What is it like to work at your company in terms of your culture?
GSN Games has a unique, hybrid culture that includes both a startup mentality and the stability of a larger company. We encourage everyone to bring their ideas to the table, while our strong financial backing from Sony Pictures Entertainment and DIRECTV allows us to be creative and take chances.
One of the best examples of our culture is our semiannual Hack Week event. Across all our offices, we step away from our “regular” jobs to pursue other areas of interest and talent through an intensive project. GSNers team up with people they might not normally work with and are able to develop a wider skill set, cultivating a culture of creativity, collaboration and innovation.
What’s the best way to get a job at GSN Games?
The good news is that we have about 20 open positions right now and we’re rapidly growing, so we may have openings now or soon that match your skills. Check out our BIZZpage or our careers site to view postings and apply online. We’d also recommend researching on LinkedIn or other professional networks to find a personal connection to GSN Games. We’re looking for people who bring their A-game – top talent, positive energy, a competitive spirit and the drive to challenge the status quo are musts!
What can someone expect during the interview process?
Interviewees can expect to meet with several people representing various departments and levels, and possibly meet with a few folks through Skype. Depending on the position, candidates should be prepared to demonstrate their skills – for example, our mobile platform team challenges interviewees to build a game in Unity during their interview process. In addition to skills, hiring managers look for cultural fit in candidates to make sure teams scale effectively. Finally, expect guidance and feedback from our all-star recruitment team throughout the interview process!
What can people expect over the course of their career at GSN Games?
Over the course of a career at GSN Games, people expect to make a visible, positive impact on the products and our company. We encourage employees to find opportunities to challenge themselves and gain new experiences, adding variety to their role. GSNers get to work in the game industry for a company that’s stable, successful and able to take some risks, whereas many other game studios are known for their long hours, layoffs and lack of funding. Plus, you’ll get to work with awesome, talented people and have plenty of fun along the way.
Are there any favorite activities that the employees do outside of the office?
Outside the office, GSNers can often be found at events around the city, whether it’s the Boston TechBreakfast meetup, the monthly game industry group Boston Post Mortem, or volunteering through TUGG’s Tech Gives Back event. We love to explore Boston through outings like our summer boat cruise, holiday parties at Harpoon Brewery, or team activities like Escape the Room. GSNers also have a great time after hours in the office, from Monday night’s yoga class to Wednesday’s Game Night complete with board games and beers.
GSN Games Yoga Night
GSN Games at Boston Tech Jam
Are there any fun facts or unique stories that you can share about GSN Games or individuals that work there?
Our people are full of interesting talents and stories! Our CFO, known as the “King of Bling,” is Pogo’s Bejeweled Blitz champion of 2010, but he keeps his match-three skills fresh by playing Candy Crush Saga on a daily basis. Our Mobile Design Director is an animation guru who has authored several guides on Adobe Flash, and also plays drums in a band. In her glory days, our Marketing Manager was a world-class skier with Olympic potential.
What TV or movie would best describe the working environment and employees at GSN Games?
We’re a mash-up of The Newsroom and The Mindy Project. Like The Newsroom, we’re well-paced, bring different perspectives, deal with deadlines, coach each other to do great things and work together to create something awesome in a competitive industry. However, we have a much lighter tone in our office, so the cheerfulness and playfulness of The Mindy Project feels like us, too.
Do you have any unique benefits or perks?
We find the office itself to a be a great perk – playing card-themed living rooms, Nerf guns, Scrabble chairs, Idea Paint walls and more create a fun atmosphere. Unlimited vacation and flexible schedules make it easy to maintain work/ life balance. Another essential (and delicious) perk is that GSN Games keeps us well-fed – including Bagel Wednesdays, surprise free pizza and donut days, fresh fruit deliveries and our Avanti Market, which provides each employee with $30 per month for a variety of snacks and drinks. GSN also offers comprehensive medical, dental and vision benefits, a semiannual bonus program and a 401(k) with a company match.
What’s on tap or in your fridge?
If you’re feeling a little thirsty, stop by our Kegatron, an employee-built old-school arcade gaming system equipped with a kegerator and tap! Currently on draft is Jack’s Abby Hoponius Union, but other local craft beers like Lunch by Maine Beer Company and Notch Session Pils have also made the rotating list. The Kegatron brews fuel the high scores (and bragging rights) in weekly Kegatron tournaments in games like Pac-Man and Donkey Kong.