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I've been told that they should know them, but I've also been told that it's a plus.

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Yes, it is.

However, how much knowing Office matters, or what level of knowledge is considered "knowing," is going to depend very much on the specific company looking to fill a production role and even potentially on what that actual role will be doing a the studio.

If the role is at a studio that exclusively uses Office and related products and infrastructure for its production management pipeline, then knowing it at some level will likely be a requirement and knowing it in great depth will likely be a plus.

If the role is at a studio that exclusively uses Google Documents and related products and infrastructure for its production management pipeline, then knowing Office will probably not be a requirement, but might be a minor perk if you don't know anything about Google's systems because you could (presumably) use your knowledge of Office to make educated guesses about how Google's stuff worked.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks for your answer, but how exactly do you know this? \$\endgroup\$ Jun 8 '17 at 20:04
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    \$\begingroup\$ @SebastianNen-Calamar I've worked in the industry for more than a decade, at multiple companies, some of which I've been extensively involved in the hiring process and evaluation of candidates in multiple roles for. I also have a reasonably large network of industry contacts and colleagues, and hiring "stuff," including topics like what you're asking about, is a common topic of discussion. \$\endgroup\$
    – user1430
    Jun 8 '17 at 20:07
  • \$\begingroup\$ I can do very basic things in Excel but that's about it. Do you think that might be a dealbreaker or does it not really matter? \$\endgroup\$ Jun 9 '17 at 15:02
  • \$\begingroup\$ I don't really want to speculate on specific scenarios; that's not really what SE is for. You could ask in Game Development Chat or on a site like GDNet if you wanted some specific advice tailored to your scenario. In broad terms, I doubt it would hurt much but it won't be a benefit for you. \$\endgroup\$
    – user1430
    Jun 9 '17 at 15:21

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