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Work with some of the best people in the industry; work for a leadership team that rewards politics not talent.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Bellevue, WA

ProsWithout a doubt, these are some of the best people in the industry. The employee culture is amazing. Everyone is passionate, driven, and yet humble enough to help others reach their goals. Morale is fairly high with a focus on maintaining employee morale through events and catering.

ConsLeadership has faltered in recent years with the introduction of key high level execs. The director level meetings held the moniker of the "Star Chamber". Compensation for most non-programming roles is severely lacking. Several leaders didn't get effective leadership training, with a prime example being how reviews were handled; a struggling employee rarely received coaching until year end, where presented a low-rated review without explanation, long after there was an opportunity to address concerns - and usually done that way to avoid conflict.

Advice to Senior ManagementDouble down on what got the company where it is: all of the people, not just the programmers.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    1 person found this helpful  

    An inspiring place to work

    3D Character Artist (Former Employee) Seattle, WA

    I worked at ArenaNet as an intern for more than a year

    Pros: A great environment to work in. Beautiful common spaces and skilled and talented team members. Very good work hours, for the artists at least.… Cons: Somewhat lower salaries than other similar-sized companies. Working space can be a little crowded. Not a lot of… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More

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    Great company, but does not invest in employees.

    QA - Embed (Former Employee) Bellevue, WA

    I worked at ArenaNet as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros: -Incredibly awesome culture -Great place to cut your teeth as a video game employee -Tons of free food, employee events, and drinks -Everyone knows they have a job… Cons: -Huge, unfortunate gap between the vision of upper management and the needs of the teams they oversee -HR does not handle employee disagreements well; usually end… Advice to Senior Management: Invest in your employees. Treat them like people, make sure they're taken care of. Ensure your teams are being seen and that their… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More

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