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Updated 12 July, 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 8 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "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)

    "Great experience, long hours, underwhelming salary"

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    Current Employee - Scripter in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Scripter in Toronto, ON
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rockstar Games full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Can't beat the experience, especially for a new entrant to the industry.

    Cons

    Long hours and pressure to work unpaid overtime. Archaic and outdated tools. Extremely top heavy organizational structure.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more money into developing better tools. Pay employees more fairly.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "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.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "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.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "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


  6. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  7. "Overall a nice experience"

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    Former Employee - Gameplay Programmer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Gameplay Programmer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best environment to get motivated and create unique experiences in games

    Cons

    Just 1 that the management is rude sometimes.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Game Tester"

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    Former Employee - Game Tester
    Former Employee - Game Tester
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Worked with some amazing people on some magnificent games.
    -Everyone shares a passion for games.

    Cons

    -No real work life balance, it’s easy to feel like another member of a huge team. There is no real feeling of having a massive contribution to the game.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "localisation tester"

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

    I worked at Rockstar Games full-time

    Pros

    people are nice and willing to hgelp

    Cons

    not paid overtime, 7 days a week


  10. Helpful (17)

    "Designer - Rockstar North"

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    Former Employee - Designer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Designer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rockstar Games full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Get to work on famous games.
    Get to work with many skilled people from many departments.

    Cons

    Your entire career rests in the hands of one person,
    who isn't interested in how you do your work or understands it.
    we've literally never kept to a deadline, management has never tried to understand why.most managers have been recruited from QA through nepotism, they have no experience managing people, or developing games and they are given the responsibility of leading design departments, designing software can be quite complex, being managed by people who are good at QA is a joke.Criticism is frowned upon and disregarded, even from a software engineering perspective, no meetings, no software development life cycle. You will be expected to do overtime, you will not get paid for overtime, you will receive a bonus at the end of the year, which is at the discretion of the unskilled unqualified disinterested director of design. Managers are unqualified, unskilled and there is no accountability

    Advice to Management

    Go to College.


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