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Daybreak Game Company Overview

San Diego, CA
201 to 500 employees
2015
Company - Private
Video Games
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Unknown
Daybreak Game Company LLC is a worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games and emergent gameplay. Best known for our blockbuster franchises such as H1Z1, EverQuest I and EverQuest II, PlanetSide 2, PlanetSide Arena and DC Universe Online, Daybreak creates, develops ... Read more

Mission: Every day we create games with ambition and passion to inspire and bring together lasting communities. Every day should be well-played.

The name Daybreak is a nod to the passion and dedication of our employees and players; it represents our vision to ... Read more

Daybreak Game Company Reviews

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    Current Employee - Programmer in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Programmer in San Diego, CA
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    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Daybreak Game Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, overtime is unusual on the game team I'm on. Visible expectations of what is necessary to be promoted. My supervisor is very good at helping accomplish yearly goals and skill growth. Very pleased with management on this team. I do not know very much about the other teams here. As a whole the company is LGBT friendly, and has an above average ratio of female employees (also in management).

    Expectations about work are clear and I don't feel pressured about when/how I finish my work (opposite of being micromanaged). I also can get help easily without irritation from coworkers, and lots of patience. I am surprised by the amount at which my opinion is valued even though I am surrounded by a lot of very experienced, knowledgeable people. We have some fun but generally everyone is there to get work done and doesn't mess around. It feels like a casual work environment, but is not casual in it's professionalism.

    Cons

    I think a lot of the negative reviews here are honest for whomever wrote them and probably fair. I think part of the problem is the reality of running a business and the game industry. If a company is failing to release successful games over an extended time period (it is very competitive) they will not be able to give good bonuses and they will have to have layoffs, which is true for Daybreak and makes employees unhappy.

    I am optimistic for the future. Depending on where you look, this company offers very stable positions in a notoriously unstable industry.

    Advice to Management

    Listening and keeping employees in the loop helps us feel valued and included.

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Daybreak Game Company Interviews

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    Operations Interview

    Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview

    Application

    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Daybreak Game Company (San Diego, CA) in May 2015.

    Interview

    Someone I used to work with recalled my background and felt I would be good in the role they had open. I had a phone interview with the hiring manager as the first step and this lasted about 40 minutes. It was an easy going conversation. Then he said he wanted me to talk by phone with another manager in the Austin studio who used to be in San Diego. So she phoned me a few days later and we had a more question/answer talk regarding the nature of the company and the details of the Austin and San Diego products and operations. She was excellent at answering questions I had for her, which I really liked. Then I was invited in to meet about 5-6 team members in person at the San Diego location. This was a little exhausting however I understood they wanted investment from the parties I would be supporting if I was hired.

    Interview Questions

    • How have you been successful in similar roles at other companies at which you worked?   1 Answer
    • What other questions can we answer for YOU about our company?   1 Answer

    Negotiation

    There was a little back and forth but in the end I felt like they listened and gave me fair consideration.

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Daybreak Game Company Awards & Accolades

  • Emmy Award: Development of Massively Multiplayer Online Graphical Role Playing Games, SOE Everquest, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards, 2008

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