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Bodies in seats

Jun 1, 2020 | QA

When I started in games, I didn’t know what I was doing and got a job in QA by answering one of those Craigslist ads that said, “Do you like playing video games?”. I went to the interview with Company A that afternoon. My interview was about 5 minutes long and took place in a temp building/shed. There were maybe 4-5 other people there. The interviewer only asked me again if I played video games and then if I was legally allowed to work in America. After that, he told me I got the job and would be a game tester. I think everyone who went to the interview got the job honestly.

We were told to show up for “training” the next day at a different company, Company B. Company B was the company that was actually contracted to the company that we would be working at, and Company A (where I interviewed) was a subcontractor. The training session took half a day. We were basically taken into a room where they showed us a series of training videos. We were not paid for this our time. After that, we were told to go home until we were called to go to work.

I didn’t get called for over a week. When the call finally came, I went to Company C (a big tech company that had contracted to Company B). It was awful. We were treated like second class citizens. We had to lock our phones up, and only could have breaks for snacks and the bathroom twice a day for 15 minutes. It was obvious they didn’t care who they got as long as there was a body in a seat, because bodies in seats was how Company B (and therefore Company A I guess) got paid. The stuff we were testing was pretty cool, but there were so many rules that nothing was really enjoyable about the job. It was painfully mind-numbing.

After a couple of days, I told Company A that I quit. The person I talked to didn’t seem surprised at all. I never got paid for the time that I worked.

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