Everything is Rockin'! [RML Thread 4]

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Postby robersora » Sat Feb 04, 2017 5:28 am

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So you've moved there? Work there? Vacation? Either way, sounds awesome, have a great time!
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Postby Chuckman » Sat Feb 04, 2017 7:38 pm

Vacation. I'll post pics when I return to my place of power.
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Postby Monk Ed » Thu Feb 09, 2017 10:49 pm

An introductory phone interview I had today with Wargaming.net went well. I had no idea how to prepare based on what I was told about it beforehand and it wound up being considerably more technical than I was expecting but I knew the answer to every question -- things like, "What's the difference between a class and a struct in C++", "Name 3 Standard Template Library container classes", "Is the dot product of two vectors a scalar, vector, or matrix?", and "What is the average access time of a hash map?"

Odds seem good that I'll make it to the next round. In the meantime I'm still waiting on another company whose interview process I finished recently to get back to me with either an offer or a rejection. (I signed an NDA with them which legally forbids me from disclosing who they are.) If it turns out to be an offer, I'll be in a very good-problem-to-have situation of trying to hurry through Wargaming's process before the offer from this other company dries up.
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Postby BobBQ » Fri Feb 10, 2017 11:37 am

As a Wargaming.net customer, I cannot say I would recommend seeking a job there.

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Postby Joseki » Fri Feb 10, 2017 12:57 pm

I just saw John Wick Chapter Two's trailer and I saw myself in a couple of frames, it was super cool. I'm probably gonna be in the movie for about 20 seconds and in the background but hey, I got paid, I had a small chat with Kyany Reeves and I meet some funny people those nights. Plus I can now say I worked in a big budget movie. :D
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Postby Monk Ed » Fri Feb 10, 2017 2:10 pm

View Original PostBobBQ wrote:As a Wargaming.net customer, I cannot say I would recommend seeking a job there.

:huh: Tell me more.
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Postby BobBQ » Sat Feb 11, 2017 3:34 pm

Short version: they're not great about fixing bugs or balance issues, even for premium items, and their customer service is... challenged.

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Postby Monk Ed » Tue Feb 14, 2017 4:03 pm

View Original PostMonk Ed wrote:I'll be in a very good-problem-to-have situation

It happened. The offer hasn't been formally presented, but the HR person told me that the team would like to "move forward" with me, and given that I've completed the interview process, that implies that the offer is next. But Wargaming is really dragging its feet, and none of the next batch of companies I've reached out to have responded to me, so it's starting to look really, really likely that I'm going to wind up working for this company (that I can't name because I signed an NDA which included a clause saying I can't announce that I'm in talks with them).
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Postby Monk Ed » Wed Feb 15, 2017 3:37 pm

By complete random luck, I spotted a recent tweet by the lead engineer of Unknown Worlds Entertainment looking for a contract worker to work on Subnautica, one of my favorite games. I reached out to him by email and now we're talking. I don't know if it'll go anywhere, but I'll be reeeally happy if it does. The offer I'm expecting soon from that other company I can't disclose is also for contract work anyway, so it's not like I'd be giving up a better offer (in terms of degree of compensation and job security) to pursue this one.
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Postby NemZ » Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:35 pm

Today was interesting. Seems the mock trial team was hosting a national competition and were desperate for volunteers to act as witnesses, so I said why not. I didn't know it was going to take 4+ hours when I agreed... but oh well.

Actually one of the other witnesses had to leave for some reason so at the last minute I got the chance to play two different people testifying on opposite sides of the case! I was both the sleezy informant (actual mastermind) and a concerned friend of the wrongfully accused. Stressful, but kinda fun.

Oh, and my foot is almost fine again. ^_^
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Postby child of Lilith » Sat Feb 18, 2017 12:08 am

Glad your foot is getting better, NemZ.
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Postby Monk Ed » Sat Feb 18, 2017 2:55 am

View Original PostMonk Ed wrote:The offer hasn't been formally presented

It happened. I had mixed feelings until I read the contract in detail. My misgivings were many. Technically, I'm not actually going to be employed by the company I'll be working for, but rather by a temp agency that they contract with. The pay is an insult to my abilities and education (and is ridiculously low compared to the same position at other companies; a college peer of mine who interned out-of-state a few years ago got paid exactly 2.5x as much), but the contract says quite clearly in bold print that I and the agency are free to terminate the employment at will, with or without cause, which I take to mean that if I find a better offer I don't have to wait until the end of the 9-month assignment period to take it.

I was worried before that I'd have to make a tough choice about whether to go with this offer or hold out for a better one at a different company, but it now appears that I can take this offer and keep looking anyway and use this as a fallback position.

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Postby child of Lilith » Sat Feb 18, 2017 3:48 am

Congratulations, Monk Ed!

Though I wish they'd given you a better offer. :uhh:
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Postby jcmoorehead » Sat Feb 18, 2017 6:44 am

Congrats :) I suppose I should welcome you to the games industry then? Or is this not your first job in the industry? :)

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Postby Monk Ed » Sat Feb 18, 2017 3:17 pm

:kaos_bow: Thanks everyone. It's a good position to be in; one way or another, barring unforeseen circumstances, my chronic joblessness is coming to an end. This will be my entry not just to the game industry but to compensated employment at all. Whether I work at this company or (preferably) get a full-time job at another with a salary appropriate to my abilities, I'll finally actually be getting paid for the work I do.

It's 68 degrees Fahrenheit and sunny today where I live, in February of all times. :kaos_victory: Time to break out the bike!
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Postby NemZ » Sat Feb 18, 2017 5:33 pm

Well it's a start, so congrats monk.
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Postby MAGI_01 » Sat Mar 04, 2017 4:25 pm

Welp, I do not actually have to fly to Los Angeles next week for work.

Kinda sucks, but then not having the stress of dealing with that is nice.
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Postby Sicarius VI » Sat Mar 04, 2017 6:30 pm

View Original PostMonk Ed wrote::kaos_bow: Thanks everyone. It's a good position to be in; one way or another, barring unforeseen circumstances, my chronic joblessness is coming to an end. This will be my entry not just to the game industry but to compensated employment at all. Whether I work at this company or (preferably) get a full-time job at another with a salary appropriate to my abilities, I'll finally actually be getting paid for the work I do.

It's 68 degrees Fahrenheit and sunny today where I live, in February of all times. :kaos_victory: Time to break out the bike!


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Postby Monk Ed » Mon Mar 06, 2017 3:33 pm

After a brief dry spell, not one, but two interviews suddenly rolled in this week. One of them's at a company I'm less than enthusiastic about, but the other is at one that sounds like a really cool place to work -- an indie studio led by some really experienced guys, which sounds like a great way to get my own start in the field.

Gotta get ready. :dumbells:
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Postby Monk Ed » Fri Mar 10, 2017 1:12 am

:sweat: I had a nearly four-hour interview process today. These guys were thorough. And yet, it was probably the most relaxed interview I've ever had, in part because I was able to express myself more completely than I have at shorter interviews. (That we went out to a friendly lunch before the interview also helped a lot.)

EDIT: They got back to me the next day with a rejection notice. :| The journey continues.
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