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- Culture & Values
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I have been working at Crytek full-time (more than 5 years)Pros
Used to be great, nice city, bla bla bla...
If you're a junior, go ahead. You'll get some decent experience and leave after a couple of years, to go far far away.Cons
The 3 brothers / owners are either incompetent or they lost their mind long time ago... around Crysis 2 time I presume. The first brother, aka the "creative" one, had so many counterproductive ideas that he drove the company in a dead end, with useless pet projects coming out of his mind every couple of months, wasting money, time and resources. He's also the kind of boss that won't show up at any meeting you invite him to and if you are lucky enough to get him to sit down in a room, he'll spend most of his time checking his iPhone and give very little attention to the speaker. Not to mention he loves to troll, especially in the press. The second one, the smart / corporate one, takes care of the finances. Without him couterbalacing his "creative" brother, the company would have probably been in a much worse situation. Then the third one... no one really knows what he's doing, expect making inappropriate jokes during the (rare) company meetings. They all like to show off... especially their Ferraris. They even accused (in the press!) the employees who complained about the salary delays of being "impatient" and "not loyal"... How disrespectful and disconnected from the reality must you be to say such things?
At the beginning of the year, half the HR department and finance officer(s) left the company. You know, the people who know the ship is starting to sink before everyone else. We also lost great development directors, most concept artists, lead graphics programmer, lead lighting artist, producer, marketer, art director, event manager, etc. The list is long and growing every month. It's not about who's leaving, but who's staying. In addition, it's is now nearly impossible to recruit anyone but juniors, as the company is blacklisted within the dev community.
The negativity in the office is very high, it is a toxic environment that will crunch you if you actually care. The hate against the upper management (the owners) is indescribable. So, like many, I just sit around not doing much and waiting for my visa to arrive... Why would someone work hard for substandard free 2 play projects, for a substandard wage, in a terrible work environment with awful office politics?
What were the strengths of Crytek?
Tech? Epic, Dice and even Ubisoft already caught up long ago. The Engine as a service (who came up with that name?) is not successful and the tech is clearly not a focus point anymore, no matter what they would like us to believe.
Sandbox gameplay? Look at Ryse or Warface... and you'll be embarrassed for Crytek. Releasing again Ryse on PC and seeing again terrible reviews is just painful to watch.Advice to ManagementAdvice
It's too late, you destroyed the last bits of DNA that made Crytek a great company.Doesn't RecommendNegative OutlookDisapproves of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks – interviewed at Crytek.Interview Details
I sent my CV, I was called over a week later for an one onsite interview, the interviewer had no idea how to interview and spent most of the meeting talking or asking leading questions. It was extremely easy, but concerning. On the plus side, the whole process was fast.Interview Questions
Negotiation DetailsCrytek did a fair bit of haggling over my salary. I encourage future applicants to request what they're worth and not necessarily just what Crytek is willing to pay.Accepted OfferNegative ExperienceEasy Interview
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