I learned today that while I was in vacation in Rome, on the company's bulleting board it was announced that for the next fiscal year (starts in April in Japan) working hours will be 9:30 to 18.. or something.
I'm also going to assume that lunch break will be at a fixed time.. but having to get to work at 9:30 in any case is pretty crazy.
Currently it's from 11 am.. with no big fuss if one comes later.. it's a game company after all. Flexible hours is usually one of the perks of working at a game company (also because eventually people end up working more than 8 hours per day..).
This is the last of a series of changes and events that is seriously making me lose my faith in the current company (whose name of course I won't mention).
I see a lot of actions that seem direct at kicking most of the workers in the shins.. ..with supposed lack of efficiency from the developers, the economy or whatever.. the management above is becoming more oppressive.
I don't see much excitement around.. and that's worrying in a game company. Because in this field people are usually in for some sort of excitement and personal satisfaction. Developing games is nothing like playing games.. but it's still supposed to be fun, at least the work environment is supposed to be fun.