Here at Crystal, we craft games that make an impact. Crystal is the studio that will teach you, encourage you, and challenge you to be your very best. We want our team to succeed and we achieve this by working together. Have an idea? Go ahead and share! Want to learn something new? Let’s do it. With twenty years of history and over thirty games developed we know what we want: top talent who are dedicated to making amazing games.
“Want to learn something new? Let’s do it”
Crystal Dynamics has some of the best benefits in the gaming industry. We currently track in the top 96th percentile of benefits packages in the Bay Area, and have created an environment where employees can focus on work and play instead of doctor’s pay. In addition to our amazing personal benefits we offer a host of perks including free gym memberships for our full time employees, discounts on games, access to industry events and conferences, more celebrations than a joint birthday party on the 4th of July, and a generous PTO program in addition to normally celebrated holidays.
Medical – HMO, PPO and HSA choices are available
Dependent and Health Flex Spending Accounts (FSA)
Employee Assistance Program
Basic Life Insurance
Basic Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance (AD&D)
Short Term Disability (STD)
Long Term Disability (LTD)
401K Retirement Plan with competitive company matching
Personal time off (PTO) for vacation
Employee Product Purchase Program
On-Site Gymnasium and Fitness Center
Game & Studio Clothing Purchases available
Our Health Care plans provide our employees with premier and comprehensive benefits with access to extensive, nationwide network of doctors and hospitals, with choices from Anthem Blue Cross HMO, HSA, and PPO and Kaiser Permanente.
Our dental plan provider is Guardian Dental Point of Service. This plan provides PPO In & Out of Network options.
Blue View by Anthem, our vision program, provides a cost-effective, comprehensive vision plan that includes eye exams and eyewear available through a broad range of eye care providers and locations.
Crystal Dynamics provides a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) program that enables you to set aside money on a pre-tax basis to pay for health and day care costs. An FSA is the only benefit that saves you money on the cost of health and daycare expenses.
Life and AD&D insurance is a benefit that helps you plan for your family’s financial security. The benefit is equal to salary paid by Crystal, and voluntary life insurance is also available for your dependents.
Our plan offers both Short and Long Term Disability (STD, LTD) coverages to allow employees protection against times when they may not be able to maintain a regular work schedule due to an illness or injury. Crystal offers both pre and post tax options.
Our EAP Program through Anthem is available to you and dependents at no cost, is 100% confidential, and is available 24-7.
The plan offers information and access to trained professionals to help you with a wide range of life’s surprises (everything from relation and family concerns to stress and even financial or legal issues).
Our 401k Retirement Plan allows for employees to plan for their retirement utilizing our Fidelity 401k Retirement Plan.
At Crystal Dynamics we believe in providing our employees with top notch additional benefits in addition to those benefits we have covered so far.
Pacific Shores Fitness Center
You have available a world-class, 38,000 sq.ft. facility which offers:
Junior Olympic Pool and Outdoor Spa
Cardiovascular and strength-training equipment
Group Exercise Classes
Personal Training available
You are eligible to use the Fitness Center immediately from date of hire and at NO cost to the employee
Employee Product Purchase
We don’t just create games; employees have the opportunity to purchase a game as offered by the management team.
Crystal Dynamics believes in working hard and taking time off to recharge our batteries. To make sure our employees have that ability we have the following Paid Time Off plan available to our employees.
Crystal Dynamics supports 10 national holidays throughout the calendar year. The holiday schedule is provided to employees towards the end of each calendar year.
Where are your studios located and how are they related?
SQUARE ENIX HOLDINGS CO., LTD. with headquarters in Tokyo, Japan, is a holding company leading the Square Enix Group with a diverse range of content and service businesses.
The Square Enix Group publishes, distributes and licenses entertainment content around the world under its internationally renowned brands including SQUARE ENIX®, EIDOS® and TAITO®.
Crystal Dynamics is a part of that global family and is located in Redwood City, CA, about 20 miles south of San Francisco. Other studios in the Square-Enix family include Eidos Montreal and IO Interactive in Copenhagen.
For more information about Crystal Dynamics, visit here.
For more information about Square-Enix, visit here.
Where do I apply for a job at Crystal Dynamics? What about a different Square-Enix studio?
For Crystal’s career openings and for other information regarding studio culture, news, and benefits, please visit our Career page. Each Square-Enix studio has their own website and career page; for a list of other studios in the family, please visit www.square-enix.com.
Can I apply for more than one posted position?
Yes, if you are interested in more than one opportunity and feel you are qualified, you may submit your resume, cover letter, portfolio and other relevant information for each position.
What should I include when I send in my application*?
Cover letters and resumes are required (single page each, if possible); please include updated contact information on all of your application materials. Wherever possible, please also include any relevant portfolio links, samples, or demos with your application the first time you apply and please make sure all links work.
* Some positions will require special submission materials, including position specific samples. Please review the entire position posting to ensure you are submitting all applicable materials.
Do you have any Internships available and who is eligible?
Internship availability at Crystal Dynamics and criteria will be listed as job postings on our Careers website, if and when applicable.
I don’t have any experience working in the industry yet. Do I qualify for a full-time, permanent position?
We are open to hiring recent graduates and people coming from different disciplines into full-time positions; however, which positions and at what seniority level is largely dependent on the skill set, level of proficiency and other experience that you bring to the table. Depending on our criteria and availability of positions, you may also be eligible for Contract, Internship or Temporary positions.
I know someone who works at Crystal Dynamics. May I have him/her submit my application internally?
Applications may be sent through employee referral, but please also submit an application through the job posting you are interested in referencing your referral so that Recruitment can properly track your application.
I am an external staffing agency or Recruiter. How can I get in touch with someone at Crystal Dynamics?
Please send all staffing queries to email@example.com. No unsolicited phone calls or visits please. Please also observe that we do not accept any unsolicited candidate information, resumes, or portfolios unless a contract and specific terms for the agency relationship are in place or you have written permission from a representative from the HR, Legal or Recruiting department.
I’d like to work for Crystal Dynamics but I am not authorized to work in the United States. Can I still apply?
Crystal Dynamics accepts applications from foreign nationals; however, certain eligibility criteria must be met to legally be considered for any fulltime position in the United States and employer sponsorship may not always be available.
What if I’ve submitted an application and haven’t heard back?
We consider candidates both for the position they’ve applied for and for positions they may otherwise be qualified for, now or in the near future, so it is possible that the review process could take a few weeks; we will attempt to contact you as soon as we are able. Unfortunately, we may not be able to get back to every single person who applies and we often put applications on hold for future consideration. Rest assured, we do review every single applicant, regardless of position or disciple, that comes through the proper channels and we do accept updated applications and portfolios should you choose to reapply.
May I stop by to follow-up on my application, get a tour, or interview with the team? May I call?
Per company policy, please observe that Crystal Dynamics does not allow unsolicited visitors into the offices. Similarly, applications are tracked electronically, so no phone calls please.