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DraftKings Reviews

Updated September 28, 2017
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Pros
  • The people are great to work with (in 7 reviews)

  • Work environment is well-balanced (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • There is absolutely no work-life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • There's nothing that comes to mind (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Employer!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DraftKings full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I absolutely loved working for the company!

    Cons

    There are no cons. The company is incredible!


  2. Helpful (3)

    "ZERO Work-Life Balance"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DraftKings full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great snack, beer, and coffee selections (for free)
    - Free yoga classes, manicures, and barber.
    - Cool product that customers are genuinely excited about.

    Cons

    - There is absolutely no work-life balance
    - Bonuses are dependent on goals, and goals are always set to be out of reach (admitted by higher ups as a way for us to "stretch")
    - No clear career trajectory if you are below a certain level
    - Unlimited time off is a sham and you are expected to be available and be working to some extent even when you are on vacation.
    - Complaints made to HR are ignored.
    - Some managers are rude to cross-functional teams (creative, brand, analytics etc.) making it difficult for their directs to maintain a good working relationship with these essential teams.

    Advice to Management

    - Your employees give everything they have to the company. Show them you appreciate them, and everything they do for the company.

  3. "A company w/ a heart learning how to share it's greatness in more meaningful ways"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at DraftKings full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Incredible level of engagement. The people who work here want DK to succeed because they truly love it here.
    -Everyone will take the time to help you succeed, even if you have no clout yet, i.e. new hires, interns, etc.
    -Wonderfully diametrically opposed to what you'd expect with sports tech: Thoughtful vs. gut reactions, caring vs. "bulldoze everyone to get what you need," etc.
    -A very unique perks culture, i.e. people trading onsite barber slots for a the fully-paid massage slot on Slack is very commonplace.

    Cons

    -Growing so quickly that there we have to play 'musical conference rooms.' That being said, employees are very respectful of each other vs. typical 'stare downs' and glares from the other side of the glass.

    Advice to Management

    Yes, there is a LOT of work to do, but people simply love working here. Just imagine how the enhancements & tweaks will make DK an unstoppable force in tech (beyond just being known for a cool product/service)! Looking forward to our future.


  4. "Salary not commiserate with responsibilities - and therefore very demotivating to high achievers."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of very smart and motivated people. Great office, perks, and benefits. CEO is incredibly smart and caring.

    Cons

    Very large scope of responsibility for below average compensation. Company is far too large to continue this practice. Very high expectations that unfortunately are not rewarded when admittedly met or exceeded. Work life balance can be difficult at times. Very little growth opportunity for certain divisions.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize how much you have grown, and build out your organization properly to support it. This includes finding more ways to motivate top employees. You ask a lot of us, and should be rewarding us more in return.


  5. "Great Learning Environment, No Vision"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DraftKings full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to learn the ropes as a new grad. Genuinely excited and motivated coworkers in most departments. If you're invested in the company you'll have a pretty good time and learn a bunch.

    Cons

    No clear vision or path to success as a company. Must be the only billion dollar company in the world without a realistic 3-5 year plan. Company is stuck in the past with a product that clearly isn't as engaging as was previously thought and refuses to recognize systemic failures at the planning and vision level.

    Advice to Management

    Get a vision. Spend time thinking about it and clearly communicate it. You're not going to grow they way you did the past, not with your current product. If you don't openly acknowledge where you are weakest as a company and how you plan on fixing it you'll never get anywhere, but you already know that.


  6. "Fun but no work/life balance"

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

    I worked at DraftKings full-time

    Pros

    Unlimited snacks, beer, and coffee (including cold brew!). Free catered snack on Friday afternoons, which was always way more food than people. Lots of SUPER passionate people who live and breath fantasy sports.

    Cons

    Lots of SUPER passionate people who live and breath fantasy sports so there was very little work/life balance since fantasy sports never really sleeps. Expectations were often very unrealistic. At times the culture felt like it was based on one upping others and collaboration was hard to come by.

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to set goals that are still a stretch, but a reasonable stretch and not pie in the sky. Teach your employees to respect one another and not belittle those with opinions you don't agree with.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Customer Experience Associate"

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    Former Employee - Customer Experience Associate in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Customer Experience Associate in Boston, MA

    I worked at DraftKings full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Environment. Work is not difficult. Although working on Sunday is not ideal, they have RedZone playing.

    Cons

    No room for growth. Hours/days of the week to work are not good. Leadership is not always friendly or willing to help the appropriate way. If you make a small mistake there are some people who will care way more than they should.

    Advice to Management

    Be willing to help those in positions below you, even if they are in a contract position. Work as a TEAM.

  8. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at DraftKings (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Beer Fridays, Encouraged to watch sports, Encouraged to try new things

    Cons

    Cold Weather, Sports, Mac Office, Snow


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Amazing If You Drink The DK Kool-Aid"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DraftKings full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Perks can be pretty cool including tickets to games and chances to meet players from time to time. 95% of the people are amazing, but there are a few individuals who lack scruples and they seem to be the ones making decisions.

    The co-founders are wonderful and their vision is great.

    Cons

    DraftKings is great while you're there and you're drinking the DK Kool-Aid, but the truth is that there is a rampant sexism/harassment problem that is continuously swept under the rug by HR. Promotions are often political and not earned. As far as compensation goes, personally I was paid at just over 50% of my market value and I know I'm far from the only one who was underpaid.

    Advice to Management

    Deal with your HR problems, they're out of hand.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Fun, Open Working Environment"

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    Former Employee - Customer Support in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Customer Support in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DraftKings part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some like to complain about the "Bro" Culture at DraftKings, but I never once saw or experienced that. DK takes care of its employees and is always offering opportunities to grow your career

    Cons

    Some of the upper management employees simply will not accept when they're wrong.


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