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Updated May 27, 2021

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    amazing experience so far

    Nov 16, 2018 - Programmer in Southam, West Midlands, England, England
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    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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  2. 2.0
    Former Employee

    Politics, incompetence and manipulation

    May 27, 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

    May 26, 2021 - Computer Programmer in Leamington, England, England
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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. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Average

    Jan 25, 2021 - Senior Programmer in Runcorn, England, England
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good tech (in the Cheshire studio). Nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Lack of vision and ambition, short dev cycles means games get rushed out and end up of mediocre quality. Business deals take precedence over game quality, there really doesn't seem to be a desire from management to make games that go beyond the minimum amount of work needed to ship. At one studio, friction with management ended up causing about half the programmers and a third of the artists to leave over the course of a few months.

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  5. 4.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Good people, mediocre salary

    Dec 22, 2020 - Programmer in Southam, South West England, England, England
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    Pros

    Great atmosphere, good balance between fun and professionalism

    Cons

    Poor salary. Several other words.

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  6. 3.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Good company

    Apr 28, 2020 - Senior Programmer in Birmingham, England, England
    Recommend
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    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lack of transparency in salaries, bonuses and promotions.

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  7. 4.0
    Current Employee

    A good place to work

    Mar 7, 2009 - Programmer in Southam, West Midlands, England, England
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Codemasters is a rapidly expanding company which generally compared with the others in the industry do tend to treat their employees well. The working conditions are very good with a recently new refurbished building and attention given to working condtions. Generally if you do your job well you are well looked after by the company and regular bonus are given on project completion and performance based.

    Cons

    Lots of overtime (but it is paid or it is time exchanged for more holidays). There are concerns that it is expanding at a maybe carless rate particularly in this climate however time will tell if this is true.

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  8. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    On the up, exciting times ahead

    Jan 4, 2017 - Principal Programmer in Runcorn, England, England
    Recommend
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    Pros

    New investment gives a lot of confidence Exciting existing IPs to work on as well as some ambitious new ideas Showing support for British game dev with the new EVO studio Working culture is good

    Cons

    Need to shake any stigma that may remain from past difficulties and bad decisions.

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  9. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Great place to start a career, but don't stay too long

    Feb 2, 2017 - Programmer in Birmingham, England, England
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    Pros

    The quality of games released has greatly improved There are nice people to work with A great place to start a career Close to the station for commute Flexible working hours

    Cons

    Very poor management No career opportunities for evolution or team move People get raised/promoted secretely while others never get the opportunity to talk about it No transparency Very little communication Pressure to work overtime with very little compensation Efforts not rewarded

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  10. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Minor Issues, but slowly improving

    Jan 23, 2017 - Programmer in Southam, West Midlands, England, England
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Improved benefits including on-site gym Senior management are trying to improve the company, but takes time Work-life balance is good More Interesting projects on the horizon Feel good factor is slowly coming back Games are much better quality

    Cons

    Communication is still poor from top to bottom Doesn't feel like a gaming company, lacks fun factor

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