- Work/Life Balance
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
- Comp & Benefits
- Senior Management
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There is staff on board that are dedicated, fun and have great ideas that truly contribute to the work. The environment is totally casual and you can decorate your space pretty much how ever you want. Donuts and bagel days have been happening more and they seem to be trying harder at listening to staff suggestions. . 3 different buildings with office staff and the vibe can be different in each one. Trust is there to self manage (in most departments) in a very timeline driven environment. Great health insurance and free gym membership. Cool comps and idea is "cool" to work in comic industry and can nerd out over some of the creations.
Other benefits are standard but improvements could be made. 5 days paid time off after 90 days and then 3 weeks after one year. Accrual each pay would be better. More fun things though could be done to bring different departments together. Being spaced out in a few different buildings even if across the street doesn't always help promote "team environment" and it keeps it a bit silo'd in some departments. Training within the department could be more consistent but there are lots of staff who have been there for a long time that you can fill in the knowledge gaps with
Advice to Management
Engage your staff more, offer additional perks that match the idea of what the company wants to be. Allow for more community events.
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied online. The process took 1 day – interviewed at Dark Horse Comics (Milwaukie, OR) in February 2009.
I thought a comic book company would be pretty cool, but I was surprised by the drabness of this place. Very dull cubicle-esque environment, and the people seemed kind of suburban, unenthusiastic, and out of touch.
They seemed overly paranoid about cowboy coders, having their programming department originally populated by such cretins. I explained my own personal disdain for such practices, but they seemed hung up on the idea that I would be some unprofessional corner-cutting idiot, just because I lacked a college degree.
Overall, it seemed like one of those mid-sized companies that is aspiring to be large and mediocre. They appear to be well on their way. Also, they failed to get back to me after the interview. Very disrespectful and unimpressive.
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As the third-largest comics publisher in the US by market share, Dark Horse Comics has become a safe bet. Dark Horse publishes a number of original titles such as Hellboy and Sin City, but most of the publisher's output comes from comics based on licensed entertainment properties including Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Conan, and Star Wars. The company also publishes books and sells collectibles such as action figures and lithographs. In addition, the firm even has its own film production studio, Dark Horse Entertainment, which produced the big-screen adaptation of Hellboy and...