CD Projekt RED Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    A lot to improve on

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warsaw (Poland)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warsaw (Poland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Nice atmosphere Laid back people Some people do it out of passion Cantine serves pretty decent food Ambitious projects to work on

    Cons

    Ethics are all "play-pretend" Enormous crunch times (about a year of constant 10-12 hour a day minimum 6-7 days a week) Management is clueless about the product most of the time Huge employee rotation

    Advice to Management

    Hire people with actual experience with AAA projects lifecycle Plan your production, weekly meetings is not planning, it is reactive


  2. Helpful (11)

    Good in some ways, bad in many ways.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warsaw (Poland)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warsaw (Poland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at CD Projekt RED full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    * Some very nice people * A large AAA project * Great artistic value * Nice canteen in the company * A good place if you want to learn as a game developer

    Cons

    * Traumatic and long crunch periods * Bad planning and fake milestones made just to squeeze the most out of people * Some managers do not care about the team and only focuses on goals * People who disagree become enemies or "do not fit the team" * Large employee rotation * Some managers/directors have zero experience outside the studio and their knowledge is very limited

    Advice to Management

    Start thinking about people and their needs - there's more than money to be offered Hire more experienced managers with at leas basic soft skills Learn how to plan without ling to yourself and the team


  3. Helpful (6)

    Games out of Chaos

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Artist in Warsaw (Poland)
    Current Employee - Artist in Warsaw (Poland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at CD Projekt RED full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Very interesting projects - You'll get to work with some extraordinarily talented people - Rapidly growing, but it can lead to a trap. - The company is actively working to make things better internally. - Real talent to emerge with a working game out of the production chaos. - In-house canteen (vegetarian only though!)

    Cons

    - Out of touch upper management setting fake milestones without prior consulting with anyone actually working on the thing, leading to crushing, over a year long crunch periods. - The company game design-fu seems to be 'do a bunch of game systems separately and try to sew it together somehow later'. - No clear art direction, separate team leads will tell you their separate visions for it, that more often than not contradict. - Since I started working things have gotten very political. Although HR is working to make things better for everyone in the company, if you're not in the favor of the right people, you are just a cog in the machine. This also means the more narcissistic and selfish you are, the higher you will go, even without much experience. - Things are way over-micromanaged by the studio head, although there is a team lead structure in place in the end everything needs to go through him.

    Advice to Management

    Make no mistake. Your recent success doesn't mean that everything is fine internally and you should continue as always. Fresh blood is nice, but has to be tempered with experience. Just because someone is saying that he can do something doesn't mean he actually has the skill to do so. Start noticing less vocal people, keep improving the internal chemistry of the team, work on trusting the professionals you hired instead of micromanaging them all the way through. You have a potential to be a great working place. You're just not there yet.


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  5. Helpful (8)

    A poorly equipped studio to handle its own accomplishments and expectations in the industry

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Attractive and exciting projects (both past and future) -Multicultural environment, good people in the trenches -Fun social engagements and parties -Top notch marketing department that listens to and engages with the studio's fanbase

    Cons

    -Insane and inhumane crunch cycles that will last for years -Management confuses between seniority and leadership leading to a lot of young and inexperienced leads, producers, directors... -No discernible project management practices. Crunch hours are there to alleviate the constant chaos. -Poor communication and documentation. -Broken and outdated tools and practices. -Poor retention of employees and no performance reviews. -Studio is located in the middle of nowhere. -Salary and benefits package is not worth the aforementioned problems.

    Advice to Management

    Studio has grown too large too fast with no actual managers at the helm. Acknowledge that and start with the basics: -The right people in the right positions. -Train your employees: language skills, teamwork and team-building workshops, performance reviews, tools and pipeline best practices. -Listen to your employees and act now to change. They are the ones who understand software development not your board of directors. Promises are for politicians! -Slow down the artificial and accelerated promotion scheme that is there just to fill roles.


  6. Helpful (7)

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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  7. Helpful (17)

    Typical European developer

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

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

    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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