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eRepublik Labs Reviews

Updated February 23, 2017
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  1. "Totally transparent with workers and great environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment and co-workers, beautiful office with gym and Irish pub, no overtime, very competitive pay and they have passion for videogames!

    Cons

    Try to make your own games, not do a copy of games of the competence ( like Gameloft), and should focus your vision of the project and listen the opinion of workers of the company

    Advice to Management

    they should try to invest more time on R&D and preproduction of the projects...because it will help them to find easily future problems on production phase


  2. "Great environment to grow professionally"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - CS/Community in Bucharest (Romania)
    Current Employee - CS/Community in Bucharest (Romania)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    One of the best things at eRepublik Labs is that you can start as junior and not only progress to become a senior but you can also expand your knowledge and skills by working closely with various departments.
    Another good thing is the team who knows how to accept and integrate new employees so that you feel comfortable working with the team.
    Last but not least, more than decent salary especially if you don't have loads of experience.

    Cons

    Could do with some improvements on time management among employees for various tasks/responsibilities such as setting realistic, but strict deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    Hold on tight to the valuable people in the team and motivate them even more to stay in the team and not to run at the first chance.


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    "Great team (in Bucharest, at least) and super working environment"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Bucharest (Romania)
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Bucharest (Romania)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at eRepublik Labs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - team members are great individual
    - working environment is cool and it makes you enjoy coming to work
    - people in the discuss a lot between each other and you really feel you participate to something
    - pro-active and results oriented mindset it's appreciated
    - real chances to promote if you have the right attitude towards work

    Cons

    - there were some approach mistakes in top management level but I hear that they learn a lot from their mistakes and they make things become better over time

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in people and assume the team and their ideas


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    "A great place to develop your skills"

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    Former Employee - Customer Support Specialist in Bucharest (Romania)
    Former Employee - Customer Support Specialist in Bucharest (Romania)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at eRepublik Labs full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's a cool environment to work, plus if you are dedicated and work hard, you have some good opportunities to grow and improve. All the people that I know and left this company were hired by big companies or they have their own businesses, due to the fact that at eRepublik you are allowed to move in the direction you want. If you are hired for a QA position, with work and dedication, you can become a Studio Manager (real fact). I was part of the support team and I left after 5 years to another company where I have a Management position. As a conclusion, I would recommend Erepublik as a work environment.

    Cons

    I the period I've worked for Erepublik, the company has opened a 2nd office in Madrid, from my point of view this is the biggest downside I can imagine. And to be more specific, it was the Management from that office that put the entire Erepublik Company is a bad position, due to the fact the no successful games were released in 5 years. But now that office is closed and the Bucharest Office is back on high waves.


  6. "Transparent culture, great recent growth"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at eRepublik Labs full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Company is 9 years old and is growing fast after going through highs and lows
    - Transparent culture you have access to all the numbers you need
    - Trust culture and metrics driven
    - cool new offices

    Cons

    - Not a very big games company, about 35 people
    - specializes in strategy games and mobile Free to Play so not a lot of variety of games

    Advice to Management

    continue with the transparency


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Waste of talent and money"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madrid (Spain)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madrid (Spain)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at eRepublik Labs full-time

    Pros

    - Great co-workers, professionally and personally.
    - Good salary if you are able to sell castles in the air (highly valued in this company). If not, then it becomes a con.

    Cons

    - Management (CEO and COO, basically) kills the company. They think they know everything and they understimate workers, ignore users and manage to kill projects before even starting them.
    - Career opportunities tend to zero. You will be doing always the same stuff. In the Bucharest office they misuse the term Project Manager, but don't believe you will be in charge of any projects.
    - There are no perks or benefits. Yes, there's a Xbox, an arcade machine and some other stuff. But it is only user to show off and create hype in videos or pics.
    - They sell this lean-startup image where everything is unicorns, candy and butterflies, but it's a lie. There's no horizontal structure, in your day to day work you will use a twisted version of scrum and management won't value your opinions.

    Advice to Management

    Please, don't write false reviews. Or at least say that you are the CEO, so people can understand why you say what you say.


  8. "A game start-up that has been trough many challenges in the past 7 years with successes and failures"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at eRepublik Labs full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Great offices
    - Transparent culture
    - Love of crafting games
    - Pivoting to mobile games pain was in 2014 and new products in the pipeline that are coming up look good

    Cons

    - 2014 was a difficult year where the company pivoted from one main browser product to also doing mobile games
    - Some people had to be let go in 2014, although it was the right people to let go, that is always a difficult moment to go trough.
    - The 2 studios structure in what is still a small company (50 people) can make things more complex than they should be at the same time.

    Advice to Management

    - Continue with the transparent culture
    - Focus on more smaller games


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Not recommended due to mediocre top management"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Designer in Bucharest (Romania)
    Former Employee - Designer in Bucharest (Romania)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at eRepublik Labs full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Very nice team, good professionals and nice people
    - They used to have excellent middle managers
    - Salaries are pretty good

    Cons

    - Very low quality top management, two guys that think they know everything (game design, marketing, agile methodology etc.) but their results are close to disaster. Even so, they micromanage almost every single aspect of the company.
    - Although they claim it's a startup you can meet more rules and regulations than in an old corporation
    - They fire or force to leave any other manager or good employee to explain their incompetence in front off other or the board
    - The freedom of thinking is quite limited, you are forced to satisfy not the final customer but the top management
    - New products pr new features are decided based on what the top management likes not what the market needs

    Advice to Management

    Keep your hands out of the production, let real professionals do the work or you two will end up closing this company. And stop making great people run away! There are at least three new profitable companies in Bucharest where ex-eRepublik employees are doing a great job!


  10. Helpful (7)

    "I won't recommend to anyone"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madrid (Spain)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madrid (Spain)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The Madrid office is very nice and well located, also the team is great.
    I'd recommend the company only for very junior persons that need to make a bit of experience in the industry and have no other opportunities, with the mention to always look for something better.

    Cons

    Unfortunately there is a long list:
    Currently the company has some issues (the project they developed in Madrid hasn't reached the expected results after two years of development so they laid off people, cut off English classes and other benefits.
    Even if the COO pretends to be experienced, the products development stages are not following classic steps (competition benchmarks, adding innovation factors, there is no GDD etc.). Also he is not defending the product in front of CEO and he never really knows to estimate technical tasks.
    Both COO and CEO think they are experts in marketing so that no person in that department resists more than 6-8 months.
    The same they are ''very good'' game designers so if you are not acting as they say you're free to go (the results about how good they are can be seen in the very low retention the project they did have).


  11. "Very nice workplace"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bucharest (Romania)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bucharest (Romania)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at eRepublik Labs full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The Bucharest office is very nice and well located, it has all the facilities that you might need in order to do your work well, the team leaders are open-minded and if you do your job well you can get the chance to lead a team yourself. Best of all are the people who are part of the Erepublik team.

    Cons

    I believe that there are not enough training programs and that could also use more social benefits for the employees.



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