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DraftKings Overview

Boston, MA
201 to 500 employees
2012
Company - Private
Internet
Unknown / Non-Applicable
DraftKings is an innovative sports-tech and media entertainment platform changing the way consumers engage with their favorite sports, teams and athletes by bringing fans closer to the game. DraftKings, headquartered in Boston, MA, offers daily and weekly fantasy sports contests ... Read more

Mission: We exist to bring fans closer to the games they love. We make sports better by making better sports fans. That’s because we live in the one place sports fans have never been before. DraftKings: The Game Inside the Game.


Glassdoor Awards

Top CEOs: 2016 (#14)

Company Updates

  • Excited to announce that our CEO, Jason Robins, is #8 on Fortune's 40 under 40 List. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vI8pG

    This man is blowing up fantasy sports

    There are curses and cheers, flashing bulbs and blinking phones. On the manicured field here at Gillette Stadium outside Boston, before some 67,000 crazed fans, Tom Brady is about to take the first snap of the 2015 NFL season. The atmosphere is electric, and everyone-from the cheerleaders to the beer vendors-seems to be watching the quarterback's outstretched hands.

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DraftKings – Why Work For Us?


It all started with a love for fantasy sports. Matt Kalish presented the idea of turning a season-long passion for fantasy sports into a daily model to his friends, Jason Robins and Paul Liberman. Jason took the lead on market research, Paul started developing the website and Matt created a daily fantasy sports contest model…The rest is DraftKings history.

Here’s how DraftKings’ Daily Fantasy Sports platform (DFS) works: instead of season-long leagues, we allow customers to compete in single-day, online fantasy sports contests across the largest variety of professional sports. DraftKings customers enter contests and make their team selection – athletes are drafted and teams are built according to athletes’ salary valuations, which are based on their unique historical performance data. Players then submit their team before the games begin and contests lock (close). Players earn points based on their in-game performance.

Since the initial platform officially launched in 2012, DraftKings has grown explosively and has become a transformative experience, changing the way fans interact with sports.

DraftKings is headquartered in Boston, MA and offers daily and weekly fantasy sports contests across ten professional sports in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Malta, Germany, Ireland and Austria.

A great company is made up of great people. We celebrate individuals who uphold our values and add to our greatness.



TRUST

We're wired to care and dedicated to delivering excellence to our customers and each other

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INNOVATION

We have an insatiable curiosity. We're always listening for feedback and think outside the box to evolve based on what we hear.

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AUTHENTICITY

We instrinsically understand our players. We get the lifestyle because we live it, too.

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QUALITY


We consistently go above and beyond in everything we do. Everything we touch is treated with the same devotion and attention to detail.

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PASSION

We make every sports experience thrilling. Sports don't connect players to DraftKings; we connect players to sports, old favorites and new alike.

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FLEXIBILITY

We quickly adapt and react to any new landscape to maximize the opportunities presented to us.

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COMMUNITY

We've got your back. Our relationships are a top priority: from our players to our work family to our neighborhoods.

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COLLABORATION

We believe in teamwork, that no idea is a bad idea, that there is no such thing as a dumb question. We challenge each other and work together to create the best possible product

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ANALYTICAL THINKING

Data fuels our approach - numbers, customer feedback and research all come together for balanced decision-making.

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BIAS FOR ACTION

Things move fast around here so we tend to make decisions quickly! However, our analytics and collaborative approach applies the right level of rigor to ensure we're making good ones.

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COMMITMENT

We show up every day and work our hardest to ensure our players are getting the best possible experience. Our enthusiasm instills trust in both our players and each other. 

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HEALTH & WELLNESS

Our health insurance covers your teeth and eyes, and the rest of you too! Our kitchen is stocked with healthy snacks, we help you stay in tip-top shape and we’ve got your back with standing desks and exercise balls as office chair substitutes.

TIME SAVERS

We want your life to be a little easier. Convenience perks range from commuter benefits and ZipCar discounts to in-office pampering with manis, pedis, a barber and chair massages, and in-office flu shots!

FLEXIBILITY

We know sometimes things come up and are flexible with our informal sick and vacation time. All of our offices are relaxed environments: we’re not anti-suit, just pro-denim.

FINANCIAL FITNESS

All employees have a stake in our success. You’re set up for the future with performance-based bonuses. Highest-performing employees are rewarded with stock option grants in addition to those received when hired. To keep you on your A-game we offer tuition reimbursement.

