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Does Epic Games hire engineers globally? If I am willing to relocate myself (with some help from Epic) to US/UK/other site, will they even consider me? For me it would be a dream come true to work as Animation/AI Engineer in building UE for the future. If anyone has any input it would be grand!
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- "Senior leadership graded heavily on managing up versus doing their job." (in 12 reviews)
- "Long hours and can be stressful" (in 10 reviews)
- "Upper management is great, while management on individual game teams can be chaotic and unorganized." (in 8 reviews)
- "Management in cloud services is awful." (in 6 reviews)
- "Immoral managers, toxic environment, mobbing, run by incompetent high school dropouts." (in 5 reviews)
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- 2.0Feb 25, 2018Anonymous EmployeeFormer Employee, more than 3 yearsCary, NC
Okay benefits for employees only Business Smart enough to keep the lights on
High turnaround rate even when it came to upper management Constant shifts in project direction from art to programming9
- 1.0Jan 12, 2021Release ManagerFormer EmployeeCary, NC
Benefits are okay, and there are some genuinely amazing people who work there
Epic Games is the sort of company that looks great if you listen to upper management - they are proponents of rewarding employees and offering good benefits - but underneath it's a meat grinder that enables bullying and abusive behavior. I once worked 30 days straight on crunch and, when I requested time off, I was told it would have to wait because there was too much work to do. The same manager once yelled in my face - the only time I've felt physically threatened in a professional environment. This same manage was allowed to consistently bully me even after I asked HR to intervene. There are a lot of great people who work at Epic, but unfortunately there's an unchecked culture of bullying and exploitation which can make working there a traumatizing experience. I'm not being hyperbolic when I say I have sleight PTSD from working there.41
- 4.0May 17, 2018Anonymous ContractorFormer Contractor, less than 1 yearCary, NC
- overall, departments run smoothly - great pay - for employees (not contractors) great benefits - everyone's really passionate about what they do
- upper management tends to change their minds on deliverables, causing regular last minute projects almost every week - while not obvious, you can feel some politics are in play with upper management and one day someone is simply gone with no explanation - putting this one in cons, but I was ok about this: hours. If you're just looking for a 'clock in at 8, leave at 5' job, this company isn't for you. Everyone's passionate about what they do here, but it also means putting in however many hours to get a job done, sometimes hitting 60 hours a week in certain departments. For those with families, this can be harsh.2
- 5.0Jan 11, 2022Quality Assurance Analyst IICurrent Employee, more than 1 yearCary, NC
Colleagues are easy to work with. Lots of support from all levels of management. Willing to work with you and help you understand your role better. Plenty of employee benefits, with an emphasis on mental health as well as physical.
Upper management unwilling to explore a 4 day work week despite resounding employee support.1
- 2.0Oct 24, 2017DesignerFormer Employee, more than 3 yearsCary, NC
The benefits of working here can't be beat. The company as a whole tries hard to reward you for good work.
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.30
- 5.0Oct 16, 2013ArtistCurrent Employee, more than 8 yearsCary, NC
Hiring standards ensure that all of your co-workers are at the top of the industry. Environment is always challenging. Very generous benefits. Management is relatively flat, giving great opportunity for driven people to excel and learn many new skills. Upper management is incredibly transparent.
Sometimes its stressful to make games. You might have to do the work of two or three people.1
- 5.0Mar 8, 2021Software QA TesterFormer Contractor, more than 1 yearCary, NC
-Handled Covid-19 and WFH very well -Great community and people -Very organized QA setup -Some very talented members on the team -Good salary and respect for QA team that you might not find at other game/tech studios -The team is constantly striving to improve and trying new things -Free lunch catering
-Sometimes upper management isn't very receptive of feedback -Communication is tough but getting better -There is a lot of information to take in for new hires, more documentation would help1
- 5.0May 1, 2023Software TesterCurrent Employee, more than 1 yearCary, NC
Some of the best teammates to work with. Everyone cares about you from upper management down. Always learning something new while working. Get to see the latest features in the Unreal Editor. Occasional free stuff from giveaways. Benefits are amazing.
Rules for promotion are hidden, up to HR to decide if you get a promotion or not. Slow days happen often, meaning a lot of time trying to find work to do. Crunch occurs rarely, but when it does everyone helps out. A lot of things that should be documented are not and are passed via word of mouth. Communicating with higher up employees is frowned upon.
- 3.0Mar 15, 2023Quality Assurance LeadCurrent Employee
Good people, amazing health benefits. Extremely fast paced if you like that cadence of work
While the people are great and wonderful to work with, QA management at this company is absurdly bad. Uneven treatment of employees across the board, and extremely obvious about it. Some people will get immediate responses, feedback, and even direct mentorship for upcoming roles by senior leadership. Others get absolutely nothing. Even when requesting help or feedback. You're tossed to the wolves. Everyone has their heads down hoping to stay away from upper management's bad side. Because the second you make a mistake, you're suddenly the worst employee in the department. And it doesn't matter what kind of feedback you get cross discipline. One single point of bad feedback will instantly bury you if upper management doesn't like you. Everyone is burnt out, nothing is improving, nothing is changing. There's no real solutions to problems, and management stifles anyone trying to innovate or improve anything. We're told things like, 'Apply ISTQB!' but then get berated for 'bad' ideas when we suggest ways that we can practically apply it. Nothing is enforced across the department. Want to work on an initiative for a leadership promotion? Good luck when no leads will enforce any changes to practices. Want to make a small clerical change to software that will have 0 impact? Too bad, you're going to get filibustered for months. Everyone goes around leadership whenever they can because nothing gets done. Nothing changes.7