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  1. "Game Development without the Sacrifice"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Balans werk/privé
    • Cultuur en waarden
    • Carrièremogelijkheden
    • Loon en arbeidsvoorwaarden
    • Senior management
    Huidige werknemer - Anonieme werknemer
    Huidige werknemer - Anonieme werknemer
    Aanbevolen
    Positief vooruitzicht
    Waardeert Directeur

    Ik heb een voltijdbaan bij ArenaNet

    Pluspunten

    - 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.

    Minpunten

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


  2. Nuttig (3)

    "Not a Good place to grow as an artist."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Balans werk/privé
    • Cultuur en waarden
    • Carrièremogelijkheden
    • Loon en arbeidsvoorwaarden
    • Senior management
    Huidige werknemer - Anonieme werknemer
    Huidige werknemer - Anonieme werknemer
    Niet aanbevolen
    Negatief vooruitzicht
    Geen mening over Directeur

    Ik heb een voltijdbaan bij ArenaNet (Langer dan 5 jaar)

    Pluspunten

    Hardly any crunch hours, you can take breaks.

    Minpunten

    Overall the place is too laid back, because of this culture most of the studio is stagnant. If you're an artist this will eventually catch up with you and you have no option but to work on personal work because of the lack of motivation to work on an archaic game most studios do not care about artistically. Only a certain few who speak up get advancement but the ceiling is so low. Certain folks are promoted to lead positions that shouldn't be. This usually happens because the company likes to pick certain individuals that are docile and easy to control. Do not be surprised if you're being lead by someone who is much younger than you and barely been in the industry and for the most part being a mediocre artist. It's not a bad place to work but I would leave after a couple of years if you really care about your artistry and stock.

    Last thing the pay is low, if you don't negotiate you will get low balled.

    Advies aan management

    To many cooks in the kitchen. Promote the right people in key position. Wipe away most of the older leads, most are complacent and bring nothing new for the better of the company.

  3. Nuttig (1)

    "Good Devs, Bad Leadership"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Balans werk/privé
    • Cultuur en waarden
    • Carrièremogelijkheden
    • Loon en arbeidsvoorwaarden
    • Senior management
    Voormalige werknemer - Anonieme werknemer
    Voormalige werknemer - Anonieme werknemer
    Neutraal vooruitzicht
    Geen goedkeuring Directeur

    Ik heb een voltijdbaan gehad bij ArenaNet (Langer dan 3 jaar)

    Pluspunten

    good benefits, great developers, strong positive team dynamics, passionate people, great career development opportunities, good middle management (team leads)

    Minpunten

    mediocre pay, egotistical upper management, conflicting messages on work/life balance

    Advies aan management

    stop driving away talent with bad pay and meaningless personal conflict. get better at making concrete decisions. take risks.


  4. Nuttig (2)

    "Once Great"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Balans werk/privé
    • Cultuur en waarden
    • Carrièremogelijkheden
    • Loon en arbeidsvoorwaarden
    • Senior management
    Voormalige werknemer - Designer in Bellevue, WA (Verenigde Staten)
    Voormalige werknemer - Designer in Bellevue, WA (Verenigde Staten)
    Niet aanbevolen
    Negatief vooruitzicht
    Geen goedkeuring Directeur

    Ik heb een voltijdbaan gehad bij ArenaNet (Langer dan 3 jaar)

    Pluspunten

    A lot of the people working on the ground level are great, supportive people.

    Minpunten

    There are major problems currently in middle management, making it an exceptionally stressful and demoralizing place to work.

    Advies aan management

    Managers of all levels need to get more involved with the development process, and offer actual direction, as opposed to ignoring projects until the last minute then coming in and asking for huge, sweeping changes to things that have been locked down for months.


  5. "Good Entry Company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Balans werk/privé
    • Cultuur en waarden
    • Carrièremogelijkheden
    • Loon en arbeidsvoorwaarden
    • Senior management
    Voormalige werknemer - Programmer in Bellevue, WA (Verenigde Staten)
    Voormalige werknemer - Programmer in Bellevue, WA (Verenigde Staten)
    Aanbevolen
    Positief vooruitzicht
    Geen goedkeuring Directeur

    Ik heb gewerkt bij ArenaNet (Langer dan 3 jaar)

    Pluspunten

    People are exceedingly friendly and are willing to help you grow your skill set and careers.
    Very focused on their disciplines
    Good work life balance
    Everyone works hard and is very hungry
    Moves fast

    Minpunten

    Moves fast, breaks things, but does not necessarily go back to fix them. This leads to a lot of hard to decipher legacy products, code and design.
    Lack of communication between teams
    Their production style creates knowledge and specialty silos which does not promote cross discipline work. Like, artists not knowing what designers are doing, or server programmers not know what other client programmers are doing.
    Leadership does not always adopt new technology, and there is a lot of proprietary technology that requires maintenance, which can distract from overall creative goals.
    Usually low salary, even for games.


