Have you heard of Glassdoor.com
? It's worth a look if you're career-minded and itching to get some inside info on game development firms. The catch is that the info isn't fool-proof. Posters are largely anonymous and therefore the company ratings and reviews should be taken with a grain of salt. Still, the site requires registration and purports to review every post.
What do anonymous insiders have to say about MMO companies? Plenty, as it turns out. Kotaku has collated a list
that includes BioWare
, Sony Online Entertainment
, and others. None of the firms escape unscathed, and Glassdoor users are particularly hard on CCP and NCsoft. "Too much kool-aid, not enough substance," writes one former employee of CCP's Atlanta studio.
NCsoft doesn't fare much better. "No leadership, complete chaos caused by the HQ and the lack of professionalism in the Seattle office. I could not wish this company to my enemy," says one disgruntled employee.