Epic Games Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

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  • "great benefits and great people(in 15 reviews)

  • "You work with a cool team, you get free food, you love the work happening(in 9 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "I have had to crunch occasionally, but nothing compared to other games companies I've worked for(in 12 reviews)

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

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    1. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Lots of Good, Lots of Stress

      Feb 24, 2020 - Director in Cary, NC
      Recommend
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      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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      23 people found this review helpful
    2. 3.0
      Current Contractor, more than 1 year

      Great place to get experience in fast growth tech environment

      Jan 1, 2020 - Customer Service Representative 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Casual work environment, nice bonuses multiple times a year

      Cons

      Constant turnover, constant changes, poor work/life balance mentality

      1 person found this review helpful
    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Wonderful

      Jul 22, 2019 - Workday Integrations Lead in Cary, NC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      People centric, sophisticated, top talent, no egos

      Cons

      Long Hours will be counter effective yo the work life balance

      1 person found this review helpful
    4. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      An amazing opportunity to work on some incredible tech

      Apr 22, 2019 - Senior Engineer 
      Recommend
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      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

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    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Fantastic Game Industry Company

      Feb 22, 2019 - Publishing in Cary, NC
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      Pros

      I've worked at 8 companies in the game industry over a 20 year career, including two of the big four publishers. Epic is by far the least political, most principled, and most inspiring place I've been. The management group genuinely cares for the team, and they show it by offering every benefit under the sun.

      Cons

      Epic is driven by an ambitious vision and works hard to make it a reality ASAP. The team moves fast, and work/life balance can suffer at times. Of course that's true of most game industry jobs, what's unique about Epic is that for many here the mission is worth working hard for.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Great company

      Mar 3, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      CEO Great benefits Fun place to work

      Cons

      Work life balance can suffer

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    7. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Poor Management and Work Life Balance

      Oct 17, 2018 - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Free healthcare, food and unlimited PTO

      Cons

      They work you to death, expect you to be 'on call' 24/7, culture is work-a-holic, non-stop, lots of stress and pressure which does not allow for proper work-life balance. If you have a family, kiss them goodbye because you won't be able to spend time with them anymore. Inexperienced management did not address the problems appropriately.

      29 people found this review helpful
    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great company but need to work like a startup company

      Apr 23, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good people and good work-life balance. High quality games and technologies

      Cons

      Lack of people. Small company Compared to name vlaue,

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    9. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Best company I have ever worked for.

      Oct 15, 2013 - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The leadership of the company genuinely care about the people here. Tim Sweeney is the best person you could possibly have running a company. Over the years, they have made many changes to ensure the best working environment for the people here. Better work/life balance, no core hours, lots of new Friday events, such as Epic Friday (work on anything that interests you, or that could improve your skills), Game On(twice a month, play games on Friday, eat pizza, drink beer!) and other cool events.

      Cons

      The only current downside would be the management structure at the game team level. Upper management is great, while management on individual game teams can be chaotic and unorganized.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    10. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Best place to be in games

      Oct 15, 2013 - Senior Engine Programmer in Raleigh, NC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Lots of passion and drive. Management is not afraid to take risks. Never get bored since there is always something cool to work on. Strong partnerships in the industry. Established and respected developer.

      Cons

      Teamwork suffers at times due to competitive culture. Work-life balance issues due to expected long hours.

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