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Rockstar Games Reviews

Updated 20 March, 2018
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Pros
  • Very proud I am working a great project with great people (in 4 reviews)

  • A welcoming and friendly environment with a fun and fairly easy going atmosphere (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • The work/life balance is completely non-existent (in 7 reviews)

  • 50 hours is a minimum work week for many even outside of official crunch time (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "QA"

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    Former Employee - QA Tester in Oakville, ON
    Former Employee - QA Tester in Oakville, ON
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rockstar Games full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team easy going fun. Supportive team with chances to advance and work together collaborate across the departments. Fun atmosphere

    Cons

    Long hours with no overtime paid. Must wait for yearly bonus. Working in an office open space can be tense at times

    Advice to Management

    Shorter hours


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Tester"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rockstar Games full-time

    Pros

    You can meet interesting employees.

    Cons

    Management is corrupted. The company does not value you.

    Advice to Management

    They should not show that their employees are disposable.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Game Programmer"

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    Former Employee - Game Programmer in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Game Programmer in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rockstar Games (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    + Being able to work closely with top talents from around the worlds from other studio branches.
    + State of the art game engine.
    + Competitive compensation and benefits
    + Recognizes and rewards hard work
    + Given ownership to major game systems

    Cons

    - Crunch time near milestone dates can be exhausting
    - Game design can change which can lead to re-implementation.
    - Studio closure of my home city (but given opportunity to relocate to other studio branches)

    Advice to Management

    Management from all departments (engineering, art, design, production) should have better and more transparent communication among themselves and to the rest of studio. So everybody understands what is to be delivered at each milestone and there is minimal amount of wasted work.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Burnout"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good autonomy, interesting work and problems

    Cons

    Mandatory 50-60 hour work weeks+wknds for long periods of time

    Advice to Management

    Better planning to prevent crunch


  5. "Fun and exciting, proud to be a part of the creation of such games."

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    Former Employee - Senior Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Former Employee - Senior Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A welcoming and friendly environment with a fun and fairly easy going atmosphere. If you work hard and take pride in your work, you will go far in this company.

    Cons

    Can't say that have experienced any real Cons working here. Perhaps more events could be planned for employee moral. Such as brought in food and something like fun nights. While this happens sometimes, it would be nice if it happened more often.


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Lack of leadership and career development"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rockstar Games full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They pay you well. The Benefits are good. If you drink the cool aid, you're golden.

    Cons

    - Leadership is earned by seniority aka. whoever put up with this bs the longest, therefore managers or directors aren't necessarily suitable for the leadership position.
    - There is no career development. Leadership doesn't care about any of that. They only care for face time.
    - Politics are everything. If you're in a position where Rockstar North has less skill, but a much bigger ego, you're the loser.
    - Toxic masculinity everywhere. Women's opinions aren't acknowledged and always taken with lesser priority than the male counterparts.
    - You either drink the cool aid, hard, or you're going to have a hard time.
    - There's no company culture. Departments don't intermingle.
    - The company made billions of dollars through SharkCards last year, but they keep telling us that there is no money for a Christmas party, or for bigger bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    I know you don't need any advice cause you can buy everything with money, except for yes - happiness. So I hope your shrinks can help you out with that. Go ride your bikes for therapy.


  7. Helpful (11)

    "Great Place, Bad Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rockstar Games full-time

    Pros

    RockstarGames is one of the best video game developers in the world. The upper management is full of brilliant men and women. Work place is overall chill, not too strict on some rules.Full of friendly people.

    Cons

    Lower management is full of grumpy people who hate their jobs but never quit. They ruin the experience of being at Rockstargames, They have no idea what they want in their own lives and bring all that negativity onto everyone else.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management : Keep up the brilliant work, fix lower management.
    Lower Management : If you are miserable working for the company,and always complain, quit .

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Famous Projects, Bad studio"

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    Former Employee - Technical Content Artist in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Technical Content Artist in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rockstar Games full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Famous Projects,
    Free merch sometimes.
    Coffee I guess?
    Close to city centre?

    Cons

    - Egositical power driven work environment
    - Last minute pulled to stay behind
    - Last minute weekend work
    - No progression
    - No encouragement for progression or assisted milestones
    - Mundane tasks

    Advice to Management

    When you hire someone who is very talented, keep them, push them to climb into a better position and assist them in learning the pipeline/tools (fix them too please) for that position.

    Hire less not soo great *artists*/fresh grads.


  9. "Employment at Rockstar"

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    Former Employee - Producer in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Producer in New York, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rockstar Games (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great environment to work in.

    Cons

    The pay could be higher.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Not great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rockstar Games full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is reasonable
    Work on a great product
    Some cutting edge tech
    Good people

    Cons

    Oddly regimented for a game company
    Little management support
    Unclear and shifting goals
    Work/Life Balance just doesn't exist


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