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Demonware CEO John Kirk
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  1. Helpful (17)

    It was the best of times it was the worst of times

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Demonware

    Pros

    at least 5 words for Pros

    Cons

    Juvenile, High Pressure, Under Resources, Misogynistic, Immature engineering practices, many immature inexperienced managers promoted out of their depth as a way to move "up" form engineering.

    Advice to Management

    Disband "leadership" team and actually lead. Have fewer managers.

  2. Sad to leave

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Demonware full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    - Interesting and unique work. Get to work in the game dev industry without the crazy hours. - Great culture and people. - Strong push towards newer infrastructure and standards, removing 10+ years of technical debt. - Nice views of the mountains, lots of rainbows.

    Cons

    - Make sure you love python

  3. Helpful (2)

    Lots of legacy, poor management, constantly growing technical debt.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Demonware full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Great colleagues, friendly, top notch professionals.

    Cons

    Tons of legacy stuff, lack of long term planning, poor people management, poor products management.

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting employees to managers. Hire experienced managers. Reduce amount of managers, they produce unnecessary extra work for engineers.

  4. Great company with interesting work and good WL balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Demonware full-time

    Pros

    A leader in their domain, really interesting and challenging work. Still not overburdening people. Company is always trying to make people's life easier. Seems to have a healthy retention rate, given today's software industry dynamics

    Cons

    May be not for too aggressive and ambitious folks who wish to put all in and make tons of money

  5. Helpful (5)

    Apply with caution

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Demonware full-time

    Pros

    - lots of vacation time, 5 week plus bonus xmas days - flexible hours - full kitchen eg. salad bar, deli meats, breakfast things - provides a great environment for interns and people starting out their career

    Cons

    - no real direction - management are in positions that they have no experience in - tech debt that keeps growing and really follow things through before moving to the next shiny thing - decision makers are selected based on time worked at company and connections to management. The right people are not selected which causes support to be challenging - ask questions about turn-over and direction as some teams are better...

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    Advice to Management

    Do more to keep everyone other than managers happy. Too many people have left Demonware that were not heard and were not happy. When the underlying issues is the same, management is probably to blame.

    Demonware Response

    August 29, 2018Sr. Manager, Talent Attraction

    Thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. While we’re sorry to hear you’ve decided to make a change, we wish you the best of luck in your career moving forward. We work hard to create an atmosphere where people are valued and feel empowered to succeed and grow. ...

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  6. Helpful (1)

    A great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Demonware full-time

    Pros

    Working at Demonware was great, it's such a supportive atmosphere with tonnes of employee perks. Made a few really good friends here who are now friends for life. It's just a fun place to be.

    Cons

    Nothing really, whenever employees were upset with something management did their best to address it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!

  7. Helpful (3)

    Love Working Here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Demonware full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    -Really smart people, who are always willing to help solve hard problems -Technical culture that is engineering first -Interesting business niche, wedged between gaming and scalable backend engineering -Employees treated really well (lots of nice perks and benefits)

    Cons

    -Demonware is owned by Activision, which can make some operations bureaucratic and counter-cultural

    Advice to Management

    Lots of growth in the last few years--please keep it up!

  8. Helpful (1)

    Overall - a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Demonware full-time

    Pros

    Challenging & interesting work Great people Supporting games - high tech feel Small enough - so you can make a difference, quickly Part of Activision Blizzard so you get the scale & benefits of an enterprise Management & Sr. Management is accessible Family feel Great work/life balance

    Cons

    Resources can feel driven by titles and short term financial results Still need to mature around processes, and direction (e.g. how decisions are made) Need more communication below Sr. Leadership

  9. Helpful (2)

    Great culture, fun work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, Dublin
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Demonware full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Everyone is extremely friendly, helpful and passionate about their work. Get to work on some great game titles. Really good work perks.

    Cons

    Dublin office revamp still has a lot of issues. Meeting rooms difficult to book especially during evening when Vancouver office is required. Onboarding for new employees could be a bit better.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Recommend

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    Current Employee - Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Demonware full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Part of large company (Activision Blizzard) but with independency to do things on our own; Smart and friendly co-workers; Tech challenges - supporting large scale online games; Awesome benefits - 5 weeks vacation!

    Cons

    Every company has its own problems, people was saying there is a lack of transparency from leadership team before. But within my 1+ years here, I can see the leadership team is trying really hard to imporve it via different kind of communications: town hall meeting, email update, beer talks to provide updates about where the company is heading to.

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