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ArenaNet CEO Mike O'Brien
Mike O'Brien
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    « The most incredible people »

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    Employé actuel - Employé anonyme 
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    Je travaille chez ArenaNet à temps plein

    Avantages

    The environment is very open and transparent which is something you don't get at many companies. The CEO is insanely smart, humble and has solid goals and plans for the business. Everyone is very warm and welcoming. It is seriously the nicest group of people I've had the pleasure of working with in my fairly long career in games.

    Inconvénients

    Have to pay for parking. :(

    ArenaNet2015-07-31
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    « Great place to work »

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     à Bellevue, WA
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    Avantages

    I've only been here a few months but I couldn't ask for a better job. They have flexible hours (core hours from 10 to 4) to help with the traffic. The environment is great, it feels open and collaborative and everyone has been really friendly. I feel that I have the opportunity to not only succeed at my own job but to learn and move to other opportunities within the company.

    Inconvénients

    The building charges for parking, which is a huge bummer.

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    ArenaNet2015-07-28
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    « Good place to work. »

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    Programmer à Bellevue, WA
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    Avantages

    Challenging Technology build by great people. Excellent healthcare and other benefits. Diversity friendly with a higher than average percentage of women and LGBT people. Cool office space. General work-life balance (the office empties out around 6:30). A lot of people have been here a long time...a sign that people are happy here. Stable (no layoffs) which is rare in the industry.

    Inconvénients

    Paid parking. The commute can be bad if you're in Seattle. The product has accrued some technical debt due to it's zero downtime goal. The office is a bit cramped given the number of people.

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    ArenaNet2015-07-28
  4. « Great company, fun atmosphere »

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    Employé actuel - Systems Engineer à Bellevue, WA
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    Je travaille chez ArenaNet à temps plein depuis moins d'un an

    Avantages

    Everyone is really engaged in trying to make the best game possible. Feedback from everyone is accepted and acknowledged. The culture is inviting.

    Inconvénients

    The only con I can think of is the 401k match is a lot lower than other places, both inside and outside the gaming industry.

    ArenaNet2015-07-28
  5. Utile (13)

    « Great people, bad management »

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    Ancien employé - Employé anonyme à Bellevue, WA
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    J'ai travaillé chez ArenaNet à temps plein plus de 3 ans

    Avantages

    ArenaNet is FULL of wonderful, creative, smart individuals who want to do great things. Lots of opportunity for training for future career growth. They have a great internship program, which includes training as well, and a tight, well-organized, and well-managed production team - one of the best in the biz.

    Inconvénients

    With very few exceptions, ArenaNet's directors seem to be the blocker for getting anything done. No decision can be made without going through the CEO (Mike O'Brien), which creates an insurmountable amount of churn, wasted work, and sometimes complete confusion. Even the project that appears to be moving forward smoothly can be derailed at the last minute because the CEO changed his mind. Many of the ArenaNet old-timers (5 years+) refuse to change their ways, which makes progress and real change nearly impossible. There is little-to-no career growth opportunities at ArenaNet and women do not seem to be able to break through the glass ceiling. Even those women who are in director roles are not invited to the exclusive director's lunches that take place every week. The HR team has changed the way review processes work several times in the last few years, leading to confusion as to how you even get a pay raise.

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    ArenaNet2015-07-23
  6. Utile (11)

    « A once great place to work »

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    Je travaille chez ArenaNet à temps plein

    Avantages

    While a lot of people have moved on there are still some great people and a product with real potential.

    Inconvénients

    Anet had great potential at one time back when all three founders were running the show. Unfortunately two of the founders left to do other things, the lead designer was marginalized and the remaining founder seemed to have no interest in, or understanding of how the studio was run. Instead he brought in a series of executives to do it for him. The ones that weren’t simply “yes men” left pretty quickly. The rest did, and continue to do, a great deal of damage to an already dysfunctional environment. Artists are actively discouraged from collaborating with designers; designers are hugely under-paid and under-valued; teams are put in charge of delivering on huge amounts of content without the manpower they need; the current “agile” studio structure is a disaster being driven by people that have never actually produced game content. The China release was a huge failure in spite of some erroneous sales numbers that are floating around. Again, it was once a great place to work and could be again but it would take NCSoft coming in and cleaning house. Unfortunately they are too disconnected to know how to do it effectively.

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    ArenaNet2015-07-29
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    « Great people, terrible management, worse directors. »

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    Employé actuel - Designer à Bellevue, WA
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    Je travaille chez ArenaNet à temps plein

    Avantages

    Work life balance tends towards the good, you don't need to crunch very much, if at all. The people here are often fantastic, dedicated, smart, and just awesome.

    Inconvénients

    Management systematically ignores the advice of people to follow their own whims. The director level is incredibly detached from what it actually takes to create a good game. The studio is unable to settle on a direction and constantly changes what "The thing" is that is going to be the future. There is no clear vision of what makes a game good. It starts at the top and it is incredibly unlikely to change. Management like to get very involved in specific details rather than providing a goal and stepping back. There is no trust in the people employed or their ability. If you want to work somewhere where you decision making will constantly be questioned and overruled, you've found the right place.

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    ArenaNet2015-07-28
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    « Fading glory, uncertain times ahead »

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    Ancien employé - Employé anonyme à Bellevue, WA
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    J'ai travaillé chez ArenaNet à temps plein

    Avantages

    Amazing creative talent, and a real sense of pride in the game. Well connected with the community, though at times this lead to quick reactionary changes instead of proactive changes to the game. Overall a very nice office space, and some really talented people. Very supportive of LGBT employees.

    Inconvénients

    Open work environment can be extremely noisy and distracting at times. Bad dynamic with directors that tend to lead to hostile interactions instead of approachable management. Especially with the QA department. Sink or swim environment that has led to a lot of turnover. Bad environment within the programming department, with a standoffish and isolated tools team, a core engine team disconnected from reality, and gameplay programmers often left without support. Fragile and convoluted codebase that makes it difficult to work in at times. Build resources seem highly constrained, leading to some long hours waiting on a build to be queued up and finish. Odd computer setup requiring two at every desk, and frequent failures. IT department seems overloaded and undertrained to support a game team. Many people just bypass them completly. Uncertain leadership, overburdened managers, and poor communication often causes people to shortcut the process, leading to more uncertainty and confusion. Wages are the typical low ones found in the games industry.

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    ArenaNet2015-07-19
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    « ArenaNet Company »

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    Employé actuel - Employé anonyme à Factoria, WA
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    Je travaille chez ArenaNet à temps plein depuis moins d'un an

    Avantages

    Care for Employees Open Environment Want Employees to Succeed Great/Nice People Wonderful Work-Life Balance Always trying to improve with processes or employee engagement Leadership is all on the same page when it comes to beliefs, goals, and atmosphere Fitness center

    Inconvénients

    I took the job because my core beliefs align with their beliefs so I do not have any cons at this time.

    ArenaNet2015-06-01
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    « Poor Management Hurts Potentially Great Company »

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    Employé actuel - Employé anonyme à Bellevue, WA
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    Je travaille chez ArenaNet à temps plein

    Avantages

    Excellent benefits - paid vacation/days off, insurance is paid for the employee, the usual startup perks (game room, food). Excellent support staff. Overall work/life balance is very good.

    Inconvénients

    Offices are super-cramped and noisy. Staff is divided by what you do rather than departments, which can make getting things done for a project difficult. Managers are overwhelmed and lack training in many departments. The CEO has his hands in too many things.

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    ArenaNet2015-06-01
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