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The Stories Behind the Jobs at ROBLOX

Here at ROBLOX, we love our jobs. Starting as a team of two people in 2005, ROBLOX has since become a haven of web developers, engineers, infrastructure experts, and more, from all walks of life. Since the school season is just beginning, we thought we’d talk to some of those people and have them share their stories, tips and experiences with you. 

Dylan Bromley, ROBLOX VP of Client Engineering, taught himself how to program in the eighth grade, after a fascination with video games had taken a hold of him.

“I wrote a game for my ninth grade science fair project,” recalls Bromley. “That’s when I really started to get into science and math.”

Start NowAfter studying computer science in college, Bromley began a career that has since put him in work rooms of some very notable game studios, including Sega, Rockstar, EA, and now, ROBLOX. He worked on some well-known titles, including Midnight Club 3, Star Wars: Battlefront 2, and Bully just to name a few.

Bromley is a firm believer in the power of the internet. He taught himself how to program and write games by utilizing forums like gamedev.net and tutorials online.

“Start now,” says Bromley. “There are so many free tools out there. ROBLOX is a great place to start. There are online communities that will help you with whatever you need.”

Creative Director John Shedletsky had been writing games since he was eight years old, but never really thought of it as a career. In school, Shedletsky studied a wide range of varied topics, including literature, biology, and computer science. During his senior year, Shedletsky and a team of colleagues developed a game for a tablet PC, which came in handy later during his job hunt.

“If you want to be a game developer, don’t get a game development degree,” says Shedletsky. “Get a degree in a computer science. That leaves a lot of doors open.”

Shedletsky continues: “With a computer science degree, they’re not training you to be an infantry soldier. They’re training you to be an officer.”

In 2006, Shedletsky arrived at the ROBLOX offices after being recommended from a former professor. He was able to secure a job by showing off his game that he developed–a method he recommends for anyone looking to get into programming.

“It’s always good to be able to show games that you’ve built,” says Shedletsky. “It’s much easier to make a lasting impression if you have a cool game portfolio.”

Shedletsky mentions that breaking into the programming scene can be tricky, but adds that there are a range of steps you can take to prepare yourself. Making and showing off projects is important, but it’s also important to show that you’ve been tinkering on projects on the side. This shows that you’re constantly working to expand your horizons.

“You have to find ways to distinguish yourself,” says Shedletsky. “They’re interviewing hundreds of people. You’ve got to make an impression.”

22-year old Allen Liu is a recently hired employee who works as a web developer for ROBLOX. He, like many others, developed an interest in computer science and engineering while attending college at the University of California, Irvine, though he hadn’t yet decided what he wanted to do with a degree that leaves tons of options open after graduating.

“When I first started here, my biggest challenge was learning how to do work within our framework,” recalls Liu. “I had to learn to think quickly and stay on my toes. But that’s just it; computer science is always changing, and you’re always learning. You’ll never know everything.”

Learning to handle new and difficult challenges in the fields of computer science and engineering can be difficult, but not impossible. The key, according to Liu, is having a firm grasp on the fundamentals.“Once you understand the basic framework, you start learning pretty quickly,” says Liu.

Since he was hired, Liu has done extensive work on the Group Audit Log, which launched this morning, and the notification system we use to communicate directly with ROBLOX users.

Five years ago, Luke Weber was a ROBLOX power user, building games and places that were very popular among the community. When Weber turned 18, he decided to attend our first ever ROBLOX Convention and ended up having a long conversation with members of our marketing team.

Weeks after the conference, Weber was asked to do some promotional videos for ROBLOX, which he gladly accepted. Then he was asked to come in to do some work once a week. Then twice a week.
DreamsThe now-19-year-old works in our ROBLOX office, producing gear items and continuing to build places. His persistence and passion for ROBLOX turned into a full blown career, though Weber never loses site of the fact that his job allows him to do what he loves.

“This taught me to not only follow your dreams, but don’t treat your dreams like dreams either,” says Weber. “Treat them like they’re something that’s actually obtainable.”

Since he was hired on September of last year, Weber has been working on scripting and building gear items and promotional-deal-items. His proudest achievement, which is a special gear item, will be released this Friday.

