CD Projekt RED Reviews

Updated March 9, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Very passionate and ambitious studio which will unnecessarily sacrifice far too much to reach the end goal.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CD Projekt RED

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of talented, experienced, passionate and opened people, firm position in the industry, high quality games. Aspiration to make the best games in the industry.

    Cons

    Insanely long crunch with low pay, practically no vacation or free time (including Sundays and national or religious holidays). Little trust in developers skill and knowledge (medium management wants to decide about every single aspect of the game sometimes picking random people to it), little regard to team members previous experience. Average pay is modified on biased opinions rather than effort and results. Lack of responsibility towards the team for choices made, fake deadlines to squeeze last drop out of them. No interest in keeping current employees, empty promises and inability to learn from previous development mistakes.

    Advice to Management

    I think the most important thing would be to learn from previous development mistakes and to put HIGH pressure on introducing healthy work/life balance.

  2. Helpful (9)

    Typical European developer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer in Warsaw (Poland)
    Former Employee - Programmer in Warsaw (Poland)

    I worked at CD Projekt RED full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
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    Recommends
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    Pros

    Great people in the trenches, good two IP with perspectives for great games. Very good place to learn new things and improve your skill. In the end Warsaw is a really nice place to live. Pretty good salary for people from abroad, average for locals.

    Cons

    Typical flaws - middle management sucks and does not play any games. Talents are lost due to pressure, low salary or simple bullying or bad decisions. Long working hours, weekend work (sometimes paid sometimes not). Fake milestones just to increase the pressure. Company is on the Warsaw's stock exchange which creates additional pressure form the investors. Felt like a sect rather than a company. Bonus system is a joke - totally biased and rigged to reward middle management rather than the people that actually get the job done. Poor technology vision - programmers are usually a slaves to the rest of the team.

    Advice to Management

    Get a real team leaders there, especially in the programming and gameplay departments. Be honest and trust your employees more.

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