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.
Top CEOs: 2016 (#14)
Excited to announce that our CEO, Jason Robins, is #8 on Fortune's 40 under 40 List. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vI8pG
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.
We're wired to care and dedicated to delivering excellence to our customers and each other
We have an insatiable curiosity. We're always listening for feedback and think outside the box to evolve based on what we hear.
We instrinsically understand our players. We get the lifestyle because we live it, too.
We consistently go above and beyond in everything we do. Everything we touch is treated with the same devotion and attention to detail.
We make every sports experience thrilling. Sports don't connect players to DraftKings; we connect players to sports, old favorites and new alike.
We quickly adapt and react to any new landscape to maximize the opportunities presented to us.
We've got your back. Our relationships are a top priority: from our players to our work family to our neighborhoods.
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
Data fuels our approach - numbers, customer feedback and research all come together for balanced decision-making.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
I have been working at DraftKings full-time (More than a year)
- 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.
- 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.
I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at DraftKings (Boston, MA) in March 2014.
First step was an in-depth recruiter phone screen, then I was immediately scheduled for a manager phone screen, then called back for the 1 onsite interview when I met multiple managers.
Within hours the company recruiter was back in touch with me getting feedback and asking my interest level.
I worked directly with the recruiter who was direct and honest. She gave me choices and asked my preferences in regards to what parts of the offer were important to me. She made it easy for me to get the right offer for me in this situation. It was a frank and easy discussion because expectations were set earlier when we spoke initially. I signed up with DraftKings for the long haul, to work here for many years, and I believe I am set up for a great future here.