KingsIsle Entertainment Reviews

Updated Mar 29, 2021

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2.7
38%
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KingsIsle Entertainment Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Elie Akilian (no image)
Elie Akilian
35 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great work life balance compared to most game studios(in 8 reviews)

  • "Fairly accommodating work environment(in 5 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "The frustrating part is that we don't seem to be run by a CEO or upper management that really enjoys playing games(in 7 reviews)

  • "pto policy(in 5 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Wonderful!!!

      Oct 7, 2020 - Data Analyst in Austin, TX
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
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      Pros

      Friendly team and many company events

      Cons

      There is no big issue

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    2. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Good people, no desire to take care of their fanbase content-wise

      Mar 29, 2021 - Programmer in Plano, TX
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Alright work environment and people.

      Cons

      One has to wonder if anyone is even interested in competitive game balance or content with a shred of innovation. Lack of creativity is suffocating.

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    3. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Worked at this company for 3 years. Really bad upper management.

      Apr 23, 2020 - Software Engineer 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
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      Pros

      We have many "holidays" where we celebrate with expensive food. Worker compensation is decent. -Adding features to track down player activity is a big bonus on your paycheck. -Adding features that track down player spending activities and targeting those players will add to your paycheck.

      Cons

      I've seen a lot of gifted software developers come and go and here are some of those instances: -Improving any sort of quality of life when playing stepping into the game as a player will get you fired (Having the ability to teleport to quest givers, setting your deck for your minion, and so on). -Modularizing models and implementing a Fibonacci Heap for loading (5x faster game launching) will get you fired. -Any ideas for the company that reflects positively on the player base like removing the subscription paywall on areas will get you fired. -Making dead features such as allowing pet games to grant energy will get you fired. -Adding skip turn features for battles will get you fired. -Allowing more people to join houses will get you fired. -Adding calculations to a player's account from creation date (Like +13 years to assume the player is at least 13 years of age) will get you fired. -Adding any elixir that cost exclusively gold will get you fired.

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      14 people found this review helpful
    4. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Two and a half stars

      Aug 21, 2020 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Decent pay and benefits lack of crunch Friendly relaxed office but also mature and professional Cheese Day

      Cons

      Extremely risk averse and metric driven Most employees are just collecting a pay check Promotions are based on seniority rather than merit, therefore many senior positions are filled by people who have little experience outside of Kingsisle or no leadership skills.

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      5 people found this review helpful
    5. 3.0
      Current Employee

      It's Alright.

      May 11, 2020 - QA Tester in Austin, TX
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Relaxed work environment, fun coworkers.

      Cons

      You have no influence in trying to guide the company toward making the right decisions.

      4 people found this review helpful
    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Much Improved Communication!

      Jan 26, 2020 - Animator in Round Rock, TX
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      New management has offered crystal clear transparency with their assessments/goals/results as it relates to KingsIsle's past/present/future.

      Cons

      Lack of project ownership at the highest of levels - no Creative Directors.

      4 people found this review helpful
    7. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      bad

      Aug 3, 2020 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      there are no pros get out

      Cons

      everything was horrible please leave

      5 people found this review helpful
    8. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Positive Outlook

      Sep 19, 2018 - IT Technician in Round Rock, TX
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Great people and fun culture, recent hiring of veterans from the mobile game industry have the company headed in the right direction and the release of Animal Cove on mobile and Wizard101 on Steam has been very successful.

      Cons

      The company is now in Round Rock if you live in the Austin area. Also in the past, upper management was not always open to change or new ideas or supporting the various departments as some would have liked, but I feel with the new people they are bringing in and the move to Steam they are proving they want the company to succeed.

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      5 people found this review helpful
    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      n

      Jul 28, 2019 - Associate Creative Designer II in Austin, TX
      Recommend
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      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Great people. Great work life balance.

      Cons

      Too many cooks often spoils the pot.

      3 people found this review helpful
    10. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Good place to start your career, but don't stick around for too long.

      Mar 6, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      - Stable - Nice co-workers - Decent benefits

      Cons

      - Non-competitive salaries - No desire to innovate - Antiquated PTO policy. Will dock you hours for being late, but will not comp you for working overtime. No work from home.

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      8 people found this review helpful
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