ArenaNet
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Great for its size

Artist (Current Employee)
Bellevue, WA

I have been working at ArenaNet full-time for more than 10 years

ProsI’ve been here for over 10 years now because I’ve experienced a lot of negatives at other game companies that don’t happen here, or happen to a lesser extent. The negative stuff I’ve read from others here are things that happen in any and every company with more than 40 employees. Here’s what I think are the pros at ArenaNet:

• No demands for overtime.
• Very creative, talented, and passionate coworkers.
• Management is very approachable and actually kind caring individuals. (the ones’ I’ve gotten to know)
• Room for growth and focus from management on individualized career improvement.
• Flexible work hours and understanding about work/life balance.
• Commitment to profit sharing (last bonus was 25 weeks of pay) The calculations are open and clear, but the timing is not consistent yet.
• Freedom to pursue good ideas. (I got to form a team and create content based on an idea I had.)
• Good communication between departments.
• The usual game company amenities such as free snacks, beverages, gym.

ConsMost of the cons I’ve experienced much much worse elsewhere, and I think they exist everywhere I’ve worked and I have friends in virtually every game company in America and they all echo this fact. So understand that these are really minor annoyances, not game breakers.

• Experimentation with release cadence/style/type/team sizes and configurations, etc. Since Guild Wars 2 is subscription-free and relies on MTX, there’s been a lot experimenting to find out what model of content works best for this. So we’ve shifted gears so many times I’ve lost count. This may be a non-issue within the next couple months or year though.
• Over reliance on contractors. We spend a lot of time getting them up to speed, getting to know and like them, and then their contract is up.
• You have to pay $55 a month for parking.

Advice to Senior ManagementFind a way to hire our contractors full time.

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

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The happiest I've been at a company

Junior Artist (Current Employee)
Bellevue, WA

I have been working at ArenaNet full-time for less than a 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… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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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… 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… Advice to Senior Management: Plan your goals early enough to allow for quality hires / promotions, and then work to keep talent… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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