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14 days ago

Quality Assurance Tester (Compatibility Lab)

ArenaNet Bellevue, WA

• Installer testing for all supported titles • Hardware passes on all supported titles (Video, Sound… ArenaNet

27 days ago

Economic Systems Designer

ArenaNet Bellevue, WA

• Daily monitoring of economic balance in one or more economies • Understanding and conveying trends in a virtual economy to others • Working… ArenaNet

14 days ago

Head of Customer Support

ArenaNet Bellevue, WA

• Review, set and improve support policies and procedures. • Build strong relationships with peer management and work in collaboration… ArenaNet

25 days ago

Spanish Linguistic QA

ArenaNet Bellevue, WA

With multiple gaming awards such as: 2012 Time Magazine’s #1 Game of the year, Gamespot’s PC game of the year and countless other awards to their… ArenaNet

16 days ago

Physics Programmer

ArenaNet Bellevue, WA

• Work effectively in a large and complex code-base • Uphold the highest standards of quality, careful work, and attention to detail • Analyze… ArenaNet

4 days ago

Marketing Production Manager

ArenaNet Bellevue, WA

ArenaNet, one of the world’s most successful MMO games studios, is seeking a passionate and experienced Marketing Production Manager to join our… ArenaNet

26 days ago

Motion Graphics Artist

ArenaNet Bellevue, WA

• Use commercial and proprietary software to create high-quality animated cinematics • Build and incorporate 2D/3D art assets into a visually… ArenaNet

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    Great place to work as a programmer.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at ArenaNet full-time for more than a year


    - Excellent work-life balance. ArenaNet believes in quality of life for its employees and for most people, the office is mostly empty by 6-7 everyday. There are occasions when folks need to put in the hours (launch, big release days or other problems with the Live build), but these are not the norm.
    - Great people to work with. Employees here are, in general, amazingly talented and very friendly.
    - Realistic expectations of success and achievement for the company and for individuals.
    - Totally transparent business goals and practices. Business numbers are shown to employees on regular basis. This lets employees feel more ownership on the success of the company.
    - Profit sharing was handled in a fair and impressive way. All aspects of its calculation were disclosed to everybody and was tremendously fair and well-considered. The CEO (Mike Obrien) did not take any part of the profit sharing.
    - As a programmer, there is no micro-management by non-programmers. Programmers are respected and trusted to do their job. Programming managers are other programmers. The CEO is a programmer himself (much of his code is still in our codebase!) so there seems to be an inherent value placed on programmers.
    - Extremely good upward mobility. Many of the developers at ArenaNet started out as entry-level QA and quickly worked themselves up in the company in just a few years. Many people in leadership positions started their careers at ArenaNet.
    - Fun events with the studio and good for the family.


    - Less than competitive salaries for programmers for the Seattle area. However, the work-life balance more than makes up for this. I suspect that ArenaNet's strategy of hiring younger, more talented folks in the industry (many straight out of school), and training and promoting within, results in a suppression of salary for people that would otherwise make more money if they left.
    - Another negative aspect of upward mobility and employee longevity is that many of the leadership at ArenaNet aren't experienced in other games, technologies, and processes.
    - The size of the company sometimes seems to be unwieldy for the management. ArenaNet clearly started as a small company and has now grown to over 300 employees. However, many of the processes in place (content creation pipelines and non-work-related things) assume a much smaller company.

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