Rockstar Games Reviews

Updated Aug 14, 2020

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4.0
71%
Recommend to a Friend
94%
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68 Ratings
Pros
  • "Relaxed work environment, full of smart and fun people(in 11 reviews)

  • "laid-back, not much pressure if you do your job ok, multicultural, great people(in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "QA"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    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

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  2. Helpful (1)

    "Overtime"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Game Designer in Toronto, ON
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great game projects, and unrelenting drive for quality

    Cons

    Toxic studio culture from overworked employees and constant pressure to do overtime.

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Very valuable experience"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Programmer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits RSP matching Fair salary with performance-based annual bonuses On-time regular annual salary performance reviews Very smart people, lots to learn and work never runs out Friendly coworkers Stocked kitchen with snacks Vacation allowance increases with seniority Multiple social events / dinners / parties each year Many other perks, benefits and discounts

    Cons

    Sometimes the hours are demanding - 9 hour/day average (but not as demanding as the news claims) Not much wiggle room to grow in other areas - you stick to your specialization Promotions are very rare, expect to keep your title for years

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great People"

    4.0
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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

  5. Helpful (5)

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

    1.0
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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

  6. Helpful (8)

    "Burned out"

    1.0
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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.. ..

  7. Helpful (4)

    "Great experience, long hours, underwhelming salary"

    4.0
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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.

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    "Tester"

    1.0
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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.

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  9. Helpful (6)

    "Game Programmer"

    4.0
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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)

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  10. Helpful (9)

    "Burnout"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
     
    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

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