DK EXCLUSIVES

We take our work seriously but not ourselves. Create an office rivalry in the game room, attend company events like “Chalk Talks” with pro coaches, get to know new faces with catered appetizers on Fridays and more fun events!

GIVING BACK

DraftKings partners with non-profit organizations to create contests on our platform to spread awareness and raise proceeds for causes that are important to us. In addition, we match employee charitable donations and employees participate in community service events such as Big Brothers Big Sisters. DraftKings has also organized charitable events such as blood drives, coat drives, and toy drives.

WE’RE TRANSFORMING THE WAY PEOPLE EXPERIENCE SPORTS!

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Our health insurance covers your pearly whites and peepers, and the rest of you too!
Our kitchen’s stocked with healthy snacks and we reimburse part of your gym memberships to help you stay in tip-top shape!


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We want your life to be a little easier.
Convenience perks range from commuter benefits and ZipCar discounts to in-office pampering with manis, pedis, a barber and chair massages, and in-office flu shots!



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We take our work seriously but not ourselves.
Create an office rivalry in the game room, attend company events like “Chalk Talks” with pro coaches, get to know new faces with catered appetizers on Fridays and more fun events!


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We know sometimes things come up and are flexible with our informal sick and vacation time.
Both our New York and Boston offices are relaxed environments: we’re not anti-suit, just pro-denim.


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All employees have a stake in our success.
You’re set up for the future with performance-based bonuses. Highest-performing employees are rewarded with future stock option grants in addition to those received when hired.

DraftKings Reviews

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    "Fast-Paced and Fun"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Boston, MA
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    I have been working at DraftKings full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Constant new development and innovation, starting early on you will be expected to design, build, and test your own systems.
    - Ownership means learning all about the deployment, maintenance, and testing side of the process as well as coding.
    - Surrounded by excellent engineers.
    - Fun office perks and culture. Snacks, beer/wine, extra curricular events help build more personal relationships with coworkers
    - Flexible schedule and vacation time/work from home policy.

    Cons

    - Incredibly fast paced, and a "bias for action" means projects are often started before they are fully thought out. You will probably build at least one thing that doesn't get shipped or used in production. It can sometimes feel like the team is scrambling without a clear goal.
    - The engineering org structure is constantly changing, and career paths are not as clearly defined as they should be.

    Advice to Management

    Try to fight for clearer specs before beginning projects. Realize that a poorly built project delivered sooner might hurt the company in the long term vs a well built project delivered later.

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DraftKings Photos

DraftKings photo of: All-Star Game in Cincinnati
DraftKings photo of: DK Halloween Party 2015
DraftKings photo of: Winner of Patriots Do Your Job!
DraftKings photo of: Hard at work in the creative group
DraftKings photo of: DK Softball
DraftKings photo of: Free haircuts in the office!
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DraftKings Interviews

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    Human Resources Position Interview

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at DraftKings.

    Interview

    This company clearly has poorly managed and unprofessional recruiters. Last summer 2017 my first phone interview was scheduled 48 hours in advance and I never received a call from the recruiter. The call was rescheduled for a week later where the recruiter still did not call me on time. I've read through quite a bit of these interview feedback reviews and this seems to be a common trend. I have a friend who use to work in the same building as them and my friend told me that everyone refers to these employees as the "Frat Boys". This leads me to believe that either A) their heads are so far up that they have zero respect for anyone else's time B) its a power move created to boost company ego

    When I finally did get the recruiter on the phone, one of the questions he asked me was "What do you know about DraftKings?" Having come from an HR background, I was fully prepared for this question and did my homework before our call. I gave what I considered to be a well thought out and accurate description of the company, app and services. The recruiter went on to tell me that I was completely off base and then he proceeded to re-word, almost in its entirety, the description I had just given. He then told me that if I was to interview in the future I should really look at the company website/app before speaking to anyone. Mind you - I had.

    I received an invite for a 2nd round interview that was cancelled last minute because they filled the role internally. Please note, the email where they cancelled this interview was addressed to the wrong name..

    I'm not sure where the rot is coming from in this company, but the stench is overwhelming

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DraftKings Awards & Accolades

  • 40 Under 40(#8 Jason Robins - CEO), Fortune, 2015
  • Disruptor 50(45), CNBC, 2015
  • Next Unicorn, New England Venture Capital Association, 2015
  • EY Entrepreneur of the Year, EY, 2015
  • Sports Business Journal Forty Under 40, Sports Business Journal, 2015
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