Kabam Reviews

Updated March 31, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Awesome people, awesome benefits, awesome everything!

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

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

    Pros

    -Company direction is very solid and makes sense - the company focuses on the long term, and not the short term which is really refreshing.
    -Leadership genuinely cares about the employees and how they can benefit and enrich the lives of employees.
    -Easy to explore and do new things

    Cons

    -Wish there were more vacation days but it is an American company after all...
    -Projects move too fast sometimes that it's hard to wait for meaningful data to come in before a huge change is implemented

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Good first impressions

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

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

    Pros

    The environment seems friendly, and the people around don't look depressed. There is laughter from multiple directions, and that likely means people here longer than me (3 months) are still enjoying themselves to some extent. I don't dread waking up to come to work in the morning, so that's got to count for a lot.

    Cons

    I believe a lot of groups within the company are doing similar work, but it isn't shared around enough. I feel like I am often doing work that has likely already been completed by someone else on another project and that feels wasteful.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For information that would obviously help other groups also, it should be proactively provided to others as a resource.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful

    Way Better Than Expected

    • 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 (less than a year)

    Pros

    Just joined recently and wasn't sure what I'd think of it given reputation. It's way, way better than I expected.
    -Excellent Perks
    -Transparent leaders who give lots of information on where the business is going and why
    -Teams given the support and resources necessary to make great games
    -Organization is focused on making fun games

    Cons

    -Historic baggage from making niche web games (people assume the company is something that it isn't)
    -Feels a little more like a "big company" than a startup, so if you're expecting lightning fast startup decision making, it's not there anymore

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focused on what matters: making great games.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    Good company to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Platform Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Platform Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Kabam as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good people and good environment. Full time people like to help interns with their technical skills.

    Cons

    I didn't find any cons to be honest. If I have to say one is they hide the ice cream in somewhere that you can't find it easily.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. product management intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Product Manager Intern in San Francisco, CA
    Former Intern - Product Manager Intern in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Kabam as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, benefits, educational series. Really try to make the summer a learning experience

    Cons

    As far as the summer internship goes, not much. They really try to teach you valuable skills that are applicable to not just gaming but PM in general

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful

    Refreshing

    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    While no company is perfect, Kabam's leadership seems to be committed to doing right by their employees and players. They recognize when they have shortcomings and actively work to correct them. They are also quick to reward hard work and effort. The leadership is very approachable.

    Cons

    Some employees are unclear about career advancement paths. However, Kabam is actively working to provide clarity on that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're on the right track. Keep striving to improve.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Ok company to work for if you need time off from actual work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Player Experience Associate in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Player Experience Associate in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Good office culture, free lunches, plenty of time off

    Cons

    no real advancement, bonus structure is not to be expected

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on the bonus structure and giving people the benefit and title if they are already doing the management type of work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Hire and Fire Mentality

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kabam

    Pros

    Free lunches, lots and lots of free food and gaming events. Treated everyone to a Vegas hotel party.

    Cons

    Lots of people I know were fired during the time I was there. I left and people knew of Kabam being responsibly for waves of layoffs. Looked upon as a startup, but the culture is very corporate - you'd think a gaming company would have a lot of young people, but there's a lot of older people that work here who don't play games. Not really my scene. Some huge egos at the company in the management sector, but that's to be found everywhere. Very top heavy - everyone is "Manager" or "Director" here, (ex. Associate Manager, Senior Manager, Director, Associate Director, Senior Director, etc etc) so everyone feels like they are important. Lots of people leaving work early, lots of people getting by with

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    A chill place to work, but could use more project direction.

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

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

    Pros

    Great perks: free lunch everyday, good insurance options, 401k, commuter benefits. Nice company functions: game demo day, picnics, etc. Ideal team sizes, interesting project ideas, using high end tech.

    Cons

    Communication between disciplines on projects is poor. Teams are structured and managed like 100 person teams with excessive task tracking/sprint planning etc. People need to talk to each other more. Project lacks focus, ie everyone is on the ship but we don't know where we're going exactly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on small team dynamics. De-emphasize task tracking/sprint planning and focus on individual ownership on tasks to get people caring about their work and the project. Put leads in place that are willing to teach the younger guys/gals how to be better at their job instead of acting like a taskmaster. Hire skilled workers that understand how to use the tools needed to make games and fewer 'idea' guys.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful

    Lack of Direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kabam

    Pros

    Perks:
    -Free Lunch / Dinner
    -Free drinks / snacks
    -Company trips

    Cons

    -Management team lack of direction
    -Favoritism
    -No career growth
    -Over hire and then let dead weight stay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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