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1-03-2009 @ 12:43PM
I'm getting my info from a former programmer for the now dead Blizzard North that was in the Bay Area but was demolished a while back. They were paying above market back in the Diablo days, but once they consolidated to Irvine... things turned a bit more coorporate. Don't believe articles written for a PR fluff piece. It only serves to enhance the reputation that you're expected to swap salary and security for "perks". The place I used to work for did the same thing, despite expecting people to work 14hr days, 6 days a week. Yeah, they had a cafeteria with free food 24/7 and free parking and tickets to literally everything in the area... but that didn't make it all better! They'll still make you feel ultimately replaceable and say that they have the best place around to work for, so you should be lucky to have your job here. It's a much better feeling to hear that they appreciate the work you do and that they're lucky to have you as an employee personally. Especially when it's more or less standard practice for any decent job to have a significant amount of perks to the job. (every job gives out swag here, I personally have 8 t-shirts, 2 jackets, 4 hoodies, an engraved ipod, several booze cruises, open bar holiday parties, notebooks, pencils, screen cleaners, whatever, it's the standard thing for any company with a forward-facing presence to gear up employees so they walk around as a billboard for the company when they're around). As for the turnover, just look at the CM's for a start. If I'm not off, only 2-3 of them have been there since launch. The rest are replacements or additions. If the job is that great, people don't quit. Period. My current job has had literally 2 people leave in almost 4 years. Astoundingly small turnover in a generally high turnover industry. On the backend side, how many of the actual programmers are still working on the WoW team? There have been quite a few companies started by former leads from the WoW team and I think almost all of the executives are at different companies too. To me, that's always a sign that things are not rosy on the inside. If a guy's in charge of a project and he still finds a reason to leave... you're not treating them right somehow. I'm not saying it's a horrible place to work, but seriously don't get jacked up to work somewhere just because you enjoy using what they make. You're in for some disappointment almost guaranteed.
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