Rockstar Games Reviews

Updated 23 Sep 2020

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4.1
79%
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95%
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75 Ratings
Pros
  • "Relaxed work environment, full of smart and fun people(in 14 reviews)

  • "laid-back, not much pressure if you do your job ok, multicultural, great people(in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "The best company I've ever worked for"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Game Programmer in Leeds, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rockstar Games full-time

    Pros

    Employees are valued and rewarded If the employee have any type problem, the company is keen to step in and help. Flexible working hours Generous yearly bonuses and various extra benefits

    Cons

    The company has been famous for been a bit too airtight when it comes of contributing to the videogames development community. I can see that this is changing a bit in the recent times though...

  2. "Good time, mildly frustrating"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Motion Graphics Designer in Edinburgh, Scotland

    I worked at Rockstar Games full-time

    Pros

    Sense of accomplishment, worldwide exposure.

    Cons

    Too many hoops to get things done.


  3. "Ok"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Game Designer in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rockstar Games full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Cool working environment, fair salary

    Cons

    Lots of overtime, bad leadership

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Good and getting better"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Rockstar Games full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexitime Usual AAA perks (free drinks, breakfast and dinner) Good Christmas and launch parties Good bonuses especially from game launches Nice studio Massages and meditation sessions

    Cons

    Large management hierarchy Lots of cogs in the works to get changes to happen

  5. "Good workplace"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Localisation QA Tester in Lincoln, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rockstar Games full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work environment and a decent pay for life cost in Lincoln

    Cons

    Lincoln is a very small town and there isn't much to do

  6. Helpful (1)

    "Work and life balabce"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Localization Tester 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Rockstar Games full-time

    Pros

    laid-back, not much pressure if you do your job ok, multicultural, great people.

    Cons

    Difficult to progress out. no transferable skills.

  7. Helpful (2)

    "Get in, ship a game and get out"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Technical Content Artist in Leeds, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Rockstar Games full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good people Free stuff like t shirts Conpany discount on take 2 games

    Cons

    - Awful growth speed - Low salary - Bonus not guaranteed and depends on your work ie if you refuse to work weekends, lower bonus - management treat you like you are expendable - constantly asked to work weekends - constantly asked to stay late - impossible deadlines - crunch mentality - unpredictable art directors - 'too many cooks in the kitchen'

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Better than it was"

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Game Tester in Lincoln, England
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Rockstar Games full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Good entry level games industry experience -Chances to work with great AAA projects -No more crunch culture -The company is really trying to do better after the news came out about the 2018 crunch controversy -Friendly, laid back and fun studio culture -Nice Christmas parties and bonuses

    Cons

    -Work is repetitive -Few transferable software skills -Very difficult to progress out of QA compared to other companies -Lincoln

  9. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to work, provided you are willing to put the effort in"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Game Tester in Lincoln, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Rockstar Games full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Vast majority of staff are great to get along with, you will never feel like an outsider - Kitchenette and vending machine that is stocked - Get chance to work on top quality projects - Have a kitchen with chefs to provide lunches for day and night shift

    Cons

    - Crunch time is hard, and a lot is expected of you. While crunch is technically optional, it is more mandatory unless proven otherwise. Can be draining on employees, especially those who are not used to such an environment. - While vast majority of staff were great, 1 or 2 individuals caused issues. 1 had attitude and work ethic problems (though this was dealt with by the company after repeat offences), while the other asserted power that gone to his head (despite having no real power to speak of), and would only treat you well if you were part of a special circle of friends/long term employees. This individual only affected me on one occasion, but for many of my colleagues they had weekly issues with this person. - Performance is based on numbers. You could spend all day looking at one game-breaking bug that needs to be fixed, but if you're numbers are low due to it you can usually expect to get some flack from management. Can promote a bad work ethic, meaning some bugs may not get fixed/reported as they want to keep their numbers high instead of investigating the issue

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Review while currently employed"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - AI Programmer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Rockstar Games full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    1. You get to learn a lot, while working on the best games. 2. Everyone's quite helpful 3. There was literally no crunch on RDR2 for my team . 4. The work environment's also pretty good.

    Cons

    Cons at time of writing: 1. Can't really think of any, I've been treated nicely.

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