Epic Games Reviews

Updated 5 Aug 2020

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3.6
62%
Recommend to a Friend
68%
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Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney
Tim Sweeney
70 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great benefits and competitive pay(in 13 reviews)

  • "Free food and drinks in the kitchen as well as a gaming break area(in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Crunch is both a problem and not one at all(in 12 reviews)

  • "Work/Life balance was at times difficult to manage(in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Once in a lifetime opportunity"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Partner Development Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's an experienced games studio run by adults but with new generation talent, best of both worlds. Very player and industry focused. The effort to make other game studios successful and give players better options sometimes hurts our own business, but makes one feel like a part of something bigger. Leadership is honest and hard working, no free riders in management. CEO is a visionary. Strategy is awesome. Budget is huge but not poorly managed. Culture is informal and open minded, yet has traditional business values that do not make it ego- or personality- driven.

    Cons

    Extremely messy. Unless you have bullet proof task and project management skills you will get caught up in chaos and struggle to get things done, but rather put out fires most of the time. Due to explosive growth, there has been an influx of raw talent that is untapped and even misled into feeling resources are unlimited, entitlement is high and results expectations are low. This can be frustrating and can become political to work around.

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  2. "Quality gaming company"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Game Designer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Epic Games full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good pay and a great team to work with

    Cons

    Felt limited by the constructs of the company's projects


  3. "An amazing opportunity to work on some incredible tech"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Epic Games full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    For me, the work was a lot of fun. Working on UE3, UE4, and the company’s games was a career highlight

    Cons

    Perks outside HQ were limited. Work/Life balance was at times difficult to manage

  4. "Great company"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    CEO Great benefits Fun place to work

    Cons

    Work life balance can suffer

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  5. "Good"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Computer Programmer in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You work with a cool team, you get free food, you love the work happening.

    Cons

    It's hard and stressful sometimes.

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  6. "Good I guess..."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Game Designer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Epic Games part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    A lot of stress and a lot of hours

  7. "12 year old"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cape Town
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Epic Games part-time

    Pros

    It a great company with great management

    Cons

    Clashes with my school work

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  8. Helpful (7)

    "Rapidly evolving company with severe growing pains & ineffective management layer"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Developer in Cary, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Epic Games full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Incredibly bright people, especially in the engineering and art departments. - Highly ambitious in every decision that is made - no shortage of opportunities to make really cool stuff. - Actively defining the future of gaming across a lot of areas. - Bright business outlook longterm. - Tim Sweeney has a strong moral compass and they treat their employees really well - everyone involved with Fortnite made a killing because of Tim's employee-first approach. Benefits and health packages are likely best in the industry.

    Cons

    - Insane levels of crunch, and an expectation for many employees to be available 24/7 to put out fires. Not staffed well enough to handle live service ambitions and amount of randomization that comes from executive level. - Executives and their favorite employees are entirely immune to feedback from review cycles - even when its coming from the majority of the development team. Employees who identify bad actors which are favorites of management tend to get fired or moved to other projects. - Creative opportunities have shrunk considerably as team has grown and leadership has grown egos. Much of development resourcing is monopolized by massive projects handed down from leadership with short timelines. Very limited iteration cycles because team gets thrown onto the Next Big Thing frequently.

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  9. Helpful (1)

    "Incredible growth opportunity"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Epic Games full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Epic cares about empowering creators all over the world, and the organization is open for people to actively grow and contribute to that goal

    Cons

    It's critical to prioritize and draw through-lines to impactful objectives. The company has grown quickly so there's a lot going on

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  10. Helpful (13)

    "Lots of Good, Lots of Stress"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Cary, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Epic Games full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Lots of dedicated people who believe in their work. Willingness to grow and improve both on an individual and company level. A great example of trying something new that seems to be working is reduced meetings on 3 days a week. Good work-life balance most of the time for most of the company. Insanely good benefits. Weirdly good compensation and a great standard of living (in Cary NC)

    Cons

    Epic's process management is an embarrassment. There are dozens of competing priorities at the executive level and Epic's product teams try to do everything, leading to lots of work coming in at the last minute. Crunch is both a problem and not one at all. Lots of junior people feel pressure to keep working too many hours, while also being encouraged to work less. It's a weird dynamic as certain teams have self-enforced crunch on a regular basis while other teams don't at all. See the above point about process management. Politics play a real role in how effective you are and your job security in very senior roles. People can go from being very safe in their positions with positive review feedback to fast tracked to being fired because they upset the wrong executive. This actually leads to a heads down approach many people take to their work to prevent drawing the ire of executives.

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