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We bring the world joy through the discovery of play.
Founded in 2009, leading mobile game network Storm8 creates a world of play and discovery. Based in Redwood City, California, Storm8’s network includes over 45 games published across multiple genres—so there is something for everyone. Storm8’s high-quality experiences and deep storytelling keep global users engaged, whether they play for minutes or hours at a time.
Where will your next career adventure take you? www.storm8.com/careers
At Storm8, we’ll keep you challenged, fascinated and infinitely intrigued, curious for what comes next. But we’ll also provide you with the right resources and programs – both inside and outside of the office – to keep you performing at your best. Where else can you find 100% health coverage for you and your family? Read on!
Life at Storm8
Life outside Storm8
We want you!
At Storm8, we imagine and create worlds that entice, engage and entertain, and promote discovery because it's fun -- worlds we know you'd want to explore and play in. As a "Stormie," you'll discover new ways to captivate players, helping create high-quality experiences and entertaining moments of escape. Bring your smarts, creativity and passion because it's time to do what you love!
Are you ready to discover your next career adventure? Join us today!
Some of the awesome perks of being a Stormie:
- 100% healthcare coverage (medical, dental, vision) for you and eligible dependents
- Competitive salary and company bonus program
- Free catered lunches and dinners + unlimited snacks
- Support for sporting and game leagues
- Learning and development programs, social activities, etc.
- Most importantly, an opportunity to work in one of the hottest and fastest growing industries today: mobile
- Founded in 2009
- No outside venture funding and profitable since the beginning
- 45+ mobile games across multiple genres
- 250+ employees located in Redwood Shores
- 50+M monthly active users (MAU)
- 2014 top 3 U.S. private mobile developer in terms of revenue across the App Store and Google Play
What to expect:
When you enter our office, you’ll notice a group of hard-working individuals who share common goals and interests. At Storm8, how you fit into our culture is just as important as how you fit in professionally. We want to make sure it’s a good fit on both our side and yours. So, just be yourself during the interview. We’re looking for bright, well-rounded and FUN individuals who always strive to be the best and who will contribute to our startup environment.
During our interview process, you’ll meet with a handful of Stormies who will go over technical, cultural, situational and behavioral questions that pertain to the specific role that you’re applying to.
Production Interview Process:
If you’re applying for a production role, we want to hear about your creative background and how you’ve contributed to this industry. We want to hear about games you’ve worked on, levels you’ve designed, and features you’ve developed. If you’re an Artist, don’t forget to bring that portfolio you’ve worked so hard on. Product Managers are more analytically focused, but we still want to hear about the features you’ve created and how you came about creating them. If you’re a Game Designer, tell us what games you’ve designed and where you find your inspiration. Producers are our Project Managers, so tell us about recent projects you’ve completed and how much you enjoy working with other teams.
Our process is efficient and consists of a phone screen with one of our leads and an onsite with the team.So be prepared to make that first impression count! Remember that we’re all gamers at heart so while we want to hear about your skill set, we also want to hear how you plan to be a proactive member of our gaming process.
Engineering Interview Process:
If you are interviewing for a software engineer position be prepared to solve challenging algorithm and coding problems. Here at Storm8 our philosophy is that a smart engineer with a strong foundation in computer science will be able to pick up new technologies quickly and solve complex problems efficiently. We can equip you with the right tools and skills to be a successful engineer here, but we look for people that already possess the core fundamentals (decomposition, object-oriented design, etc.).
Our interview process consists of a technical phone screen with one of our engineers, followed up with an onsite interview. There are two primary things that we look for throughout our software engineering interview process: 1) we look to see whether or not you can find the optimal solution to the problems we present you, and 2) we see whether or not you can write efficient code. We don’t test on any specific programming languages, so pick a language that you’re most comfortable/confident with, or devise your own pseudo-code. As long as your code is clean, maintainable, and simply works, then we’re happy campers!
How to prepare:
Research, research, research! Which, at Storm8, equates to playing our games! Our employees play and test our games, and we expect our candidates to know and understand our products as well. Whether you’re on the iOS or Android platform, take a look at our games and know them well.
