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Updated July 16, 2017
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Great company with exciting opportunities"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Leader in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Team Leader in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Humble Bundle full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - small startup culture without the stress of needing financing rounds
    - visionary executive leadership that likes to push the limits
    - open culture where most people are willing to talk to their peers about good and bad
    - really awesome customers who aren't afraid to shower us in praise when we do good or insults when we fall short

    Cons

    - this is the first time the founders have run a company, so they have some blind spots
    - the big vision can get in the way of iterative improvement

    Advice to Management

    Keep going big, but make room to sweat the details on not just with the customer but also the company culture. The whole team is really great but we can always strive to improve via regular feedback from our employees and our customers.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing place to work making big impacts!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Upper management definitely listens to employees and works hard to keep everyone happy
    -Great company perks and benefits
    -People work really hard to achieve company goals
    -Transparency! Founders are accessible and open to answering employees' questions an concerns.
    -Definitely a place that values you if you are a hard worker
    -Small team that makes a big difference to the world (over $95 million donated to charity)

    Cons

    Some growing pains in here and there for the company. Cofounders have taken steps to make sure the company is growing towards better place. I am not too worried.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work and hiring! Make sure you have enough people to ship out bigger project. I hope to see more of Humble Bundle's work in the industry soon.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Absolutely fantastic place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is the first workplace I've been at where the founders are accessible, truly care about their employees and are willing to take feedback and adjust the way that the company runs.

    There's a weekly all hands meeting where employees are free to ask questions of the founders and the questions are actually aired and answered in a meaningful fashion (unlike some companies I've been at previously where they choose not to answer the difficult questions or skim over them with half-answers).

    The work is challenging and if you show interest and initiative you're given opportunities to grow.

    A core component of the company's mission is helping to raise money for charity as a percentage of all revenues earned so anything you do to improve the company's performance means that you're helping charities at the same time, :)!

    It's been a fantastic experience so far and I look forward to learning more and seeing us accomplish more amazing things.

    Cons

    Can be a bit hectic and disorganized at times.

    Many of the typical downsides of working at a smaller company but I find that they are significantly offset by a willingness to listen and adherence to values despite the potential for short term gains by skirting them.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Humble Bundle Rocks!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent, caring and accessible leadership
    Socially responsible (they've donated over $90 MLN to charity)
    Strong sense of culture and belonging. Employees really like working there and working with each other.
    Top notch People Operation's team who go above and beyond to address any employee's needs.
    Engaging work environment with challenging problems to solve.
    Best healthy snacks I have ever had!
    Beautiful office in a great SF location.
    401K match!

    Cons

    It's part of the gaming industry, so people out of the industry don't always think it's a good place to be. But it is!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and keep adding the great benefits and perks that you have been giving out.
    Evangelize your charity work. People should know how much positive impact this company of just over 50 employees generates on a daily basis.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Negative Overview"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Humble Bundle (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company likes to promote team based activities for socializing
    Free lunches 3 days a week and dinners every day
    Casual Environment
    Better than many video game companies in the industry

    Cons

    To start, upper management has no idea what they're doing. They aren't aware of what their employees are doing on a day to day basis, so they're generally unfit to understand how to solve any of their employees woes other than to throw free food and activities at them. They give promotions without raises, so many people take on more responsibilities without the corresponding pay. They are constantly chasing the competition and not allowing the company to grow as an independent business and brand, beside the fact they don't believe in establishing a core brand for the company. They don't trust the employees that they hire to be the experts at what they do, but instead expect them to just "do as they say". Their company values that they used to express time and time again is all but nonexistent nowadays in favor of making sure more money is pouring into products that are a fraction as popular as their core bundles.

    As for the rest of the company, while they are friendly for the most part and the environment is casual, it's also one of the most immature. This may be attributed to the fact that they hire a lot of people out of college, but the environment has been generally cliquey, toxic, and immature. Gossiping and complaining is a common past time for employees there, to the point where you start feeling like you're in High School because everyone is in each others business. Teams often feel like they work harder and therefore deserve more "gifts and perks" because of that. People have fits of immature outbursts or arguments over small petty issues. Favoritism is rampant among employees.

    The work life balance is okay at best. Often things are coming in hot, so you generally have to be in a work mindset 24/7 in case situations occur.

    There's also an extremely high turnover rate. It's not unusual for current employees who work there for more than 4 months to constantly look for new opportunities, be fired, laid off, or straight up quit.

