Frontier Developments Reviews

Updated Jul 19, 2021

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Frontier Developments Founder & CEO David Braben
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32 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good, friendly people on the team(in 5 reviews)

  • "Tea, canteen, flexi time, location(in 3 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Open plan offices, badly paid overtime/crunch (you're expected to participate), office space spread over remote buildings(in 6 reviews)

  • "cost of living(in 3 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Awesome

      Jun 30, 2021 - Tools Programmer in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      A lot of experienced people who you can learn from.

      Cons

      Nothing comes to my mind.

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    2. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      A staggering lack of understanding of the industry

      Jun 19, 2021 - Full Artist in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      A great office Good bonus A lot of really talented people in many departments

      Cons

      The company is mostly run by people in their mid 40s and older which are so out of touch with what a modern game is and what the new development tools are that most of the best people are fleeing the company because they feel hopeless and don’t want their names associated with the mess that Elite Dangerous is. The salaries are among the lowest in the video game industry in the UK. There is no room to express creativity and try to make a genuinely great game , the profit of the company comes first and investors have to be pleased, so you’re just going to deal with lifeless big franchises that most of the employees do not want to work on. The CEO has no clue whatsoever what it takes to make a videogame these days, but no one is willing tell him that this is hurting the company.

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      6 people found this review helpful
    3. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great people to work for, and work with

      Jul 19, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Plenty of benefits, and a very supportive and helpful work environment. Everyone is enthusiastic and friendly, no-one was difficult to work with whatsoever. Cultural diversity feels genuinely natural and not forced Highly recommend working here.

      Cons

      It is a large company, so sometimes you feel like a cog in a machine. A valued and useful cog, but a small part of something bigger nonetheless.

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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Quantity over quality

      Jun 26, 2021 - Senior QA Tester in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good if you're new to the industry as you will get projects under your belt. Currently remote work is still an option, great if you're not local. Some occasional perks like small gifts and bonuses paid out. Office is relatively nice, once it's fully opened again.

      Cons

      Base pay is low for Cambridge, making the bonus a necessity and perks are certainly not the best in industry. Don't expect to be working on anything but simulation titles as this seems to be their bread and butter. Although you get paid overtime, it's a necessity as all projects are deliberately overscoped considering tight turnarounds. The engine is beyond a joke in terms of how bad it is for developing games, pretty much unusable unless you're a programmer and even then. Due to the above, there is little prototyping or developing fully-featured, well designed mechanics. Quite a few people seem to have issues getting promoted and this is in-part to untrained managers who cannot do their job. Huge push to outsource or get other developers to work on projects that push creativity.

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    5. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      It's become so BORING to work at Frontier Developments

      Apr 21, 2021 - Senior Artist in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -New office -The company is in charge of their own finances -Generally decent people -In a nice city -Christmas party and frontier festival is pretty good -No crunch in the whole time I've been there. -If you choose to do overtime you get paid for it -Decent canteen -Has the potential to be an awesome place to work -flexi-time is super useful

      Cons

      -Pay is woeful considering Cambridge rent prices -morale is at an all time low - it seems as if most of the staff has left the company out of frustration/boredom. The handful I know are much happier elsewhere enjoying better work and higher salaries. -Uncompetitive in most ways -Tricky to work with inhouse Cobra engine - One of the worst engines i've ever used from an art perspective. -No much of a focus on good looking art -Some employees aren't suited to their role, especially some art directors. -Outsource is rampant, I have friends that have gone 8+ months without doing any artwork, instead they're giving feedback to outsource artists. it never ends, they're not once thrown a bone.... -Senior/lead staff have made indecent comments to members of their team. -Seems to be less of a focus on their own IPs as of late. -Can go almost a year without a performance review. -Mass hiring to fill vacant seats....usually low paid inexperienced grads who's first stint in the industry is to work as clean up crew for legacy content. shame.

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      6 people found this review helpful
    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Cares for their employees

      Jun 7, 2021 - Server Developer in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Some awesome games being made. One of the most inclusive companies I have worked for. They do really look after their employees and have a forward-thinking view of mental health management, gender diversity, etc. They say they are a no-crunch environment and crunch is entirely optional.

      Cons

      No ability to progress. Move here in the role you want to stay in as nobody gets promoted or they have to beg continuously for 2 years for a promotion. There is some sense that you might progress if you do work overtime and then that promise is not fulfilled, which can feel slightly abusive and an odd take on crunch culture.

