I have been working at Trion Worlds full-time (More than a year)
Management, from the CEO/COO on down, understands that we are all humans and that we face issues with children, pets, random life events and crisis. Everyone honestly cares about everyone else and supports quality of life. The games are all solid, with a few outstanding titles, so you can be proud of them. Trion is a very collaborative environment and even the lowest-ranking dweeb on a game team can provide input and be taken seriously. The break rooms are well stocked with goodies and the Friday Happy hour is a great way to end the week.
OK, so Trion is not a huge company, and it does not rake in the big bucks . There is more to life than money, as many older people can tell you. It's a very lean company, and people stretched thin/challenged daily but in some ways this may be a "Pro." Somewhat limited in career opportunities due to the small size of the company but again, measure that against quality of life. I do see people growing through departments and across games pretty regularly.
Advice to Management
I hope you can continue to keep the company profitable. It's hard to find a game studio that honestly CARES about the employees all the way down the chain.
I applied online. The process took 1+ week. I interviewed at Trion Worlds (Austin, TX) in April 2010.
1 phone interview and waiting
Attending PAX East 2015 in Boston this March? Join the Trion Worlds team for a party celebrating the Defiance community!
Follow up the first day of the show with us at Legal Harborside on March 6 from 6PM - 9PM. Attendees will enjoy food, drinks, and giveaways! Plus, you'll have the opportunity for face time with the team members working on Defiance and all of our other games. We'll announce the latest developments with each game after which you'll be able to ask questions and swap stories up close and in person.
Mark your calendars and come hang out with us - see you in Boston!