Respawn responds to negative Glassdoor reviews

Respawn responds to negative Glassdoor reviews

Apex Legends developer Respawn has responded to some posts on employer review site Glassdoor.

In reviews on the platform – as posted on Reddit – staff describe tough working conditions during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, with some developers saying that they are experiencing burnout as well as high levels of stress and anxiety. Staff report they are facing poor deadline-making decisions, leading to delays in content release.

The head of Apex Legends Chad Grenier wrote on Reddit that the move to working remotely had been tough.

"Transitions to [working from home] all of a sudden during a pandemic was indeed very hard on the team, took some getting accustomed to, and we all had certainly never gone through this before so we're all in some uncharted territory. We certainly didn't have the tools, tech or systems in place to make a smooth transition to going from several hundred person team on the same campus to a completely remote studio."

He continued: "I was vocal to the team about their deadlines. Like a broken record I continuously asked that people speak up to their managers or producers if they will not be able to get their work done on time without crunching. Delays would be ok, we would just need to know one is needed."

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