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Updated 14 November, 2017
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Pros
  • Very proud I am working a great project with great people (in 4 reviews)

  • it's a global company and work with great professionals all of the world (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • You will be working extreme overtime outside crunch time for low pay (in 6 reviews)

  • Large gap between upper management and staff in the trenches (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  2. 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


  3. "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.


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  5. "Awesome"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rockstar Games full-time

    Pros

    Great place to learn and work

    Cons

    Salary could be much better


  6. "I work at Rockstar Games full-time"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rockstar Games full-time

    Pros

    You get to work on an amazing product and work with great colleagues. Work is double-edged sword. Work atmosphere is generally relaxed, but fear and extreme long hours runs rampant.

    Cons

    You will be working extreme overtime outside crunch time for low pay. Upper management has little leadership skills and breeds unhealthy environment. You'll have to do your job without sense of direction and lots of ambiguity. Lack of communication causes struggle on both ends to the upper management and employees.

    Advice to Management

    Management is lost and lacks positivity. Leaders lack communication with team, plays favoritism. Management needs to lead with encouraging behavior instead of turning a blind eye resulting from tunnel vision mentality. Let people take days off without giving them a hard time. Workers value work life balance and it boosts morale.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Ok, but not best"

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    Former Employee - Lqa Tester in Lincoln, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Lqa Tester in Lincoln, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rockstar Games full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good office. great friends, ok benefits (healthcare and that. cheap canteen with good food big desks and enough space to work

    Cons

    low salary no over time pay outdated methods, no real benefits for working there other that small discounts in the clothing store, the events are not fun and can't talk about it outside work, one of their HR people is a bully

    no interest on employee development just the work you do. No interest from some highups look like they just want to be paid and no passion or interest.

    Advice to Management

    Treat the employees with respect and give them more trust.


  8. "Tester"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rockstar Games full-time

    Pros

    it has bad salary it is not good

    Cons

    it has good office and interesting job


  9. "Best!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rockstar Games full-time

    Pros

    Best Place to be Creative

    Cons

    no Cons at all.No CONS. . .


  10. Helpful (1)

    "fun colleagues and events, but low salary"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Rockstar Games full-time

    Pros

    fun fun fun culture and young people

    Cons

    low salary and endless overtimes


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work."

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    Former Employee - Animation Dev Assistant in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Animation Dev Assistant in San Diego, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours and dinner service for those working overtime. Great location and lots of company benefits.

    Cons

    Sometime you get contradictory instructions on what to do and what the pipeline is due to working internationally.

    Advice to Management

    Specify job tasks and provide up to date instruction resources for job duties. Clarify how much autonomy is desired when reporting or fixing issues.


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