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Updated Aug 12, 2022

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2.7
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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 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
  2. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    Sr. Director of Web/Java Engineering

    Jul 17, 2015 - Senior Director of Web and Java Engineering in Dallas, TX
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, fun environment, challenging technical opportunities.

    Cons

    There was little transparency from Sr. Management, and they provided little feedback down to the department heads.

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    1 person found this review helpful
  3. 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 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
  4. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    In Transition

    Jul 1, 2016 - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The best part of working at KI would be the people you are surrounded by on a day-to-day basis. Those in the trenches, working hard to make something great.

    Cons

    The company is in a transition period, making it tough for those there to see what the end goal is. Are they a mobile studio, or are they an MMO studio? There is very little transparency on decisions or directions or results. Information is on a need-to-know basis, and 99% of the studio is deemed to be on the not-need-to-know list. Feature creep is a real issue. Games drag on and on because management is determined to 'only ship games that are done right'... only problem with this is that 'done right' targets change all the time.

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    5 people found this review helpful
  5. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great place to start a career

    Feb 3, 2014 - Associate Designer in Austin, TX
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - If you are driven enough, there are a lot of opportunities to get where you want to go in this company. - Much of upper management is easy to talk to and get advice from. - People are friendly - Fun environment

    Cons

    - Unnecessary crunch time that is the product of poor time management on all levels, and the peons suffer for it. - Suggestions are listened to but rarely taken advantage of, even when the issue could have a large impact. - Lack of transparency on upper level

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    1 person found this review helpful
  6. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 8 years

    Not-So Disney-Like

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

    Pros

    Still a great game company in terms of Work-Life balance. Coworkers were immensely talented and experienced, as well as great people.

    Cons

    No transparency on how company is performing or decision making. For a small game company, it is run like a big corporation. Executive management makes decent business decisions, but terrible at decisions involving game direction.

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    14 people found this review helpful
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