Codemasters Reviews

Updated 1 May 2020

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3.3
63%
Recommend to a Friend
67%
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Codemasters CEO Frank Sagnier (no image)
Frank Sagnier
47 Ratings
Pros
  • "Brilliant support staff and flexi-time bonus helps maintain a good work/life balance(in 9 reviews)

  • "Good work/life balance (so far)(in 7 reviews)

Cons
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  1. "Love it!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Recruiting Coordinator in Runcorn, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Codemasters full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Love the company. love the people. Very friendly. Nice organisation to be a part of.

    Cons

    nothing that i'm aware of (so far)

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    Codemasters2020-03-03
  2. "Overall, a good place to make video games"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Producer in Leamington, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Codemasters full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    You get to work on excellent and exciting games.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities to advance your career.

    Codemasters2020-04-16
  3. "Good company"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Friendly staff, remote quiet office, on-site gym and canteen

    Cons

    Lack of transparency in salaries, bonuses and promotions.

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    Codemasters2020-04-28
  4. "Over worked, under valued, under paid."

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Birmingham, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Office environment can be good at times. Flexible hours would be a benefit if it werent for the work load....

    Cons

    Over time (unpaid) is expected as the norm, regardless of what you have going on in your home life. Managers don't recognize the extra hours put in or even discuss the prospect of time off in lieu or paid over time. No appreciation for the work staff put in or even an acknowledgement of working far beyond the contracted hours every week. Staff are made to feel like they cant ask for time back for fear of being replaced. Too many cooks in the kitchen - too many levels of authorisation for every little detail.

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    Codemasters2020-05-01
  5. "Could do a lot better"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior QA Engineer in Southam, West Midlands, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Codemasters full-time

    Pros

    + Free gym, milk and fruit + Separate room dedicated to quiet space + Relaxed atmosphere + Most people are very nice + Onsite canteen and pub + Flexi-time

    Cons

    - The annual salary is an absolute joke compared to the equivalent role at other games companies - Bonuses are pathetic - Career progression is slow almost to the point of being non-existent - Lack of formal training (management training, Excel training, First Aid etc.) - Executive management is just an overpaid old boy's club - QA is treated as the runt of the litter. We have to scrounge for game merch (but you can bet the canteen staff will get free tshirts no problem!) - Codies will always cheap out on the Christmas parties and release day events. If you think there's gonna be a summer party (like at other companies), forget it - Bad QA temps are not let go when they're clearly a waste of space - If you get in before 8am you can't count that as worked time in QA. This does not apply to the rest of the company

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    Codemasters2020-01-14
  6. "Great company to work for"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - QA Tester 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Codemasters full-time

    Pros

    Flexi Time, Friendly Staff and Career Progression

    Cons

    No cons as of yet

    Codemasters2019-10-08
  7. Helpful (6)

    "A few bad apples spoil the barrel"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Codemasters full-time

    Pros

    Will satisfy your yearning for going back and working in 2004 but with higher resolution monitors. Company is in reasonable financial health and has a strategy to double down on the racing genre. You may have a good time as a rank and file employee if you don't have to cross paths with some of the bad apples in senior management.

    Cons

    By far the biggest problem is that the company would not understand how to invest-in/foster a positive, caring, and stable culture if Moses descended from heaven in a winged Impreza to explain it to them. Much of this is the result of weak and ineffective senior managers who have been there a long time (hint hint), as well as an attitude that culture is something that can be outsourced by the execs down to said senior managers rather than coming from directly from the top. Senior art and design staff seem to get treated like cannon fodder. Senior technical staff and the handling team get to act like they are invincible. The inmates run the asylum. In life we all know that people make time for things and people they really care about. No one who runs Codemasters cares about the company culture. Its all about how long you’ve been there and how willing you are not to rock the boat -i.e. weak management means there is all sorts of favouritism and uneven standards. Certain people use this to their advantage, creating an undercurrent of cut-throat politics and power struggles under the surface.

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    Codemasters2019-08-06
  8. "amazing experience so far"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer in Southam, West Midlands, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Codemasters full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Lovely site to work in free gym nice subsidised canteen i drive, but there is a free bus service seems to be on the right track in terms of moving forward with technogly

    Cons

    mobile reception is bad being apart of the f1 team but not in birmingham can have a slight disconnect

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    Codemasters2018-11-16
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Very good working place"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Developer, Development Tools in Birmingham, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Codemasters full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice people and working atmosphere. Fairly organised working environment. Good work/life balance (so far).

    Cons

    Location is not the best (but we're moving offices).

    Codemasters2018-11-05
  10. Helpful (3)

    "Avoid"

    1.0
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Runcorn, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Codemasters full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay, ok benefits Some great colleagues

    Cons

    Dingy office in a depressing location, probably the most depressing office I've ever worked in. Impossible to reach by public transport.

    Codemasters2018-10-22
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