Witcher developer downplays studio morale concerns

CD Projekt Red, the studio behind the Witcher franchise and the upcoming Cyberpunk 2077 denies morale problems.

Developer CD Projekt Red is known by most for its Witcher series and Gwent spin-off. Now that the studio is heads-down on a new IP, Cyberpunk 2077, a few ratings on popular job posting a recruitment site Glassdoor might indicate the developer has a morale problem.

While Glassdoor admits it cannot verify user identities in relation to the employer, the company does require each user to certify their employee relationship to the company when they post any content. Glassdoor also requires “email verification from a permanent, active email address, or a valid social networking account for each user submitting content.”

In a statement on Twitter this morning, CD Projekt Red Co-Founder Marcin Iwiński and Studio Head Adam Badowski addressed recent mumblings on Glassdoor. The note is posted in full below, but it can be summarized by saying “Games are hard to make, and sometimes that pressure is too much for people. We think you’ll like our finished product.”

CD_Note.jpgWhile some might be happy to hear CD Projekt Red bosses insist that development of Cyberpunk 2077 is progressing as expected, the note also seems dismissive of the complaints on Glassdoor. Making games is undoubtedly difficult, but studio heads saying those who complain aren’t cut out for CD Projekt Red’s development style is certainly problematic.

While you’re welcome to read all of CD Projekt Red’s Glassdoor reviews, the most common complaints are extended periods of overtime, a lack of life insurance and poor retirement benefits. Some have noted that the benefits offered by CD Projekt Red are good compared to other jobs in Poland, but when compared to other developers around Europe, there’s a lot to be desired.

Another understandable complaint stems from the rapid growth of the developer. As mentioned in bosses’ note, the studio has jumped from around 200 employees to nearly 400. Glassdoor reviews cite the growth of the developer as the reason for general miscommunication and confusion around the studio. Some reviewers went as far as to say the management was inexperienced with dealing with the company’s size.

Like any review site, it’s important to keep in mind that some of the negative comments could stem from disgruntled ex-employees and may not be representative of the overall employee atmosphere at CD Projekt Red. To dismiss the generally mixed comments from current and former employees on Glassdoor in their entirety, however, would be a mistake.

While we might never know the complete story behind employee morale at CD Projekt Red, the fact that the co-founder and studio head both had to release a joint statement addressing the rumors does add credence to some of the more critical reviews.

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