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I worked at NCsoftPros
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 ManagementAdvice
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.Doesn't RecommendDisapproves of CEO
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I applied online. The process took 2 months - interviewed at NCsoft in May 2009.Interview Details
After a positive application response, the process consisted of a phone interview then lead to an on-site interview. Only one interview was conducted on-site and lasted for a couple of hours, with a couple of written tests.Interview Questions
Negotiation DetailsNo negotiation was required as the contract was pretty standard and the pay corresponded to the average salary for the position at the time.Accepted OfferPositive ExperienceAverage Interview
- None of the questions were particularly difficult, but a fair amount had subtle meanings to detect a personality profile. View Answer
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NCsoft is hardcore for fans of massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG). Its 1998 debut Lineage helped mold the genre, and continues -- mostly in the form of sequels and expansions -- to be among the most popular in the niche. Now the hit title shares the spotlight with Aion (which trails only Blizzard's World of Warcraft in total subscribers for a premium MMORPG), and is supported by prominent titles such as City of Heroes and Guild Wars. NCsoft also produces casual online games such as shooter Point Blank and strategy game Murim Jekook. The company has...