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Rockstar San Diego Reviews

Updated April 9, 2019
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  1. "A rare opportunity to work on truly special games."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Rockstar San Diego full-time

    Pros

    The chance to make some of the best games ever produced and be supported by a very experienced and talented group around you.

    Cons

    If you're not super passionate about making games, not willing to work hard, or do not want to be held to a high standard you will struggle.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good experience"

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    Former Employee - QA Tester
    Former Employee - QA Tester

    I worked at Rockstar San Diego full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits and working on cool projects.

    Cons

    Not much other the long hours.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Believe the hype"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Programmer in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Programmer in Carlsbad, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rockstar San Diego full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Chance to work with some of the most talented and dedicated developers in the industry on projects that have no rival in scope or quality.

    Cons

    Toxic management, from the top down.
    Hours ranging from demanding all the way to absolutely insane.
    Salary and bonuses were good, but should have been much better given the success of the game (and in comparison to other successful studios).

    Advice to Management

    You make some of the best games the world has ever seen with one of the worst processes in the industry. Do better. Find a way to maintain quality while improving the process and not sacrificing developer's due to their passion.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Not so the worst job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rockstar San Diego full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Resume boost
    Free snacks
    Free gym

    Cons

    Lots of overtime
    Employees not very friendly

    Advice to Management

    Work on your community ?


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Dev assistant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rockstar San Diego full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Donut/ Bagel Fridays, free dinners if you work late, great perks and amazing benifits

    Cons

    Towards a game launch, be prepared to work 70+ hrs a week

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Motion Capture Technician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rockstar San Diego full-time

    Pros

    Really good group of people to work with pretty relaxed atmosphere.

    Cons

    Can be a lot of hrs for extended periods of time but could be worse mocap has it better.


  7. Helpful (13)

    "Consider your options carefully"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    International brand recognition
    Well known games

    Cons

    Do not respect your time - Productivity is measured in hours so it does not matter how much work you complete or the quality of that work as it is only briefly peer-reviewed if at all. Father's are called in on father's day to do average priority work (luckily I have no kids).

    Boys club / Frat mentality - Every time I detail the horrors that happen here my review gets taken down for community guidelines. I'll let that speak for itself. (This is my third attempt to review)

    Disorganized - The design team received an email on Sunday at 5pm saying all outstanding work was due by the end of the day and the leads only just found out. Decisions are made by a committee of informal shotcallers from all departments, right down to every detail. They do not communicate with each other which means things change every week or even daily and blame is constantly shifted around for missing deadlines. In one case a manager's emails were being forwarded to another employee, written for him, then sent back for mass distribution under his name. However bad you think Rockstar is, it's worse in terms of disorganization.

    Little innovation in the product. They have been shipping GTA III clones since 2001 and while the graphics of the product do become more and more impressive, don't expect to have creative freedom against the top brass in even the smallest details or any attempts to push the envelope.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing I say here will be listened to by management, but I advise potential employees to consider how desperate they are before putting themselves in a company that does not value them.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Sad company losing potential"

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    Current Employee - Designer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Designer in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Rockstar San Diego full-time

    Pros

    Friendly people, health coverage, 401k, dental, vision coverage

    Cons

    Disorganized, also they don’t mention it upon any step of the interviewing process but you’re “encouraged” to work 10hrs a day by default or “risk”(guaranteed really) you will get fired. This is informed to you on your orientation. Because of zero pipelines everyone just works to get bugs fixed quickly rather than solve a bigger problems properly.
    You will have very little to zero chance to move up or around the branches of the company. Less of a foot in the door and more of a better like what role you picked because that might be it. 10hrs a day is an average you will be pulling longer days and that’s not “during crunch” that’s for your every day each year, situation. We lose employees often because of this, and important team members leaving departments where they were a very important asset.

    Advice to Management

    Create a pipeline. Have daily stand ups. Get everyone on the same page rather than wing it. Get objectives planned out up to a milestone wil realistic expectations. So progress is made and tracked accordingly.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Don't waste your time here"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Rockstar San Diego full-time

    Pros

    Working on highly anticipated games, decent benefits and most beverages are free

    A free copy of the game once it's released

    Some of your colleagues are really cool, smart and hardworking people

    Cons

    It's pure chaos. There is no organization whatsoever while employees are required to put in ridiculous amounts of overtime (which is monitored by management)

    Managers will talk a big game but never actually follow up on items they claim they will follow up on which you will get blamed for. Management refuses to accept responsibility for their own actions and instead choose to throw subordinates under the bus with higher ups

    Cliques and favoritism are rampant. If you're into playing politics and know how to boot lick you'll be fine though your manager will still gossip about you. If not, managers will bully you until you quit or they can get you fired

    Elitist management which insists they know best even though most of them don't. Your competence will always be questioned no matter how good a job you do. Some managers are very obviously threatened that you can do their job better than they can and will act accordingly

    HR retaliation is an open secret within the company. Just because HR is a woman doesn't mean she's going to help you if you have issues with your toxic manager

    Everyone hates/fears New York yet very obviously wish they were New York. Some managers purposely and willfully refuse to provide accurate information to New York to foster an adversarial environment with the head studio

    Advice to Management

    You don't care about improving the work environment so there's no point in giving advice


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Programmer"

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

    I worked at Rockstar San Diego full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work on the coolest games in the world. It's a completely different product than the rest of the industry.
    Technology is really cool and is open to aggressive changes to stay up to date.
    Compensation can go really high if you play the political game. If you don't, it'll be below average.

    Cons

    Lots of political land mines. You can get a reputation over one night at the bar and feel your career is stunted.
    The largest metric for getting progression in your career and pay are based on how much you sacrifice your life for the company. This was a legitimate metric during review cycles. If you sacrifice a lot, and look like you do a lot of work for good, you'll rise faster.
    Every discipline's sub teams (Environment Art, Engine Programming, Mission Design, etc) are all based in certain studios. If you're not located at that studio, you're in for few hours of communication with your boss and teammates. This is something that's very hard to overcome when trying to make change as well as trying to learn from co workers.

    Advice to Management

    Empower leads in studios.
    Put more pressure on leads to get involved with developers to stop having people quit "out of no where."