Mission: Our mission is to provide highly engaging games to our audience to match their mobile lifestyles: our engineering and design teams have built a world-class technology platform that lets millions play anywhere, anytime, from any device, and provides social interactions between ...
Seattle studio has an amazing culture of collaboration and innovation. Lou F has done a great job uniting the studio through informative sprint reviews and all hands meetings, while taking the time to work with all the development teams who are in the process of making the next great game. The studio's only live game, Paradise Bay continues to kick butt after its strong push through the holidays.
They recently stopped serving lunch on Fridays. Oh well, guess the breakfast, free snacks and drinks will have to do.
Advice to Management
Continue to creative great games and move on quickly from anything less.
I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at King.
Overall the process was pretty quick from submitting the application, to the phone interview, to the in-person meeting. The person I spoke on the phone with was very pleasant and we had a brief but helpful conversation. The process was pretty standard up until the interview itself.
I was kept waiting for nearly 30 minutes in the WeWork lobby without any word or update. When someone finally came to get me, there was no meeting room available which led to another 5 minutes of parading around the office before we found a room that could accommodate myself, the interviewer, and her dog.
Yes, my interviewer brought her dog into the actual meeting room. Her dog wasn't small or quiet and it was a distraction, especially at the beginning, as it was running around and she couldn't be bothered to peel her eyes or attention away from it. Don't get me wrong, I love dogs, but it felt inappropriate given the circumstances.
As for the interview itself, she admitted she was unprepared and was called in at the last minute because her colleague was unavailable. The questions were not especially difficult or surprising, but she seemed unable to move past the fact that I had worked in Client Services 3 years prior.
Lastly, she gave conflicting answers regarding the vision of the company and the role of their nascent media sales apparatus within it. Alternatively describing it as an afterthought, a priority, and finally a compliment to their primary revenue driver (in-app purchases).
She also struggled to answer some very basic operational questions, but in her defense that is likely due to the fact that this is a new and evolving product.
I normally don't submit reviews for interviews, but I felt compelled to this time given the circumstances. I didn't think the interview itself was difficult, but I also didn't receive an offer, so take that as you will.
My honest assessment is that it is a promising company with a potentially great product, but currently lacks the professionalism and polish needed to thrive in the difficult NYC market.
My advice to anyone going in for an interview would be account for some additional waiting time, prepare for the unexpected, and don't be afraid to take command of the conversation and steer it where you want, otherwise you may get stuck in the weeds like I did.