Milestone Srl Reviews

Updated July 16, 2015
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Virgilio Bixio
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  1. Helpful (5)

    Stressful

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Programmer in Milan (Italy)
    Former Employee - Programmer in Milan (Italy)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Milestone Srl full-time

    Pros

    Paid extra work hour ( Only on Saturday/Sunday ) You meet kind and very experienced people. It's the only good Italian software house developing for next-gen consoles. Junior Developer can learn lot of things and add lot of titles to the CV in few time. Lot of experience with Racing Game

    Cons

    Bad HR department. Bad project management. Unskilled and arrogant CEO. Just 3 months to develop a multiplatform console game. The "Producer" role is abolished from the company. Extra unpaid hour expected from any employee during the week. Game culture is totally absent. No flexible-time

    Advice to Management

    Happy employees develop better products. Hire real producer. In a company of more than 100 employees the CEO should just be the "Chief Executive Officer".


  2. Helpful (3)

    Absolutely non-sense management, horrible working conditions.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milan (Italy)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milan (Italy)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Milestone Srl full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The only thing that keeps the company going is the dedication of certain parts of the teams working on the projects, there are really talented, capable, and friendly people in there. This is the only "AAA" Video game company in Italy. Good place to start if you want to develop video games.

    Cons

    In short, the bigger problem is the CEO. He pretends to be also the producer of all the projects, the head of R&D, the head of the Art department, the Head of the QA and also the Marketing manager... Too bad he knows absolutely nothing about all those subjects. In addition he keep yelling, insulting and menace most of the people working to death to finish the insane projects he wants. HR department is absolutely not helpful. All the talented people are leaving, there is no future for this company beyond a couple of more years.

    Advice to Management

    Get the CEO out of decisions regarding stuff he knows nothing about, hire at least 1 producer per title, 4 BAD products a year are worse than fewer better products. Respect your fans by delivering decent games and not an unfinished alpha of what a game is supposed to be.


  3. Helpful (10)

    ....no producer and game directors..mha!!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Milestone Srl (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Generally speaking is a good company, great colleagues and interesting projects (if you like cars and bikes)..there are no other companies like in Italy. In that sense is a great experience. The new offices are very cool and ia a great location! Extra hours get payed very well, but only during Saturday and Sunday (+50%)! (POSITIVE :-) WOW!!)

    Cons

    The real problem is the “dictatorship” of the OWNER (V.B.Bixio) /CEO/PRESIDENT/”MR I DO WHAT I THINK”!! Hi is the kind of person that think that if you desire a baby, instead of wait 9 moths you can hire 9 woman in order to get it done in 1 month! And of course he/she has to be beautiful, already educated speak all languages and should already earn some money to help the FAMILY!! Small projects are continuously added to the main one causing delays/frustration/extra unpaid hours and therefore a fast turnover of people. The management has been disassembled and reorganised several times, there are no producers or game directors from more than 1 year, creating big problems between the departments lead. The leads have to deal with the daily meetings with VB+projects issue+area/resourses issue+marketing issue+have to work actively on the projects = stress and everyone try to do its own business trying to do the best for its own area and not for the project (as would do a game director) Salaries are not high, bonus are rare and if promised..do not always arrive for one reason or another. Extra hours get payed very well, but only during Saturday and Sunday (+50%)! (POSITIVE ... WOW!!)

    Advice to Management

    The advice for the future? Get back the producers and game directors! Invest 50% -50% or at least 60%-40% in development and marketing. Get closer to the real world! Add some time extra to finish the products!!


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  5. Helpful (3)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Had a great time working here. Lots of opportunities and fun place to be around. Management was great. Stayed here for 3 years and then moved on.

    Cons

    I have nothing bad to say about this company. I decided to leave to pursue my professional career, but will miss the company dearly.

    Advice to Management

    No advice to management! My managers were great leaders. They were very professional and very educated. I enjoyed every shift because of the management.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Very Good

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Game Programmer
    Former Employee - Senior Game Programmer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Milestone Srl full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart and exceptional colleagues Possibility to work with the latest generation of Console Great values and know how Good for both junior and senior. Good salary

    Cons

    Too many active projects and short deadlines Communication is not always good as it should be A single genre of products: racing game.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Not so good!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Artist in Milan (Italy)
    Former Employee - Technical Artist in Milan (Italy)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Milestone Srl full-time (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 Management

    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)


  8. Helpful (5)

    Bad Management, really.

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. Helpful (2)

    Bad management at its finest

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Programmer in Milan (Italy)
    Former Employee - Programmer in Milan (Italy)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Milestone Srl full-time (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 Management

    - 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


  10. Best video game company in Italy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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


  11. Helpful (4)

    Stressfull but interesting

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milan (Italy)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milan (Italy)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Milestone Srl full-time (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 Management

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



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