ArenaNet
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www.arena.net Bellevue, WA 150 to 499 Employees

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Great people struggling together to make an amazing product

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Bellevue, WA

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

Pros- Amazing coworkers
- Respectful environment, contractors treated like people
- Great project
- Decent mobility between departments
- Gym available
- Free snacks

Cons- Mediocre compensation
- Poor documentation and an over reliance on tribal knowledge
- Heavy use of contractors and thus continuous losses of precious tribal knowledge
- Constant state of priority shift that's disruptive to productivity
- Too many nearly-complete projects get abandoned and never returned to
- Hiring needs are not well planned, and many hires are made out of emergency necessity rather than for long term benefit
- Talent drain, there's a steady trickle of great people being lured away to other companies that offer competitive compensation

Advice to Senior ManagementPlan your goals early enough to allow for quality hires / promotions, and then work to keep talent within the company. Allow teams to complete the goals you set for them before shifting them to something else.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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My personal experience: great company

Content Designer (Current Employee)
Bellevue, WA

I have been working at ArenaNet full-time for more than 3 years


Pros: - Great HR team--I have various medical issues and they're very… Cons: - Lots of tribal knowledge - Unfortunate "sink or swim" approach can overwhelm… Advice to Senior Management: - Make a point of mentoring new hires - Written design… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More

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The Real McCoy

Programmer (Current Employee)
Bellevue, WA

I have been working at ArenaNet full-time for more than 5 years


Pros: I didn't know jobs like this existed until I landed at ArenaNet! I've programmed here for nearly 7 years and it continues to be my… Cons: Compared to everything I'm grateful for at ArenaNet my complaints feel pretty insignificant. -Very little documentation and heavy reliance on tribal knowledge -High expectations and… Advice to Senior Management: Focus on providing clear direction and expectations while creating better communication across the studio. Figure… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More

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