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CD PROJEKT RED Programmer Reviews

Updated Jul 15, 2019

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CD PROJEKT RED CEO Adam Badowski
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  1. Helpful (11)

    "Arguably THE BEST AAA Game Dev Studio atm"

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    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Warsaw
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CD PROJEKT RED full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    I joined CDP few months before E3 2019, before I worked at a several AAA game development studios in North America and Europe. I was there for a crunch period before the show, getting the demo ready. Anyways, the pros: -You got to work on the most anticipated game -There is some really advanced tech under the hood to work on -People are MUCH more motivated than at my previous jobs -26 days of paid vacations +... paid sick leave -Paid overtimes: 150% during weekdays, 200% on weekends. I've never seen anything like that in North America - you get 100%, in best case, or it's "but you're getting bonus/some random time-off". Here you get a fair pay AND a bonus. -Overtimes are optional: we had a meeting with a producer, who reiterated, that though they'd appreciate if we help, they don't want us to get tired and overworked. Few people of the team (including me) did some overtime, few didn't, I felt no peer-pressure. And again - I don't mind at all doing a few hours during a weekend for a DOUBLE money -Salaries are HUGE in the local purchase power (even without a bonus). If I were to live in UK, I'd need 6 figures yearly salary in pounds, so I could afford the same life quality. I am not sure you can get this at any other gamedev studio working on a AAA single-player title -The onsite gym and canteen are REALLY good and save a lot of time on commute - I was working out regularly even during crunch periods -The feedback system is very transparent and you get feedback every month -Last but not least - I really enjoy working with people which mean what they say, and which really need the work you do

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    Cons

    There hasn't been many for me so far, despite I've been very concerned reading the Glassdoor reviews :) But apparently, it's either they are too emotional, or the company has changed A LOT. Anyway, if I were to nitpick something to try to be objective: There were a few hiccups during the recruitment process: particularly, there were some delays in the interview process and a confusion for the starting date. Also,... the immigration process for the spouse was not very clearly explained, but it worked out well in the end.

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    Advice to Management

    Some people would love to work on CDP titles, but are afraid of moving to Poland. Consider opening a studio in North America (Montreal/LA could be good places to consider) to be able to attract international talent unwilling to relocate. Always, despite benefits are already fair, they can always be improved, especially compared to outside of gamedev (Google, Facebook etc). 1 hour of Polish lessons per week is... not enough for most of the people - having, at least, 3 hours/week would make it easier to learn it without taking classes elsewhere. Data science is currently underappreciated in the company - while this could work for AAA games, I don't think this is sustainable for products like Gwent and services like GOG.

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    CD PROJEKT RED2019-07-15
  2. Helpful (23)

    "Terribly mismanaged company"

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    Former Employee - Programmer in Warsaw
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CD PROJEKT RED full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Many great developers to work with Flexible work hours

    Cons

    Many teams are lead and/or directed by incompetent people who focus more on advancing their own career than shipping a good product. Developers are being fired if they speak up about their leads' incompetency. HR processes fail to solve any mismanagement issues, often leading to developers quitting their jobs. The upper management is rotten to the core and full of people skilled only in sucking up to the... directors. Complete mess in terms of production leading to crunch all the time. Many leads and directors lie constantly, both to their teams and their leads. People exposing those lies are often forced to leave or are straight out fired. Many developers have been asked to put up positive reviews here to hide how things really are. Low salaries, even compared to what other gamedev companies in Warsaw pay. Your career can be frozen by your lead based on lies he spreads about you and there will be no one to help you.

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    Advice to Management

    Survey your developers to get an idea on the scale of mismanagement that's going on on a daily basis and get rid of all the producers and/or directors indicated by the results.

    CD PROJEKT RED2018-10-03
  3. Helpful (25)

    "Well past its prime"

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    Former Employee - Engine Programmer in Warsaw
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CD PROJEKT RED full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The company still looks good on the resume, but this is likely to change to the opposite in coming months

    Cons

    Work-life balance is non-existent at the company Decision paralysis that leads to them being made at whim of studio director and often reversed afterwards Large turnover, experienced people leave in frustration and are not replaced by employees of equal skill "Feels over reals" attitude perpetuated by HR and forced upon engineering which drives skilled people out of the company Extremely politicized ... work environment, where connections and position trump knowledge and experience Low salaries, even in comparison to other game development studios in Poland

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    Advice to Management

    At this point it seems that the entire management would have to diametrically change their behavior to repair the damage which doesn't seem likely

    CD PROJEKT RED2017-08-18
  4. Helpful (11)

    "Not good"

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    Senior Software Engineer/Programmer in Warsaw
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CD PROJEKT RED

    Pros

    I win experience Reputation studio is good for my cv

    Cons

    Numb of hours no rest enough "RESULTS" and "RESULTS"

    Advice to Management

    Please RESPECT employees , adjust salary, stop to want RESULTS every Time !! Players want à studio HUMAN.

    CD PROJEKT RED2017-06-01
  5. Helpful (32)

    "Typical European developer"

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    Former Employee - Programmer in Warsaw
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at CD PROJEKT RED full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great people in the trenches, good two IP with perspectives for great games. Very good place to learn new things and improve your skill. In the end Warsaw is a really nice place to live. Pretty good salary for people from abroad, average for locals.

    Cons

    Typical flaws - middle management sucks and does not play any games. Talents are lost due to pressure, low salary or simple bullying or bad decisions. Long working hours, weekend work (sometimes paid sometimes not). Fake milestones just to increase the pressure. Company is on the Warsaw's stock exchange which creates additional pressure form the investors. Felt like a sect rather than a company. Bonus system is a... joke - totally biased and rigged to reward middle management rather than the people that actually get the job done. Poor technology vision - programmers are usually a slaves to the rest of the team.

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    Advice to Management

    Get a real team leaders there, especially in the programming and gameplay departments. Be honest and trust your employees more.

    CD PROJEKT RED2012-12-16
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