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    Experience was fine but not that great!

    Game Developer (Former Employee) Manila, Manila (Philippines)

    ProsFor my first job in game industry I learned a lot. I was able to deploy games on IOS, XBox and pc Very good working environment!

    ConsIt would be better if there are some professional training for those who just starting. . .Also there gaps between offices because of the culture difference.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Low salaries and Uninspiring projects

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsManages to attract a lot of talented people.

    Cons- Very low salaries with no prospect of improvement.
    - Uninspiring projects.
    - Constantly promises a lot more than what can be delivered.
    - Fails to plan ahead and learn from previous mistakes.
    - Does not invest on training new staff.
    - No sense of job security.
    - Fear is often the only motivation.
    - Staff crammed in a small and noisy environment.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A great place to gain experience, grow and work with some good guys but it does have its faults

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSmall projects allows for experience in lots of areas of work and good levels of responsibility and ownership for all staff
    Likely to get experience of a wide range of platforms, genre
    Great connections with Nintendo of Japan
    Relaxed working atmosphere and relatively little crunch and flexibility with holidays, time off etc,

    ConsThe corporate owners are quick to reduce numbers and have a poor track record with timely contract renewal
    Projects have been signed that were not possible for the budget.
    Poor communication and slow action from corporate owners.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUnderstand the cost of retraining new staff, the cost of lack of continuity and the issues caused by unfair handling of temporary staff affecting all employees.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Was once a great place to work, but staff are not looked after

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    Pros- I worked with many friendly and talented people, and there were plenty of social events, although most of these people have now left.
    - Some projects were enjoyable to work on.
    - A good place for juniors to gain experience.

    Cons- Poor salary, and substantial pay rises are pretty much non-existent.
    - No job security. Staff are treated as expendable.
    - Some projects were hindered by bad relationships with the publishers.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Kuju Entertainment - Over Promising and Under Delivering

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros+ They manage to attract some talented people.

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    That's it, there are no other positives that I can say.

    Cons- Kuju forced one of their own studios (Vatra) into insolvency: no pay, no redundancy and placing their representative at legal risk
    - Constantly late paying contractors
    - Kuju has no respect for its employees
    - Held back much needed resources whilst over extending their agreements with publishers
    - No pay rises, not even to match inflation
    - Kuju management ignored the risks and advice from studio managers
    - No job security
    - Incapable of selling projects, still insisting on 15 pages of documentation and no prototypes or demos
    - Fear is their only motivation technique
    - No benefits, options or pensions

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend money. Rebuild trust and respect.

    Hire someone to overhaul and oversea human resources. Kuju needs to start retaining staff instead of using them and throwing them away.

    Hire someone with a creative streak to sell projects. Importantly, Kuju needs to listen to this person and do what they say instead of blindly making the same mistakes over and over again. An important responsibility is that this person will need to rebuild trust between Kuju and publishers, which means they cannot over scope a project and Kuju has to deliver on its promises.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Going nowhere but with a great bunch of people

    --- (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsDespite the high turn over rate, poor projects, poor pay nad mismanagement the company miraculously manages to hire a high proportion of high quality staff that are great to work with. Its a shame that their potential will not be fulfilled at any Kuju studio.

    Cons- Below average pay
    - Terrible projects
    - No investment by the company in career development of its staff
    - No clear strategy by directors on what to do with the whole company. As a result there have been several studio closures and catastrophic project cancellations
    - No strong creative directors / direction on projects at any studio.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good for beginners to the industry, bad for success.

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Guildford, England (UK)

    ProsA really good place to learn and get responsibility thrown at you, at a rate you can handle. Very good peers to work with, always doing new things.

    ConsBad pay, bad promotions, bad games, shoestring budgets, doesn't learn from mistakes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake some risks, try some new ideas, get rid of dead weight. Put some more budget behind the games, you cannot make games with 5 people and expect them to do well. Our competition is not working that way, stop making excuses for them doing well and us doing bad.

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    Software Engineer (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsGet exposure to a lot of advanced work. The people there are amazingly clever and very helpful. Can quickly build up exceptional skills in specific areas.

    ConsVery poor salary and pay reviews are not regular.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRegular pay reviews.

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