Rockstar Games

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Organized Chaos

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at Rockstar Games

Pros

* Lots of independence. You will get assigned specific tasks, but how you approach the tasks are up to you, as long as you get good results.
* Lots of opportunities to wear different hats. You will never be doing one job and one job only.
- Co-workers are friendly and talented. Very relaxed working environment. Help is readily available when you need it.
* There is recognition and praise when you do good work, and you will get compensated for it.
* Work schedule is flexible for the most part. If things come up in your personal life, you can take time off without having to fight for it.
* Lots of amazing work is produced here by all the departments. You will be working on the cutting-edge of AAA games, and will learn a lot. The work you see from your studio and others will push you to create better work.
* You're working for Rockstar, a well-respected company who, despite any negative press they've accumulated over the years, produce great games. Their overall Metacritic rating speaks for itself.

Cons

* There is a feeling of "perpetual crunch". Lots and lots of milestones with fancy names. Each one is treated like it's the most important milestone ever. Except it's not, and when one is over, it's on to the next one that is coming up in a month's time.
* Very muddy vision. The higher ups probably know what they want, but it is communicated very poorly to the staff.
* Management works late, and think that others follow their schedule too. No, we don't. People have lives. Don't dump work on us an hour before the end-of-day.
* Chaotic production pipeline. Changes are often made on things that you thought were already done, resulting in old work being scrapped. This can be very demoralizing.
* Rockstar likes to focus on one game at a time. That means if you're working on a project that's not coming out soon, it is left to meander aimlessly for 2 to 3 years. When whatever other focus game is released, attention will finally be brought to your project.
* Work environment can sometimes be too casual. You can disappear for a 1 hour smoke break and no one would care. Very rarely do people get called for it, and bad habits are left to grow worse.
* New York controls everything. If they want something changed, you have to do it. Decisions made by local management will get overruled. Something that was approved by your boss 6 months ago will all of a sudden have to be redone because of New York.
* Multiple bosses on one project. Too many cooks in the kitchen with clashing opinions, resulting in work having be redone over and over again.
* The game engine is buggy, and lots of things can and do go wrong. When they do, it can tack on 2 or 3 extra hours to your workday.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

* Invest in a pre-production period. Hammer out everything you want. This will prevent changes having to be made right in the middle of production, and cut your 7 year production periods by at least half.
* Develop a real-time game editor. The way game levels are being created right now is simply too time consuming.
* Encourage a good work-life balance. Set realistic schedules for workers and follow them.
* Stand up to New York when they make inane decisions. They are not always right.
* Recruit senior staff. Stop relying on junior hires just because they're cheaper. Some of the departments are under-performing because of lack of experience amongst the workers.
* Get some professionalism back into the workplace. If someone is habitually chatting on MSN or taking long smoke breaks, call them on it.

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    Do not work here.

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    Former Employee - Programmer in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Programmer in San Diego, CA (US)

    I worked at Rockstar Games

    Pros

    You get to work on amazing projects that have a lot of respect in the industry.

    Cons

    * Terrible management
    * Terrible hours
    * There is no work/life balance, there is just work
    * Terrible management
    * Everything is treated as a secret, so only the select few at the top know what is really going on and they don't really know.
    * Bonuses and pay are based on how much certain people like you, not on your performance.
    * Terrible management
    * Management lie to employees all the time to get them to work longer hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Replace management completely. Especially on the central tech team where most of these problems are at their worst.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 9 people found this helpful  

    * Work for RockStar to feel like a looser.

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    Former Employee - None of Your Business in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - None of Your Business in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Rockstar Games

    Pros

    * If you like "challenging" and don't have a life- this place is for you.

    * Projects are great and most of the time there is so much pressure you can get away with adding your input.

    Cons

    * This place is a real drag on your health, confidence and personal life.

    * You can like it for being a real challenge but be prepared to hate what you love doing.

    * Half of the people don't know what they are doing, which makes it difficult to work and express yourself as a real professional.

    * Your chat logs are being scanned and read by live personnel and your managers in real time. Security cameras are all over and management is known to abuse such resources.

    * Full-time employees get run down and pressured to work 50-80 hours on the weekly basis. People start to smoke, get fat and start loosing hair 2 months into the job. The place is really stressful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Increase professionalism by hiring better / more skilled employees.

    * Replace half the management with new personnel to create better communication and healthy competition amongst the team members.

    * Hire more to take the stress off work.

    * Encourage a healthy life style.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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