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We seek passionate, creative, and open-minded professionals; people who leave a positive impact on not only the project, but also their fellow coworkers. If you want to join a company where you are proud to do your best work, learn how to become part of our team.

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The Mission

“To create experiences we are proud of with people we like in order to make the world a better place.”

Benefits

People First

Above all else at Schell Games, we value and prioritize our people. Our team consists of people from all over the world, with different backgrounds, education levels, and passions, but who share a common goal in the quest to make amazing experiences. Each person makes up a part of the vibrant culture at Schell Games, and we’re always looking for curious, kind individuals who want to grow with the company.

Our benefits and total compensation philosophy is to remove obstacles so you can be your best creative self. We’ve highlighted a few of our industry-leading benefits and unique offerings below:

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Physical Health

We value your health and have made it a priority to provide you and your family with medical, dental, and vision coverage that is affordable, accessible, and effective, starting on your first day. Your yearly allotment of sick time is usable right from the start, so if you get sick early, we’ve got you covered.

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Emotional Health

Your well-being extends beyond the physical. Not only do we provide generous vacation time, but we have multiple Employee Assistance Programs, a supportive management structure, and an anonymous feedback system that goes right to the top and is addressed on a regular basis.

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Financial Security

Besides having a sustainably-sized workforce that has never had a layoff, we have a 401(k) program with low fee funds, a company match, and education opportunities to help you reach your retirement goals. We even have a program to help you save on your student loans.

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Professional Development

We value providing clear feedback to help you identify the skills and qualities needed to grow and be successful in your career. In addition to facilitating knowledge sharing at scale across all teams, we provide funds and additional leave so you can attend classes or conferences to aid your professional growth.

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Social Connectedness

We are committed to the city of Pittsburgh. We are constantly looking for ways to give back to our community and provide you with opportunities for further engagement. You’ll even have the chance to be a part of our employee-led philanthropy group that directs some of the studio’s charitable giving.

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What Makes Us Unique

We provide the opportunity for a real work-life balance. Seriously, if you’re crunching, we’re doing something wrong. We also provide Parental Leave for new parents and Paid Family Care Leave. Jam Week might be the highlight of the year, where we pause all projects and have a Game Jam with copious amounts of food and snacks.

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Employee Stories

Our People

Our diverse team of world-class artists, engineers, producers, and game designers works collaboratively to create transformative experiences across a wide variety of platforms. We need people who are flexible and looking to develop new skills, as well as indi­vid­uals who are highly special­ized in a subdis­ci­pline. We also prioritize soft skills such as collaboration and constructive communication as much as technical ability. Check out a few of our amazing team members:

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Location

Welcome To Pittsburgh

Whether you’re big on culture, arts, and inner-city living, or having land in the suburbs and a reasonable commute, we think Pittsburgh has something for everyone. The city itself is made up of over 90 unique neighborhoods, all within a 10-mile radius of the office, and each with its own personality. Pittsburgh has many active lifestyle and recreational communities that are both accessible and welcoming to help you transition to a new area. We’re proud to be a part of the thriving tech industry while enjoying the region’s low cost of living. Over half of our team members own homes, both in the city and surrounding areas.

Pittsburgh Median Home Value

$162,279

Compare With

Austin - $390,347

Boston - $633,178

Chicago - $628,914

Los Angeles - $717,583

New York - $652,728

San Francisco - $1,387,278

Seattle - $741,843

Washington DC - $628,914

Home Value Index Data from Last Updated 2/7/2020
Interns & Fellows

Interns & Fellows

Our internships are both competitive and impactful - you’re treated as a full team member doing real tasks. The programs run during the spring, summer, and fall, and we work with various institutions to provide cooperative work education experiences. You must be currently enrolled as a student to qualify for an internship. If no current internship is listed, please apply via “Future Internship General Submission” for consideration in the next applicable round.

If you are not currently a student, but are looking to break into the games industry, you may qualify for a post-graduate fellowship. Fellowships are six-to-nine month experiences that function much like an internship but are not limited to academic calendar years and have better perks. Please apply via “General Submission” and indicate your interest in being considered for our fellowship program.

Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ's

What's the best (and only) way to apply?

The careers section of our website (www.schellgames.com/careers) has all of our available openings listed, and there is an “Apply for this Job” button on each post. We are notified by email each time someone submits an application. This is the only way to ensure that your application will be reviewed. Note, if you know an employee at the studio and want them to put in a good (or great) word for you, please apply via the website, list their name in the “Referred By” section, and have them send HR an email telling us the many ways in which you are awesome.

What if there aren’t any openings for my skill set listed?

Don’t freak out - we are always looking for talented people! Our General Submission posts (both full-time and internship) are there all the time so we can receive applications from all possible candidates. If we have a specific need, we typically advertise that opening in a separate post and then go through our existing candidate pool from the general submission posts and convert those applications to active consideration.

Will I always hear back something from my application?

Now that you have applied, we can assure you that your application was not swallowed by a black hole. All candidates will get an acknowledgment that we have received your application. Additionally, we will let all candidates know of the status of their application to specific job postings periodically throughout the hiring process.

If you send your application through our General Submission post, we will review the application periodically as specific job postings arise. If we find your application matches a newly posted position, we will notify you accordingly. To stay on top of all job postings from Schell Games, we recommend setting a Google Alert for new postings or checking back frequently to see if your specific skill set has its own post!

How do I make my application stronger?

We always recommend having a portfolio of some sort, whether it’s your own personal website, or a dropbox folder of stuff you’ve worked on. Having some prototypes, code samples, or artwork readily available helps demonstrate your passion and commitment!

Should I only include finished products in my portfolio?

No way! How you got to the finished product is just as important (if not more so) than the finished work itself. It’s also helpful to call out on a portfolio item what exactly you contributed if it was a team effort. Check out game designer Marlena Abraham's post: "Creating a Killer Game Design Portfolio: What To Include and Why".

What else should I highlight in my application?

Schell Games is a highly collaborative environment, so if you have examples of working in cross-discipline teams, we would love to have you share! A great way to do this is by writing a development blog where you discuss difficult challenges you’ve faced and how you’ve solved tricky problems as a team.

Do I need a certain degree or educational background to apply?

Not necessarily! Making games is hard, but if you’re dedicated, it’s easy to find resources to help. Full, professional video game engines are available to you, right now, for free. Unity, Unreal, GameMaker, and a plethora of smaller tools can be found with a simple web search, and most won’t charge you to start developing. There are also tutorials to help you get started using them. YouTube tutorials, quick start guides, and blog posts about individual problems are all at your fingertips. Nobody has ever gotten a job in the video game industry based on the strength of their ideas alone. Making video games is fun, but it’s also a lot of work, and you need to show you are willing and able to take that work on.

Having nothing to show for yourself except a dream and a degree is much, much worse than having a portfolio full of small, simple mods/art/games that you’ve seen through to completion.*

*See our SG Labs Blog by developer Max Golden: “Five Things to Know About Getting Into the Video Games Industry”

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Schell Games Bikes

The studio provides three (3) fun bicycles that are available during the workday to run a quick errand or just get some exercise.

EPO and PPO Health Plan

The studio offers two (2) health insurance plans through UPMC. They both have the same coverage details and copayments for in-network services, but only the PPO offers out -of-network coverage.

Sick Leave (10 Days)

Each employee is provided ten (10) sick days. Our sick day policy is established to assist you when you or your family are unable to work due to illness, injury, or a medical condition.

Dental Plan

A UPMC Dental Advantage PPO Plan. It has no deductible, it covers two (2) exams a year, and help with the costs of other services.

Vision Plan

A UPMC Vision Care plan with a $15 copay for a visit and coverage for glasses or contacts in a 12 month period.

Short Term Disability

The studio provides Short-Term Disability insurance that provides for up for to 6 weeks of 100% paid leave and 6 weeks of 50% paid leave. A seven (7) day elimination period applies.

