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I am interested in working for Games-workshop as a "red shirt," I was wondering if there was anyone that could give me some advice or maybe share some personal experience. I'd like to get a good feel for the feel for what the job entails before I go into an interview. I would appreciate it if anyone does respond to this post that it is constructive. I think the community in general has a wide selection of experiences (and complaints) and I would just prefer to leave the general complaints to another post.
Thanks for your help, Marques
Last edited by PatternMaker; November 3rd, 2008 at 03:27. Reason: very confused
have you checked their website?
I can only comment on my experience as a customer. The local red shirts have always been nice, easy-going guys. It's a store in a very busy mall, and they do a good job keeping order in an environment where a lot of curious gawkers want to come and touch your toys. But yeah, they're nice guys. I'd be prepared to talk about my gaming experience and knowledge, along with any retail experience you have. Show them that you have some experience with painting.
I personally have never worked for them, but 3 of my friends have / are. I used to hang out at a store for about 2 years and i found that all of the redshirts were hired out of the local regulars. I'd guess this would probably be because they knew the store and staff fairly well and the managers had seen them naturally rather than in the stiffness of an interview.
My advice would be start going to veterans nights at your local store, and get to know the place if you haven't already. it also helps to know a bit about the hobby and to have worked in retail before.
Good thing you are not planning on working for the Canadian part of the company. I've been around my local GW long enough to hear alot of stuff.. including things happening in and out of the store involving the company. Suffice to say.. the "GW-politic" is bad enough that makes me not want to get involved. They can hire you today with just a snap of finger, and fire you tomorrow with a word. Ever since the merge of the GW North America, alot of employees in Canada pretty much got canned.. I am not too sure about what's happening down in the states but I've hear they are not doing too well...
Anima Tactics - try it out!
I am aware that you have to be well versed in the rules for the 3 main games systems; Warhammer Fantasy, 40K and Lord of the Rings. This is so you can give introduction games to all the younger kids.
A good grounding in the game systems is essential. As is loads of patience as far as I can tell - to deal with multiple noisy young 'uns. I know someone who works for the company, I'll point him in the direction of this thread so he can share his vast wisdom.
I have worked for GW in the past, it was a great experience I thought, I was a regular at my shop, and they were in a bind for a part timer so they called me up and i accepted. Anyways, there is more to working at GW than just putting on a nice smile and talking to people.
When working there you pretty much have to introduce yourself to everyone who walks into the store, talk to them, tell them what the stuff is about, try and get them to play a demo game, have painting classes with them, invite them back for whatever event may be suitable for them, for most new people it's either a painting class, or a mega battle or a demo if they didn't play one. You also have to sell a certain amount of certain items per month, like starter sets and paint sets, and if you don't meet your targets you could get fired for it, so it's not all just about talking to your buddies and playing games.
From what I hear GW Canada is going to be getting rid of all there part timers, possibly early in the new year, and will only be offering full time position, so if your going for a part time job you better apply quick and hope you get it, but just know you will probably be looking for a new job soon, if your going for a full time position you should be fine if you can get in and meet all your targets.
I wish you luck on your journey, even though a lot of people complain about the politics I loved the time that i spent there helping people out and getting new people in the hobby. Sometimes I still get costumers coming up to me asking for advice and how to paint stuff and what's good in a list and whats not. Well that's all I have to say on the topic, good luck man.
I had a friend who worked for GW, in holland the rules where:
- A neat appearance
- Extensive knowledge of ATLEAST 2 of the 3 main game types
- Owning atleast 2 armies in either 40k, WHFB or LotR
Got a "good" rumour from a GW staffer? Forget about it, LO'ers know more than any random GW shop staffer.
Voor alle nederlanders:
The Dutch Legion
Thanks everyone, your advice seems pretty sound.