Kabam Reviews

Updated April 8, 2015
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  1. User Experience Associate

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    Former Contractor - User Experience Associate in San Francisco, CA
    Former Contractor - User Experience Associate in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Kabam as a contractor (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A handful of decent coworkers that were pleasant to work with and good mid level managers

    Cons

    Very cliquey groups and people thinking their better than others. And upper management/execs were horrible. They were not relatable or personable. Left many people in the dark about the direction of the company and did not communicate at all.

    Advice to Management

    Be more communicative and actually friendly with the people who work for you. Don't act above the employees.

  2. Helpful (3)

    Fun project, good team of experienced game devs, mature attitudes and good work life balance.

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    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Kabam

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Professional and fun. Small studio feel but big company perks.

    Cons

    The company has gotten too big for stock options to be a valid incentive any longer. A better plan for bonuses would be good for long term planning.

    Advice to Management

    See above. Stock options are just about meaningless for anyone hired since the last big investment round. Which is a typical problem for start ups who get so big pre- IPO, but nonetheless, it creates a serious lack of long term incentive for new hires.

  3. What's not to Like?

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    Current Employee - Senior Flash Software Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Flash Software Developer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Reasonable and flexible hours, cool projects, free lunch every day, long-term approach toward staff, great benefits, Unity office is downstairs, cocktails at Sprit Retrospective meetings every week.

    Cons

    Hmmm . . . every job has a frustration or two if you're working with other engineers, but that's life. Nothing stands out at Kabam.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Awesome people, awesome benefits, awesome everything!

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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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

  6. Helpful (1)

    Good first impressions

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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  7. Helpful (4)

    Way Better Than Expected

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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Keep focused on what matters: making great games.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Good company to work

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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  9. product management intern

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    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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

  10. Helpful (4)

    Refreshing

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    • 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  11. Helpful (2)

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

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    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good office culture, free lunches, plenty of time off

    Cons

    no real advancement, bonus structure is not to be expected

    Advice to Management

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

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