It also won’t hurt to know a bit about Storm8 as a company, like where we started, how we’ve grown, what we’ve accomplished, and how we stack up to the competition. Lastly, learn about Storm8’s culture, and see if you’ll mesh well with it! To get a sense of our company culture, check out some of these links to past blog posts:
To view/download our games, click the links below:
What to wear:
We have a very casual environment here, so keep that suit in the closet. Showing up in business casual attire works for us! Not rain nor snow nor dark of night will keep us away from our work, so no matter what the weather is outside you’ll find Stormies working hard in shorts, t-shirts, flip-flops, jeans and sweaters.
That’s all! Thanks for reading! Once you’re prepared, the hard part is over; just come in and wow us with your dazzling skills!
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- Career Opportunities
- Comp & Benefits
- Senior Management
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Let me just start by saying this, I would highly recommend Storm8 to my friends, family, or anyone looking to learn, build, and have fun while doing it. This is actually the second time I've worked here, after venturing out into the big bad world of failed startup attempts. When it was time to come back to reality, I didn't even consider interviewing around. I knew where I wanted to go to battle everyday and with whom - my fellow stormies.
Here's what comes to my mind:
- Leadership proactively cares about our happiness and career growth
- Fun! I truly enjoy spending time with the people on my team and throughout the company
- Highly intelligent coworkers. I've come to appreciate and value being surrounded by people way smarter than myself
- Is it taboo to talk about money? Oh well - very competitive comp and aggressive bonus structure companywide
- Just the right size. Still small enough to move quickly, yet bootstrapped and highly profitable
- Perks!!! Swag, vacations, benefits, free devices, $$ to pimp out your desk, free breakfast/lunch/dinner
- Dog friendly
- Come as you are and dress comfortably
- Show off your creativity
- Flexible schedules
- Did I mention fun?
I know I'm forgetting stuff, but it doesn't matter. Come find out for yourself. :)
My commute from SJ isn't always enjoyable... my fault, not Storm8's though. :) And with flexible hours that hasn't been a problem lately!
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- No OfferPositive ExperienceDifficult Interview
I applied in-person. The process took 3 weeks – interviewed at Storm8 (San Francisco, CA) in April 2015.
Applied in person, followed by an HR phone screen (with minimal technical questions), online collaborative coding test (via phone and collabedit), and finally an on-site interview. The process was smooth and the recruiter was really great to deal with.
The coding test over the phone was not too tricky. I was able to correctly solve all the problems, but the interviewer wanted cleaner code in some cases. He was a nice enough guy, but it was hard to understand him at times due to his (Chinese) accent.
The on-site interview ramped up the difficulty considerably. I met with 3 different engineers (one after the other) and was asked 3 different questions (all LeetCode medium & hard difficulty problems). At the beginning of the interview, they say that they are interested in your 'thought process', so if you get stuck, just talk it out. Well, this is totally not true. All 3 engineers seemed nice, but as with the phone interview, they all had accents that made them difficult to understand at times. After they write the problem on the board, they will just sit there without any feedback.
For programming interviews, I learned that it is important to have a process to solving the problems: understand the problem (work through examples), write pseudo-code and work through examples and edge-cases, write actual code, then finally step through the code with a couple examples. It is a long process, but it shows your thought process to the interviewer.
Well, for this company, it seems that they really only care about the final code, so my above 'programming interview process' is kind of useless. On top of that, you have to type it out on a laptop via collabedit. I had working solutions to all 3 problems, but my code was sloppy and I didn't have time to go back and refactor.
It's a very stressful situation when you're asked a difficult question, get ZERO feedback as to how good or bad you are progressing, and then are expected to type out a complete solution with clean code in a limited time frame.
- I was surprised at the difficulty of the questions given the fairly low-quality games they put out. I can't get into specifics due to NDA, but you will need to study LeetCode medium & hard difficulty problems. Answer Question
At Storm8, we imagine and create worlds that entice, engage and entertain, and promote discovery because it's fun -- worlds we know you'd want to explore and play in. As a "Stormie," you'll discover new ways to captivate players, helping create high-quality experiences and entertaining moments of escape. Bring your smarts, creativity and passion because it's time to do what...
Mission: We bring the world joy through the discovery of play.