Work­ing Con­di­tions at Kon­ami Un­der Scru­tiny

Starburst Magazine - - Pixel Juice -

Things just seem to be get­ting worse for Kon­ami these days. Not only do they have the PR dis­as­ter that came along with get­ting rid of Hideo Kojima, which wasn’t helped at all by the an­nounce­ment of that weird Silent Hills slot ma­chine, but it now looks like some com­pany in­sid­ers are leak­ing de­tails about the work­ing con­di­tions there. To say they aren’t good would be an un­der­state­ment.

We’ve al­ready heard ru­mours about how de­vel­op­ers in the Kojima Pro­duc­tions team weren’t al­lowed to con­nect to the web and could only send in­ter­nal mes­sages, but now another source is claim­ing that de­vel­op­ers who don’t have an im­me­di­ate use are be­ing put to work as se­cu­rity guards or as part of the clean­ing staff. This ap­par­ently in­cludes well-known pro­duc­ers as well as ju­nior de­vel­op­ers.

Fur­ther­more, it ap­pears that the com­pany has taken to stalk­ing its em­ploy­ees, if the source is to be be­lieved. Cam­eras are said to line the hall­ways, with the in­tent be­ing to watch em­ploy­ees rather than pro­tect them. Fur­ther­more, they now need to sign out with a time card when they go for their breaks, with any em­ploy­ees who are late hav­ing their names an­nounced through­out the build­ing. Some­thing tells us that Kon­ami are more than happy for said em­ploy­ees to work over their salaried hours though.

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