CD Projekt Red talks company values in wake of employee complaints

Yolanda Curtis
October 18, 2017

All feedback on Glassdoor is anonymous, and that makes it hard to verify - but CD Projekt Red and even some more recent reviews are trying to dismiss the negative claims. While the positive aspects of working at the company vary from review to review, the negative aspects remain the same. "In this case, silence is the cost of making a great game", the letter says. These reviews stated things like how surprised employees were that The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt actually made a release and others cast doubt Cyberpunk 2077's release.

Cyberpunk 2077 does not have an official release date yet, but more information about the game is available on the official website. However, the radio silence regarding Cyberpunk 2077, the departure of a number of team leads and some unflattering company reviews on employment review site Glassdoor have led to a bit of negativity. That doesn't mean, though, people didn't leave. We always wish them all the best and respect both their decision and the feedback they give us as the reason for their departure. Naughty Dog took time to respond to sexual harassment allegations by former artist David Ballard and, now, CD Projekt Red is responding to accusations of maintaining a poor work environment.

"Every role-playing game we ever developed seemed impossible to achieve at the moment we set out to create it", the studio wrote.

"We are continuously working on making Red a good workplace for everyone", reads the statement.

The studio adds it took five years to make the first Witcher.

This approach to making games is not for everyone. "It often requires a conscious effort to "reinvent the wheel" - even if you personally think it already works like a charm".

The Witcher 3 developer CD Projekt Red wants you to know that it's all good. "We believe reinventing that wheel every friggin" time is what makes a better game. Its what creates innovation and makes it possible for us to say we've worked really hard on something, and we think it's worth your hard-earned cash.

CD Projekt's next game, Cyberpunk 2077, now does not have a release date, and going by this recent statement, it looks like the company is more than willing to take its time. And you know where the magic happens. What we can see is that numerous company reviews comment on a lack of managerial leadership; little communication with large numbers of staff; tough crunch times; no official training in the tools used at the company; low salaries, and fake milestones, which all result in CDPR looking like they have an issue with staff morale.

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