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Updated January 9, 2019
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  • "A bit of chaos in some teams and lack of vision" (in 5 reviews)

  • "And upper management is completely oblivious to this" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "A beautiful respite in the tumultuous game industry"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Games, Games, Games - surrounded by amazing like-minded nerds who come from some of the best companies around, having worked on some of the world's best IP
    - Heavy focus on diversity and inclusion, it is not just a buzzword here
    - Data-informed teams/transparency from leadership
    - Benefit/Compensation
    - Free noms
    - Lots of international travel depending on role
    - Lack of toxic masculinity that permeates other studio's cultures - everyone is heard here!
    - Mission statement: Every day we look to create IP and content that makes people smile. We are inclusive, your aunt, mom and best friend have played at least one of our games!

    Cons

    - If you're in North America, expect lots of early morning calls with folks across the pond. (If you're a morning person, move this bullet into the pro section.)
    - Certain segments of the business occasionally have a hard time understanding issues based on region and is very EU centric, we're working on it!


  2. "Information security"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at King full-time

    Pros

    Good company with nice employees

    Cons

    Location is too long for me

  3. "King of employers"

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

    I have been working at King full-time

    Pros

    Great workplace environment, best I've ever experienced, it's awesome to be right downtown in Seattle.
    Insanely talented development team.

    Cons

    Timezone difference with centralized services can be a challenge.
    King leadership seems to be risk averse to a fault, making for a less diverse portfolio than the potential they have based on the talent.

    Advice to Management

    Grow North America, Seattle is a great foothold, but the talent isn't being actualized, by limiting the number of potential shots on goal that the studio could actually be delivering.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Love King!"

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    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 King full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    International company with a diverse workforce.
    Great team/company culture/people.
    Incredibly transparent
    Lots of opportunities and challenges to grow
    Great location in SOMA neighborhood of SF, good commuter benefit
    and lot more.

    Cons

    If you are non-gamer that it could be a difficult place to work

    Advice to Management

    Please keep doing great things!


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    "If you want to work with great people"

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

    I worked at King full-time

    Pros

    The people - Lots of really smart and super friendly people.
    Great work life balance. Its strongly encouraged to get your work done in a 8hr workday and then turn off.
    Great senior leadership. Very accessible. Many of them have been there for 10+ years and are still very passionate.
    Great culture in general.

    Cons

    Some politics as expected from a company of this size.

    Advice to Management

    Continue hiring people that are both smart & driven and also humble & friendly people. Its doing wonders for the culture and the teamwork efficiency.


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    "King Seattle Studio (Z2)"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    There's a lot of trust in the game teams to make decisions on product and timelines. Teams are collaborative, well structured and 'office politics' are not tolerated. Cool office space with lots of perks, but the main draw for me is the people.

    Cons

    Communication with the corporate office is often slow because of distance and time zones.

    Advice to Management

    Allow studios to be more independent so that we can move quickly with the market.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Junior Data Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Junior Data Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Junior Data Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cultural fit is important. Friendly team environment.

    Cons

    None yet to speak of

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Future is bright in North America"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Seems like King is really committed to investing in North America. New Senior leader of North American Games who sits in Seattle, seems genuinely interested in the people and what we are doing. We can finally see how the US ties into the rest of King. Also, it sounded like SF is going to grow a lot, excited to have more people in the US.

    -New games in Seattle
    -Good vibe
    -Great location
    -New teams in SF...we get updates from the studio heads in SF during a new North American call....which in itself is cool
    -Travel...we all get to go to Stockholm this summer!!!!
    -We have recently hired a bunch of new people, good to have more energy in Seattle.

    Cons

    Wish we had more day to day communication in Seattle. My team runs independently which is great, but sometimes it feels like separate studios since we are all so busy.

    Would be good to have clear studio goals that we can all understand. Saying we need to launch a game seems obvious, but is that really it? I saw the King goals at our CEO call but studio leadership has never spoken of them before or again.

    What happens when local leaders go to London...can you tell us why you go or what you learned.

    Advice to Management

    This is the first time I feel like I have a connection to the rest of King, mostly because of the the hiring of new leadership.

    I wish Seattle leadership spoke more about about Europe and how we are part of King...seems like there is a lot of excitement about the games we are making but its rare to hear much other than team specific updates locally.

    Please keep finding ways to have the new North American CEO call...maybe keep it to 45 mins

    Please keep sharing its a nice change


  9. "Ads BU feels like a start-up - in a good way"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at King full-time

    Pros

    King's Advertising business is a new, high-energy unit hosted within King (SF-NY-London), with plans to scale to Activision-Blizzard more broadly. Growth is high, hiring fast & accelerating, and there's a lot of breaking new grounds to it. It provides good careers prospects, that feeling of creating, and always doing something new. You don't get the painful political processes of a large empire, while being able to leverage their systems. And King's values are quite prevalent (from internal hires) and lived

    Cons

    There are definitely downsides to be a start-up within a larger company -- you need to invest more energy in shaping your role/market than you would in a comparable position elsewhere, and it can be a risky path too. Leadership is definitely aware of this and is doing a lot to keep people motivated

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Results are good, attrition low - talent is crucial at this stage and we can't afford to lose any


  10. Helpful (8)

    "bookkeeper"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at King full-time

    Pros

    funplace to work nice friends

    Cons

    lazy co workers not friendly

    Advice to Management

    be nicer