Cloud Imperium Games Reviews

Updated 18 Dec 2019

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3.7
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39 Ratings
  1. Helpful (2)

    "I am happy with my time at CIG."

    4.0
    • Culture & Values
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Programmer in Wilmslow, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Cloud Imperium Games full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I have few specifics of why I think it was good, but I look back at it as an, all in all, pleasant experience. I feel there was a fair amount of freedom and trust, micro managing was absolutely non existing, humble and helpful producers, easy going IT-support, awesome peers and level headed managers.

    Cons

    My number one gripe is how inefficient I felt trying to figure out what was happening where in the engine. It felt like a massive waste of time trying to piece together a map of the engine architecture when there must be people there who could teach me the big picture of what and where things happened in a frame. I had no confidence working when it felt I was looking though a pin hole. Eventually I got to spend time with a wonderful mentor, after which it was a whole new ball game. Also, the air conditioning suck.

  2. Helpful (5)

    "Great place to work and friendly people"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Environment and Vehicle Artist in Wilmslow, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cloud Imperium Games full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I worked at the UK branch, Foundry 42. There I had the pleasure of working alongside a fantastic team of friendly and welcoming people all with a passion for creating a fantastic game and for pushing technological boundaries

    Cons

    Star Citizen is mostly an open beta, PC experience and so in some ways it lacks the satisfaction of seeing a finished title on shelves before moving on to the next game that one might experience at other studios.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Excellent place to work"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer in Wilmslow, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cloud Imperium Games full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Talented people Great management Lots of progression We also have an onsite barista :)

    Cons

    Sometimes the scale of the game can be quite daunting

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  4. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work!"

    5.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmslow, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cloud Imperium Games full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Relaxed working atmosphere and environment, everyone is super friendly! Minimal crunch Great benefits The company cares about their employees

    Cons

    No cons that I can think of at all really!

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  5. Helpful (2)

    "An ambitious project, with great people but not a clear direction"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cloud Imperium Games full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Working on a massive project (Star Citizen and Squadron 42), loved by a lot of players - Working with some really great people, experts in their fields - Working without the pressure of a publisher

    Cons

    - Especially for a crowd-funded project, it feels that there is no clear direction or destination - Somewhat unorganized

  6. Helpful (14)

    "Generally Happy with CIG!"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Gameplay Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cloud Imperium Games full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Genuine people, awesome talent pool and scope of the project is unprecedented. It's incredible to see over 500 employees worldwide working toward a single goal. Benefits are great- employees have the flexibility to work from home, medical, dental, and vision coverage are free, paid time off, holidays, and subsidized transportation benefits are provided. We also get the entire week off during the Christmas holidays and have received end of year bonuses as well (apart from receiving increases from yearly performance reviews)

    Cons

    long hours which is expected in the gaming industry. but the company tries to combat crunch times by providing us free food and gives us time off in lieu of staying late so it works out. The biggest issue I had was with this recruiter who was absolutely rubbish in his job. He was supposed to help us find candidates, and in interviews he would spend the entire time talking and promoting himself, made empty promises to our candidates which was never approved, amongst many other issues we had. He was very rude and unprofessional towards candidates and really tainted the company name. I made a formal complaint to HR together with several managers who had this experience and thank god he was removed from his position.

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  7. Helpful (5)

    "An Engineer's perspective"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmslow, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Cloud Imperium Games full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Challenging work, creating a game at a scale and detail not seen before - Plenty of extremely talented and knowledgable engineers to learn from - Good working atmosphere and environment - You feel connected to a fantastic community of backers that play the game - Minimal crunch

    Cons

    - The small percentage of people online that try to drag the company down, usually through lies and misinformation

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  8. Helpful (15)

    "Cig"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cloud Imperium Games full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good cantina, lots of fancy furniture and amenities. We spent a lot of time in the office so it was nice to have these things. Fans often send food. Fantastic opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    For software devs 1. Low pay imo 2. The crunch is real, constant, and often ends up being purposeless. 3. Management does not actually know what product is being made. I don't mean that in a "they are dumb" sense. Most middle management I worked with are actually effective and fair to employees. I mean that they literally do not know what they are supposed to be having us produce. It makes it hard to work on "your piece" so to speak. 5. Theres a serious braindrain effect here. For Fans 1. Much of what the upper management has said in a 10 for the chair man, presentations etc is not really realistic for the game in my opinion 2. Be nicer to your fellow fans. Their like/dislike of the game by any one fan/detractor will not affect the game's outcome. 3. The team wants to give you a great game, they (as I am gone) need your support more than ever before. 4. Marketing is often created by a separate company. Be aware of this and adjust your expectations accordingly. The new medical ship is a perfect example. The team are handed a ship concept and must create a game around it.

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  9. Helpful (10)

    "HR Department is a Shocking Mess"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmslow, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cloud Imperium Games full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The Development teams are over-worked and the project has no real direction, however many developers are doing their best to keep the project on track.

    Cons

    HR has no clue what they are doing, especially in the UK and US offices. Constantly making mistakes, and terrible at the recruitment process and gave many bad / negatives impressions and experiences to potential employees. The Studios will never grow whilst these HR people are in place.

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  10. Helpful (11)

    "Way too stressfull and unorganised"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmslow, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cloud Imperium Games full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    +The peoples you work with Can be the best in the industry. + free drinks +free fruits + Impressive project that could definitely become a benchmark in the industry.

    Cons

    - Unfortunately a lot of those talented people fled the place with the very same outlook on the company. - The organisation is ridiculous and you can be working on the same thing for a year or two and see it being restarted for the 4 th time because they don't really know what they want. It happened many time to me that my work had to please my lead then the person above him and finally Chris Roberts himself. Sometime Chris would be happy about it and then suddenly decide it wasn't what he wanted. - Moral of the team is really low - Management has a close look on everything you do and monitors it really closely knowing every time you are not doing what you are supposed to and sending a mail to the whole team about it in a very aggressive way. You will feel like you are at school sometime, which truly isn't great and everybody hope they stopped with those kind of mails. - A lot of juniors have been made seniors in 3 years or less with not even a single title shipped simply because, a lot of the seniority left the company. - Incredibly stressful with some inconsistent deadlines coming out of nowhere with work having to be a made in a month or so for a video presentation, requiring people to crunch incredible hours and coming on the weekend to work. - Salaries seems high but when you realize you are working 9h minimum each day, it isn't that good at all.

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