Kuju Entertainment Reviews

Updated February 10, 2015
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  1. One of the nicest games companies to work for.

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    Former Employee - Technical Animator in Brighton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Technical Animator in Brighton, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Everyone at the studio is hard working and enthusiastic about their part of the game production and all very talented. It was great to work with a bunch of people who all wanted to make the best game they positively could and never treated their work just as a job.

    Cons

    During crunch times hours could be very long and you would be expected to come in on the weekends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes it would take very long to get approval for technology that would speed up production. We need a better system for requesting resources as this will ultimately save time.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Low salaries and Uninspiring projects

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Kuju Entertainment as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Manages 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Experience was fine but not that great!

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

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

    Pros

    For 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!

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. A great place to gain experience, grow and work with some good guys but it does have its faults

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kuju Entertainment

    Pros

    Small 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,

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Understand 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. Was once a great place to work, but staff are not looked after

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

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

    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.

    Negative Outlook
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    Going nowhere but with a great bunch of people

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

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

    Pros

    Despite 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Kuju Entertainment - Over Promising and Under Delivering

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kuju Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    + They manage to attract some talented people.

    ...

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Spend 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Good for beginners to the industry, bad for success.

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

    I have been working at Kuju Entertainment

    Pros

    A 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take 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.

  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Kuju Entertainment Review

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

    I worked at Kuju Entertainment

    Pros

    Get 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.

    Cons

    Very poor salary and pay reviews are not regular.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Regular pay reviews.

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