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-five 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

Benefits & Amenities

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.

In addition to our amazing personal benefits we offer a host of perks including free gym memberships for our employees, discounts on games, access to industry events and conferences, internal events and celebrations, and a generous PTO program in addition to normally celebrated holidays.

  • Medical (including HMO & PPO choices), Dental & Vision
  • Dependent and Health Flex Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Short term and long term disability
  • Life and Accident Insurance
  • 401K Retirement Plan with competitive company matching
  • Generous paid time-off
  • Day Care and Commuter Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • Employee Product Purchase Program
  • A free and full service on-Site gymnasium and fitness Center
  • Public Transit perks – including a shuttle from the Redwood City Train to the studio daily
  • Concierge services, such as car oil changing and dry cleaning services
  • Branded, high quality swag items
  • Game library for employee rentals
See the full benefit list

Full Benefit List

Health Care Coverage:

Medical – HMO, PPO and HSA choices are available
Dependent and Health Flex Spending Accounts (FSA)
Employee Assistance Program

Life and Accident Insurance

Basic Life Insurance
Basic Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance (AD&D)

Income Protection

Short Term Disability (STD)
Long Term Disability (LTD)

Retirement Benefits:

401K Retirement Plan with competitive company matching

Personal Time Off

Personal time off (PTO) for vacation

Additional Benefits

Employee Product Purchase Program
On-Site Gymnasium and Fitness Center
Game & Studio Clothing Purchases available

Health Care

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.

Dental Care

Our dental plan provider is Guardian Dental Point of Service. This plan provides PPO In & Out of Network options.

Vision Care

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.

Flexible Spending Account

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.

  • The health care FSA reimburses out-of-pocket health care expenses for you and your dependents. You can elect to contribute a maximum of $2,550 annually. (*2015 amount)
  • The daycare FSA reimburses day care expenses for your child or elder care. The daycare FSA limit is established by the IRS and has a calendar year limit of $5,000 per household. (*2015 amount)
  • The Commuter FSA reimburses expenses related to commuting up to $130.00 a month. (*2015 amount)

Life and AD&D Insurance

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.

Disability Insurance

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.

Employee Assistance

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).

Retirement Benefits

Our 401k Retirement Plan allows for employees to plan for their retirement utilizing our Fidelity 401k Retirement Plan.

  • The Company will match up to 50% of your contribution up to the first 10% of your contributions.
  • Vesting for all employer contributions on a 3-year schedule.
  • Your plan permits Roth after-tax employee contributions & rollovers.

Additional Benefits

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:

Rock Wall
Junior Olympic Pool and Outdoor Spa
Cardiovascular and strength-training equipment
Group Exercise Classes
Personal Training available
Day Spa

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.

Paid Time Off (PTO)

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.


  • Less than 2 years of service: 4 weeks or 6.66 hours per payroll accrual
  • 2 or more years of service: 5 weeks or 8.33 hours per payroll accrual


Crystal Dynamics supports 10 national holidays throughout the calendar year. The holiday schedule is provided to employees towards the end of each calendar year.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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 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.