Working Conditions at Konami Under Scrutiny
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.