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"Friendly atmosphere and daily work, bad or absent strategic decisions up"

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Former Employee - - in Brighton, England (UK)
Former Employee - - in Brighton, England (UK)
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

Nice atmosphere, friendly people, great benefits and generous salaries. The company invests in people and gives generous trainings, etc.

Cons

Lack of pespective and overall lack of ambition and strategy from the company's upper management.

Advice to Management

Communicate more between different offices, become a truly global company. Be more rational in fixing priorities. Hire great managers from outside of the game industry.

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Not so much of a has-been, more a never-was."

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Brighton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Brighton, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Massively multiplayer online games are arguably the biggest growth sector in gaming - and it's all that NCsoft does. If you want to be in the field, it should in theory be a good place to start.

    Benefits in the European office are generally good, with bonuses and payrises (although look out in 2009, considering the redundancies in September 2008). Atmosphere is generally good, although management is not brave enough to talk openly about strategy... mostly because they don't have any.

    Work-life balance is good, and generally people are respected for the work they do - unless you work in some departments, like Customer Service, but then they've all been put of work as well.

    Cons

    The company always seemed rudderless and without any sort of long-term strategy - indeed it was admitted time and again that this was the case. It's been previously stated that NCsoft wants to be an 'entertainment company' but beyond that, little detail was given on exactly how this was going to be achieved or indeed what it even meant.

    This has led to a muddled development strategy that supposedly is strongest when focusing on 'AAA games', despite the fact that the last two 'AAA games' both failed (Auto Assault and Tabula Rasa). This seems to be an all-or-nothing play, and when the biggest force in the MMO field is already sitting on the biggest pile of cash, seems doomed to fail. Ever heard of 'disruptive' business strategies, NCsoft?

    Because of the redundancies, there is no now development work at all done in the European office, so don't even bother considering it from that angle. What is left is a reduced publishing operation that will take orders from the US office, and this has been stated publicly.

    Advice to Management

    Try something different. Try something original. Just try something ELSE. Surely two failed games in a row should tell you something, no?

    Also: might be a good idea to make sure you actually have the money you need to fund a development studio before you open one up. I'm just saying.


  2. "Potential is there"

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    Current Employee - Iron Tiger Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Iron Tiger Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The products have great potential, looking forward to getting them launched. The people, salary, benefits,HR/recruiting have all been stellar to work with. Office environment is great too. Location is central to North bay, South Bay and East bay.

    Cons

    Company direction is unknown, but the potential to be one of the best places to work is there.

    Advice to Management

    Expose yourselves more. The Town Hall meeting was a good start.

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