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Epic Games Reviews

Updated October 17, 2018
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Pros
  • "for employees (not contractors) great benefits" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Great facilities, great perks like loads of different free food every day, language classes, awesome relocation support" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work-life balance issues due to expected long hours" (in 5 reviews)

  • "High turnaround rate even when it came to upper management" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "This really IS Epic!"

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

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

    Pros

    People are friendly and helpful. Sharing ideas is encouraged. Innovation runs rampant!

    Cons

    Small company wearing very big shoes. Doing a good job of identifying areas for growth and building!

    Advice to Management

    Look to diversify the population in order to bring new ways to problem solve.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Poor Management and Work Life Balance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free healthcare, food and unlimited PTO

    Cons

    They work you to death, expect you to be 'on call' 24/7, culture is work-a-holic, non-stop, lots of stress and pressure which does not allow for proper work-life balance. If you have a family, kiss them goodbye because you won't be able to spend time with them anymore. Inexperienced management did not address the problems appropriately.

  3. "Epic is an amazing community of people working together"

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    Current Employee - Senior Backend Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Backend Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Do incredible things, often at massive scale. Work with highly skilled people. Great pay, perks and support

    Cons

    Poor diversity in tech roles. Some org chaos. Heavy legal burden for employees, need to avoid leaks, can't work on outside projects, can't do any development related talks

    Advice to Management

    Work to improve diversity, make the company more remote friendly. Make it more of a leader in open source tech


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Great Place to work (QA tester)"

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

    I worked at Epic Games full-time

    Pros

    - Awesome teams and a lot of transparency within the company.
    - Company wide events happen regularly. (movie nights, Food parties etc)
    -Fast paced but relatively low stress environment
    -Tons of room for career advancement
    -Food at the HQ is always stocked with healthy and tasty options

    Cons

    -Decent amount of crunch during certain points in the year
    -Depending on the building you are in communication can be a little bit harder with teams in another building.

    Advice to Management

    None really. The company is a well oiled machine that manages to make its employees feel extremely welcomed.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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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

    Pros

    Great place to work on games

    Cons

    Can be competitive at times


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Okay place to start off but don't expect any growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Okay benefits for employees only
    Business Smart enough to keep the lights on

    Cons

    High turnaround rate even when it came to upper management
    Constant shifts in project direction from art to programming


  7. Helpful (17)

    "Like Lord of the Flies"

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    Former Employee - Middle Management in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Middle Management in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Center of technical excellence
    Respected in the industry

    Cons

    Chaotic, political atmosphere
    Constantly-changing priorities and targets

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and don't filter opinions through management. There is a good amount of "reality distortion" going around because everyone is afraid to disagree with their boss.

  8. Helpful (23)

    "Great Intention, Bad Execution"

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    Former Employee - Designer in Cary, NC
    Former Employee - Designer in Cary, NC
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits of working here can't be beat. The company as a whole tries hard to reward you for good work.

    Cons

    The lack of a solid HR department results in a decent amount of sabotage and immature behavior. Company wide, people commonly get in shouting matches instead of remaining professional - this also includes upper management (except Tim Sweeney, he's constantly both kind and professional). It is very common for good employees to get forced into smaller and smaller job positions and suddenly "resign" after rubbing someone the wrong way. This happens so often that HR seems to be unaware that it is going on until after it is too late. There are too many upper level employees who make emotional rather than practical decisions.

    Contractors are commonly treated as disposable, even if entire features are built off of a single individual's work. It can be very difficult for a contractor to be converted to full time, and it is common for them to be severely underpaid when they are converted. It is even more common for contractors to eventually leave after being taken advantage of or led on for months or even years.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in a better HR department and start investigating how to prevent the constant emotional and impulsive outbursts. Treat contractors like professionals and not like cattle.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Software Tester (Contract)"

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

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

    Pros

    Easygoing environment, great people, stress-free workflow

    Cons

    Confusing chain of command, consistent boss sick days, less benefits for contractors

    Advice to Management

    Be able to tell your subordinates what tasks they need to do and when. Workers get lost and don't know what to do when tasks pile up and have no where to go.


  10. Helpful (16)

    "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.


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