In my experience, parking for a normal job is pretty uneventful. Some buildings have private lots and you get a sticker or an assigned space or something, while smaller companies might need you to park on the street nearby. Either way, the company is paying you to come to work, so it's in their best interests to make it easy for you to actually arrive. Also, most companies aren't so huge and bureaucratic that Parking Enforcement is its own private department... especially in game development.
For colleges and universities, by contrast, parking is a huge problem. When you've got thousands of people commuting every day, you need some way to ensure that parking spaces are allotted fairly. Unfortunately, the parking office is usually not part of Human Resources, which means that a lot of places inadvertently send some pretty harsh messages. Here's three policies at three different institutions that I've observed (feel free to add your own in the comments):
- Separate parking lots. If you're a student and pay a fee, you get a sticker for the student lots. If you're faculty, you get to park in the faculty lots for free, but you're not allowed in the student ones. There are also some "seniority lots" at prime locations on campus; when someone with a space dies or retires, whoever's most senior on faculty gets the space. What this says: Students and faculty are different people, so we're putting up artificial walls to make sure they don't accidentally get to know each other. Also, no matter how great a teacher or researcher you are, what really matters is that you stay here for a long time.
- Separate parking spaces within many lots. Each lot has some student and some faculty spaces, and if you pay a fee you get a sticker that gets you in to the right kinds of spaces in each lot. You have to pay even if you're faculty. What this says: This institution doesn't care who you are. You are nothing to us, a mere insect. If you don't like it here, there's a line of people out the door waiting to replace you, so put up and shut up.
- Common lots. There are a variety of parking lots and every space is exactly the same. Students pay for a parking pass, faculty get one for free, but everyone is fighting for the same spaces (and they're a bit scarce at certain times during the day). I haven't had a space stolen in front of me by one of my own students before, but I'm sure it happens occasionally. What this says: We're all in this together... or, every man for himself... depending on how you look at it.