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My personal experience: great company

Content Designer (Current Employee) Bellevue, WA

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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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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    Simply a great company

    Team Lead (Current Employee) Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at ArenaNet full-time for 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… Cons: We seriously need healthier snack food before we all become diabetic. Also, there is really no where around here that one can… Advice to Senior Management: 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… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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