I worked at Pandemic Studios full-time (More than a year)
Pandemic changed my life, and there's not many companies that I can say that about. The comeradie and dedication that everyone at this company had to making the most awesome games imaginable was breathtaking. The culture of learning and improvement made working there a joy, all of it bottom-up initiatives suggested by employees and embraced and empowered by management. I wouldn't change a moment of working there.
The money was terrible, the benefits were terrible, the hours were incredibly long. And none of that mattered, because it was the best place on Earth.
Advice to Management
EA, you let this gem go too soon (which you probably suspect, given how many vets of Pandemic went on to Riot Games and 343 Studios.) Sure, they'd made some mistakes -- big ones -- but rarely had I seen a company take such immediate steps to correct those errors and move in the right direction.
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Pandemic Studios in March 2008.
was 2 days
Wasnt one, I told them what I want, they did it
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