|Working at Tencent QQ in China|
This is not an official job vacancy site from Tencent , but just one guy's attempt of providing some information about working at Tencent and what kind of people Tencent would be looking for. The official Tencent job site can be found here (in Chinese). Tencent is a young and fun company. Traditionally Tencent has focused mainly on the Chinese market, which makes sense considering how big the Chinese market is. Over the last couple of years though, Tencent has addressed the foreign users more. Examples of this are QQ Games in the USA in cooperation with AOL. Or for example QQ International . Tencent even has a games studio in Boston, USA nowadays.
Tencent is one of the best employers of China and many highly qualified students every year have to go through many rounds of interviews before they are accepted into Tencent. China has many IT students and Tencent selects the best. If you want to work for Tencent, you will need at least a BSc. in Computer Science or a related major. Many of my colleagues are also MSc and I think for foreigners to join Tencent, they need at least a MSc, to stand a little bit out of the crowd.
Another very important thing to consider, is that Tencent really is a Chinese company. That means that everyone speaks Chinese and only a few people will speak fluent English. You will probably not see other foreigners - even though there are now more than when I started. I have discussed the language-barrier with HR as well, and their position is that they want people to speak Chinese. I was just very lucky to get in without Chinese, but nowadays I don't think this is possible anymore.
Unless... you really have exceptional qualifications. We know about school-dropouts who turn out to be code-wizzards or people who started their own games-company etc. Tencent does not purely look at the academic record, but you do need something exceptional to compensate :)
So after all of this, if I didn't discourage you enough ;), here are some links :
http://hr.tencent.com/ - the official HR website with job listings in English for Senior Positions at Tencent (added Oct 2010)
http://game.qq.com/hr/chance.htm - a seperate recruitment page from the Game department
If you feel that your qualifications match the description above (MSc, speaks Chinese, several years experience), then feel free to contact me !
|Last Updated ( Saturday, 16 October 2010 )|