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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Messy management, useless marketing, absent design creativity."

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    Former Employee - Art Team in Milan (Italy)
    Former Employee - Art Team in Milan (Italy)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Milestone Srl full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great and talented artists and programmers as colleagues!
    Good salary for italian standards.
    Lots of projects to work on!

    Cons

    - Too many projects to work on.
    - The CEO is mad, he doesn't know what his studio is developing and has no idea of how videogames are done and sold, the quality of the production is terribly low and the deadlines are insane, a team which is just enough to make a single game is forced to work on 4 different titles at the same time.
    - HR thinks that testers and game designers are the same. Marketing and management teams are the worst.
     - If you are in the art team prepare to work like a slave and follow absurd marketing directives, but if you are a "designer" or want to become "one" give it a shot, no one will ask you about your competencies at HR :)
    - Apply for a work here only if you need money and don't care about the games you develop.

    Advice to Management

    The CEO should stand aside and nominate a serious producer (currently there are no producers at all) and change all the manegement staff or this studio will close soon. Writing good reviews on this website won't save your credibility as managers!


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Just sad"

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    Former Employee - Artist
    Former Employee - Artist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Milestone Srl full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Some of the staff is friendly and helpful.
    - They pay in time and without issues.
    - Office location is near the subway.
    - If you absolutely LOVE snapping vertices.. that's the right place for you.

    Cons

    - Absolutely ridiculous management.
    - Disrespectful HR dept, often insulting staff members without any consequence.
    - Nobody wants any responsibility so team leads are often in the company (or even in the gaming industry) just from couple of months because they are naive enough to accept the role or just don't care.
    - Enormous amount of useless staff.
    - The office looks like an hospital not a videogame developer.
    - Bad planning and scheduling: one month you have nothing to do, the next you are forced to work extra hours for free.
    - If you hope to go there to actualy do some creative work.. well thats not the right place. Most of the artistic work is just stuff a monkey could do or game designers delirious requests.

    Advice to Management

    You are supposed to know what you company is about if you plan on forcing all your decisions on anyone. Leave it to someone who have AT LEAST knowledge on planning and software development.

  3. "Good as first step in video game industry"

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    Current Employee - Programmer in Milan (Italy)
    Current Employee - Programmer in Milan (Italy)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Nice people to work with

    Cons

    -Organization and planning could be better


  4. Helpful (4)

    "A shipwrecked firm"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Milan (Italy)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Milan (Italy)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Milestone Srl full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    * experience in videogame (not easy in Italy)
    * nice colleagues (most of them)
    * AAA videogames

    Cons

    * no creativity
    * no organization
    * no management
    * no producer
    * everyone passing the buck
    * everyone is responsible for everything, so, basically, no one is responsible for anything
    * the only aim of your work will be to avoid the blames of CEO

    Advice to Management

    Listen to people, don't think about them as commodities. Create a reasonable organization and responsabilities.


  5. "Product Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Milestone Srl full-time

    Pros

    Extremely flexible in terms of working hours, travel preferences. Will throw in the deep side of the pool very early in your stay - you will learn very quickly and efficiently.

    Cons

    A little dis-organized in terms of plans/goals for the marketing side, things will change very quickly and all of a sudden you will have to come up with a new plan

    Advice to Management

    a little less involvement in day to day activities would be better as the experienced employees can handle the work they are doing


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Stressful"

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    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".


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Absolutely non-sense management, horrible working conditions."

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    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.

  8. Helpful (12)

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

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    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!!


  9. Helpful (4)

    "1"

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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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Very Good"

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    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.


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