CD PROJEKT RED Employee Reviews about "low salaries"

Updated Mar 8, 2019

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CD PROJEKT RED Managing Director  Adam Badowski
Adam Badowski
31 Ratings
Pros
  • "Talented people in every department(in 11 reviews)

  • "Social events are valued highly here, there are plenty of studio parties and the studio don't hold back on the expenses to give us all a good time :)(in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Living in Poland is not exactly easy, language, weather, etc(in 14 reviews)

  • "Low salaries, even compared to what other gamedev companies in Warsaw pay(in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Great people and atmosphere"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CD PROJEKT RED full-time

    Pros

    Talented people in every department Great atmosphere, you can really feel like friends and family there Frequent social events Dogs in the office! Tasty coffee and a wide variety of non-dairy milk

    Cons

    HR should have more time for the employees Low salaries and difficult promotion path

    CD PROJEKT RED2019-03-08
  2. Helpful (30)

    "Terribly mismanaged company"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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    CD PROJEKT RED2018-10-03
  3. Helpful (18)

    "Terrible mess"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great ambitious project; Great, super talented and mostly kind people; Vegan cantine; Very good social events.

    Cons

    Management and production lying to people in terms of deadlines and methods of production; Pointless crunch as a result of production team, which has no clue what they actually shoud do; Terrible mess in every department; Terrible communication between departments; Very low salaries; It's a great place for people good in corporation games and tricks.

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    CD PROJEKT RED2018-04-23
  4. Helpful (36)

    "I don't know how we pulled off Witcher 3"

    2.0
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warsaw
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at CD PROJEKT RED full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Amazing people to work with (not management) - Very cool projects (though you can get stuck on boring tasks for a long time) - V.good benefits, including a gym inside the studio - No micromanagement, understanding bosses (when it comes to being late, taking day off etc)

    Cons

    - Low salaries, even for Poland - Spreadsheet driven development - Game director changing design on a whim, often contradicting himself - It's actually 5 people making the game, the rest (hundreds) is just taking orders. Opinions don't matter and are rarely taken into consideration - Same management mistakes repeated over and over and over and over again. - Who you know > skills, actual knowledge - Insane crunch time - No time dedicated to polishing the game - You need to start managing people to mean something in this company - Lots of fake success just to pat ourselves in the back and pretend we're doing fine and no one's, especially management, at fault - Some teams are clearly treated with less respect than others, without any facts behind this.

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    CD PROJEKT RED2017-08-29
  5. Helpful (13)

    "The success of their games on the shoulders of their employees"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warsaw
    Doesn't Recommend
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - You can get a nice cv with cool projects on your resume - An amazing group of talented people. - Great ambition

    Cons

    - Absurd crunch mostly due to bad planning (and bad food during the crunch time) The crunch was paid, but health and time family can not be repaired. - Inexperienced management - Lack of perspective to see the projects as a big picture - Leads and Producers lacking experience in game industry - Low salaries compared with other AAA companies - Poland is a hard place to live due to its culture

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    CD PROJEKT RED2017-10-26
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great projects, worse conditions"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warsaw
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - they make amazing games, best of the best - really professional atmosphere, corporate-like, not emotional, like in some other places. There will be no situation where somebody will yell at you etc. This happens a lot in smaller firms. - overtime WAS paid and it WAS voluntary. You could say "no". - parking space, cantina, quite nice office

    Cons

    - nice office, though very crowded - low salaries. Junior workers earning very, very little, way below industry standard in Poland, senior workers earning 70% of what they can get in other AAA Polish studios. Generally people work there for the project despite the salary. - because there is so many people, you don't feel like the project is "yours". You are just the guy who textured jackets of peasants, or animated 3 monsters and a siege tower. And then somebody else took those and tweaked them more, so your original work is not even really in the final game.

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    CD PROJEKT RED2017-09-22
  7. Helpful (25)

    "Well past its prime"

    1.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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    CD PROJEKT RED2017-08-18

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