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Updated August 15, 2017
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  1. "Lead Character Artist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Epic Games full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working with the best in the industry!

    Cons

    None that I have at all


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great job for Students, Terrible for Senior Level People"

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    Current Employee - Senior Art in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Art in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Studio itself treats you well with great benefits, swag and food.

    Cons

    Middle management (Art Leads) are incredibly over bearing managing every tiny detail of your work. There is absolutely no room for creativity. This is a "do exactly what you are told" studio. People tend to disappear (get fired) for trying to buck that system.

    Advice to Management

    It doesn't matter because it will never change.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, not for everyone"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Great people to work with.
    -Surrounded by gaming culture.
    -Great Benefits

    Cons

    -Constant Last Minute changes to projects.
    -A bit less focused on gaming as of late
    -Positions tend to be fluid
    -Long hours

    Advice to Management

    Try to make your employees feel that they can exceed in areas they enjoy


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Production Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Was able to spend time with industry pros, shadow and observe them and why they did what they did. Absolutely fantastic opportunity.

    Cons

    Had little to do due to the project having an overload of producers at the time. Their internship program has resolved this issue, as I understand it.

    Advice to Management

    None. Keep kicking butt and taking names! Everyone was amazing to work with.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Senior Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Holly Springs, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Holly Springs, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Epic Games (More than a year)

    Pros

    I would consider Epic Games the Apple of video games. Everything is well done as a company, the people are ridiculously smart, and we have lots of insane projects.

    Cons

    Organization of execution could be better, but this company is growing and learning. It's a minor issue.


  6. Helpful (41)

    "Epic Games - previously - but not an Epic Employer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Programmer in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Epic Games full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Perks. CEO is a good guy.

    Cons

    CEO has lost control of the company. Epic has suffered as it has grown. The upper level management are far too corporate and don't understand the video games business well. There is no loyalty within the company, employees are made to feel worthless as they watch their friends be laid off when things don't go well (not always their fault).

    For example: manager asks employee to predict how long a task will take. Employee predicts. 2 days before delivery, the manager tells the employee that the task has changed completely and needs to be restarted - but delivered in 2 days. Employee says this is impossible. Management don't care - there's a milestone coming! Employee fails to deliver on time. This repeats for the next 2 tasks. Despite 5 years of excellent work and amazing performance reviews, the employee is brought into a meeting and encouraged to leave. Not fired, not redundant, the employee needs to sign a legal letter to say that he/she won't sue the company at a later date and, in exchange, the company will make some small payoff to recompense the employee so that they can afford to pay their mortgage and not end up homeless.

    It is also very clear that Epic will fail as an international business. ALL management is within the US HQ. Non-US employees are treat as second class citizens. US management will "give the talk", telling those employees that they are valued, but they really aren't.

    The vision of the company is completely disjoint now, too. With fierce competition from other games engines, Epic have invested a lot of time in Unreal Engine. But it doesn't bring income for the company. The games under development are flailing around, trying to be unique, but ultimately failing as well. Losing key designers badly hurt the company.

    Advice to Management

    You need to rein the company in, lose much of the corporates and make Epic a fun company to work for again. Stop trying to be nice to those who immediately report to you - or watch them kill the company you worked so hard to build.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "A great company with good people but ok projects"

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    Current Employee - Senior Artist in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Artist in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company culture that reinforces open communication. People are very friendly and pro-active. No specific working hours is a great thing and people don't abuse that, in fact is the other way around, many individuals work more hours than normal but because they want, not because it was required of them, Great perks, free food, Epic Friday, company lunch Game On. Also having clearly the best engine on the market so far for your daily work really helps to get amazing results. The producers are great.

    Cons

    No cons actually damage the great company that Epic is. CONS: some projects lack originality and investors interfere on them too much. People on higher level of administration try to fix things by assuming instead of asking. New hires on leading roles are chosen focused on resume title history and communication skills, instead of those plus knowledge and actual skill-set. For a 2 year old engine some basic tools are still missing and makes really hard to execute your work properly. UX tests and UX lab are cool but incredibly old fashioned and having a UX lab doesn't mean that it's being used correctly. It's an old fashioned UX lab that forces game design choices too much by regressing towards 20 year old design concepts, it may cause projects to be boring, unoriginal and specially ugly, there is a lot of "by the UX book" or "we are experts" but is a very old book used by old fashioned people, they should test things not design them.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the open mic. Preserve projects originality instead of trying to fit in a niche too much. Look at the current personal 1st when hiring leads. Watch out for UX lab designing game and art instead of just test them.