    Advice to Management

    Try focusing on company values that will unite the company, rather than having everyone be workhorses that gets things done for you. Start focusing on internal issues, rather than constantly hiring new people who are desperate to get into the video game industry. Hire skilled talent, versus cheap ones. Remember your company values and try to stay true to them.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Fantastic place to work, if you're a hard worker"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Lead in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Team Lead in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Humble Bundle full-time

    Pros

    I worked at Humble Bundle for over a year and had mostly great experiences. The CEO and COO are very engaged in the goings on of the company and have a good pulse on what each team is doing, a lot of which is thanks to the managers they've hired to run each team. Every department lead is extremely capable and hard-working. All of them are intelligent individuals who I was proud to work with. Management wants to improve and if you provide feedback, don't be surprised if something changes.

    The CEO is very intelligent, mostly engineering focused. Best to summarize what you need from him in an email if a meeting can be spared. Overall has the best interest of the company in mind when making decisions. He sources feedback and makes the call, the way a CEO should.

    The COO truly cares about the company and is the go-to guy for complaints. He will meet with you and honestly expects candid conversation and won't retaliate if you say something negative. He will want to fix the problem.

    The office is great and in a nice location in a safe, clean(by SF standards) side of town. They'll give you everything you need to do your job well, including any ergonomic equipment you might need/want. Also snacks, unlimited snacks.

    Each team gets a solid budget to do team events. Customer Service seems to do it best, but all the teams make an effort to bond.

    Pay is sufficient for each role, and the benefits are great. Insurance is taken care of by the company and the accounting team will deal with anything you need done near-immediately if something is awry.

    Cons

    Getting in and out of that side of town can be expensive and frustrating.

    Some pretty needy employees in lower positions who complain quite a bit about this or that. They sort of harbor every employee a bit longer than necessary so naysayers stick around longer than they should.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management, check on every department more thoroughly to make sure everyone has sufficient resources. Sometimes teams lack staffing in certain areas that could pay off in dividends if given some love.

    Middle management, make sure you are honestly communicating your teams feelings to upper management so things can change. Also make sure no lazy people are sliding by unnoticed.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Humble Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Support Ninja in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Support Ninja in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -unlimited snacks, free lunches, beers on tap
    -cool office
    -some room for growth, you're given a chance for project ownership if you're capable
    -people are friendly and fun to hang out with (if comics, movies, anime, games, and drinks are your thing)
    -you work with games and play them too

    Cons

    -compensation is not shabby but could be better
    -some office politics like all others
    -it's clicky in the office and management shows favoritism
    -some dips in morale because of some poor decision making here and there

    Advice to Management

    maintain company culture and happiness and Humble will do fine

  8. Helpful (3)

    "A great startup environment, but needs to start creating more formal structure and adjust to rapid growth."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very fun work environment (monthly board game nights, casual game sessions, etc). Office manager has really made a lot of improvements to company culture in the last few months. HR shows a great amount of care for the well-being of employees. Flexible scheduling (has been great when handling doctors appointments, etc.). Great benefits and coverage. A stocked kitchen with plenty of healthy options, catered lunches three times a week, and catered dinner every night is great.

    Cons

    Training for some positions weren't as informative as they could have been (lack of documentation, no formal training processes). Opportunities for advancement can be very difficult and not very clear. Work environment may often feel a bit too casual and doesn't emphasize much of a professional environment.

    Advice to Management

    Improve training and on-boarding processes by department and position (general on-boarding has improved a whole lot since starting at HB). As the company grows, try to have more events or team-building opportunities so that different departments don't feel so disconnected from each other.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "fun and relaxed place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Humble Bundle part-time

    Pros

    Everyone is very friendly and accessible. There is a fully stocked kitchen & kegerator as well as free catered dinner if you stay later. Lots of incentives and perks for doing good work. Hours are flexible, can work from home if necessary. Overall a fantastic and fun way to get a foot into the gaming industry.

    Cons

    Communication could be a little hard at times as internal structure isn't too clear. Hiring process isn't the most professional.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Relaxed, friendly and very cool place to work out of college"

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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
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Kegerator (mini fridge with keg inside, beer in-house for Humble Tea)
    -Very fun office, young atmosphere,
    -chill, flexible hours, overtime allowed
    -lots of snacks, drinks and dinner provided
    -open communication with management and leadership
    -very much a team environment
    -great place to learn, grow and work in games industry

    Cons

    -low base salary for entry level employees
    -poor internal communication

    Advice to Management

    loved the experience & management does a great job rewarding employees and receiving/implementing feedback.
    -perhaps set up different pay grades for different positions depending on amount of responsibilities and how reward employees that go above and beyond their pay grade


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