Codemasters Reviews

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3.8
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Pros
  • "Brilliant support staff and flexi-time bonus helps maintain a good work/life balance(in 9 reviews)

  • "Relaxed atmosphere, great people and good benefits(in 9 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Awful atmosphere, if you face doesn’t fit with senior management, beware(in 12 reviews)

  • "Only racing titles are developed by Codemasters(in 7 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      A great workplace

      8 May 2021 - Localisation Specialist in Royal Leamington Spa, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Working with great people, almost like a family

      Cons

      Nothing that is worth mentioning

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    2. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Politics, incompetence and manipulation

      27 May 2021 - Computer Programmer in Runcorn, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Cost of living is pretty low in Runcorn, although there is nothing to do; - If you are a programmer, the graphics team can and will teach you a lot; - Probably is a good job for a graduate, but get a project out of the door and leave ASAP! - Benefits are ok, but don't compare to the competitors in the area;

      Cons

      Very manipulative and clique-y middle and upper management. TLDR: At Cheshire there are a lot of long-winded explanations of how good the culture is while in reality having a toxic culture that low-key encourages employees to do unpaid overtime. Bespoke situations are as following: - Game Director was fired and never replaced on past product, consolidating design decisions into people without a design background. A lead designer was appointed, although it seemed like he was often just rubber-stamping whatever comes from above; - Directors without design background used double-role as Game Directors to reject trivial features, which are staple to the racing genre, because they didn't like said feature (multiplayer elements, wheel on release); - Directors and production team repeatedly stonewalling on requests and conversations to cut features and reduce scope, sometimes showing visible disinterest (on their phones, walking out during meetings to talk to someone else) during said conversations; - Directors and production team using malicious compliance to stifle genre-specific development processes, because they don't understand and/or disagree with them. Agreeing to get the ball rolling when asked to set up a process, but not doing anything about it; - Directors and leads assuming a posture of friendship to dissuade people when they ask for a pay rise. Using the same posture to persuade people into working longer hours; - Directors repeatedly using passive dismissal to ignore criticisms or issues, continuing a conversation as if an issue wasn't raised; - Promises of hiring additional staff to take load off some employees. Job descriptions didn't even go up on the careers page; - Promises of the moon on a stick in terms of money or bonuses, but "I can't commit to anything" when asked for timeframes or in writing; - People who left the project before an arbitrary cut-off date a couple weeks before the release were put under "special thanks" in the credits. There were promises that this wasn't going to happen; - People who are closer to key people get preferential treatment. In some cases regardless of ability; - Location might as well be unreachable unless you drive;

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    3. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Great place to work

      26 May 2021 - Computer Programmer in Leamington, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great people and solid projects to work on.

      Cons

      Out in the country but I like it.

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    4. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      good for getting into AAA, but animation is a 3rd class citizen

      15 Mar 2021 - Animator in Southam, West Midlands, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The Southam Canteen was just amazing. The gym was alswo nice and well equipped. Dev-wise, as an animator, the mocap suit was the highlight. I also loved the tandem that my Lead and Animation programmer were. Both of them left before and after I did though. Flexi time worked well enough.

      Cons

      At my time it was all racing games so the animation work was not the most exciting. Plus we'd be at the bottom of the priority queue. Plus toxic masulinity in various degrees, mostly lowkey and, more eggregiously, seldom addressed, if ever. Yes, staple of the industry, but worth pointing out. Also "planned unpaid crunch" was a thing.

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    5. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Enjoyed working here

      2 May 2021 - Lead Animator in Warrington, North West England, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great people, good benefits, good company culture

      Cons

      They only work on racing games which for me was a drawback

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    6. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Lack Ambition, some great people

      9 Feb 2021 - Level Designer in Southam, West Midlands, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Some great people to work with! Good, casual atmosphere Some good facilities, such as the gym, canteen. Heading in the right direction, but still a long way to go Great place to start your career, as they give graduates a chance

      Cons

      Lack ambition when it comes to projects and pushing tech A general lack of leadership from the top, who rarely ever listen to employees Lack of staff wellbeing shown Can try to force overtime on people - due to bad management and production Production generally have to much power on the direction of the game Salary is lower in comparison to competitors - maybe this is due to promotions rather than new hires

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    7. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Great place, don't take it for granted!

      12 Oct 2020 - Anonymous Employee in Southam, West Midlands, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Overall sense of trying to achieve greatness is inspiring - Opportunity to work on some great franchises, for example DiRT and F1 - Good work/life balance is there, if you want it - Great offices and location, compared to others in the industry - Real ownership and responsibility for the most part - Some exceptionally talented people in their field - Good team atmosphere certainly within Publishing - Solid structure in place, with some really great experienced people in the company - It's tough sometimes, but don't take it for granted - there are many worse places to find yourself working

      Cons

      - The smart, talented people are sometimes overlooked in favour of sycophants and 'yes men' - Tendency to be veer towards conservativism rather than innovation - It can feel like 'a nice place to come and retire'! - Always crunch time for the whole business which gets tiring after a while

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    8. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great office space and grounds.

      28 Apr 2021 - Experienced Artist 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The working environment is great.

      Cons

      Project development was chaotic and there were several periods of unpaid overtime.

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    9. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      meh...

      26 Apr 2021 - Quality Assurance Analyst in Southam, West Midlands, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      staff are awesome, tidy amenities and site in general

      Cons

      pay is terrible. redundancy is just around the corner

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Great place

      11 Mar 2021 - Production Art Manager in Southam, West Midlands, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Shared resource offering varied work. Good mentoring. Happy teams

      Cons

      None that impact my views of this great place to work

      1 person found this review helpful
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