Red Storm Entertainment
1.9 of 5 7 reviews
www.redstorm.com Morrisville, NC 50 to 149 Employees

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Updated Jun 14, 2014

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    We are work for hire and work for a lead studio in another country.

    Senior Artist (Current Employee)

    ProsFriendly and fun people to work with. Decent perks- lunches occasionally, snacks in our rooms and breakfast. Beer on Thursdays!! Flexible scheduling. We crack jokes all the time and have fun while we are working. Vacation time is good.

    ConsCo-development is hard.

    The majority of us spent a year without a game to work on. Then heavy crunch. Re-work is a constant. No room for creativity. Producers try to be supportive but we feel their stress and they take it out on others. An upper manager regularly humiliates people in front of everyone. Studio head is out of touch with us. He stays in his office and decisions take a long time to be made.

    Pay is lower than average. Little opportunity to move up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagers need to get to know the staff, treat them better and find out why so many people leave. Ask questions and stop ignoring problems.
    Get to know people. Talk to them. I have been there a many years and the person in charge has never spoken to me even when I have tried and it is not a large company. He has a small group of favorites and will only talk to those select few.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Budget studio struggling within Ubisoft.

    Art Staff (Former Employee)
    Cary, NC

    Pros3 weeks of vacation, plus Christmas week off. Decent benefits.

    ConsSalary below industry standard. Very clicky staff. Internal tools are unstable and difficult to use.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRSE has not designed and created their own game since the gen 1 xbox. The studio assists other studio's within Ubisoft. This process causes friction in the development cycle between studio's. Normally stemming from internal staff not agreeing with the direction given from the external studio. The lack of work within the studio is very apparent, projects have been abruptly taken away, they have suffered layoff's, and the studio keeps reducing or removing company perks.

    Many talented people come and go because of the lack of growth within the company. The core staff has remained at the studio for well over 10 years, which causes a very clicky work environment. You are also told share your ideas with the studio, only to be quickly ignored.

    When someone is struggling, co-workers will not help them out. Anyone that helps out a struggling co-worker are looked down on. Management will even pull you aside and tell you not to do that. If you ever bring up an issue with management, they will pull you into a meeting room to talk about your lacking performance, even if is right after your review that states you "meet or exceed expectations".

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Quality Assurance (Former Employee)
    Morrisville, NC

    ProsYou will meet *some* genuinely nice developers who love what they do and will welcome you with open arms.
    Development teams are compartmental, and in some cases, will even listen to your ideas and suggestions so long as you can back them up with honest and intelligent reasoning.

    ConsManagement, Management, Management - In every possible way, the management needs to change. Some managers have anger/temper issues, some managers have preferential treatment towards some employees, and will literally treat the rest like 2nd class citizens. Other Managers have ego problems that get in the way of getting work done, others still, will do literally no work when they feel they can get away with it, and do it in front of other employees, whom they do not feel threatened by.

    Witnessed from different Managers;

    Literally screaming at employees in front of the group, or at the entire group.
    Drawing non-work related content while clocked in (when Art is not their job) and doing ZERO RS work while surrounded by devoted employees who work through blood, sweat, and tears, to do what they love.
    Backstabbing other Managers and employees.
    Placing blame on other Manager's or employees shoulders.
    Outright refusal to back/defend employees.
    Bad project planning leading to 70 hour workweeks with no goal or ETA in sight.
    Layoffs *seemingly* at random, even during crunch periods.

    Other Cons

    Involvement with Volt
    No open or honest communication with employees/developers.
    Ownership by a sometimes heavy-handed Publisher.
    False promises of permanence.
    Zero benefits.
    Offloading work of multiple jobs from multiple departments, on to 1-2 people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your employees like human beings, and not numbers. Show empathy, compassion, and human understanding. Spend more time and energy with better planning practices for projects. Lastly, clean out your Management staff members, they have become too complacent/comfortable.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Was a good company, but went downhill

    Programmer (Former Employee)
    Morrisville, NC

    ProsThey have a pretty generous vacation policy.

    ConsThe head of the last project I worked on was the worst possible choice for his position, and I include janitorial staff among the options.

    Mandatory 60-hour weeks were commonly assigned for milestones which had no significance other than internal politics.

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    Good place to work, nice area,

    Environment Artist (Current Employee)
    Cary, NC

    ProsGood place to work,
    nice office,
    good benefits,
    fun projects,
    friendly coworkers
    cost of living not too bad
    can push yourself to rise in leadership

    ConsTimes can be rough, like any other place,
    Very specific genre, not a con to some, may be to others,

    Advice to Senior ManagementI'm sure it can be tough in certain positions, but as always, active investigation into production problems and success is helpful,

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    Great place to start your career...just don't plan on staying forever

    Senior Engineer (Former Employee)
    Raleigh, NC

    Pros- Great employee benefits
    - Get to work on high-profile game
    - UbiSoft provides opportunity to work in other countries.

    Cons- Little to no growth in the company
    - "pigeon-holing" of employees makes it very hard to advance
    - management stagnant in it's approach

    Advice to Senior Management- Work on growing the company instead of being content with a single product
    - Encourage employee growth
    - Pay more for senior talent

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    Good for learning stuff and do your job, not competitive to create a success game.

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsPretty relax company, low pressure and family friendly
    Low living cost area.

    ConsFrequently changing and unstable HR,
    Low salary, bad performance review management ( maybe better now)

    Advice to Senior ManagementCare employee more.
    It's better to involving into game developing, then you can know what the team really need.
    Recruiting good guys not cheap guys.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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