Mission: Ready At Dawn® is a game development studio with a single mission: making fun games a lot of people want to play.
I worked at Ready At Dawn Studios full-time (Less than a year)
Great people, great work! Loved working there, the culture was awesome, the environment and office was great. Everything was pretty much perfect when crunch wasn't happening.
Crunch happened, like it does in any video game company unfortunately. I understand that it's a fact of life, but that doesn't make daily 12 hour days + weekends any more fun. They did compensate well with free food and overtime pay though, so that was nice.
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Ready At Dawn Studios (Irvine, CA (US)) in February 2012.
You must first send in a portfolio/resume. After they review that they will do a phone interview followed up with sending you an art test. Unlike most studios you aren't given very little time to complete it (most tests given are with 7-10 day deadlines) and can spend the time required to perfect it.
If you pass that they will have an in studio interview with you can drive to or if you are too far away they will offer to fly you out. They show you around the studio and make sure you are what they are looking for, it is pretty relaxed.
Normally you will get an offer that you have 2 weeks to accept when leaving from the onsite interview.
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