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- 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.
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.
I worked at NCSOFT
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.
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.
I worked at ArenaNet full-time for more than 10 years
Company provides great medical benefits and a great work life balance.
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.