an interesting article appeared on the tut.by Belarusian portal about the benefits the Wargaming employees are getting. You wanted to know why retraining a crewmember role costs 500 gold and not 200 gold or even silver? Let’s find out.
This is Igor Khrol and he works as a
gruppenführer group leader of some web thingie derpartment in Wargaming. He states that the company always had a good employee benefit program – it even has its own labour benefit department of three people, taking care of just that. He considers the best part of his job the trips abroad (for example to India and Cyprus, all expenses paid) – to game development conferences, usually 2-3 times a year (“within reasonable limits”).
Igor also likes the dining room, that’s located directly in the Minsk office. The company pays for half of the lunch and you don’t need a purse, everything works based on your employee’s card. There’s fresh fruit and pastry every day and tea and coffee throughout the day. There are two separate gyms (for men and women) in the office and a fitness room with a coach and of course, showers. There is also a large relaxation room with various gaming consoles, a large TV and a massage chair.
The company also buys any books the employees want for their job in paper – after not needing it anymore, the employee returns it to the company library. There are also language courses, teambuilding outings where the employees go together on a trip or for a “vacation”. As a part of the New Year celebrations, the “Leningrad” group (SS: funny, isn’t called St.Petersburg these days?) came to Minsk and there was a huge party with various rooms and activities. Some footage of the old 2013 event can be seen here on internal WG channel:
There was also a summer “teambuilding” or something and Igor liked it a lot. Plus, sometimes, smaller teams of 10-20 people go on trips as well, these are also fully paid by the company. The only thing Igor doesn’t like very much is the distance of the office from the city center, but this is mitigated by the fact that the company organizes public transport (vans/busses) for its employees, which drive from a metro station every 5-10 minutes. People with their own vehicles have a free parking spot in a closed garage.
The member of the “benefit team” (Anna Dupont) states that WG is analyzing the needs and wants of their employees and acting accordingly, for example previously, they rented a large swimming pool for its employees, but then they stopped doing it, realizing that the employees prefer to do sports in various times. Other such changes include different food on employee request.
Not bad for a Belarusian company! Some of the benefits are pretty standard in western companies of course, but then, WG IS trying to match them. Let’s all buy those unlimited MM vehicles, Igor needs his trips… :)