This was shared to me by another member, Andreas. So I thought I'd post this here. I'm not exactly sure if this is the perfect place but meh.
Basically, this is how it really feels to be working at Rockstar. The experience isn't great, it's... horrible, a bit old but not a lot of people are aware that this is going on:
"Everything is kept in secret so you don't know when the game is supposed to be done and stay late. Then deadlines are pushed and the crunch is extended for another 6 months. This can go on for years."
"Everybody is afraid of Sam (Houser). Everybody is walking on eggshells waiting for him to explode. Managers hide from him what is really going on in the project so he doesn't explode again."
"Culture of fear. You will get fired if you don't come on the weekend. You will get sued if you talk badly about us. You will get sued or fired for everything! Constant feeling of "something really bad is about to happen". My health suffered from it."
"Managers treat you badly and are extremely moody. Sam screams at them and they scream at the people below them until it reaches you. Horrible, horrible atmosphere. Some managers are abusive to the point of illegality but are protected by management. Managers treat people who leave Rockstar as traitors or losers."
"HR is on Rockstar's side. You feel trapped. You hear horrible stories happening at other Rockstar studios all the time but nothing changes."
"Really bad technology. RAGE engine is terrible. Crappy tools that are very limiting. Feeling of having to work handcuffed. Things are not automated enough and are done by hand by people that have to stay late. Brute force is the norm."
It's terrible but at the same time I never knew this was happening. This has been going on during the development of games such as GTA IV, GTA V, RDR, Max Payne 3, LA Noire...
It's amazing they can produce such great games in such a horrible, horrible atmosphere. This explains all the delays, why they cut features, their silence for long periods.. etc. They have to keep re-doing it over and over again, which is why they take so much of time.
Thoughts on this guys?