Employment opportunities in Denmark at major companies and indie developers.
The Train2Game team is always on the lookout for employment openings for students and possible job opportunities in the future. We’ve recently been in touch with Copenhagen Capacity, an employment drive for jobs in Denmark and heard about the incredible opportunities available to IT and gaming professionals.
We spoke with Anders Peter Kierbye Johansen about job opportunities in Denmark and his role as HR Director for Unity. We also managed to get our hands on a video that shows Australian Wayne Johnson talking about his experiences working as an Indie Developer in Denmark.
”My name is Anders Peter Kierbye Johansen, I am 40 years old and an HR Director for Unity. I am currently responsible for HR in Europe. In my role I organize the HR team in Europe which consists of six employees and six recruiters. I studied Psychology, worked as a Psychologist, then went into Recruitment, Business support and then heading up HR for Unity.”
“I ensure we solve the key challenges which Unity needs to get right, concerning:”
“Recruitment: We need to hire 200+ people before end of the year. So recruitment of highly technical talent is a difficult challenge and we aim to hire some of the best we can.”
“Onboarding: Ensuring all new employees are introduced to the company and the way we work; methods, best practice and a clear definition of their job, so they can become productive asap.”
“Data Quality: When we grow as rapidly as we do (50% growth per year in employees) it is critical that the basic data is in place. Otherwise the organisation will become messy and this will affect everyone in the company. So we need to get it right the first time around.”
“Talent Management: Making sure we know the talents of our employees and that we provide the right challenges for them, while ensuring there is never a chance they will consider leaving us!”
“Performance Management: Making sure our employees receive the feedback and support they need to become successful in their jobs. This requires clear goals and constant feedback so any employee at any time will know exactly if the work he or she delivers is what it should be.”
“Organisational development: Ensuring flexible structures which are continuously adapted to fit the current state of the organisation. Reviewing how to best organise teams and work so the company is able to grow while being able to deliver results.”
“It is rare you get an opportunity to be part of a company with a mission that makes complete sense. Unity Technologies wants to democratise games development. This purpose is still as valid today as when it was decided almost ten years ago. Unity is actually fulfilling its mission and is making a difference for people all over the world, both people who are building games but also people that are playing games, for example; playing Hearthstone on various platforms against each other.”
“It is exciting to be in a company which is going through a hyper growth phase. This is very challenging as we are hiring highly talented employees that need to be hired and relocated from all over the world, at the same time managing a complex organization which needs to absorb these new people while at the same time remaining productive.”
“We recruit for all areas. Software Engineers are always welcome and people who have tried building games, we will always be interested in. We are at any time ready to do some opportunistic hires. Meaning when we meet great people we are ready to hire them even though the right job may not be immediately available. However we are able to offer so many hard problems to solve that we can absorb every talented engineer we encounter.”
“I have been in the Games industry for two years now. It is an exciting industry, filled with small independent entrepreneurs and start-ups. It is exciting to work with people who truly have a passion for what they do. Of course people are people and what Software Developers need to be empowered is only slightly different from how you need to support other types of professions.”
“In general Denmark is an easy place to live. You basically only have to pay your rent and other than that everything else is paid for. It is a safe and truly pleasant place to live. In Copenhagen there are many quiet and meditative places to relax and hang out and the quality of life is high. Almost all developers which we have working here enjoy their life here and the attrition is close to zero so we must be doing something right, both in Unity but also in Copenhagen. Also, industry statistics say that Games Development is growing here.”
“At Unity we look for people with an inherent passion. People who prefer to spend their evenings hacking away on their pet projects. We most often see these people as successful at Unity. So when they apply they can often attach a nice portfolio which is a testament to their skills and achievements and also show us what they could do for us in regards to some of the hard problems we are trying to solve.”
Interview with games developer Wayne Johnson, living and working in Denmark
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