It is no secret, some of the FanFest attendees also head there with the hopes of causing a good impression and congratiate themselves with some good CCP Games reference which might serve as a way to land a job in the future.
Granted there has been a ton of criticism for “The GlassDoor” – a site with the purpose of providing insight on the working conditions – wether it could be used as a way to “Get back” at your former employer. Still here is a eye-opening read for you all ever played with the thought of applying for CCP Games.
The GlassDoor CCP Games Reviews.
I won’t post the pros/cons (you can read those at the GlassDoor site) and instead will put a compilation of the best “Advices to Senior Management” former and current employees has submitted to the website.
For those TL;DR afflicted, most of the reviewers mention a good working atmosphere plagued by bad management decision and a “job position title” culture.
It’s great that you’re so positive about things, but don’t forget about past mistakes and the harsh lessons learned. Remember to keep one eye on the big picture.
- Jul 21, 2012
Advice to Senior Management – Senior management usually react to negative feedback by flying the entire Human Resources department around the world a couple times with no practical results other than a couple of them get promoted
- 2 weeks ago
Advice to Senior Management – Listen to your customers. Realize you can’t do “3 impossible things” before breakfast. Realize that you should listen to non-icelandic staff at your offsite studio(s)
- 3 weeks ago
Advice to Senior Management – Please make sure you reward hard working people and really listen to them when they have advice on a position or can best communicate the needs of that position. They are the people who are performing the tasks daily, so they would know best the constraints and feasibility of requests. Also, allow your staff to progress within the company. If they shine, give them the opportunity to move up and take on more responsibilities.
- Jul 23, 2012
Adverbially obsessed CCP,
You might try looking around at the amazing talent you’re wasting, and try not to waste it. People will eventually leave and find a studio at which their talents will be harnessed. You had to lay off industry-renowned veterans who pioneered many aspects of 3D art because of hubris and losing your vision for the future because you were blinded by the dollar signs when things were good.
Listen to your lowly artists and content developers, not just people with “Senior”, “Producer”, and “Director” in their titles. I have to see any of those big-titled people contribute much more than unnecessary meeting invites that interrupt production. With the amount of mid and high level management the studio has, you would think the products you’re developing would be well managed, on-time, and under budget. Nothing is ever really on time, budgets aren’t guaranteed, and quality can be lacking. You might want to examine the structure of the studio from the ground up to see how you can make it a true agile environment for talented people, and less of a rhetoric factory where brainwashing and false promises are the cattle prods of choice.
Stop with the meetings. Games would ship on time if not for the insane amount of meetings after meetings to discuss every single point to the point of exhaustion. At some point, you need to strap in and build something and just try it out. Less meetings, more doing. Action, not discussion.
Pay your employees industry averages. If you feel so honored to be hosting amazing industry talent, then paying them what they’re worth shouldn’t be a big deal. Time to put your money where your mouth is, CCP.
- Mar 29, 2012
Not sure what to make out of all this, to be honest. That “start-up smell” kind of wears off quickly and for a company like CCP Games, eager to diversify its current “all eggs in a single basket” business model it can be easy to overlook the hardships a low/mid level employer endures every day.
Anyhow, we’ll keep monitoring this GD thread just in case something out of the ordinary appears.
Discussion: The GlassDoor CCP Games Review.
What about you experiences as customer. What kind of real, tangible advice would you give CCP Games management should you had the chance to get one-on-one with them?