So You Want to Work at a Game Company?

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Think you have what it takes to work for the company that publishes the Pathfinder Roleplaying Game? Roll for initiative as Paizo is hiring for several open positions! Now going into its 12th year, Paizo is growing again and we have openings in several departments. We're looking to find the best and brightest to join a superstar staff.

Four positions are currently open and accepting resumes and you can view each job listing on our Job Opportunities page. All positions are full time and include perks like health, dental and vision insurance, access to a 401K plan with employer matching, employee discount on paizo.com and of course everyone's favorite; copies of all products produced by Paizo Publishing. None of these positions are remote, you'll need to be able to come into the Paizo office located in Redmond, Washington during regular business hours, Monday through Friday. If you aren't familiar with the area, Redmond is a bustling town neighboring two of Washington's largest cities, Seattle and Bellevue.

Software Developer: The tech team is the backbone of Paizo's daily operations and the software developer position helps maintain and create Paizo's codebase supporting not only paizo.com but also our custom internal software. This position is salaried.

Digital Products Assistant: The Digital Products Assistants are the magically grafted on octopus arms of the tech team.* Focused on the production, delivery and support for Paizo's digital products, this position also assists with a wide variety of ongoing projects and events appearing on paizo.com. This position is salaried.
*A wizard did it

Customer Service Representative: Responsible for directly interfacing with customers and fans of Paizo, this position requires the desire to help people on a daily basis and the ability to quickly adapt to new tools and responsibilities. If the tech team is the backbone of operations, customer service is the studded leather armor (custom made to accommodate the octopus arms). This position is hourly.

Graphic Designer: Tasked with making our products look their best, the Graphic Designer works on a variety of projects including books and other gaming accessories. Fast-paced with new and exciting projects to work on constantly, this position requires attention to detail and a love for challenges. This position is salaried.

If you're interested in one of these positions make sure to get your resume submitted right away! Check each listing for further requirements and details on where to send your resume.

Will you have what it takes to be the next Paizo Employee?

Sara Marie
Customer Service Manager

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Crud... About two years too early for me. Still living in Florida, or I'd be applying in a heartbeat. Ah, well. Perhaps one day...

Sczarni RPG Superstar Season 9 Top 16, RPG Superstar 2015 Top 32

Already sent in when the position was first posted. I am keeping my fingers crossed.


If i could move from Australia to USA without all that pesky visa requirements, i would apply. already working in a similar role here hehe.


Why is the Graphic Designer position for Seattle residents only? What if an applicant was willing to relocate?

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squiddles wrote:
Why is the Graphic Designer position for Seattle residents only? What if an applicant was willing to relocate?

How fast can you relocate?


Pathfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game Subscriber

Just out of curiosity, are all of your graphic designers in-house?

Paizo Employee Customer Service Dire Care Bear Manager

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Graphic Designers are all in house; artists and cartographers are freelance.

Sovereign Court RPG Superstar 2010 Top 16, 2011 Top 32

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Also free range. They roam the great plains, the mountains, the valleys, in search of new inks and new ideas.

Dark Archive

Adventure Path Charter Subscriber

I keep applying because eventually they'll run out of more qualified applicants....

Grand Lodge

I tossed my resume at the email for the software dev position a while ago. Not sure if it was received, since I never received any response. Maybe I'll resend just to make sure.

Liberty's Edge

That graphic designer position certainly caused me to stop in my tracks ...

Paizo Employee PostMonster General

The digital products assistant and software developers resumes are currently arranged in a nice neat pile in my inbox. I expect to start being able to go through them sometime next week.

Grand Lodge

Gary Teter wrote:
The digital products assistant and software developers resumes are currently arranged in a nice neat pile in my inbox. I expect to start being able to go through them sometime next week.

Cool. Thanks for letting me/us know. :)


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Anything open in Finance department? :-)


Ahhh, sadly no opening for in-house counsel. I shall wait patiently...

Contributor

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I'm looking forward to when the Court Jester position opens up.

Paizo Employee Sales Imp

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donato wrote:
I'm looking forward to when the Court Jester position opens up.

...MINE.

Master of Coin

Leozz wrote:
Anything open in Finance department? :-)

Nope. I had one back in July, but it's long gone.

Grand Lodge

Liz Courts wrote:
squiddles wrote:
Why is the Graphic Designer position for Seattle residents only? What if an applicant was willing to relocate?
How fast can you relocate?

Is there any help with relocation assistance?

Even as little as, "here is a listing of apts" to "hey we got your first month apt rent"?

Dark Archive

Are all customer service positions in-house?
Thanks for your time.

Paizo Employee Customer Service Dire Care Bear Manager

Dieben wrote:

Are all customer service positions in-house?

Thanks for your time.

Yes. From the blog post: None of these positions are remote, you'll need to be able to come into the Paizo office located in Redmond, Washington during regular business hours, Monday through Friday.

Liberty's Edge

Graphic Design peaked my interest, but I am not confident enough yet. But it made me happy as I am getting a degree in that, so I'm happy my degree might help me get a career in an industry that I love!


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I would SO apply for the software developer position if I was in any way able to move from the East Coast...

Contributor

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Happy to see Paizo doing so well!


Christina Stiles wrote:
Happy to see Paizo doing so well!

