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Updated 17 January, 2018
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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
  • The work/life balance is completely non-existent (in 7 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 (3)

    "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. Helpful (7)

    "Great Place, Bad Management"

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

    I worked at Rockstar Games full-time

    Pros

    RockstarGames is one of the best video game developers in the world. The upper management is full of brilliant men and women. Work place is overall chill, not too strict on some rules.Full of friendly people.

    Cons

    Lower management is full of grumpy people who hate their jobs but never quit. They ruin the experience of being at Rockstargames, They have no idea what they want in their own lives and bring all that negativity onto everyone else.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management : Keep up the brilliant work, fix lower management.
    Lower Management : If you are miserable working for the company,and always complain, quit .


  6. "Famous Projects, Bad studio"

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    Former Employee - Technical Content Artist in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Technical Content Artist in Leeds, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Famous Projects,
    Free merch sometimes.
    Coffee I guess?
    Close to city centre?

    Cons

    - Egositical power driven work environment
    - Last minute pulled to stay behind
    - Last minute weekend work
    - No progression
    - No encouragement for progression or assisted milestones
    - Mundane tasks

    Advice to Management

    When you hire someone who is very talented, keep them, push them to climb into a better position and assist them in learning the pipeline/tools (fix them too please) for that position.

    Hire less not soo great *artists*/fresh grads.


  7. "Employment at Rockstar"

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    Former Employee - Producer in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Producer in New York, NY (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rockstar Games (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great environment to work in.

    Cons

    The pay could be higher.


  8. "currently employeed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good working environment, friendly people.

    Cons

    salary could be a bit better.

    Advice to Management

    less overtime


  9. "Not great"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay is reasonable
    Work on a great product
    Some cutting edge tech
    Good people

    Cons

    Oddly regimented for a game company
    Little management support
    Unclear and shifting goals
    Work/Life Balance just doesn't exist


  10. "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


  11. Helpful (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.


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