(last update 11 Nov 2011)
I received a lot of questions since the web site launched in March 2008. Some are expressing the same concerns/curiosity, so I decided to start a little FAQ about this website.
- Who are you and why are you doing this?
My name is Jeremy Chatelaine. I'm an ex-video game developer who worked for UbiSoft, Planet Interactive, Carapace, Lionhead, Argonaut and EA.
Although I'm now working in the finance industry, I still follow very closely the video game industry and wanted to give back something to people still working in it.
- Why do we need to use work email? Can't we simply be accredited or reffered by a friend?
Email address is the most efficient way to be sure that this person is working (and STILL working) for the company he/she wants to vote for. Accreditation is too much of a loop hole for people to exploit. I wanted a fair representation of how it is to work for a company at a certain point in time.
- Why should I trust this website?
Well, you clearly don't have to, but here are a few things that you may want to consider to make up your mind:
- I don't work in the video game industry anymore, so I don't care if one company is being smashed or praised by its employees, I'm only interested in a fair view of the how it is to work for that company.
- No one is sponsoring me to do it (sadly! :)).
In other words, I don't have any interest in altering the results.
- What about privacy?
- What is so unique about this site? It's just another "rate your company" website isn't it?
Yes of course to some extend.
I would say there are two important things that are different:
- The website allow for anonymous votes, yet it uses work email as accreditation.
- Votes are linked to time, so the longuer this website collects data, the more relevant/interesting it becomes. Votes won't get dilluted
- Ok,now I authentificate with my email, can I use my hotmail/gmail/... account instead?
Simply put: no. I still need to verify you still work at that place the next year you can vote. What you can do if you don't want to vote at work (and I understand that), is to forward the invite to your other email account. And if you fear that IT people are spying on you, simply send invites to your co-workers too, write the link down on paper and vote from your home, no one will every know it was you that voted.
- I don't work in the video game industry, do you plan to expand it to other industries?
Not in 2009. If this proves to be a useful resource for the video game industry, then I see no reason to prevent other industry from having similar resource, but it will come with it's own subdomain, such as videogame.yourworkplace.biz, finance.yourworkplace.biz...
- Questions sux, are you going to change them?
Question were refined for the second semester 2008. Some people suggested some great one, please carry on suggesting other, that's how we can improve this website.
- Are you going to do anything against company spam filters?
Well, spam filter of company is the price you pay for using emails to authenticate people. My hope is that it will be solved later as the site carry on growing.
In case your company filters the invites, please contact me to try to find a solution together. You can also simply send me a request personally (from your working email address), and I will then forward you the invite. Do check your junk folder though, some ends up here.
- Are you going to provide this service in other languages?
Yes, but it's not my first priority
- How can I help?
You may obviously invite or send the link to your friends, link this website on other websites, talk of this website on forums...