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Rockstar Games Reviews

Updated 3 October, 2018
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Pros
  • "Peers are great and friendly people" (in 4 reviews)

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

Cons
  • "work life balance could improve" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Extremely long hours, lack of sleep, working weekends for 6 months at a time, a bizarre culture of fear" (in 7 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 (4)

    "Burned out"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.. ..

  3. 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 Archaic and outdated tools.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.


  4. Helpful (8)

    "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.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "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.


  6. 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


  7. 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.

  8. "Rockstar Games are great"

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer in New York, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rockstar Games full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Fun times, free food, got to know secret projects that you guys don't know :)

    Cons

    Boss system is killing me. A lot of support tickets

    Advice to Management

    Be smart and work hard.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Awesome Games"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment to work in. Loved my co-workers

    Cons

    work life balance could improve


  10. "Great place to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Rockstar Games full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everything which they have offered

    Cons

    None came up so far


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