ROBLOX, conceptually, is all about sharing creations that could only exist in our wildest dreams. These four employees, from differing ages, backgrounds, and educations, personify that ideal. We encourage you to dream big with ROBLOX, but never stifle your dreams in real life either. Don’t be afraid to chase your goals fervently, passionately, with vigor and resolve. It pays off.

About Alan "JacksSmirkingRevenge" Fackler

Communications Specialist at ROBLOX. JacksSmirkingRevenge on ROBLOX; @JacksColdSweatX on Twitter.

115 thoughts on “The Stories Behind the Jobs at ROBLOX

  1. Someone

    Programming is lots of hard work. There’s lots of code involved in making writing code easier for you. I recommend starting learning how to program now. Lua is a pretty good start. maybe then python, Java, and ultimately c++. Then you can learn to use .NET and cocoa and things like that :)

  2. GoldenImperial

    I am already starting, I am finding all the classes that teach computer engineering and so forth… ROBLOX- I want to thank you for inspiring me to go into the this field, I also want to thank you for helping me grasp my dreams instead of just dreaming about them. One day I want to work for you, or maybe another company if your no longer around, I want to thank you again ROBLOX, because you changed my future, and put it on a more successful track.

  3. CrazyKilla151

    i plan to work at roblox when i grow up, i may not be great with coding and stuff but i have ALOT of ideas that could improve roblox

  4. charlesparker12

    My dream is to work at roblox when im older.I love roblox and I love building,making,playing and much more.

  5. Spongbob8283

    Im ganna work at roblox and be a engineer in 6 more years. Roblox NEVER SHUT DOWN. I love you roblox!!!

  6. Plorpeg

    I started to learn scripting about 3 weeks ago, and I know the basics. Here is one thing that I learned from one of StickMasterLuke’s videos on youtube:

    –Made by Plorpeg

    part = game.workspace.Part

    if part.transparency = 0 then
    part.Transparency = 0.5
    end

    1. GreenDay987

      That’s wrong bro ;)
      I’ve learned scripting 2 years ago and I can tell you “if” statements need two = signs. Fixed script:

      part = game.Workspace.Part
      if part.Transparency == 0 then
      Part.Transparency = 0.5
      end

    1. DriftRacer14

      Take your time, don’t rush it. I’ve been working on learning Lua since I joined in August 2011. I know the extreme basics and can make a Script navigate through a game slightly better/easier depending on the setup of the Models & such in Workspace.

  7. jman186

    I started scripting when I was 10 years old. 3 years on, I have no idea how I did it, lol. But I am working on scripting things like Java and HTML5 :D. Once I start to get the ropes again I think I should give my Roblox game some working on.
    Also, if you’re young and know how to script, don’t stop doing it. You’ll forget it in an instance if you don’t keep persistence.. And you’ll have to learn again.. Like me. lol

    1. CaptainEJ

      I never forgot… It’s like a second nature, for example skiing, or riding a bike. after 1/2 an hour you remember again.

  8. SpeedNater

    I want to be a playtester of all the new features on ROBLOX!
    (Either that or a Graphics Designer at VALVe)

    1. Moryo7

      Well, I learned RBX.Lua in 5th grade by using the resources around me. Don’t be afraid to rip apart models to see how the writers did it. Most of all, and I can’t express this enough, USE THE WIKI.

    1. yousef6789

      I’m in 4th grade, I have good grammar and punctuation(not to brag or anything). My LUA scripting is 48%. :P Think you can teach me to script after you’re taught? :P My username is what I put in.

      1. DarkeneddragonSlayer

        I know im 6th grade and learning java.
        I wish there was some kind of class I could take.

  9. FengoWolf

    Yes, we would all like to work for ROBLOX one day… This tells me that my hopes aren’t that far off!

  10. Boksunni1

    Seeing the comments I have a feeling in the near future the Roblox Team is going to quadruple in size.

  11. RoySeneca08

    I’ve been taking computer programming classes since I was 7 and started ROBLOX game design at the age of 6. I learned how to fully script at the age of 8. At age 10 I joined ROBLOX! I’ve been Pretty doing this for 3 years! I love ROBLOX! :) – Roy

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