CD PROJEKT RED Employee Reviews about "long crunch"

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    1. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Games out of Chaos

      Jun 1, 2015 - Artist in Warsaw
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      - Very interesting projects - You'll get to work with some extraordinarily talented people - Rapidly growing, but it can lead to a trap. - The company is actively working to make things better internally. - Real talent to emerge with a working game out of the production chaos. - In-house canteen (vegetarian only though!)


      - Out of touch upper management setting fake milestones without prior consulting with anyone actually working on the thing, leading to crushing, over a year long crunch periods. - The company game design-fu seems to be 'do a bunch of game systems separately and try to sew it together somehow later'. - No clear art direction, separate team leads will tell you their separate visions for it, that more often than not contradict. - Since I started working things have gotten very political. Although HR is working to make things better for everyone in the company, if you're not in the favor of the right people, you are just a cog in the machine. This also means the more narcissistic and selfish you are, the higher you will go, even without much experience. - Things are way over-micromanaged by the studio head, although there is a team lead structure in place in the end everything needs to go through him.

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    2. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Good in some ways, bad in many ways.

      May 30, 2015 - Anonymous Employee in Warsaw
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      * Some very nice people * A large AAA project * Great artistic value * Nice canteen in the company * A good place if you want to learn as a game developer


      * Traumatic and long crunch periods * Bad planning and fake milestones made just to squeeze the most out of people * Some managers do not care about the team and only focuses on goals * People who disagree become enemies or "do not fit the team" * Large employee rotation * Some managers/directors have zero experience outside the studio and their knowledge is very limited

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    3. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Chaos unbound

      Aug 16, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in Warsaw
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      You would imagine "working at an AAA project", but it's no pro at all. Stay away.


      - Lack of motivation to improve, despite hearing the need for it at every corner. - Gut-feeling decision-making; lack of reasonable approach to proposals or feedback. - "Culture of blame" approach instead of culture of feedback and praise. - Absurdly long crunch preferred over life/work balance. - Lack of motivation palpable at every level. - Higher management closed in an ivory tower; unwilling to hear feedback from the lower tiers. - Organizational chaos. - Absent, erratic CEO. - Organization that aims at survival; prefers to provide high bonuses to higher management rather than invest in the company long-term.

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