Milestone Srl Reviews

Updated June 20, 2014
Updated June 20, 2014
12 Reviews

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  1.  

    Best video game company in Italy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Milestone Srl

    Pros

    - Work with highly qualified professionals
    - Good career opportunities
    - The only Italian company which ships AAA titles

    Cons

    - Very hard job
    - Tight scheduling
    - Overwhelming amount of work if you aren't a superstar programmer

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not so good!

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    Former Employee - Technical Artist  in  Milan (Italy)
    Former Employee - Technical Artist in Milan (Italy)

    I worked at Milestone Srl full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The team is made by very talented and funny people.

    Cons

    The down side is that they are ruled by some morons which makes you work for very long hours (not payed, and if you do less than 8 hours they take you the money), for not so good project! It's not a good place to start your carrer because most of the stuff is made by outsourcer, so you have to deal with a lot of excel stuff!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As stated before, the team is really talented, if you make them do their job with some good tools and with no short schedule you could make really good games! Raise the salary and pay extra hours will make the employer happy (not stealing if you do 7.59 hours)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A big company with big problems

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Milestone Srl as a contractor

    Pros

    The biggest video game company in Italy, some talented people to learn from and grow up as a professional and get into the industry.

    Cons

    Working constantly overloaded and in a stresses environment. The stressful situation lead to tense relations between department and people. No time to working properly on anything due to an insane scheduling which aims just to release in a fixed amount of time a product which ends to be always rough and without personality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management don't care about people and don't care about any suggestion by any people involved in the working pipeline. They only want to renew an existing licence to then tweak the previous game in a new one.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Bad Management, really.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Milestone Srl

    Pros

    -friendly people
    - real videogame passion
    - talented people

    Cons

    - really bad management
    - super tight schedule
    - The only REAL objective is to make a lot of games instead of a good one
    - talented people working on bad things with bad tools

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider making less games to focus all team on a single, VERY GOOD one

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Bad management at its finest

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    Former Employee - Programmer  in  Milan (Italy)
    Former Employee - Programmer in Milan (Italy)

    I worked at Milestone Srl full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - The only AAA videogame company in italy
    - Friendly people

    Cons

    - Bad management, no long-term plans, focused only on schedules
    - Messy work pipeline, no design documents, bad tasks allocation, bad work tools
    - Bad resources management, waste of talents, unefficient middle managers
    - No time given to developers to polish\improve technology, no R&D

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Create long-term plans
    - Improve base technology instead of running from one title to the next one
    - Improve work pipeline with help of integration tools
    - Hire real managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Stressfull but interesting

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Milan (Italy)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milan (Italy)

    I have been working at Milestone Srl full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice colleagues, wide range of choices, high impact on the final product even if you're only in a junior position. Payment always on time.

    Cons

    Bad organization, time spans for game production are too short, focus is not on quality but on being on time. Internal tools are bugged and not human friendly. Milan is expensive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1 high quality title a year is better than 3 mediocre. Check the market, hire people that know and are fond of videogames.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Passionate, talented resources, bad management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Milan (Italy)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milan (Italy)

    I worked at Milestone Srl as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    History, culture and inheritance of the early years
    Some very passionate and talented professionals (esp. designers/programmers/artists)
    Informal - somehow friendly - climate
    Useful as short-term introduction in the industry

    Cons

    Relative workplace instability
    >40% staff covered by project/temporary contract, key people included
    Salaries lower than both market average and country average
    Management: company managed by technicians, not by management
    No "pure" managers, only technical, industry professionals, internally promoted
    Top Management (GM) massively micromanaging resources
    Middle Management: culture based on "hazing", high difficulty to contradict, poor opennes
    Middle Management selected more by personal relationship than management skills
    Poor resource development, wasted talents
    Poor motivation
    Very poor, shortsighted investment strategies
    Pathological schedule crushing
    Confused product strategies, Only short-term profit oriented vs long-term development cycle mk

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Put in Top Management a pure manager, with management school/experience
    2) Develop Resources: dedicated performance reviews, set goals, provide feedbacks, promote the right people, motivate
    3) Invest (in technology above all)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Quite dissatisfied of the workplace

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Milestone Srl as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Working in games, funny colleagues, challenging, interesting, several things to do

    Cons

    Bad management, bad salary, strict thinking, few career opportunities

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice place, nice people, messy management.

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    Former Employee - 3D Artist - Generalis  in  Milan (Italy)
    Former Employee - 3D Artist - Generalis in Milan (Italy)

    I worked at Milestone Srl full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Italians are fun to work with, they pay (employees) on time.

    Cons

    They say Italians are terrible managers, and you can see that in Milestone. People do avoid taking responsibility, tasks can pingpong until they arrive to someone that can actually do it. There are much more middle managers than needed to run a company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell your games in the US.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Milestone please hire a manager, have mercy of you're employees

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    Former Employee - 3D Artist - Generalis  in  Milano (Italy)
    Former Employee - 3D Artist - Generalis in Milano (Italy)

    I worked at Milestone Srl full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    None,Milestone please hire a manager, have mercy of you're employees

    Cons

    An evil and untrusty management ,worst pipeline I ve ever seen and an overall unprofessional look

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please hire a manager

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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