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US offices are depressing

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA (US)

I worked at NCsoft full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Gain some entry level experience into the gaming industry. You get to work on some great products...not ones that were created by your own offices but those created by the Korean office.

Cons

Our Christmas bonus one year was a copy of the game we'd worked on. Just 1.
Management of the Seattle office was abysmal. Dealt with an extremely nepotistic manager who wouldn't promote anyone until they'd all left and he could promote his relative. Not that she was bad, just that she didn't have the experience that others did until they all left.
Pay was not competitive.
NCsoft West was a total mess run by incompetence and apathy.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You don't need to be wasting your money on a downtown Seattle office. Most of those employees are useless...you could probably hire a few English fluent folk out of HQ and do an equivalent job.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    This company attracts good people and great talent

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    Former Employee - Art Production Manager in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Art Production Manager in Austin, TX (US)

    I worked at NCsoft full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They provide good benefits and progressive policies like offering health coverage for domestic partners. They also allow individual teams to have a lot of autonomy, which is risky but great if you're successful in delivering a good product.

    Cons

    Like any game company, you are vulnerable to team-wide layoffs if you're a developer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Morally Bankrupt

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at NCsoft

    Pros

    Individual studios (ArenaNet, RIP Paragon, Carbine) offer a pleasant enough experience, and to the extent that you can be shielded from the executive shenanigans in Seattle or Seoul you may think everything is just fine.

    Cons

    Lack of direction. Inability to think differently and try new things. Poor use of shared services bogging down the individual development studios. Misleading bonus structure and shady payment practices resulting in a severe lack of trust and commitment at the highest levels. Terrible communication from HQ to NA studios, with an unfathomable reluctance to clearly voice disappointment effectively often resulting in massive amounts of wasted work and confusion among all parties. Almost blatant disregard for the long-term well-being of its employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-evaluate your moral compass, recognize that your people (regardless of which country they work in) are your greatest asset, and steer your company in a drastically different direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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