  6. "Adequate place to start a career. Mediocre place to grow a more senior career."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Balans werk/privé
    • Cultuur en waarden
    • Carrièremogelijkheden
    • Loon en arbeidsvoorwaarden
    • Senior management
    Voormalige werknemer - Anonieme werknemer
    Voormalige werknemer - Anonieme werknemer
    Niet aanbevolen
    Positief vooruitzicht
    Geen mening over Directeur

    Ik heb een voltijdbaan gehad bij ArenaNet

    Pluspunten

    Top-notch technologies/products.
    Great work-life balance (little/no crunch time.)

    Minpunten

    Little/no opportunities for career advancement for those with more than a few years experience. Retention problems because of that.
    Things move at a snails pace with lots of overhead.
    Support of diversity is uneven across the company. Very good in some areas. Utter failure in others.
    Compensation is low-to-average.

    Advies aan management

    Career growth of employees should be a review goal of managers. Trust in the experience of your more senior employees across roles, you're not using it.


  7. Nuttig (3)

    "A wonderful culture"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior management
    Huidige werknemer - Senior Character Artist in Bellevue, WA (Verenigde Staten)
    Huidige werknemer - Senior Character Artist in Bellevue, WA (Verenigde Staten)
    Aanbevolen
    Positief vooruitzicht
    Waardeert Directeur

    Ik heb een voltijdbaan bij ArenaNet (Langer dan 5 jaar)

    Pluspunten

    Some amazing minds without "shoulder chips" to worry about, ArenaNet is a highly art-centric and creative work environment. There is a no-crunch focus and family friendly mentality that is hard to find elsewhere in the industry.

    Minpunten

    There are some communication problems within production and a general `go with the flow` attitude about planning that forces a lot of unnecessary re-scoping of even the smallest parts. Nothing unusual or extreme by industry standards but definitely something to consider. We can always be better.

    Advies aan management

    A little more focus on transparency and communication. There is a lot being done by the higher ups to improve, but there is work to be done in middle-management and overall studio culture.

  8. "Overall a good employment experience"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Balans werk/privé
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    • Carrièremogelijkheden
    • Loon en arbeidsvoorwaarden
    • Senior management
    Voormalige werknemer - Anonieme werknemer in Bellevue, WA (Verenigde Staten)
    Voormalige werknemer - Anonieme werknemer in Bellevue, WA (Verenigde Staten)
    Aanbevolen
    Positief vooruitzicht
    Waardeert Directeur

    Ik heb een voltijdbaan gehad bij ArenaNet (Langer dan 10 jaar)

    Pluspunten

    A lot of good talent, some downright great talent. Management is getting significantly better lately.

    Minpunten

    Management used to be a mixed bag. Some smart, experienced folks, some textbook wannabes.

    Advies aan management

    Let management evolve down the current path, you have something good going on.


  9. "Exciting studio; kind and talented coworkers"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Balans werk/privé
    • Cultuur en waarden
    • Carrièremogelijkheden
    • Loon en arbeidsvoorwaarden
    • Senior management
    Voormalige werknemer - Narrative Designer in Bellevue, WA (Verenigde Staten)
    Voormalige werknemer - Narrative Designer in Bellevue, WA (Verenigde Staten)
    Aanbevolen
    Positief vooruitzicht
    Waardeert Directeur

    Ik heb een voltijdbaan gehad bij ArenaNet (Korter dan een jaar)

    Pluspunten

    - A company that really means it with work-life balance
    - Great teams, kind people, leadership that is engaged, compassionate, accessible, and fun
    - Commitment to avoiding “crunch” and focusing on long term sustainability
    - Impressive talent, high ambitions
    - A great game under their belt
    - Company on exciting growth trajectory
    - Active efforts to improve what pain points do exist
    - Strong benefits

    Minpunten

    - Paying for parking
    - Somewhat limited lunch options nearby; studio location somewhat awkward in relation to major cities
    - Things in flux / mid-growth means some growing pains and uneven workloads

    Advies aan management

    Keep doing what you’re doing by bringing in top talent and keeping an eye toward the future!


  10. "Great people; mediocre pay + technical debt"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Balans werk/privé
    • Cultuur en waarden
    • Carrièremogelijkheden
    • Loon en arbeidsvoorwaarden
    • Senior management
    Huidige werknemer - Programmer
    Huidige werknemer - Programmer
    Niet aanbevolen
    Neutraal vooruitzicht
    Geen mening over Directeur

    Ik heb een voltijdbaan bij ArenaNet (Langer dan een jaar)

    Pluspunten

    Really great bunch of people.
    Casual laid-back atmosphere.

    Minpunten

    Comp + benefits lagging behind competitors.
    Management is making changes, but slowly and changes are small and insignificant, and are often constrained by NCSoft (parent company).
    High technical debt often impedes productivity and studio often lacks resources to address it.

    Advies aan management

    This is a tough one... The studio needs to bring on more strong new talent, but that's going to be tough without spending the kind of money the studio doesn't have and NCSoft (parent company) doesn't seem particularly excited to provide.


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