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A mediocre stepping stone studio for most developers

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

I worked at Crytek full-time for more than 3 years

Pros

- Great talent and colleagues in the trenches. Especially on programming and art
- Great engine
- One of only two or three AAA developers in continental Europe
- An excellent place to learn what it takes to ship a big, multi-platform title

Cons

- Executive management has consistently shown their lack of business acumen by not having a clear strategy for the company for years. This resulted multiple times in changes in direction, rework, overtime and missed objectives
- Hardcore crunching at Crytek is common currency. It's not just "some overtime" to meet important milestones, it's a terrifying mandated lifestyle and a culture of quantity, not quality. Understandably, this results in a cyclical exodus of inordinate amounts of talent
- Salaries, benefits and perks are significantly below par for a AAA studio in the games industry
- Only a handful of good producers and scores of incompetent managers make development far more difficult than it needs to be

Advice to ManagementAdvice

- Remember that your employees are human beings and your most important asset
- Try to foster a healthy corporate culture by training your employees, being honest with them about issues, investing in leadership development and effective delegation and getting rid of highly disruptive employees
- Don't pay your employees the bare minimum. Try to pay them what they're worth
- Develop a business strategy and try to stick to it
- Try not to alienate your business partners. They have the same goals as you do. Try to work with them, not despite them
- Hold yourselves accountable
- Train yourselves as leaders worth following

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best Tech, great people and stable company

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    Current Employee - Senior 3D Artist  in  Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Current Employee - Senior 3D Artist in Frankfurt am Main (Germany)

    I have been working at Crytek full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of responsibility early on, freedom to do your own thing if you do it right (your mileage may vary). Best-in-industry tech and some of the most talented guys around in the office to learn from.

    Cons

    Sometimes too little guidance, creative process volatile, heavy focus on tech at expense of design. Bonus scheme not satisfactory compared to other game studios outside of europe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask regular people more about feedback on directors or middle managment, they are mature enough to give objective assessments.

    Recommends
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  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    2005 it was a nice company but turns in to a place i can't recommend to anyone.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Crytek full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    If you are fresh developer its the right place to learn because after all Crytek has still few good people.

    Cons

    Bad management.
    They don't ask you to work late, they kick you in your nuts if you don't do it by your self.
    Don't expect ever to get money or something like that after working 15h a day/ 6 day's a week.
    No bonuses anymore since one company is paying 5 other company's.. that means, Crysis is paying 5 or 6? company's...
    You get also only old-school hardware to work on high-end games.. and don't ask for something new!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ... won't help anyway...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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