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"Great place to work as a programmer."

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Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

- Excellent work-life balance. ArenaNet believes in quality of life for its employees and for most people, the office is mostly empty by 6-7 everyday. There are occasions when folks need to put in the hours (launch, big release days or other problems with the Live build), but these are not the norm.
- Great people to work with. Employees here are, in general, amazingly talented and very friendly.
- Realistic expectations of success and achievement for the company and for individuals.
- Totally transparent business goals and practices. Business numbers are shown to employees on regular basis. This lets employees feel more ownership on the success of the company.
- Profit sharing was handled in a fair and impressive way. All aspects of its calculation were disclosed to everybody and was tremendously fair and well-considered. The CEO (Mike Obrien) did not take any part of the profit sharing.
- As a programmer, there is no micro-management by non-programmers. Programmers are respected and trusted to do their job. Programming managers are other programmers. The CEO is a programmer himself (much of his code is still in our codebase!) so there seems to be an inherent value placed on programmers.
- Extremely good upward mobility. Many of the developers at ArenaNet started out as entry-level QA and quickly worked themselves up in the company in just a few years. Many people in leadership positions started their careers at ArenaNet.
- Fun events with the studio and good for the family.

Cons

- Less than competitive salaries for programmers for the Seattle area. However, the work-life balance more than makes up for this. I suspect that ArenaNet's strategy of hiring younger, more talented folks in the industry (many straight out of school), and training and promoting within, results in a suppression of salary for people that would otherwise make more money if they left.
- Another negative aspect of upward mobility and employee longevity is that many of the leadership at ArenaNet aren't experienced in other games, technologies, and processes.
- The size of the company sometimes seems to be unwieldy for the management. ArenaNet clearly started as a small company and has now grown to over 300 employees. However, many of the processes in place (content creation pipelines and non-work-related things) assume a much smaller company.

Other Employee Reviews for ArenaNet

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Friendly, collaborative workspace."

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

    I have been working at ArenaNet as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Excellent corporate culture.
    - Friendly, welcoming on-boarding process.
    - Strong sense of community, and contribution to a greater whole.
    - Flexible work hours.
    - Great work/life balance.

    Cons

    - Salaries are a bit on the low end.
    - Interns & contractors aren't eligible for any benefits.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Fun, fast-paced and variegated"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - German QA Tester in Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - German QA Tester in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at ArenaNet full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Well managed teams, everyone is focused

    Cons

    Personality conflicts are deadly in a small team since there is no slack.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!

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