KIT digital Reviews

Updated April 14, 2015
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  1. Great experience and professional development, tempered by constant restructuring, acquisitions and integrations.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KIT digital full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Some of the most talented individuals I've had the pleasure of working with. I was lucky to be taken under the wing of the more personally and professionally excellent managers, who quickly became my mentors. Lots of opportunity for growth and professional development, but none of it was systematized - luck of the draw of my team and supervisors.

    Cons

    Constant restructuring, acquisitions, and integrations, coupled with a lack of organizational focus from the top down, made your head spin and led to very low employee morale.

  2. Qa Analyst

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at KIT digital as a contractor

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

    Pros

    They bought the start up I was working for and after a couple of months fired everyone, employees and contractors

    Cons

    They fired everyone on Friday the 13th. Guess they have a sense of humor.

  3. Disorganzied and badly managed

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KIT digital full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    The company seemed very ambitious in their goals, possible opportunity to work in their various offices across the globe.

    Cons

    Very disorganized and miscommunication across various departments, lots of red red tape, takes forever to get some simple tasks accomplished, and some very poor managerial decisions.

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  5. HIgh pressure, weak business model

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at KIT digital

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

    Pros

    Innovative environment, intelligent co-workers, cool technology

    Cons

    High pressure to produce, managment has fixed mind-set regarding product features, inadequate support, long working ours expected, culture of verbal and physical abuse

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to make money

  6. Great products were burn to the ground

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at KIT digital full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, the people was their greatest asset. Good office location.

    Cons

    No roadmap, no training on the new technologies/products being brought in as par of the acquisition spree, no transparency on next steps, low salary,

  7. KIT digital now Piksel in a down spiral

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at KIT digital full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    It used to be exciting, working on cool technology. The company seemed to have ago to market plan.

    Cons

    Lot of changes, management and strategy changes frequently. Not sure what we want to be when we grow up that is if we live long enough to grow up.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to reinvent the wheel. Keep the guys that know, been there, done that. Make up your mind. You want regions or no regions? division or no divisions? focus on EMEA or the Americas or both. You cannot have an Exec team that is changing all the time, members are located in different places in the world and expect to build up the company.

  8. Solana Beach office is great and a good place to work

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    Current Employee - Developer in Solana Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Developer in Solana Beach, CA

    I have been working at KIT digital full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The Solana Beach office works independently from the rest of the company, which is great. We focus on our clients, and do a fantastic job, and they love us. Our paychecks are basically written by our clients, so we're well funded, even when KIT is under financial turmoil.

    Cons

    KIT digital's global business has been unstable for several months, and has undergone massive restructurings. The Solana Beach office typically ignores these issues, and continues on working, but occasionally it just slows us down. These issues have also led to financial cutbacks, such as fewer company parties and outings.

  9. Solid management, solid process, fun environment, good work/life balance

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Solana Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Solana Beach, CA

    I have been working at KIT digital full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Management has their act together. Although previously that was not the case, the team in place now is solid and gives me confidence that this company is moving in the right direction. There is an entirely new financial team, which is critical. KIT's agile development processes are very solid, as are the project management processes. I have learned a great deal. The work environment is really fun too. There's no micromanagement and people are empowered to get their work done without a lot of oversight. Lastly, the work/life balance is very much respected. The new KIT is very different than the old KIT.

    Cons

    KIT's reputation remains a little tarnished from the actions of past management, but that will change over time.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. I love working here.

  10. Helpful (2)

    Lacks Vision, Respect and Leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at KIT digital

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    + Ability to Travel Globally
    + Smart and Capable Peers
    + Competitive Salary Compensation
    + Health, Dental and Vision Benefits

    Cons

    - Poor Communication and Leadership
    - Lack of Vision
    - Poor respect for employees and delegating responsibilities
    - Poor integration of acquired companies.
    - Poor Working environments at non-executive locations.
    - Acquired companies self implode due to the above issues.

    Advice to Management

    1) Stop acquiring companies strictly to get them on your roster until you can figure out a way to integrate them in such a way that you can maintain the same working environment they enjoyed prior to acquiring them.

    2) Communicate and be honest with your team and your customers. KIT flies by the seat of its pants, not knowing the implications of the decisions they make.

    3) Let technologists make technology decisions. Executives should not be making decisions at the technology or product level.

    4) Be respectful and honest to employees. Treat them as if they were a customer and please them in every manner possible. Doing so will improve the overall mood, increase productivity and help clarify the overall vision.

    5) Pick a path and stay on it! So many projects have been shelved because the executive team felt that some newly acquired product would do the job better and faster. But in reality, you are really just further delaying the end result. Where as if you were to have a complete understanding of how the current phase of the project is progressing you would see that the light at the end of the tunnel is not too far away.

    6) Act as a team! KIT operates in Silos, and those silos dont have a way to communicate nor have direction from any leadership to do so. The executives need to see others in the company no matter their title or rank as equals. They should eb reaching out an validating their ideas from the people who are down in the ditches rather than the other members of the board.

    7) Look at successful companies as an example of how to treat customers and employees. Look at Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Ooyala, Foursquare, etc. These are all companies that put people before profit, doing so will inevitably lead to success and profits.

  11. Helpful (8)

    Buy it, break it, kill it

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    Former Employee - Development Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Development Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at KIT digital

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are an American, you work for kitd because they bought your company. You might keep your job for awhile until they outsource it.

    Cons

    Kitd is about buying companies and reducing head count. The senior mgrt.has no interest in products or even customers, just reduce costs as close to zero as possible and milk existing customers as long as possible without investing in development. Buy next company before revenue loss is noticed.

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