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Fosters development of skills and supports innovative ideas and thinking

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bellevue, WA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

I have been working at ArenaNet full-time

Pros

Arenanet University - Learn on the job from your co-workers!
Recognizes and acknowledges talent to peers
Provides opportunities to grow and to get into design/art from QA.

Cons

QA - Limited in their ability to hire people on full-time
QA - Limited in their ability to reward excellence with wage increases
No path into other departments other than those listed in the pros.

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Neutral Outlook
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    Fun group of people, but extremely poor compensation.

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    Former Employee - Game Designer  in  Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Game Designer in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at ArenaNet full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Developers are generally a great group of people, fun to hang around and they actually care about making awesome games.

    -Generally very little (regular) overtime.

    -Benefits are great for full time employees.

    -Great entry place for QA Testers. With the high turnover of junior developer positions QA is frequently promoted to fill those spots if they have a basic understanding of the development tools.

    Cons

    -Terrible compensation. Keeps employees as Temporary Full Time with extremely low starting salaries ($28k-$33k). No benefits or overtime pay for many employees for multiple years.

    -Yearly raises felt only in line with cost of living increases. Does not combine well with poor starting salaries.

    -Full time employee compensation is poor with the caveat that a poorly defined "profit sharing" bonus compensates for this. No details on what to expect from this profit sharing are made known to employees, so there is no tangible correlation between units sold and compensation. It feels like magic hand waving to keep employees slightly happier despite poor compensation.

    -Many actions and benefits programs felt like they only existed to keep employees at the office as long as possible or within the company as long as possible.

    -Spending priorities felt more like they were intended to boost the companies image to press then provide for their employees.

    -A number of times it felt like management was more interested in sniping employees from other companies when it felt like there were team members that had been working at the company for years that deserved a promotion into the position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Figure out how to properly compensate employees.

    -Provide actual details on the profit sharing system.

    -Look internally for talent first before running to other companies to fill positions.

    -Prioritize spending so employees benefit more, worry less about your image. Stop trying to one up Blizzard.

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    A great place to start

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    Current Employee - Artist  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Artist in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at ArenaNet full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    ArenaNet is a good place to start and get your feet wet, with the company constantly growing and changing theres always plenty to do and plenty to get involved in.

    Cons

    With so much always going on, communication gets scrambled or sometimes left behind.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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