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"Great benefits, but clueless management and few advancement opportunities."

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Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Kabam had the best benefit package of any company. We were rewarded with catered meals, generous incentive bonuses, annual company trips, open PTO policies, and tons of swag. Their new HQ is swank!

Cons

Their executive team has no expertise in managing software development. New projects are forked from old ones, and the technical debt piles up. There is no strategy on resource or technology sharing, resulting in lots of redundant efforts. A lack of coordination on initiatives involving multiple teams often results in delays or postponements on feature rollouts. The culture does not promote creativity, engineering quality, or applying best practices. Projects are often killed early and before they have a chance to prove their potential. There is too much emphasis on game monetization at the expense of creating fun experiences. Performance and salary reviews occurred sporadically, when at all.

Advice to Management

Hire a CTO. Encourage more communication and technology sharing between teams. Build a service oriented culture within the organization. Hire more experienced game designers.

Other Employee Reviews for Kabam

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Hard to move around"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Talented group of people
    -Food served daily
    -Game rooms
    -Up to date software
    -Spirits on site
    -Good San Francisco location
    -Depending on team there are lots of team activities
    -Flexible hours

    Cons

    -Talent drain
    -Under utilization of skills
    -Blatant copying of other titles
    -Market driven art decisions
    -Significant stifling of creative game development
    -Constant shut down of projects to only be revived as a clone of something else
    -Inability to move up if you're deemed to important in current role
    -Big disconnect in janitorial attention between top floor for execs and bottom floors for studios
    -Seems to be headed towards just buying studios as they launch successful titles
    -Palpable sense of unimportance for people on older titles
    -Constant shifting of team members, often without notice
    -Flexible hours that can be seen taken advantage of

    Advice to Management

    Talent drain is on the rise. Try to indulge the creative folks more.


  2. "Kabam is a blast"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Marketing Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Contractor - Marketing Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kabam as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's great to work at a place where people are really invested in gaming and committed to pushing their games to the next level. The Working environment is filled with an abundance of snacks and goodies and the atmosphere is that of a fast paced team oriented work space.

    Cons

    I am only working as a Contractor and wished their was a position opened in my department to allow in more talent.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with the departments and consider hiring in more help to keep things moving faster and efficient.

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