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CD PROJEKT RED Reviews

Updated 24 June 2018
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Pros
  • "CD Projekt RED is a company that has a lot of highly talented people while offering a lot of new opportunities to new people" (in 9 reviews)

  • "Nice social events, parties and such," (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low salaries compared with other AAA companies" (in 5 reviews)

  • "All pretty great in general other than in-fighting among upper management" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (16)

    "Chaos!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CD PROJEKT RED full-time

    Pros

    -Nice parking
    -Free gym card
    -Good for your cv

    Cons

    -Chaos!
    -Managment is incompetent
    -Fake goals
    -Lies
    -Low salarys

    Advice to Management

    Stop to waste people time!


  2. Helpful (17)

    "Blood, sweat, tears and video games."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warsaw (Poland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warsaw (Poland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at CD PROJEKT RED full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    +Great, talented and hard-working people from all over the world.

    + Good for CV, people outside of industry are impressed to hear of someone working there.

    + Good pay for locals. Ex-pats get some bonuses to match western paychecks.

    + Cheery atmosphere on the work floors, people bringing snacks from trips, jokes etc. Active off-topic channels.

    + Free Gym, with a qualified trainer and a Multi-Sport card if someone wants to go swimming etc. to other places in the city.

    + Multiple lunch options: Sandwiches in the morning, breakfasts, vending machines, We have a vegan canteen and a REGULAR one just next to it. Food trucks on daily rotation if someone wants something different. No one goes hungry in CDP building.

    + Very cool parties organized by HR.

    + 20-26 paid leave days...

    Cons

    - ...but often trouble to find time for vacation.

    - Crunches for years. People staying for 10-12h/day and coming in on weekends, just so they can meet the required dates. And that's not during approved crunch.
    During "real" crunches some people tend to stay till 2 or 4 am, then show up next morning to do the same. After some time, the project is redesigned and a lot of effort goes into the bin, while new deadlines and design decisions make people shake their heads.
    Might be good for the game, but holy crap - where's the prototypes and preproduction?

    - Lack of decisions. Often we show multiple approaches, get some critique and go back to the drawing board without clear direction.
    Sometimes the critique is: "Make it cooler" or "Oh, I like this idea, can we implement this as a new system".
    People are scared to be creative, as someone from the management might see a feature and wish it to be implemented into the game, without giving more time to do so.

    - Lack of pro-active HR. You really have to have a breakdown or turn into a fish for someone to notice and set up a quick meeting. Promises of keeping an eye out are just promises.

    - Multiple leads changes in a short time.

    - As Seniors and Leads disappear, plan is to replace them with 2-3 Juniors, expecting them to do the same job. Can't really complain as i suspect that's how i got in, thrown into deep water [good exercise though].

    Advice to Management

    Have a vision. One vision. At least when deep into production.

    If you hire people for their specialties, let them do just that. Trust your Seniors. I know we all want to make the best possible games, but throwing away hundreds of hours of work while setting milestones every 2 weeks leaves the work folk angry and tired.

    Why are people who worked with the upper floors coming back either resigned and sad, or not coming back at all?
    Can't say i had any first hand experience, but seeing close co-workers so miserable at times really hurts.

    We're all just people, and seeing that "the way it works now gives results, so no need to change" isn't healthy.
    Soon no-one will want to work there. We make great games, but at a greater cost.

    Pyramids are beautiful to look at, a real monument of what can humans achieve when working together, but no one wants to take part in building them, right?

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Want to stay here for a long time, great, very talented and working hard people (including management!)"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at CD PROJEKT RED full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - cool environment to work (canteenes, gym, social/beer fridays, and even more)
    - very friendly and talented people
    - super, ambitious projects
    - qualified management, who are staying with others in crunch time
    - paid overtime
    - good salaries and bonus system

    Cons

    - none
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  4. Helpful (6)

    "CD project Red the place were creative concepts and ideas go to die"

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    Former Employee - Senior Animator in Warsaw (Poland)
    Former Employee - Senior Animator in Warsaw (Poland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at CD PROJEKT RED full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    the staff were enthusiastic

    Cons

    Everything from the managment to the staff not know what a Table top RPG is supposed to be.They seem to be too focused on simplifing the experience rather than elucidating the groundworks of a RPG system and redefining by adding more depth and complexities it.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps if they start focusing on creating a RPG rather than a glorified action adventure game with a worthless perk based progession system and create a new RPG from the ground up, maybe then they'll start earning there namesake as the 'industry leader on creating RPG's' ideology


  5. Helpful (10)

    "Terrible mess"

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

    I worked at CD PROJEKT RED full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great ambitious project;
    Great, super talented and mostly kind people;
    Vegan cantine;
    Very good social events.

    Cons

    Management and production lying to people in terms of deadlines and methods of production;
    Pointless crunch as a result of production team, which has no clue what they actually shoud do;
    Terrible mess in every department;
    Terrible communication between departments;
    Very low salaries;
    It's a great place for people good in corporation games and tricks.

    Advice to Management

    Please start to think about changing your production process, cause right now there is none.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Great people, not so great management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warsaw (Poland)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warsaw (Poland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CD PROJEKT RED full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, especially in dev, descent pay (in back office)

    Cons

    No possibility of transfer between back office and dev

    Advice to Management

    Be open to people who what to change their career path within the company


  7. Helpful (21)

    "Terrible upper management."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warsaw (Poland)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warsaw (Poland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CD PROJEKT RED full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good guys to work with
    free gym

    Cons

    even for polish salaries they are paying pennies.
    upper management is fighting constantly, you dare to point anything to Adam Badowski he will bully you or fire in the soonest possible occasion. Adam thinks he is infallible.
    Not a world class experience, chaos!
    Goals keep changing
    poor pay even if you compare polish IT sector!
    If you can work as robot it's for you ;-)

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of Adam Badowski!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to grow"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Level Designer in Warsaw (Poland)
    Former Employee - Level Designer in Warsaw (Poland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CD PROJEKT RED full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - great people in the trenches
    - if you are proactive, you will get promoted fast

    Cons

    - promotion always correlates with more responsibilities but not always with a raise
    - crunch time that could be avoided


  9. Helpful (34)

    "I can't believe this website..."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director, Program Management in Warsaw (Poland)
    Former Employee - Director, Program Management in Warsaw (Poland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CD PROJEKT RED full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    All I have to say here is that a lot if not all of these reviews below are fake. We often talked to our staff and made sure they are perfectly happy working there. If anything was missing, we'd make sure we had a plan to atleast implement it.
    I no longer work there simply because I got too stressed, and I will never work anywhere if it's stressful, even if it is my dream job. I hate stress.

    Cons

    This website is a con.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Wonderful time spent there"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CD PROJEKT RED full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everything was wonderful oh and vegetarian cantina

    Cons

    All pretty great in general other than in-fighting among upper management


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