Salary Seemed Like A Good Idea At The TimeAnonymous
I started as a game tester about 8 years ago and worked my way up through the ranks until becoming management, making about $50K a year, salaried, so no matter what, I got the same amount of money every other week. $50k was a pretty penny - especially during early Milestones when hours were significantly less than the ‘required’ 40 a week that NONE of us filled.
However, my last project in the industry, the games I worked on were particularly in the weeds, and we pulled multiple 80-100 hour weeks just to get it out the door, only to have to turn around and do more ridiculous hours when we bounced from both our internal certification, as well as first party certification - MULTIPLE times.
One of my employees, who knew the salary scale for our department, revealed the truth about salaried positions at about 5 AM on a cigarette break. “You know, I think at this point, with my OT, I actually make more per hour than you do.”