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  1. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Solid Employer

    Aug 26, 2015 - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Fair wages if you have experience and knowledge. Fairly accommodating work environment. Management structure is easy to follow - not a lot above us in the pipeline. Tools and equipment are sufficient - we don't need super computers to develop our projects anyway. Fun days are a plus. OT is kept at a minimum. Privately owned by someone who actively plays games and loves to keep on top of the trends.

    Cons

    Biggest gripe - Producers tend to push work they should be doing down the line to the dev team. More on this below. Occasional noise pollution among the larger groups they put in the same space. PTO is lumped into one chunk - being sick for most of your PTO can be a drag when you actually want to use time for something fun later.

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    2 people found this review helpful
  2. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Find another employer

    Mar 28, 2015 - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
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    Pros

    Getting a job here may get you into the industry. The salary might be competitive, but you don't get quarterly bonuses even if projects are profitable. You'll also know exactly what not to do when you leave this company. If you do as little work as possible or you are just interested in getting a job in games to boast about it, you'll make lots of lifetime friends here. They have fun days once in a while (but you'll need to sign a waiver because you are a child that cannot be trusted).

    Cons

    Worst middle management team you'll ever encounter outside of fast food. Non-art creative decisions are often made by people who shouldn't be creating games. When it comes to really important gaming mechanics, no one wants to risk actually making a decision if it can be put off. Hard work is rewarded with more work. Two faced managers and leads that will never stand up for you. Insanely stupid workflow and deadlines that management pulls out of thin air with no real quantification or technique. Management watches you at all times and probably monitors chat logs.

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    22 people found this review helpful
  3. 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
  4. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Going down hill....

    Mar 18, 2017 - Artist in Austin, TX
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    -Good people to work w/ in the Austin office -They have the ability to make another great MMO -They still have one great MMO that is making them enough money to operate -There is still a lot of talent left in the studio

    Cons

    -An owner that seems to be content w/ running the company into the ground B/c he is sold on the fact that they can make successful mobile games... thus far they have done nothing but fail miserably. -Management makes it feel like you always have big brother watching over you -a company culture that doesn't seem to want any fun at work -An owner who let the person who built the company up go, b/c he thought he could make games even though he has no experience doing that. -Horrible chairs for people who are sitting in them at least 8 hours a day -you actually have to pay for sodas at a video game company -It was a struggle to get an essential/standard program for our artists that cost 200 dollars...they do not seem to want to invest any money in what their employees need. -A company that was willing to let the person who made the studio successful walk and didn't really seem to care. -It's a sinking ship

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    18 people found this review helpful
  5. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    A company on the verge of collapse... Getting out before it does!

    Jul 10, 2017 - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Solid pay for most jobs if you can actually survive the overly self- indulgent interview process. Nice, friendly, talented local people who like to have fun, play all sorts of games and be creative when allowed to be. Lots of underused talent in the studio. Average benefit package with the very occasional company outing or play day. A consistent paycheck for the moment. OK work / life balance if you completely check out and put forth little care or effort towards the sinking ship around you.

    Cons

    Kingsisle isn't Blizzard or EA, and the last relevant game they shipped is almost 10 years old, but upper management/HR will treat you like you need to be a ROCK STAR just to interview for them regardless. Owner is totally unqualified, narcissistic, rude and apathetic towards his employees. Over the past ten years their two(ish) successful live MMO titles have declined in profitability and the company remains directionless with no sustainable future. Upper management, is filled with sycophants and decision dodgers, who form a wall of exclusion when it comes to making creative or informed decisions. Just trying to get ideas heard by decision makers is judged harshly by middle management and frowned upon. Industry experience and experienced opinions are very undervalued, with very few exceptions. There is an overall fear of accountability throughout all levels of management causing production delays, needless iteration, and stagnation of creativity. This translates to employees whose moral is so low they have little care or input left to give. Ill informed, game design choices and management decisions made by middle and upper management, who are drawing at straws due to lack of experience. Self centered management not company or product focused. No appreciation or understand of current game design standards, analytical data or marketing trends. We know better attitudes on a corporate level, very xenophobic and paranoid about people outside the inner circle . Opaque approach to mobile game development, with zero analytic transparency and zero sharing of company goals and direction. Recent shift to mobile was many years late and volumes of experience short for actual success. Can't ship a product besides content for Wizard 101. 30 to 48 month development cycles for mobile games that if even released become shovelware due to poor marketing, monetization design and analytical expertise. Company laid off the entire marketing department because upper management 'knew better'. Current roster of three 'shipped' mobile games took 4+ years to develop and currently earn less than $15K gross revenue collectively according to App Annie. Very corporate, no game industry culture. No room for growth or advancement anymore, management spots are locked out and upper management are hostile to newcomers. PTO time is ridiculously monitored by the hour with a nickel and dime mentality. Creativity is only encouraged when it comes from upper management brainstorms or select Creativity is only encouraged when it comes from upper management brainstorms or select Creativity is only encouraged when it comes from upper management brainstorms or select middle management followers. Middle management has serious decision paralysis and are ill equipped to lead teams. Lost over 90 employees to layoffs last year thanks to their failed mobile transition and are suffering severe attrition on a weekly basis. Planning to give my notice immediately upon finding another position.

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    44 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. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Steer Clear - terrible work/life balance, poor leadership, constant known OT, toxic, perpetual politics

    Mar 23, 2022 - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    I wore so many hats that studios were fighting for me when I started applying for other jobs - not exactly a pro, but I guess I learned a lot.

    Cons

    -I literally had to work while I arranged funeral services for two of my family members. This is one of those studios where unlimited PTO is a joke because 1) you're always on even when you're off and 2) you have to schedule your PTO around when you know people aren't going to be able to function without you. I got Teams messages at 6 AM and 7:30 PM on the same days for non-emergency issues. -The pay is an absolute joke to start with. Then they give you more responsibility dangling small raises in front of you that you never get. -C-level is spineless. They'll let you take their hits to save their own butts and then apologize about it in a private Teams message later. My department was called 'BS' in a company-wide meeting. The commentary was never shut down just followed by further bashing. There were no repercussions. This stuff happened so often to my dept and others. -Still hasn't hired backfill from the acquisition... Over a year ago... Teams have been without knowledgeable management and hands to help with the workload for over a year. We've been left to drown. I was told, 'I know you're working over 40 hrs a week.' Okay if you know that then solve for that. There's so, so much more, but you get the drift.

    5 people found this review helpful
  8. 1.0
    Former Employee

    Company In Decline

    Apr 27, 2015 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    There used to be pros. Now that the company is transitioning to mobile games and all the competent people left lead and management positions, the best I can say is you can live paycheck to paycheck with the below industry wage they give you.

    Cons

    The most sycophantic and nepotistic management I've experienced. The HQ is located in Dallas and has no clue or cares little about this issue. The company is scrambling to transition into mobile but is too cheap, incompetent, and unorganized to do it effectively. Be prepared to be treated like a child with every move you make being questioned. Managers and executives are more concerned if you took a 16 rather than a 15 minute break than your actual work. Clock in like an hourly employee even though you're salaried. Horrible PTO policy. KingsIsle purports to be a family-friendly company but they are just as dysfunctional and irrespective of work-life balance as any other AAA. Enjoy snide comments and abusive behavior from your executive producer. Passive aggression is the MO. Try making sense of their bonus system. It’s like they want to pay you just enough so you don't leave but to also say they did something. Despite meetings and talking with coworkers I still couldn't make sense of it.

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    17 people found this review helpful
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