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Found 6 of over 78 reviews
2.2
13% Recommend to a Friend
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Found 6 of over 78 reviews

2.2
13%
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0%
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KingsIsle Entertainment Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Elie Akilian (no image)
Elie Akilian
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great place to work.

    Dec 1, 2012 - Software Engineer I in Austin, TX
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    If you're looking for a great place to learn and grow with a positive atmosphere then this is the place for you. Great team of coworkers with a work hard / play hard attitude. Work life balance is just right and over time is not over done (when its necessary). Decent benefit package as the company is growing so there are changes for the better each year.

    Cons

    At present there are none.

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    1 person found this review helpful
  2. 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
    Business Outlook

    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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    20 people found this review helpful
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  4. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Sinking ship

    Jun 21, 2016 - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The talent and people you meet are wonderful and great. Conveniently located next to a bar (you will need it).

    Cons

    Management, especially executives, are incompetent and penny pinchers full of ego. They expect you to be in your seat for a minimum of 8 hours each day, despite being salaried. Forget about taking care of life issues during the day. 401k is a joke. Benefits are minimalistic at best. Promotions are obtained through a brisk stroke of egos. Excellence is not recognized. Expect to be under payed.

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    12 people found this review helpful
  5. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Any port in a storm

    May 1, 2013 - Software Engineer II in Austin, TX
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The bonuses are nice, although how they are calculated and whether they are awarded is opaque. Relatively few layoffs for a game company. They have a good business model, and are less likely than some game companies to go under.

    Cons

    Opaque management, very little delegation to anyone below the VP level. Crunch, although the decision to crunch all the time is one that actually is left up to producers. Many layers of middle management who can't actually make decisions.

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    7 people found this review helpful
  6. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Kingsisle

    May 22, 2016 - Software Engineer II in Austin, TX
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    A lot of new technology to learn. Good working environment. Nice people.

    Cons

    communication between upper management to workers need improvement

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    3 people found this review helpful
  7. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Not a bad place to start

    May 24, 2016 - Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The culture created by co-workers was flavorful and interesting.

    Cons

    Sometimes it was difficult to be sure of how things were going.

    1 person found this review helpful
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