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    7. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Has lost its soul and employee morale is at an all time low

      Apr 28, 2021 - Senior QA Tester in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Good name to have on your CV if you are just starting out in the industry - Good overtime pay and capped time rules - Great people

      Cons

      - No longer values the work, its employees or the quality of the products. - key goals from its indie days have been replaced with cost-cutting, outsourcing and maximising sales. - Poor salaries. Not competitive as advertised and does not cover local living costs - Little or no career progression - No access to training or resources to keep skills/tech knowledge up to date. (the only course I was offered during my entire employment with Frontier was a 1hr session on how to motivate others to maximum productivity.) - Raising concerns about serious issues is met with abuse and threats

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      8 people found this review helpful
    8. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Disappointing

      Jul 15, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Office Building looks pretty cool. The talent of the people they have hired. All of them are good people who have nothing but passion for the industry.

      Cons

      Overview Progression is bias. Compensation is a joke. It's not strange to see that they are losing talents by the hordes. Out of touch with what is going on in the world. You would only have yourself to blame if you don't read the reviews here in Glassdoor before applying. Compensation Look at the salary section of Frontier in Glassdoor, they are pretty accurate. Your salary is not enough to live in Cambridge. Expect yourself to stuff in a houseshare with 5-6 others paying 800 a month. Even some of the employees themselves couldn't afford the meals served at the canteen. Do not depend on the bonus to make up your salary, you will be disappointed. Culture and Values Company culture is divided. Expect yourself to fit into different camps of people. Be prepared if you were to point out old time employee's flaws in their old ways of doing things, you will be singled out and ostracized. Your progress in the company will be stifled and you are deem a treat to the incompetent people who were there since the start. There's no way they are allowing you to make them look bad. Some of them even have tricks up their sleeves to make themselves indispensable to the company. They are not interested in training the next generation. They are going to talk behind you to plan for your exit. Huge liability really. Micromanaging It seems that, not only paying you little is what they are good at. They are also scrutinizing every single move you make to ensure the peanuts they gave you could translate to huge value. Taking a bathroom break will incur stares. Not back at your seat by 2pm from lunch, you will have them giving you a cold reaction. Having music playing in the background while you work, not allowed. That will incur a passive aggressive, closed door disciplinary action. Expect your 100% performance to be treated as subpar, gets a reduction in your annual bonus. If you somehow manage to work like a dog and please your immediate boss, that is just considered adequate. Yay towards receiving the full amount of your already pathetic bonus. Senior Management With the pandemic ranging on, they are exploiting the fact that people are working from home now. In fact, they have hired so many freshly minted graduates that their physical office do not have the capacity to even host everyone at the same time. Frontier ended up cultivating 2 camps of people here. - People who are having bills and mortgages to pay and are taking the stability route to stay here. They don't rock the boat, they just grind through day by day. - People who are frustrated, whose skills are under utilized, who knows their value and leaves for greener pasture (all of them found better work, also better paid too). Conclusion If you can accept the low salary, huge turnover and using it as a platform to go somewhere further in the near future, by all means. Give it a shot. If you are coming in from outside the UK just for this job, it's really not worth it. Stay clear of this company. It's not worth your time. You will have a better experience and time spent at another place.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    9. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Used to be good but recent years were unbearable

      Jun 25, 2021 - Web Developer in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -A lot of really talented and cool people -Decent benefits -Relaxed work, no overtime -Cool office, close to A14 which makes a quick commute to work -Flexi-time

      Cons

      -Low pay, definitely not competitive -Big disproportion of seniors and graduate artists -A lot of senior/principle artist who were in the studio for a decade are out of touch with the latest tools and are rather unwilling to learn -Chaotic management. -Lack of trust in management

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    10. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Used to be good but recent years were unbearable

      Apr 20, 2021 - Senior Artist in Cambridge, East of England, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -A lot of really talented and cool people -Decent benefits -Relaxed work, no overtime -Cool office, close to A14 which makes a quick commute to work -Flexi-time

      Cons

      -Very low morale in art department, a lot of people were leaving -A LOT of ungratifying, boring work, they rather send cool assets to outsource than give it to in-house artists -1-to-1 sessions supposed to be happening every 3 months but often its every 6+ months -Low pay, definitely not competitive -Big disproportion of seniors and graduate artists -A lot of senior/principle artist who were in the studio for a decade are out of touch with the latest tools and are rather unwilling to learn -Chaotic management, you never know what you will be doing next month or next week and a lot of time things do not make sense -Lack of trust in management -Very bad game engine with terrible tools for artists...

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      3 people found this review helpful
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