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Zane Milakovic • Edited

So I use to be a game developer. I can probably stop the explanation there...

I did work for a now-defunct studio where the CEO expected engineering to stay until 4 am on a Saturday without any notice. Everyone was exempt. I was the producer on the project and refused to keep the team for those types of hours.

That resulted in a 3 am call while I was driving home with my wife. Where he drunkenly chewed me out. The VP of the company called the next day to apologize for his behavior. Long story short, I gave notice the following day. I was just married and new in my career.

Little did I know I would spend the next 14 months unemployed and never end up back in the game industry. I had several years of experience at the time and even worked on some very large AAA titles in high valued roles.

Now I build websites. The same thing I have been doing since I was 13. All my years of student debt to get into the game industry, and my career ruined because of this man's drunken tirade.

This was a long time ago, but you don't forget how you were treated.

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Paweł Kowalski • Edited

Had similar story, but much quicker resolved and less dramatic.

Im web dev, and when i was young, one dude got promoted to be IT chief in an agency and apparently he thought this company is one in a million and he can do whatever he wants to.

Friday, 5:30 PM, im leaving home, he tell me to stay longer to finish something.
I say, nope, i have plans.
He said if i leave now i can "bring papers" on monday. I dont know what this meant because i had no contract or anything (way to avoid taxes by companies, since im not an employee, there is no health plan, insurance, etc.).
Anyway, i came back monday, told them i quit in 2 weeks, just to finish ongoing project and introduce someone else. Then i had like 6 talks so that everybody have a shot on keeping me in the company, but this toxic behavior was too much.

People are not company property.