King Reviews

Updated Jul 2, 2020

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3.3
61%
Recommend to a Friend
52%
Approve of CEO
King President Humam Sakhnini
Humam Sakhnini
8 Ratings
Pros
  • "All the great people that working at King(in 34 reviews)

  • "Work life balance is also great, there is a lot of emphasis on focusing on delivery and people/team happiness(in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • "Some studios have more benefits than others because are related to the location(in 11 reviews)

  • "The company seems to be too scared to take any really meaningful risks and spends all its money and resources on candy crush(in 10 reviews)

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

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at King full-time for 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. "Great Company, needs more innovation"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Private 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at King full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Awesome Benefits, great people, yearly company get togethers are memorable and productive

    Cons

    Since the acquisition, King has lost some of the innovative streak that marked my time there. I hope that will change.

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  3. Helpful (20)

    "Candy Crush life support"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at King full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    People who want to work in games are generally nice.

    Cons

    - Management is toxic. The creative directors tend to be skilled and great people. Unfortunately, middle management and account manager types make this place toxic. - The working culture is opposite of their values. Ironic because the values are posted in bold letters on the office entry way. - Benefits decreased while I was there - Promotions are political instead of merit based

  4. "Information security"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

  5. "King of employers"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Love King!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at King full-time for 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

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  7. Helpful (3)

    "If you want to work with great people"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

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  8. Helpful (2)

    "King Seattle Studio (Z2)"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at King full-time for 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.

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  9. Helpful (3)

    "Junior Data Scientist"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Current Employee - Junior Data Scientist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at King full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Cultural fit is important. Friendly team environment.

    Cons

    None yet to speak of

  10. Helpful (1)

    "Future is bright in North America"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at King full-time for 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.

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