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  1. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Amazing team talent, poor management overlords

    Apr 26, 2013 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great place to work to learn from amazing Artists, Designers and Programmers. Company "Fun Days" are a great way to motivate the team. Working on kids game is both fun and rewarding! Good place to learn and get experience.

    Cons

    Upper & middle management fails to listening to individuals not on the management team, swept under the rug when concerns or issues arise. Big brother watches over employees and their interaction with others.

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    5 people found this review helpful
  2. 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
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    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 Creativity is only encouraged when it comes from upper management brainstorms or select middle 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
  3. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Great people, unclear strategy

    May 9, 2016 - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Most of the people you'll work with are great. There are a lot of talented people at the studio. The company does a great job of NOT working you to a nub as projects close in on their delivery date, so your work/life balance will not suffer. Immediate department managers are great and approachable if you ever have an issue. The studio also hosts a number of fun days throughout the year that offer opportunities to interact with people you might not work with day-to-day. Lay-offs are also extremely rare so there's nice stability.

    Cons

    The company strategy laid forth by upper management is unclear, and communication to the rank-and-file employees can be spotty. Inter-studio politics can get in the way of producing the best possible products, with projects often delayed due to constantly shifting priorities. Pay could be more competitive with other studios and it's tough to move up the ladder of promotion.

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    3 people found this review helpful
  4. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great place to start a career

    Feb 3, 2014 - Associate Designer in Austin, TX
    Recommend
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    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
  5. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Kingsisle

    May 22, 2016 - Software Engineer II in Austin, TX
    Recommend
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    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
  6. 3.0
    Former Employee

    ok

    Dec 17, 2018 -  
    Recommend
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    Pros

    eh its fine but needs more creativity

    Cons

    upper management needs to talk to employers more and the people who know the fans

    1 person found this review helpful
  7. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Stable beacon in gaming industry

    Jun 12, 2014 - Anonymous 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great friendly work environment. Fun days, collaborative projects and creativity fostered. Upper management very approachable. Constantly working to improve all current projects and push the bar forward in new directions. Low turnover and virtually no layoffs. A very stable company that is extremely family friendly. Good bonus structure and benefits.

    Cons

    Different experience being contract versus full time. Sometimes it can be confusing to see a direction of a project due to many things not being communicated past upper management.

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