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What Employees Say
I have been working at ArenaNet full-time for more than 3 years
Great benefits, great work-life balance, great supportive people across the board, both in terms of personality, and talent.
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.
Advice to Management
I feel that, on the product development front, we need leadership that can make direction decisions with more conviction, and that isn't afraid to take responsibility for those decisions. In... conjunction, we need stakeholders that are willing to trust that leadership and to "yes+and" decisions instead of giving unqualified "no"s when they disagree with that leadership's decisions. The pattern that I have seen develop time and time again in new projects, is that no one wants to take responsibility for making direction decisions. And if someone does attempt to make these decisions, they are turned away by stakeholders without much feedback until they eventually give up trying, which leads to a lot of churn until the project fails for a lack of progress. It's possible that this is now remedied, but this has been what I had seen in past unreleased projects.
I have been working at Epic Games full-time for more than 3 years
Epic cares about empowering creators all over the world, and the organization is open for people to actively grow and contribute to that goal
It's critical to prioritize and draw through-lines to impactful objectives. The company has grown quickly so there's a lot going on
Advice to Management
Overall I think we do a great job, though there are times when I wonder whether we could move faster by doing less.