Long Term Disability

The studio sponsors 100% cost of Long-term Disability Insurance. LTD insurance pays 60% of your salary up to $10,000 monthly maximum, minus taxes, should you become disabled for a period of longer than 90 days.

Vacation Leave (18 Days)

Each employee is provided eighteen (18) days of vacation, prorated by month during the first year of employment.

Parental Leave

The studio provides New Parent Leave - five (5) days additional paid time off; and Primary Care Parental Leave - 100% salary continuance for the first six-week period of the leave, and 50% salary continuance for an additional six-week period of the Primary Care Parental Leave.

Company Holidays

The studio recognizes seven (7) paid holidays each year, typically: New Year’s Day; Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Memorial Day; Independence Day; Labor Day; Thanksgiving Day and the day after Thanksgiving. Additionally the studio is closed for a Winter Break from December 24th to December 31st.

Bereavement Leave

The studio provides up to three (3) paid days for the passing of an immediate family member and one (1) paid day for non-immediate family member.

Family Care Leave

After missing five (5) days of work to care for a family member experiencing a critical decline in health requiring doctor’s care or a serious health condition requiring intensive care, an employee will be eligible for ten (10) days of Paid Family Care Leave.

Employee Assistance Program

The Employee Assistance Programs from Unum and UPMC provide an employee with wide range of resources and help in areas including Family, Health, Life, Money and Work. This can include mental health professionals or lawyers, and is anonymous as far as Schell Games is concerned.

Adoption Benefit

The studio provides a $2,000 cash stipend for any studio member to use towards the process of adopting a child.

401(k) Program

The studio offers a traditional and roth 401(k) retirement plan. The studio matches 35% (pre-tax) per 1% up to the first 10% employee deferral, with automatic enrollment at 5% pre-tax beginning the 1st of the month following start date.

PNC Workplace Banking

A free service from PNC. They provide onsite seminars and will even come to the studio to open up a bank account.

FSA Programs

Save taxes on qualifying expenses ranging from Health Care, Transportation, and Dependent Care expenses.

HRA Spending Account

Schell Games covers the last 85% of the deductible cost for employees and dependants enrolled in the health insurance offered by the studio.

Transit Benefit

The studio provides those who drive regularly with a free all-access parking pass, a value of $170 a month. Those who drive infrequently can get 10-use passes whenever they need. As an alternative, employees may opt to instead receive a Transit Authority Monthly Pass valued at $97.50 a month.

Citizens Bank Student Loan Program

This is a partnership with Citizens Bank. You can save money when refinancing your students loans.

GDC Vault

Individually watch past GDC talks, or watch them with other employees during our "Awesome Tuesdays" lunch-and-learn.

Professional Development Benefit

The studio allows all employees the opportunity to attend conferences, seminars, and classes that will aid in their professional development. Accordingly, the studio will, in addition to granting paid time off (Development Leave days), reimburse the employee for two-thirds (2/3) of the total cost off attendance, including registration, hotel, and transportation costs. This benefit is limited to $1,200 per employee per year.

Learning Library

We've compiled a large list of classes and resources that your coworkers have found helpful in the career development.

Jam Week

Once a year, the studio stops their normal projects and everyone works on passion projects or games they've pitched. We feed you alot. This can be a great time do something outside your discipline, or learn a new skill.

Professional Development Leave

The studio will grant paid time off for the attendance of approved professional development activities.

IGDA Membership

“IGDA is a U.S.-based 501(c)6 non-profit professional association that exists as a global network of collaborative projects and communities comprised of individuals from all fields of game development.”

VR/AR Association

VRARA has quickly become the premier organization for VR/AR professionals.

Mattress Factory Membership

Founded in 1977, the Mattress Factory is a contemporary art museum and experimental lab featuring site-specific installations created by artists in residence from around the world.

The Children's Museum Membership

Schell Games provides a family membership to the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh. It’s a great place for kids to learn and have fun.

Schell Games Giving Group

Join a rotating group of your coworkers to direct some of Schell Games' philanthropic giving. We partner with the Pittsburgh Foundation to help find create causes to support.