Essential Linkage: There's no such thing as a dream job.
Every now and then we come across an article which is so good it's worth sharing. Over at Kotaku, Mark Serrells has just penned an eye-opening piece on the working conditions at Australia's biggest games retail chain, EB Games.
It appears, according to the piece, that EB employs young and eager casual staff in many unpaid conditions - overtime, midnight launch events, and extra hours. On top of that, many EB employees are alleging some rather brutal work practices, and a decided lack of management oversight of the situation.
... if you were ranked last in the store you could expect a call from Mark DiStefano.
Mark DiStefano was Randall’s District Manager, one step above his store manager. According to Randall he had a reputation for calling up whoever came last, delivering a constant barrage of abuse. Randall was never in last position, but that didn’t stop him from receiving similar calls.
“Mark would verbally abuse us,” says Randall. “Using phrases like, ‘You’re a fucking idiot’, ‘Fucking bastard’, ‘One more fuckup and you’re fucking gone’.”
EB Games is a constant in the Australian retail space, it's red-draped stores a beacon for many gamers. It's yearly EB Games Expo is a high-point for both the trade, and for the gaming public.
But it appears the brand's ubiquity comes at a cost for many young workers. Do read the story, and keep it in mind next time you're looking to buy a new game.