My brother works in market research and might be taking a job with Activision. Just wondering if anybody has any info about what kind of a place it is to work… is it nice, is it lousy, is it a sweatshop, etc. I suppose the division he’d work in would be quite separate from development/programming etc., so maybe the work conditions would be totally different. Just thought I’d ask, though.
In all seriousness though it IS worth asking questions like that before actually applying. I know of at least one case where I saw a game job ad that fit me perfectly, and mentioned to someone who’d worked there I was planning on applying. He set me straight, fast. (Clue #1: he left) There’ve been a couple other cases where I figured out pretty quickly during the interviews that I’d rather stock shelves at Wal-Mart than work for those people.
The wording would seem to suggest it’s more a choice on the brother’s part than Actiblizzion’s. If he’d said ‘my brother is looking to get a job there’ I could understand you, y’know, acting like a dick in response to it.
I don’t know what the likelihood is that my brother will get an offer and I apologize for any ambiguity in my writing on that point. What I gathered is that he may get an offer and needs to know if he would be well advised to accept it.
He mentioned it to me, I suggested I could fish for some info, and so here I am. I wouldn’t ask for a recommendation in any case because a stranger would have no reason to put in a good word for someone he’d never met.