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"The happiest I've been at a company"

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  • Culture & Values
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  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Junior Artist in Bellevue, WA
Current Employee - Junior Artist in Bellevue, WA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at ArenaNet full-time (Less than a year)

Pros

-Great People
-Fun environment
-Great Project
-Full benefits
-No Crunch
-Beautiful Building and area
-Stable

Cons

-Weird politics over headcount (so some teams are understaffed)
-Not great documentation or task tracking but these issues are improving
-Paid parking
-unhealthy snacks

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "My personal experience: great company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Content Designer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Content Designer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ArenaNet full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great HR team--I have various medical issues and they're very accomodating
    - Wonderful people to work with
    - Reasonable scheduling and work/life balance

    Cons

    - Lots of tribal knowledge
    - Unfortunate "sink or swim" approach can overwhelm new folks
    - Too much short term contract work, at least in QA

    Advice to Management

    - Make a point of mentoring new hires
    - Written design standards/best practices might help with the tribal knowledge issue


  2. Helpful (3)

    "The Real McCoy"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Programmer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at ArenaNet full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I didn't know jobs like this existed until I landed at ArenaNet! I've programmed here for nearly 7 years and it continues to be my dream job.

    -No crunch
    -Development is driven by passion not production milestones
    -Incredibly creative, laid-back and friendly work environment
    -Collaborative bottom-up development
    -Challenging problems to tackle.
    -Very flexible with work hours.
    -Egos are left at the door
    -Very clean and well organized code base with a strong code standard
    -Great studio with lots of great amenities(gym, snacks, drinks, game room, etc.)
    -Good benefits with profit sharing
    -Did I say no crunch?

    Cons

    Compared to everything I'm grateful for at ArenaNet my complaints feel pretty insignificant.

    -Very little documentation and heavy reliance on tribal knowledge
    -High expectations and challenging tasks can lead to "sink or swim" work environment
    -Requires passion and self-motivation to be successful
    -Poor on-boarding process
    -Compensation could be more competitive.
    -Paid parking

    Advice to Management

    Focus on providing clear direction and expectations while creating better communication across the studio. Figure out how to get new employees up to speed and better integrated into our culture sooner.

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