ArenaNet Reviews

Updated Jun 3, 2020

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3.8
68%
Recommend to a Friend
71%
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ArenaNet Co-Founder & President Mike O'Brien
Mike O'Brien
66 Ratings
Pros
  • "Company provides great medical benefits and a great work life balance(in 31 reviews)

  • "Work environment (cool studio, kitchen with free snacks and drinks)(in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • "mediocre pay, egotistical upper management, conflicting messages on work/life balance(in 17 reviews)

  • "If you are a very experienced tester or just very familiar with Guild Wars 2 you may feel unchallenged by the work(in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Great benefits!!!"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Environment Artist in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ArenaNet full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Company provides great medical benefits and a great work life balance.

    Cons

    A challenging time for many as the company is growing and is finding a new solid direction.

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  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great People, Quality Employment"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ArenaNet full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, great work-life balance, great supportive people across the board, both in terms of personality, and talent.

    Cons

    The compensation packages are not as competitive as they might be elsewhere. The studio has also struggled to release anything outside of Guild Wars 2 content (which they do a damn good job with) for a long time, so it can be very frustrating to be working on one of the studio's other initiatives.

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  3. "Happy to be gone"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Localization Coordinator in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ArenaNet full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Artistic environment and inclusive culture

    Cons

    Lack of purpose, of focus and unreliable management

  4. "Come work with U"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Art in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ArenaNet full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Positive experience with Management Great gaming Culture Pay is very competitive Best job I’ve had in the Industry

    Cons

    Minor mistakes can turn into bigger issues, but all in all everything is great.

  5. Helpful (4)

    "Cliqueish promotion system"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA Tester in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at ArenaNet full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Inclusive, liberal workplace. Everyone is accepted and friendly.

    Cons

    Promotion is based on who you're friends with or who you're married to/dating rather then management being able to identify skills within personnel.

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  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great Individual Contributors, Shaky Management"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Gameplay Programmer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ArenaNet full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Smart, creative, and driven individual contributors. Awesome company culture, emphasis on growth and diversity. History of great products that are customer driven.

    Cons

    Too much project thrashing. Key management do not seem to know what their goals are. Very little accountability, especially at the higher end of the totem poles.

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  7. Helpful (7)

    "Was probably a good place to work about 10 years ago, but no more."

    2.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at ArenaNet full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - I love the culture at the studio. It's unfortunate it's been ruined by huge failures of leadership. - Free drinks and snacks. - Very casual workplace. Think people with blue hair, anime t-shirts, and lots of curse words in normal conversations. - Has a culture of not asking people to work long hours. - Fairly nice modern office.

    Cons

    - Low pay for the Seattle area. - Leadership which lies to your face. - Layoffs which I believe were caused by a lack of accountability of senior leadership. No senior leaders were laid off even though they made the decisions which necessitated the layoffs. Some voluntarily left just before the layoffs hit and of course they got a raise and promotion out of it at their next job. - Lots of failed projects and churn on teams involved in those projects. - Open office space so there are lots of constant disruptions. - If you drive you are required to pay for your own parking. I have no clue why the company won't cover it and it just seems very petty on their part.

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  8. "Wonderful Culture"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Cinematic Artist in Redmond, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ArenaNet full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Wonderful people & culture Life/work Balance Amazing talent Good compensation Fun events throught the year Great facility I had a lot of autonomy and ownership over my work. I also had great mentors which lead to a lot of growth. My team was wonderful and I will miss working with them.

    Cons

    While I'm aware of some complaints with upper management. In my personal experience, I don't have real cons to offer here. ArenaNet was the highlight of my career.

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  9. "Working environment is great"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at ArenaNet full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Great place to work - people who work here are very nice and helpful

    Cons

    -communication could be better -pay could be better

  10. "Game Development without the Sacrifice"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ArenaNet full-time

    Pros

    - This company is one of the most diverse, accepting places I have ever worked. Tons of women and minorities in prominent leadership positions. - Extremely friendly team. Everyone is here to help if you just ask. - A legitimately anti-crunch studio. Work life balance is a clear priority. - Great product with passionate fan base.

    Cons

    - Pay isn't great. - Company at the whim of NCSoft (parent company) at times.

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