on graphics - middle management here and there is occupied with rather untalented people who grind the gears too much. - upper management is too self-satisfactory, taking the employee's sacrifice a tad too much for granted.

    Advice to Management

    There are ways of going through a crisis upright and as a unified team. This requires honesty, respect, trust and gratitude going both ways. Sugar-coating ugly situations and withholding information an employee desperately needs in order to make his/her own life-changing decisions is certainly not the way you should run this

    Crytek2018-08-23
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