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Current Employee - Player Experience in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Player Experience in San Francisco, CA

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

Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Better than most other game companies
Good Health Care
Free Snacks

Cons

Low Pay
Ineffectual management
Consistently disappointed and discouraged by management
Lack of planning and foresight

Advice to Management

Learn to delegate and properly manage people.

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  1. Helpful (6)

    Decent place to start in the gaming industry, but poor long-term outlook

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good training ground for the gaming industry, decent benefits, fun company culture, smart people to work with

    Cons

    Kabam has basically made one game since the company was founded and has re-skinned that title dozens of times until now. The company does not seem like it is able to keep up and actually release a hit next-generation mobile game now that its traditional strategy titles are losing steam in the competitive mobile marketplace. The last handful of mobile games that Kabam released have all been duds, and the only opportunity for employees at the company at this point seems to be in the Beijing office. The SF office now serves as a hub for old web game maintenance and a wasteland of poor mobile title execution, and morale suffers as a result.

    Advice to Management

    Too many people are laid off out of the blue for positions that the company already has open requests on LinkedIn for. You cannot create a culture that emphasizes company loyalty when people you know are getting laid off left and right. Company trips are fun, but the bonus pay structure is consistently disappointing for the staff and ends up being a measly sum considering the company's rapid growth.

  2. Helpful (6)

    A poorly managed company with zero interedt in games or their customer.

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    Former Employee - Developer
    Former Employee - Developer

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Catered lunch daily
    Unlimited PTO
    Decent benefits for singles
    Strong Analytical potential
    Nice company sponsored events
    They've hired some amazing people

    Cons

    President is a meglomanic, cry baby, egotistical, money pit who is surrounded by Yes men and sexually subserviant women.
    Cronyism and infidelity are common among upper management.
    Company has copied and pasted the same game design for so long they have no idea how to move forward and have no design skills
    No creativity in any of the internal SF studios. Quite possibly the worst game design anywhere save Arkadium.
    Satelite studios are treated like disposable contractors not team mates.
    Sudden company re-orgs and shifts in focus make for riches to rags development practices.
    Lack of solid analytic application, do to lack of game design knowledge leads to glorified slot machines and inferior clones of successful games.
    Bonus programs are always changed and minimize the contributions of their most valuable players.
    Managers are hired fire the sole purpose of closing out projects.
    They layoff more great people than they can keep due to poor management.

    Advice to Management

    The President should ask himself. "Are we aligned?" when he's out of a job.

    In general, listen more to your traditionally trained game designers and engineers. These are your greatest tools. Put pride in your game development and not just the profits.

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