- Work/Life Balance
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
- Comp & Benefits
- Senior Management
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I was one of KIXEYE's earlier employees and spent almost 4 years there. After reading through the reviews here, I felt a need to respond. Yes, I've left the company. Yes, the company has gone through some struggles over the last couple of years, with delays in shipping games. But, that isn't why I left - I think the upcoming mobile titles are very likely to be successful, and I bought my stock on the way out.
KIXEYE was a fantastic experience, all the way from the crazy beginning up until the end. I'm not sure I understand some of the comments about management being inaccessible and not receptive to feedback, because I gave pointed, critical feedback to members of the executive team (including Will) on multiple occasions, and I always found it to be well-received. They didn't always agree with me, but they were always willing to hear me out, and there were never any negative consequences. In fact, KIXEYE has been the most open company I've ever worked for when it comes to communication with execs - I found they would always make themselves available to me, and this goes back to my earlier years at the company, before I was a director. I really don't get the whole "culture of fear" thing. Yes, Will can be intimidating sometimes. But, be a grown up and a professional. He's a lot more open than people seem to give him credit for.
I also felt that I had a tremendous amount of freedom at KIXEYE. Maybe I was just lucky in the managers I had (of which I had several over the years), but I never felt micromanaged - I always felt that I had a manger there to offer support and guidance, but I was free to operate how I saw fit.
Career opportunities? Well, I started off as a lead of a team of 2 and ended as a director of a department of ~40. And, this wasn't all just during the "good years" - I continued to see progression for myself and others even in my last few months there.
Well, the company overstretched after its early success, investing in too many different areas. They've cut back on that, though, and are now more focused, but it remains to be seen if they can replicate their earlier success.
Will can be intimidating, as I wrote above. He's a bit abrasive at times.
They went through a layoff earlier this year, which had a significant impact on morale. They need a win (i.e. a successful game launch) to build that back up.
Advice to Management
Ignore the whining. Make VC and WC:RA amazing (seriously, make my stock worth something!).
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
Helpful (2)No OfferPositive ExperienceEasy Interview
I applied online. The process took a week – interviewed at Kixeye.
There was an initial phone screening with HR, a phone interview with the hiring manager, and an on-site interview with three people (one at a time) on the devops team. HR is extremely helpful and friendly and the team was pleasant to talk to. Technical questions were trivial, but the team seemed to have unreasonably high expectations of prior experience for an internship position.
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