ArenaNet

  www.arena.net
  www.arena.net
There are newer employer reviews for ArenaNet

1 person found this helpful  

The happiest I've been at a company

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

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

Pros

-Great People
-Fun environment
-Great Project
-Full benefits
-No Crunch
-Beautiful Building and area
-Stable

Cons

-Weird politics over headcount (so some teams are understaffed)
-Not great documentation or task tracking but these issues are improving
-Paid parking
-unhealthy snacks

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

57 Other Employee Reviews for ArenaNet (View Most Recent)

Sort: Rating Date
  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Wonderful company, experience varies wildly depending on where you land.

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

    I worked at ArenaNet full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pay can be competitive depending on role
    Well stocked kitchen
    Fun game room
    Good PTO/holiday policy
    Lot of smart people work there

    Cons

    ArenaNet does not train people. That's an actual quote from upper management. You're left to flounder as a new employee and you will receive no feedback at all from your supervisor if you are not meeting his/her expectations.
    "Management" as it were, is lacking (absent). Since my first day at ArenaNet I never felt guided, instructed, developed or supported. It was a growing experience to be sure but as far as I can tell, management simply can't be bothered to support their team.
    As others have stated and as continues to be the case, this is very much a "sink or swim" company and they don't seem to care which it is. They don't care about your success because they don't work to further it, and they don't care if you fail because no one will ever step in to help you. You're utterly alone, have no misconceptions about this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You (management) exist for one sole purpose, and that is to enable your team. That's it- that's you're entire role in a nutshell. Anytime you're not working to enable and unblock your team, you're underperforming.
    Employee development is key to a successful company, and employees that are not developed will walk right out the front door with all their knowledge.
    Management need to actually *be* managers instead of simply shirking those duties they find unsuited to their sensibilities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great work environment, but poor strategic alignment and focus.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Game Designer in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Game Designer in Bellevue, WA

    I worked at ArenaNet full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are creative and desire collaboration, not a lot of needless red tape or superfluous process. Interest to do something different and great place to work with excellent craftsmen.

    Cons

    Very little hunger and need for excellence in some departments. Highly fragmented and craft oriented (as opposed to valuing good product creation). Disconnected with customers and players overall.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management needs a leadership team to divide the enormous task of getting the right values in place and aligning effort around the right goals. While cordial and intelligent, the company has a hard time aligning on the same objectives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
There are newer employer reviews for ArenaNet

Work at ArenaNet? Share Your Experiences

ArenaNet

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.