Why I quit my job in the gaming industry
Posted On June 17, 2021
In a post on Medium, an employee of an in-house software development company wrote that she quit her job last year due to the lack of paid overtime.
“As a result, I’m only making $1.00/hour (and counting),” she wrote.
“I’ve been working at the company for almost a year, and we’re all working overtime for the last six months to pay off the bills for our house, and it’s costing me a great deal of money.
We’re still working to pay our bills and rent and we need more time to pay for all the things that come with this, but we’re just barely scraping by.”
According to the employee, her employer was paying her overtime for her “personal projects,” which she was not able to complete.
The employee said that she “didn’t like the amount of work” she was required to do, and that the pay was “not enough to make it worthwhile.”
“This is not my fault,” the employee said.
“We were told it was because of the way the company was run.
It was not because of a lack of interest in my projects, it was not even because of me.
I could work, but I wasn’t doing my job.””
We need more of you to do what you’re supposed to be doing,” she continued.
“You need to be paid, you need to take on more responsibilities.
It’s not that I am working for free to support myself, but that it’s not enough to keep us afloat.”
The employee also said that the company did not allow her to speak to the public, as it was “against their code of conduct.”
“You have no right to know how much I make,” she wrote, “so I don’t want to get in trouble for it.”
According, the employee was not the only one who quit her position last year, as several other employees have also said the same thing.
“I worked for an in house software development firm in 2015, and I started my last year of employment as a software engineer in 2016,” wrote a former software developer who wished to remain anonymous.
“It’s been a very hard year, not just for me personally, but for everyone at the studio, as we have struggled to maintain the work load, and have been on the brink of insolvency.
Our company has been forced to shut down, we are unable to pay the bills, and the stress of it all has been too much.
You are the face of your team, you’re the only person who has to keep working on a project that is vital to the success of your company, and you are also the only employee you will ever see for the rest of your life.””
When you work as an inhouse software engineer, you are essentially an inescapable part of the team.
You are the face of your team, you’re the only person who has to keep working on a project that is vital to the success of your company, and you are also the only employee you will ever see for the rest of your life.”
The former employee also shared a list of grievances against the company, which they say is why they were leaving.
“At the end of the day, I am tired of paying overtime for my personal projects that I have no idea how to finish,” the former employee wrote.
“[I] also wish that the CEO and management of the company would have more compassion for their employees, and take a more serious look at their compensation practices.”
“I was not a good employee,” the unnamed employee added.
“If I could do it all over again, I would have taken a job at another company, but my employer is not willing to change.
I am not quitting.
I just want to be able to afford to live a normal life.”
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