Crytek Reviews

Updated May 14, 2020

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2.7
49%
Recommend to a Friend
27%
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Crytek CEOs Avni Yerli and Faruk Yerli
Avni Yerli and Faruk Yerli
22 Ratings
Pros
  • "An excellent team consisting of many talented people(in 25 reviews)

  • "The company is located in Frankfurt(in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • "No scheduled One on One Meetings or other efforts from Middle Management to check how their employees are doing(in 11 reviews)

  • "bad attitude of upper management(in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (32)

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

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

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  2. Helpful (33)

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

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 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:

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  3. Helpful (35)

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

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 Crytek's ability to put out quality products.

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  4. Helpful (2)

    "Bad company"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Frankfurt (Oder)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Extremely bad company that doesn't value employees

    Cons

    Does not value employees at all

  5. Helpful (6)

    "Don't go"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lot of talented people and creativity

    Cons

    Don't pay on time. Bad Management decisions

  6. Helpful (8)

    "Don’t recommend it to anyone."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - C++ Developer in Kiev
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There can be pros, but i think it is not matter in compare to cons.

    Cons

    First salary i got with 10 days delay, second - 1 month. I still wait for salary for July, August and September of 2019.

  7. Helpful (8)

    "Toxic work environment and a horrible place to work at"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfurt am Main
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - fair relocation support - job ticket - free drinks (often the delivery doesn’t get paid, so it is usually only water) - Not a lot of work to do for a lot of departments (especially Narrative / Game Design and QA) - flexible work time (does not apply for every team)

    Cons

    Safety at Work: - Appearing mails like „Please do not use meeting room X, the floor collapsed.“ - A chemical factory leaked a potential toxic fume directly next to the company, the authorities told everyone to stay inside and avoid the area at all cost. Meanwhile the air conditioning blew everything inside the Studio. A lot of people felt in danger. Cryteks Management did not react to this incident in any way for more than one hour. After 4 hours they managed to turn off the air conditioning. There was no actions taken to improve a reaction to such incidents Working conditions: - Reliably delayed Salaries - Absolutely no support regarding learning and development - A horrible Management layer mainly without any functionality or motivation - Managers directly admit that they dont care about feedback or their employees - Employees washing their hair or feet in the sinks - Religious channels in the companies chat system Overall I can not recommend this company to anyone and I completely agree with the other negative reviews here. Be aware that they are actively faking reviews on glassdoor to bolster their reputation.

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  8. Helpful (2)

    "Just missed the golden days..."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Designer in Frankfurt am Main
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Crytek full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Big company with lots of talent. Incredible technology all built in-house. Avni would make a better CEO, I think. Room to expand into different areas with minimal fuss. Got a promotion/raise without even having to ask.

    Cons

    It was(!) a big company with lots of talent. Bad management lead to borderline bankruptcy. Cevat could never make up his mind about what the next big thing was... and was always too late jumping on board.

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  9. "Awesome experience so far and so much potential!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfurt am Main
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Extremely demanding and rewarding, and worth the experience. Great company culture, Great products & Great opportunities. Workplace is comfortable and nice, colleagues are helpful and nice. Would work here every time again, not many companies empower you and give you this many freedom to fulfill yourself!

    Cons

    If you wanna have everything sorted out and served on a silver platter then this is the wrong company for you! You gotta be ready to give your best!

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great company with great history and future"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pros: The company as a whole takes care of you. Crytek has a great open door policy and offers you very good benefits. You can work on pretty big and interesting projects. I work for crytek for about 4 years now and even though we had ups and downs i never regret working for crytek. The feeling of working on something bigger motivates employees.

    Cons

    Sometimes managers and leads overreact to certain things quickly and management tend to change the strategy quickly instead of keeping a cool head. It’s great that everyone inlcuding managemet cares so much about the projects and products but less is sometimes more.

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