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Updated Oct 4, 2019

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "QA"

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

    I worked at Rockstar Games full-time for 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

    Rockstar Games2018-03-21
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    "Great People"

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    Former Employee - Undisclosed 
    Recommends

    I worked at Rockstar Games full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Excellent people, passionate about the work they do Very supportive environment

    Cons

    The hours can be long

    Rockstar Games2019-07-10
  3. Helpful (5)

    "Your manager decides how to live, what to say, what opinion you can have etc"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Rockstar Games full-time

    Pros

    best games!! they know how to make great games.

    Cons

    Your life is over after signing the contract, you pretty much offering your life to your manager and company, your manager pushes you to work more and faster and reminds you that yo're replaceable, in a very stressful work environment , You have to always do more in less time . and tones of technical problem can happen. Don't care about your opinion and they don't see you as artist, you're like an operator or... soldier there

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    Rockstar Games2018-10-27
  4. Helpful (8)

    "Burned out"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Rockstar Games full-time

    Pros

    Working on fantastic games, they make great games

    Cons

    So many hours, stressful, employees are not important.. ..

    Rockstar Games2018-08-18
  5. Helpful (4)

    "Great experience, long hours, underwhelming salary"

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

    I have been working at Rockstar Games full-time for 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.

    Rockstar Games2018-05-24
  6. Helpful (14)

    "Tester"

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    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.

    Rockstar Games2018-02-24
  7. Helpful (6)

    "Game Programmer"

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

    I worked at Rockstar Games for 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.

    Rockstar Games2017-06-06
  8. Helpful (9)

    "Burnout"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rockstar Games

    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

    Rockstar Games2017-01-22
  9. "Fun and exciting, proud to be a part of the creation of such games."

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    Senior Artist in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rockstar Games

    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.

    Rockstar Games2011-06-29
  10. Helpful (1)

    "A great way into the industry"

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Lincoln, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rockstar Games full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Other QAs are very supportive of one another and it's a great way into the industry

    Cons

    QAs have no say over the management decisions, which often leaves you feeling powerless.

    Rockstar Games2019-10-04
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