Mission: Our vision is to become one of the world's leading independent creators of entertainment.
I have been working at Bungie full-time
- Many passionate people who want to make great games
- Management is not in an ivory tower, and they really care about the game because they play it
- Good benefits
- Some technical struggles with tools
- Large team that has individuals who disagree with good reasons on the direction of the game, which can happen when everyone is passionate but the team is so large. This leads to people feeling like they're not listened to.
Advice to Management
- Continue to trust the team and let them drive the direction of the game
- Continue to invest in tools and workflow solutions
- Admit mistakes internally and ask the team to help drive solutions; don't try to fix it all yourself
I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Bungie.
I was contacted by a recruiter on LinkedIn, and the role seemed like a good fit for me so I decided to chat. We spoke by phone, then I had a phone interview with the hiring manager. Everything sounded good and I waited for the “next steps”. This is when the process got weird. A few days later I was emailed a programming test. This was the first I heard about the test, neither the hiring manager or recruiter mentioned this would be a part of the process. The instructions said I had about a week to complete it and that there was no guarantee the job would be available when I submitted my solution. That added pressure to finish it quickly. It also said quality was critically important, so that added pressure to spend the time to do a fantastic job. This may be acceptable for unemployed candidates, but I happen to have a job that requires my concentration plus family commitments outside of work. I was really annoyed but I wanted to keep the process going. I busted my butt, took time off work, stayed up late and put in about 20 hours over a couple of days (time that I couldn’t afford to spare) in order to get the programming test done to the best of my ability. They came back a few days later with a vague suggestion for improvement so that took another day.
Like I said, asking candidates to put it a significant amount of work without being upfront that this is part of the process is unfair. It left me with a bad impression of how the company values future employees.
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