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Updated 15 October 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. "This really IS Epic!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are friendly and helpful. Sharing ideas is encouraged. Innovation runs rampant!

    Cons

    Small company wearing very big shoes. Doing a good job of identifying areas for growth and building!

    Advice to Management

    Look to diversify the population in order to bring new ways to problem solve.


  2. "Epic is an amazing community of people working together"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Backend Engineer in Bellevue, WA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Backend Engineer in Bellevue, WA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Do incredible things, often at massive scale. Work with highly skilled people. Great pay, perks and support

    Cons

    Poor diversity in tech roles. Some org chaos. Heavy legal burden for employees, need to avoid leaks, can't work on outside projects, can't do any development related talks

    Advice to Management

    Work to improve diversity, make the company more remote friendly. Make it more of a leader in open source tech

  3. "Unreal Engine 4 TD"

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    Current Employee - 3D Generalist in Tehran, Tehran (Iran)
    Current Employee - 3D Generalist in Tehran, Tehran (Iran)

    I have been working at Epic Games full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I think one of the most reason is good salary
    and of curse promotion if ppl deserve it.

    Cons

    working at some where with low level style.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Great Place to work (QA tester)"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Epic Games full-time

    Pros

    - Awesome teams and a lot of transparency within the company.
    - Company wide events happen regularly. (movie nights, Food parties etc)
    -Fast paced but relatively low stress environment
    -Tons of room for career advancement
    -Food at the HQ is always stocked with healthy and tasty options

    Cons

    -Decent amount of crunch during certain points in the year
    -Depending on the building you are in communication can be a little bit harder with teams in another building.

    Advice to Management

    None really. The company is a well oiled machine that manages to make its employees feel extremely welcomed.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "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


  6. Helpful (5)

    "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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Its Awesome To Be An Epic Games Employee!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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!

  8. Helpful (16)

    "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.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "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!


  10. Helpful (22)

    "Great Intention, Bad Execution"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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