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Great benefits, but clueless management and few advancement opportunities.

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Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

I worked at Kabam full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Kabam had the best benefit package of any company. We were rewarded with catered meals, generous incentive bonuses, annual company trips, open PTO policies, and tons of swag. Their new HQ is swank!

Cons

Their executive team has no expertise in managing software development. New projects are forked from old ones, and the technical debt piles up. There is no strategy on resource or technology sharing, resulting in lots of redundant efforts. A lack of coordination on initiatives involving multiple teams often results in delays or postponements on feature rollouts. The culture does not promote creativity, engineering quality, or applying best practices. Projects are often killed early and before they have a chance to prove their potential. There is too much emphasis on game monetization at the expense of creating fun experiences. Performance and salary reviews occurred sporadically, when at all.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Hire a CTO. Encourage more communication and technology sharing between teams. Build a service oriented culture within the organization. Hire more experienced game designers.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Data driven company that is in a creative niche - lack of drive, passion, recognition, and more.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kabam full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice San Francisco office. Good benefits. Employees are spoiled with lunch, dinner, snacks, happy hours, annual trips if goals are met.

    Cons

    Lack of commitment from leadership. Hold some employees accountable, but not all of them. The leadership team has no accountability, and constantly change their business model. They have no vision for the future and are constantly pivoting based upon the market disrupting before their very eyes instead of paving the way. Some employees are consistently recognized with flashy promotions, while other employees that are performing go years without recognition, including salary changes. Many managers are first timers and have no idea what they are doing, and there is a lack to invest in them. Many employees throw each other under the bus. Overall changes come far too late, and they are losing top talent. Gaming should be a fun space to be in, but at Kabam the revenue drives every creative approach that should be possible into the gutter .. it is depressing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold your team accountable for their choices. The bottom employees are often affected by the poor decisions made at the top or the lackthere of. It does not work well to show recognition, and rewards amongst those that have honestly made mistakes. Be honest about yourself, own your vision, and values, and do right by all --- not a handful of some.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Hard to move around

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Kabam full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Talented group of people
    -Food served daily
    -Game rooms
    -Up to date software
    -Spirits on site
    -Good San Francisco location
    -Depending on team there are lots of team activities
    -Flexible hours

    Cons

    -Talent drain
    -Under utilization of skills
    -Blatant copying of other titles
    -Market driven art decisions
    -Significant stifling of creative game development
    -Constant shut down of projects to only be revived as a clone of something else
    -Inability to move up if you're deemed to important in current role
    -Big disconnect in janitorial attention between top floor for execs and bottom floors for studios
    -Seems to be headed towards just buying studios as they launch successful titles
    -Palpable sense of unimportance for people on older titles
    -Constant shifting of team members, often without notice
    -Flexible hours that can be seen taken advantage of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talent drain is on the rise. Try to indulge the creative folks more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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