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Epic Games Reviews

Updated 16 May, 2018
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Pros
  • for employees (not contractors) great benefits (in 7 reviews)

  • Great facilities, great perks like loads of different free food every day, language classes, awesome relocation support (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance issues due to expected long hours (in 5 reviews)

  • High turnaround rate even when it came to upper management (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "LAZY DEVELOPERS"

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    Former Employee - Software Developer
    Former Employee - Software Developer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Have lots of money to pay people with.

    Cons

    Dont care about player base only in it to promote pvp.

    Advice to Management

    Care about both sides of the coin pvp and pve..... but they dont....


  2. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Epic Games full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work on games

    Cons

    Can be competitive at times

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Okay place to start off but don't expect any growth"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Epic Games full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Okay benefits for employees only
    Business Smart enough to keep the lights on

    Cons

    High turnaround rate even when it came to upper management
    Constant shifts in project direction from art to programming


  4. "Its Awesome To Be An Epic Games Employee!"

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    Former Employee - Game Advisor in Auckland (New Zealand)
    Former Employee - Game Advisor in Auckland (New Zealand)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Epic Games part-time

    Pros

    To Have Fun And Have A Great Time!

    Cons

    None Theirs No Down sides

    Advice to Management

    Thankyou For Accepting Me At Epic Games I'll Try My Best To Work Hard!


  5. Helpful (10)

    "Like Lord of the Flies"

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    Former Employee - Middle Management in Cary, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Middle Management in Cary, NC (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Epic Games full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Center of technical excellence
    Respected in the industry

    Cons

    Chaotic, political atmosphere
    Constantly-changing priorities and targets

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and don't filter opinions through management. There is a good amount of "reality distortion" going around because everyone is afraid to disagree with their boss.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Dreams vs reality"

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    Former Employee - Management in Warsaw (Poland)
    Former Employee - Management in Warsaw (Poland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Epic Games full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Dream come true. It was my dream to work at Epic Games because 'The Making of Gears of War' DVD is what made me want to work in games. Great facilities, great perks like loads of different free food every day, language classes, awesome relocation support . Lots of interesting, smart people working there. Regular demos to the whole studio with pizza, a lot of fun. Weekly group test sessions with production team and studio lead, very interesting (and lots of fun). Sense of camaraderie. Regular video all hands company calls with Epic HQ.

    Cons

    Old school approach of '1 person decides' instead of tapping into the power and creativity of the group to drive a game in a certain direction. Initiative was seen as a negative, which was shocking but true. In the Polish studio people would switch to Polish mid-meeting until the end of the meeting leaving expats confused. It feels like there is no way to give true feedback on the game (with the game having been managed basically from North-Carolina as far as creative direction/design). Feedback on performance was mainly negative, not much focus on the positives. Communicating with 'higher ups' was a definite no-no, not an open culture.

    Advice to Management

    People join a game company to give their heart to games, they don't mind working hard and even working their way up - but treating them like interns without a voice leads to people leaving or being unhappy, especially expats who are away from home-partners-family. Give ownership to people, trust in them, create ways for feedback to be taken into consideration. Stop beating up people for taking initiative. Ensure all teams stick to English in meetings with expats. Eliminate micromanagement where possible. Keep up all the perks and the culture and having an amazing work environment!


  7. Helpful (15)

    "Great Intention, Bad Execution"

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    Former Employee - Designer in Cary, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Designer in Cary, NC (US)
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Epic Games full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefits of working here can't be beat. The company as a whole tries hard to reward you for good work.

    Cons

    The lack of a solid HR department results in a decent amount of sabotage and immature behavior. Company wide, people commonly get in shouting matches instead of remaining professional - this also includes upper management (except Tim Sweeney, he's constantly both kind and professional). It is very common for good employees to get forced into smaller and smaller job positions and suddenly "resign" after rubbing someone the wrong way. This happens so often that HR seems to be unaware that it is going on until after it is too late. There are too many upper level employees who make emotional rather than practical decisions.

    Contractors are commonly treated as disposable, even if entire features are built off of a single individual's work. It can be very difficult for a contractor to be converted to full time, and it is common for them to be severely underpaid when they are converted. It is even more common for contractors to eventually leave after being taken advantage of or led on for months or even years.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in a better HR department and start investigating how to prevent the constant emotional and impulsive outbursts. Treat contractors like professionals and not like cattle.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Software Tester (Contract)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Epic Games full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Easygoing environment, great people, stress-free workflow

    Cons

    Confusing chain of command, consistent boss sick days, less benefits for contractors

    Advice to Management

    Be able to tell your subordinates what tasks they need to do and when. Workers get lost and don't know what to do when tasks pile up and have no where to go.


  9. Helpful (11)

    "Great job for Students, Terrible for Senior Level People"

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    Current Employee - Senior Art in Cary, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Art in Cary, NC (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Epic Games full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Studio itself treats you well with great benefits, swag and food.

    Cons

    Middle management (Art Leads) are incredibly over bearing managing every tiny detail of your work. There is absolutely no room for creativity. This is a "do exactly what you are told" studio. People tend to disappear (get fired) for trying to buck that system.

    Advice to Management

    It doesn't matter because it will never change.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Great company, not for everyone"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Epic Games full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    -Great people to work with.
    -Surrounded by gaming culture.
    -Great Benefits

    Cons

    -Constant Last Minute changes to projects.
    -A bit less focused on gaming as of late
    -Positions tend to be fluid
    -Long hours

    Advice to Management

    Try to make your employees feel that they can exceed in areas they enjoy


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