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9 people found this helpful  

* Work for RockStar to feel like a looser.

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  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - None of Your Business in New York, NY
Former Employee - None of Your Business in New York, NY

I worked at Rockstar Games

Pros

* If you like "challenging" and don't have a life- this place is for you.

* Projects are great and most of the time there is so much pressure you can get away with adding your input.

Cons

* This place is a real drag on your health, confidence and personal life.

* You can like it for being a real challenge but be prepared to hate what you love doing.

* Half of the people don't know what they are doing, which makes it difficult to work and express yourself as a real professional.

* Your chat logs are being scanned and read by live personnel and your managers in real time. Security cameras are all over and management is known to abuse such resources.

* Full-time employees get run down and pressured to work 50-80 hours on the weekly basis. People start to smoke, get fat and start loosing hair 2 months into the job. The place is really stressful.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

* Increase professionalism by hiring better / more skilled employees.

* Replace half the management with new personnel to create better communication and healthy competition amongst the team members.

* Hire more to take the stress off work.

* Encourage a healthy life style.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    If you enjoy games then avoid working for a games company.

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    Former Employee - QA Tester in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - QA Tester in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I worked at Rockstar Games as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    -You can spend the day working on popular games
    -Staff discounts on products
    -Company pays for food when working overtime
    -Staff members are always willing to help if you are confused about something
    -Free water
    -Company aims to promote from within

    Cons

    -Ridiculous deadlines that overlap. It is rare to go one week where you aren't asked to work late or come in at the weekend with little notice
    -An insidious attitude towards overtime where you are told it is optional, but staff members say that people who turn down overtime without a good reason (someone dying) won't have their contract renewed
    -Training consists of another member of staff sitting with you for a day or two
    -Very repetitive and will change your opinion on games for the worse
    -QA testers believe they are actually helping make the game and have a strange rivalry with actual developers causing friction and tension within the company
    -You cannot apply for other positions within the company before you have been there 6 months even if you are qualified for the position and over qualified for your current position
    -Pay is poor for the time spent working there each day
    -Most staff members are Sony, Microsoft or console fanboys and replace technical knowledge with blind devotion to a console. This causes more friction within the company and it is scary how little the staff know technically
    -Promotions occur within, but are usually limited to friends of staff members currently looking for a staff member. On more than one occasion, people without technical qualifications were given positions requiring technical degrees simply because they had been there for a few years. Being a QA Tester for 2 years in no way shape or form gives you the right to call yourself any sort of engineer
    -Many developers seem truly lazy and out of their depth and it is no surprise that Rockstar ends up delaying games constantly. This is shown through a developers lack of interest in changing something that is fundamentally wrong which would in turn improve the game for millions of fans around the world. They simply "know best" and refuse to change
    -A perfect example of an office atmosphere that is poisonous in its suck up culture. Staff members will gladly offer themselves for 12 hours work a day for 7 days a week to simply please their superiors and will ridicule those who work to live instead of live to work
    -Eating takeaways for 5 nights a week makes you lethargic, unhealthy and fat. It isn't fair that staff members are pressured into overtime when it has such a detrimental effect on peoples well being and health
    -You are expendable and the company knows it. You aren't valued and there are hundreds of people that could replace you at a days notice and the company knows this
    -Staff members have a "you should be grateful to work here" attitude meaning they submit to anything the management requires of them. It is borderline obscene the way certain staff members offer themselves to the company and put their lives on hold for months at a time
    -Very poor technology that is simply out of date
    -You are told your opinion will matter and that you will have a creative say. This is a fallacy and never happens. Even with a technical degree and technical experience you are still looked down to from people who dropped out of school at 16 or managed to get into the company with a degree in journalism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Realise that most people want to work and live
    -Hire more staff instead of relying on people working every day away in an office to meet deadlines that simply cannot be met
    -Stop the culture of fear and stop thinking people should be grateful for being allowed to work for your prestigious company

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad management leads to no satisfaction !

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

    I have been working at Rockstar Games full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Welcoming and friendly environment. I mean that your colleges are funny and talkative people. They are very easy-going. You can improve you skills working here for sure.

    Cons

    - The salary is good but not that satisfying for the whole work here... You will work 6 days a week and 10+ hours (Y)
    - You won't have that much life outside the company..
    - It is the project on 1st place then it is you...
    - Managers are just stuped..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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