Amid growing scrutiny of the corporate culture in the field of game development,
has a translation of
a story from Breakit
on the troubling results of an employee survey at
Paradox Interactive. The Swedish report on feedback from the staff of the
developer/publisher claims that 44% of the 133 employees who responded have
experienced "mistreatment" at the company. Just
it was announced
that Ebba Ljungerud had resigned her post as CEO of Paradox. This was attributed
to "differing views on the company's strategy going forward," and there are no
visible indications that the leadership change is connected to these survey
results. Word is the negative feedback is disproportionately concentrated among
the company's female staff and its Swedish locales:
These reports were
particularly high at Paradox's Swedish operations, which employ over 400 people.
Of that number, female employees make up 26% of the respondents (around 35
employees) and 69% said they had experienced abusive treatment, compared to 33%
among the larger percentage of male staff.
The survey also described a "culture of silence" at the firm, with almost zero
employees feeling as though their treatment had been handled appropriately.
"Offensive treatment is a systematic and far too common problem at Paradox," the