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Very satisfying

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at ArenaNet as a contractor for less than a year

Pros

I've been working at ArenaNet as a contract worker for less than a year

-Great culture

-Some of the friendliest people I've ever had the pleasure to work with

-Free snacks

-Great work/life balance

-I REALLY appreciate the fact that ArenaNet seem to close the gap between contract and FTE quite a bit compared to other places I've worked.

Cons

There are two main issues I have:

-Considering the workflow at ArenaNet, I'm not entirely sure why they still have contract QA positions. ArenaNet, with its releases every two weeks, always have work to be doing. Why send employees packing?

-A number of reviews mentioned that the wage is lower than the rest of the industry. With that in mind, having to pay to park on-site was a bit of a bummer.

-The new hire training is a little dodgy at the moment. While it sounds like it's improved A LOT from the way it was previously, it is still a quite a bit of sink-or-swim type of process. On top of that, the way documentation was done previously seemed to not be standardized and this led to a lot of information being passed around as tribal knowledge.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

-If the budget permits, I'd like to see less contract positions.

-Better documentation standardization

-More comprehensive training

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Only getting better

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Intern in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at ArenaNet as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Transparency throughout the entire company.
    Strong core values.
    Forward thinking flexible workplace.
    Interns are given many of the same benefits as full time employees.

    Cons

    Some growing pains from growing so large and restructuring so quickly.
    Disorganized between upper management and workers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's not all fun and games...well actually, it is all fun and games.

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Bellevue, WA

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

    Pros

    Best place I've worked for. Smart people, inspiring leaders and a great product. It challenges me while inspiring me to do better.

    Cons

    Too many free snacks, cereal, candy, donuts, pizza and drinks...I've gained 5 lbs since I started and although we have a free healthclub on site I'm usually too busy in the gameroom to make it there. Also, everyone is just too nice...especially those 2 at the front desk...they must be up to something.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If your goal was to create a great place to work with a bunch of smart people...you done good.

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    Positive Outlook
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