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I got my first promotion by strongarming my company

I worked on a test team for [a large tech company] as a contractor/vendor. My test lead had been hired because he was friends with his manager, and it became pretty obvious that he wasn't really cut out for the job. He had his own office while the rest of us were on...

Bodies in seats

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...

100% User Error

Logged a bug on a system-level issue. Another tester on a different team also commented on the bug and said he saw it in his part of the game as well. A third tester did the same. The bug went to an engineer who returned it to me with (literally word for word) this...

Crunch Pressure

I worked on a big title AAA game as a tester and was asked to crunch to close out the game. I didn't want to, but felt pressured to come in on the weekends because we had multiplayer mode in our game and I was told that if I didn't come in, we "wouldn't have enough"...