Snowed In Studios Overview

  • www.snowedin.ca
  • Ottawa, Canada
  • 51 to 200 Employees
  • 2011
  • Company - Public
  • Video Games
  • Unknown / Non-Applicable

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Since being founded in 2009 by a group of video game industry veterans right here in Ottawa, Snowed In Studios has grown to a full video game and interactive media development studio with over two centuries of combined game development experience. We work on projects across a ...

Snowed In Studios Reviews

4.9
91%
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100%
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Jean-Sylvain Sormany
Jean-Sylvain Sormany
9 Ratings
5.0
Current Employee, more than 8 years

"An amazing place to work"

Jun 8, 2021 - Senior Software Developer in Ottawa, ON
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Positive Outlook
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Pros

Snowed In Studios has an amazing company culture and view toward work life balance. Each employee is given a voice and their opinion matters. Management treats all employees with respect and

Cons

There are no cons to working at Snowed In Studios in my opinion.
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Diversity & Inclusion at Snowed In Studios

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Snowed In Studios Interviews

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  1. Generalist Programmer Interview

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Snowed In Studios (Ottawa, ON) in May 2020

    Interview

    First contact after applying was an email with a few questions about why I applied and asking about my comfort level with the salary range based on experience. I stated it was lower than expected, so I guessed that would be it. But they arranged a coding exercise online instead.

    This second exercise was with codingame.com. It was two hours long and had C# and C++ questions. Most questions were basic you could look up in a web search. But the last ones made sense. There was one where I solved using a recursive algorithm, which is a good sign of a good coding exercise. Another about having a basic set of classes and methods, and it asked you to refactor and to state why. These two were the most useful. There was one that was kind of fun but very tedious and mostly useless. I finished the first draft which behaved correctly for the tests they proposed, but it was missing edge cases and the code was ugly. Once again, after this test I was expecting to be the end of it. But they scheduled a virtual interview.

    At this point I didn’t know what to think. The contact by email had been very cordial but weird. I got no feedback on my answers about the first email or the coding evaluation, and there was no name to know who I was talking to. No introductions or even an email signature. But I thought the best for the next interview and was sorely disappointed.

    The interview started with one guy, the C# guy. He made a few questions about my resume, drilled into my use of jira/fisheye and overall coding process. I thought it made no sense because if I currently use it differently than them, it doesn’t mean I can’t just start using it how they do. After that he started drilling me with very specific C# questions about syntaxes, memory management, stack vs heap, coding patterns, etc. Which is ok because this is what they do, but I felt was a waste of time because it is only testing if I have those concepts top of mind, not whether I understand them or whether I can apply them. Then in the middle of it, the C++ guy connected late, and was just there until the C# guy finished after about 50 minutes. Then he proceeded to ask even more obscure questions, asking about a specific syntax in C++, as if I couldn’t do a web search to figure it out. Then a third guy connected ultra late, I don’t know what for yet. By this time, I was sick of the useless questions, so I starting answering in shorter “No, I don’t know what that syntax does” style. Then the C++ guy asked out of the blue to teach him about something, to which I explained a somewhat intermediate concept about how SQL behaves, and out of that the third guy asked about the boyce codd normal form, to which I reacted with “WTF!” in my mind, and probably my face betrayed my thoughts.

    During all this process, for every single question, whether I answered it or not, “correctly” or not, they would always proceed to give me their explanation of the concepts, as if they were my professors preparing me for an exam. It felt condescending, but I thought maybe I was over reacting to not liking the interview, but what happened last proved I was right. The C# guy said goodbye because he had other things to do, and the C++ guy asked for a water break. By this time, I was reaching my patience limit and started thinking how to stop the interview without being too overly rude, but when the C++ guy came back he said we wouldn’t be proceeding, which I was relieved to hear as I was expecting another hour of C++ obscure and useless questions, but then they started recommending literature and resources to learn from in classic condescendingly arrogant style. They said they would post it in the chat after the call, I said bye and thanks for your time and was happy it was over. But they didn’t stop there, oh no! They couldn’t live without making sure their condescending and unrequested advice had reached me, and they ask the nameless person communicating with me through email to send me their resources.

    It felt like a waste of time because this last interview is searching for people who know what they themselves already know. They are not searching for someone smart, or for someone who gets things done, or for someone with different but related skillsets that could be applied in innovative ways to their team. From my resume, it was obvious I am not someone who knows exactly what they know, so why even bother contacting me in the first place? In general, I give it good score because it is a good sign that they make candidates code during the interview process, and a few coding exercises were not overly simple. Also because they put their programmers to interview, but please teach them how to interview. There are lots of good material in the web about this, there is lots of formal research about it too. In a one hour interview you can’t assess more than one or two things, much less two languages in low level detail of how they behave backstage.
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Company Updates

June 9, 2021
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June 8, 2021
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