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NCSOFT

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ArenaNet

Employee Ratings

  • NCSOFT scored higher in 1 area: Compensation & Benefits.
  • ArenaNet scored higher in 8 areas: Overall Rating, Career Opportunities, Work-life balance, Senior Management, Culture & Values, CEO Approval, % Recommend to a friend and Positive Business Outlook.
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
3.0
(based on 148 reviews)
Overall Rating
(full-time and part-time employees only)
3.8
(based on 99 reviews)
ArenaNet employees rated their Overall Rating 0.8 higher than NCSOFT employees rated theirs.
Career Opportunities
Career Opportunities
2.8
Career Opportunities
3.6
ArenaNet employees rated their Career Opportunities 0.8 higher than NCSOFT employees rated theirs.
Compensation & Benefits
Compensation & Benefits
3.7
Compensation & Benefits
3.6
Work-life balance
Work-life balance
3.5
Work-life balance
4.4
ArenaNet employees rated their Work-life balance 0.9 higher than NCSOFT employees rated theirs.
Senior Management
Senior Management
2.3
Senior Management
2.9
ArenaNet employees rated their Senior Management 0.6 higher than NCSOFT employees rated theirs.
Culture & Values
Culture & Values
2.7
Culture & Values
4.1
ArenaNet employees rated their Culture & Values 1.4 higher than NCSOFT employees rated theirs.
CEO Approval
CEO Approval
NCSOFT Ceo Songyee Yoon
38%
38%Songyee Yoon
CEO Approval
ArenaNet Ceo Mike O'Brien
71%
71%Mike O'Brien
ArenaNet employees rated their CEO Approval 33% higher than NCSOFT employees rated theirs.
% Recommend to a friend
% Recommend to a friend
43%
% Recommend to a friend
68%
ArenaNet employees rated their % Recommend to a friend 25% higher than NCSOFT employees rated theirs.
Positive Business Outlook
Positive Business Outlook
39%
Positive Business Outlook
48%
ArenaNet employees rated their Positive Business Outlook 9% higher than NCSOFT employees rated theirs.

Salaries

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What Employees Say

  • ArenaNet had 21 more reviews than NCSOFT that mentioned "Work life balance" as a Pro.
  • "Korea" was the most mentioned Con at NCSOFT.
  • "Upper management" was the most mentioned Con at ArenaNet.
Pros
Pros
"Work life balance"(in 10 reviews)
"Austin"(in 9 reviews)
Pros
"Work life balance"(in 31 reviews)
"Work environment"(in 12 reviews)
Cons
Cons
"Korea"(in 21 reviews)
"Studios"(in 10 reviews)
Cons
"Upper management"(in 17 reviews)
"Guild wars 2"(in 8 reviews)
Featured Review

Product Manager

I worked at NCSOFT

Pros

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 Management

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.

Former Employee - Environment Artist

I worked at ArenaNet full-time for more than 10 years

Pros

Company provides great medical benefits and a great work life balance.

Cons

A challenging time for many as the company is growing and is finding a new solid direction.

Advice to Management

Keep up the good work.

Job Postings

Both NCSOFT and ArenaNet have 11 of recently posted open jobs.