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CD PROJEKT RED Overview

Warsaw (Poland)
201 to 500 employees
2002
Company - Private
Video Games
Unknown / Non-Applicable
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We’re a feisty, independent game dev studio that started with a wild dream – to create a top-notch RPG based on the Witcher novels beloved throughout Europe. We went on to make that happen and right now we develop even more exciting intellectual properties ... Read more

Mission: To create the best RPGs on the planet.

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    "Arguably THE BEST AAA Game Dev Studio atm"

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    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Warsaw (Poland)
    Current Employee - Senior Programmer in Warsaw (Poland)
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    I have been working at CD PROJEKT RED full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I joined CDP few months before E3 2019, before I worked at a several AAA game development studios in North America and Europe. I was there for a crunch period before the show, getting the demo ready. Anyways, the pros:

    -You got to work on the most anticipated game
    -There is some really advanced tech under the hood to work on
    -People are MUCH more motivated than at my previous jobs
    -26 days of paid vacations + paid sick leave
    -Paid overtimes: 150% during weekdays, 200% on weekends. I've never seen anything like that in North America - you get 100%, in best case, or it's "but you're getting bonus/some random time-off". Here you get a fair pay AND a bonus.
    -Overtimes are optional: we had a meeting with a producer, who reiterated, that though they'd appreciate if we help, they don't want us to get tired and overworked. Few people of the team (including me) did some overtime, few didn't, I felt no peer-pressure. And again - I don't mind at all doing a few hours during a weekend for a DOUBLE money
    -Salaries are HUGE in the local purchase power (even without a bonus). If I were to live in UK, I'd need 6 figures yearly salary in pounds, so I could afford the same life quality. I am not sure you can get this at any other gamedev studio working on a AAA single-player title
    -The onsite gym and canteen are REALLY good and save a lot of time on commute - I was working out regularly even during crunch periods
    -The feedback system is very transparent and you get feedback every month
    -Last but not least - I really enjoy working with people which mean what they say, and which really need the work you do

    Cons

    There hasn't been many for me so far, despite I've been very concerned reading the Glassdoor reviews :) But apparently, it's either they are too emotional, or the company has changed A LOT. Anyway, if I were to nitpick something to try to be objective:
    There were a few hiccups during the recruitment process: particularly, there were some delays in the interview process and a confusion for the starting date. Also, the immigration process for the spouse was not very clearly explained, but it worked out well in the end.

    Advice to Management

    Some people would love to work on CDP titles, but are afraid of moving to Poland. Consider opening a studio in North America (Montreal/LA could be good places to consider) to be able to attract international talent unwilling to relocate.

    Always, despite benefits are already fair, they can always be improved, especially compared to outside of gamedev (Google, Facebook etc).

    1 hour of Polish lessons per week is not enough for most of the people - having, at least, 3 hours/week would make it easier to learn it without taking classes elsewhere.

    Data science is currently underappreciated in the company - while this could work for AAA games, I don't think this is sustainable for products like Gwent and services like GOG.

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CD PROJEKT RED Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at CD PROJEKT RED (Warsaw (Poland)) in April 2012.

    Interview

    it was phone call after online application on company web site in internet, then it was classic one on one interview with recruiter. They ask for normal things like portfolio, former company and former projects in that company, then about software and skills. Absolutely default and normal. Easy. Office was far away from center, transport took an hour and half.

    Negotiation

    it was short and easy

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