My thoughts as well, Christina :) Even though I can't personally apply for any of these jobs (at least not yet), it's nice to see that they are growing as a company still.

Keep up the awesome work, Paizo!


Gar. Time to move up to Washington.


Pathfinder Adventure, Rulebook Subscriber
Cthulhudrew wrote:
Gar. Time to move up to Washington.

Good grief NO! I live in NY and want to get away from the snow / ice / cold, so my wife and I are moving to FL in a couple of years.

Thank goodness I am retired, and she is retiring in June 2014.

-- david

Paizo Employee Developer

Washington may be a northern state, but its coastal climate means we don't get very extreme weather in either summer or winter. West of the mountains, we get very little snow (an inch or two a year) and temperatures rarely go above the mid 80s in the summer. East of the mountains is another story, but Paizo's not over there, so that's hardly relevant.

Project Manager

It is pretty hilarious when it snows here, though.


Pathfinder Adventure, Rulebook Subscriber

Yea, I remember some threads in past years about "snowpocalypse" and raptors and things that go bump in the night....

hehehe

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Companion, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

Why must you taunt me Paizo!?!? First with job applications on the other side of the country, and now with snow!

;_;

Contributor

Btw, who was hired as the card game editor?

Liberty's Edge

I'm still waiting for you guys to post the corporate pilot position.


Okay, probably a dumb question, but if I don't ask I won't know. How would I contact someone about an idea I have for a book. keeping in mind of coarse that I already know that people jump through hoops to get a writing contract for this company, I still have an idea for a set of source books that would make a whole plethora of people very happy. I just wonder who I would talk to about it?


Pathfinder Maps, Pathfinder Accessories, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Maps, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber

I'm glad to see these positions being added - the growing pains from the success you've had over the last few years has been starting to show for a while, I think.

I seem to remember Vic saying that Paizo wasnt planning on ever growing passed a certain number of employees and further that the threshold was very close to being met.

If it's still a topic for public discussion, has anything changed? Is there still a notional, if loosely defined, "maximum desired size" for the company?

Paizo Employee Developer

Lithovore wrote:
Okay, probably a dumb question, but if I don't ask I won't know. How would I contact someone about an idea I have for a book. keeping in mind of coarse that I already know that people jump through hoops to get a writing contract for this company, I still have an idea for a set of source books that would make a whole plethora of people very happy. I just wonder who I would talk to about it?

We don't accept unsolicited submissions, and we have our schedule planned well in advance. However, we've been known to listen to thousands of suggestions from folks in our messageboard community, resulting in a fair amount of those wishes being met.


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Adam Daigle wrote:
Lithovore wrote:
Okay, probably a dumb question, but if I don't ask I won't know. How would I contact someone about an idea I have for a book. keeping in mind of coarse that I already know that people jump through hoops to get a writing contract for this company, I still have an idea for a set of source books that would make a whole plethora of people very happy. I just wonder who I would talk to about it?
We don't accept unsolicited submissions, and we have our schedule planned well in advance. However, we've been known to listen to thousands of suggestions from folks in our messageboard community, resulting in a fair amount of those wishes being met.

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Paizo Employee Developer

See?


Good luck to those that apply :)

Paizo Employee Developer

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I...I feel this urge to create a Pathfinder Society faction run by a flumph. And create new archetypes that allow characters to be more flumph-like. And pitch a 64-page module in which flumphs play a central role. And write part of a future Player Companion entitled People of the Flumph.

Adam, what's going on? Are you channeling the fans' will again?

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Companion, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber
John Compton wrote:

I...I feel this urge to create a Pathfinder Society faction run by a flumph. And create new archetypes that allow characters to be more flumph-like. And pitch a 64-page module in which flumphs play a central role. And write part of a future Player Companion entitled People of the Flumph.

Adam, what's going on? Are you channeling the fans' will again?

Blood of the Stars sounds a bit better to me, and has more mass appeal.

Paizo Employee Developer

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John Compton wrote:
Adam, what's going on? Are you channeling the fans' will again?

It's not me. It just... happens.

Scarab Sages

Blast and here I got ranks in Biology, Violin Performance and Trauma Nursing. Guess I can't be in your party :P

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Companion, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber
Adam Daigle wrote:
John Compton wrote:
Adam, what's going on? Are you channeling the fans' will again?
It's not me. It just... happens.

It happens more often when people want more Flumphs. Rysky being one of those peoples.


Perhaps one day I shall be here as part of the team. My old love of pen and paper games has come roaring back as of late. But first...find a group...

Project Manager

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STOP IT, DAIGLE.

I see what you did to John, there.


Paizo Charter Superscriber; Pathfinder Companion, Pathfinder Accessories Subscriber; Starfinder Charter Superscriber

If only Seattle wasn't half a lightyear away. :)

Paizo Employee CEO

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Christina Stiles wrote:
Btw, who was hired as the card game editor?

We won't announce who it is until we have a signed Offer Letter in hand. Hopefully very soon!

-Lisa

Silver Crusade

Pathfinder Companion, Starfinder Adventure Path, Starfinder Roleplaying Game, Starfinder Society Subscriber; Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Superscriber
Jessica Price wrote:

STOP IT, DAIGLE.

I see what you did to John, there.

Come to the Flumph side Price. It's very fun and cuddly here :3

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