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Red 5 Studios Reviews

Updated April 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Meet a lot of great people whom I'm proud to call friends to this day (in 6 reviews)

  • Programming team is about 25 very talented people and it is not really easy to get there (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • And with these decisions comes doubletalk about 'voluntary' crunch (in 3 reviews)

  • The direction of where the game should be might have been read in tea leaves behind closed doors, for all the devs knew (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Red 5 Studios"

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    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Red 5 Studios full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    fun place with lots of culture

    Cons

    unstable place which was not able to launch a successful project in nearly 10 years of operation

    Advice to Management

    close the company once and for all


  2. "Completely on unorganized and I'm untrustworthy"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Red 5 Studios full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Freedom to do whatever you want. There is no technical management because everyone is on the same level of authority.

    Cons

    Sometimes they won't pay you or you'll be out of a job within months. The people running the project have no idea what they're doing. Firefall is a failed game.

    Advice to Management

    Actually manage and be transparent.

  3. "A management failure example"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Red 5 Studios (More than a year)

    Pros

    Worst work experience because of the management.

    Cons

    Work on a fun environment with talented people.

    Advice to Management

    Please resign!


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Started out great, then fell apart in November 2015 and never recovered."

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    Former Employee - Game Designer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Game Designer in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Red 5 Studios full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The developers were passionate, driven, and motivated. Even after November, the team attempted rally back, doing everything in their power to right the ship.

    Cons

    Management at the director level was poor, leading to multiple financial snafus as well as petty power struggles. More attention on who should be holding what role and how we can make "the next big thing", and less on the product they already had.

    Advice to Management

    It is clear management had no idea how to run a game development studio. My advice is to either learn how to do it properly, or never do it again. Treat the role as if you hold the livelihood of many people in your hands, respect it as such and act accordingly. Otherwise, just stay away from the gaming industry altogether.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Lead Designer"

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

    Pros

    Creative freedom and the ability to execute on your ideas (within the realm of the project as a whole). Great people working together without egos (for the most part) towards a common goal.

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations. Top level comparisons against games at the top of the market without any consideration to the cost involved in competing with the best.

    Advice to Management

    Decide on a direction early enough to execute on that plan. Fast...Good...Cheap -- pick any two. It's a lesson few leaders in the games industry seem to take to heart.


  6. "Not stable, poor directors, average title."

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    Former Employee - Senior Programmer in Newport Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer in Newport Beach, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Red 5 Studios full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Creative environment, some talented people, friendly relaxed work environment, good crunch food.

    Cons

    Directors are not very good at all. They lack vision and talent for their job and seem to have been grandfathered into their positions. Facilities were ok, but the company is very cheap, no 401k contribution, lots of crunch,

    Advice to Management

    Hire directors based on their merit, actual skills and experience, not personality.


  7. "Fanstatic Team, Amazing CEO."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orange, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Orange, CA
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team atmosphere
    Good Management

    There is very good communication between CM and the players, Management gets loads of feedback from the forums and from in game.

    All employees here are friendly, charismatic and hard workers. It is very easy to get along with the Tribe, both Management and Developers are focused solely on one goal and thats to make Firefall great again. It really did make you want to come into work everyday

    Cons

    Pay isn't the greatest but with such a nice atmosphere it isn't too much of a problem

    CEO is quite hard when he wants things done, does ask for changes when we are half way through stuff.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management would be to give the developers a bit more leeway in doing their jobs and not to change things half way through.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Salary Arrears - You payment still pending"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Everyone is friendly and super helpful.
    - Plenty of talent at all levels

    Cons

    -Have issue get paid. after 6 months delay, I still didn't get my last payment.
    -Company faces big problem with parent company in China.
    -Bad management

    Advice to Management

    DO NOT work there, if you want work for free.


  9. "company is in a difficult time"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Red 5 Studios full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    PPLs are young and kindly.

    Cons

    Company faces big problem itself.

    Advice to Management

    No to come now.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Cruel, dismal place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Red 5 Studios full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    When I first began it was a place filled with optimism. Coworkers were friendly and helpful, plenty of talent at all levels, minor nepotism in the upper ranks. My first job in the industry and I was walking on cloud 9.

    Cons

    Things began to fall apart a few months in. Instead of fixing major problems with workflow they were always changing focus. Ridiculous time frames that were doomed to fail eventually drove away some of the best talent, and even when things started to look like they might improve, some horrible management decision would turn back the clock and scrap everything. Pay started coming late and it severely impacted my living situation. Management couldn't care less.

    Advice to Management

    Just do right by the people you've mismanaged.


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