  8. Helpful (16)

    "A truly EPIC place to work! A few suggestions but otherwise AWESOME!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    100% FULL Health coverage

    Awesome-- retirement match! - the max the law allows and immediately vested!

    Free food and drinks – literally a full 7-11 convenience store in the kitchen. They could open it up to the public and charge lol. (I get royalties, it’s my idea)

    Awesome, hip, Work hard BUT play hard environment. VERY fun, caring, giving atmosphere.

    Other departments just as awesome as yours! Talented employees in EVERY dept.

    Premiere access to video games, VR and other awesome new stuff. Be the first to play the PS5 or XBOX 1000 (or whatever they name the next new gaming rig) 

    No stuffy dress code – shorts and t-shirts allowed.

    Onsite Gym, games, and countless other perks.

    Cons

    Epic used to have a family cohesive unit mentality. They have abandoned that and have gone much more corporate. Lost a little bit of personal touch there.

    TONS of veteran employees left – some to work for the competition. But lots of new talent coming in.

    Last minute / do not plan ahead for large tasks; then upset when it takes forever to implement or why there are problems. Very typical = “I knew about this for 2 weeks, but I’m telling you today, could care less if you are here till 2am, I need this. Can this be done by tomorrow so we can present it live on GTV? No? Well, it needs to be done…” Unfortunately if it causes issues, you are to blame, not the person who waited till last minute.

    Advice to Management

    Some managers have zero experience and really should have management training and / or coaching.

    A manager shared with me that his basketball coach (?) was disrespectful, and ruled with threats and intimidation, so that’s why he did that to his team. That approach is not effective. Don’t belittle or disrespect subordinates in a meeting or public walkway / cafeteria. Have those discussions behind closed doors. Respect is expected, but that is a 2 way street; from the CEO all the way down to the folks emptying the trashcans at night.

    Be consistent and avoid nepotism. It’s ridiculous to “give a pass” to your buddy with whom you go to lunch for ignoring an application down solid, enterprise-wide for 6 days, but then publicly reprimand another employee about not updating a ticket that is closed and the customer gave an “Excellent! Thank you!” review. Hold EVERYONE to high standards. If folks are shooting nerf guns while others are juggling four projects simultaneously…something is off balance there.

    If you would like an employee to leave due to personality conflict, simply discuss an exit strategy with them. Making up reasons such as “the employee stole or misplaced equipment / caused projects to fail / performance was poor / falsified timesheets” to make you feel justified, not only are high school tactics, but is illegal.

    Be professional, without condescension or insults, and discuss and exit strategy and execute it together.

    In sum, give the inexperienced leads and supervisors necessary training or a management seminar. Additionally, if you are staying corporate, don’t lose that open family feel. If it’s not broke don’t fix it – the previous approach worked very well and profitable (as evidenced by the history of releases and success).


  9. Helpful (8)

    "No Direction"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    fun people, good atmosphere, good perks

    Cons

    do little to convert contractors

    Advice to Management

    look to hire proven people that already work for the company


  10. Helpful (42)

    "Great place to work, then Good, now average and getting worse."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Epic Games full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Free food in the kitchen, plenty of fun things around the office, lax attire. The CEO has great plans and priorities for making customers happy.

    Cons

    They pay less than average because "It's Epic" No time to enjoy any of the pros because you're always in crunch, blatant cronyism in upper management under the new leadership since the old president left. They've hired too many people too fast, and now everyone is just another number, and its really harder to get your job done now. The execs under the CEO are exacting his plans to make customers happy at the expense of employee happiness. There are talks of bonuses, but they don't happen anymore.

    Advice to Management

    If you say you're going to listen to your employees, then actually listen and don't just lip service them.


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