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The Real McCoy

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  • Senior Management
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  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Programmer in Bellevue, WA
Current Employee - Programmer in Bellevue, WA

I have been working at ArenaNet full-time (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 dream job.

-No crunch
-Development is driven by passion not production milestones
-Incredibly creative, laid-back and friendly work environment
-Collaborative bottom-up development
-Challenging problems to tackle.
-Very flexible with work hours.
-Egos are left at the door
-Very clean and well organized code base with a strong code standard
-Great studio with lots of great amenities(gym, snacks, drinks, game room, etc.)
-Good benefits with profit sharing
-Did I say no crunch?

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 challenging tasks can lead to "sink or swim" work environment
-Requires passion and self-motivation to be successful
-Poor on-boarding process
-Compensation could be more competitive.
-Paid parking

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Focus on providing clear direction and expectations while creating better communication across the studio. Figure out how to get new employees up to speed and better integrated into our culture sooner.

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    My personal experience: great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Content Designer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Content Designer in Bellevue, WA

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

    Pros

    - Great HR team--I have various medical issues and they're very accomodating
    - Wonderful people to work with
    - Reasonable scheduling and work/life balance

    Cons

    - Lots of tribal knowledge
    - Unfortunate "sink or swim" approach can overwhelm new folks
    - Too much short term contract work, at least in QA

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Make a point of mentoring new hires
    - Written design standards/best practices might help with the tribal knowledge issue

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  2.  

    Simply a great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Team Lead in Bellevue, WA

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

    Pros

    The video game industry is generally a mixed bag. ArenaNet manages to retain the good while avoiding most of the bad. There is a genuine concern about the welfare of the employees and work/life balance. The senior management works hard to be good managers. That means doing their jobs well so that crunch times, wasted effort, and band-aid development is kept to a minimum.

    The people here are fantastic. In the short time I've been here, I've formed lots of great friendships. We are motivated, smart, creative people who want to build an awesome game. It's a pleasure to work here.

    Cons

    We seriously need healthier snack food before we all become diabetic. Also, there is really no where around here that one can walk to for lunch. However, we do have a lunch ordering service so you don't have to drive somewhere unless you want to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not to sound like a sycophant, but I've worked at numerous companies over many years and I've never seen a company that is as well run as this one. We need to work on some issues, but management is mostly aware of them and trying to address them.

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