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Kixeye Reviews

Updated August 5, 2017
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Pros
  • There are some really smart people working here (in 9 reviews)

  • Convenient office in downtown SF (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Refer to all previous reviews about culture of fear and menace (in 17 reviews)

  • Higher ups make poor decisions and the attitude of the CEO creates a hostile work environment (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "Anonymous Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kixeye full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    KIXEYE is filled with great people who are not only fun to work with but produce great work. I have been at KIXEYE for a little over a year now and have not had a day where I didn't learn something new. We are constantly evolving and improving what we do to make this already great company, even better. Our team works very hard but is also great at planning team building events so we can have some fun. Even with the casual atmosphere, everyone is professional. There are always opportunities to learn and grow. Schedule is very flexible.

    Cons

    Even though the schedule is flexible, we work with Australia so sometimes the short overlap in our business hours can cause unpredictable longer days.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great experience so far"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kixeye full-time

    Pros

    Challenging work, passionate & fun co-workers, good benefits/perks, good flexibility, strong pay, job is just what I expected.

    Cons

    No 401k matching, parking nearby is crazy expensive, hours can be unpredictable some weeks.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Qa"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kixeye full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice people. Free lunch twice a week.

    Cons

    Horrible management, work overload. Only close friends to management get promoted and annual raises.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Garbage"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kixeye full-time

    Pros

    None, well it's in Downtown SF, so that's could be a Pro

    Cons

    Everything, can't find anything good to say about them.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great for my career advancement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kixeye full-time

    Pros

    Upward mobility, competitive salary, good benefits, some great teams and managers

    Cons

    Some (not all) toxic teams, understaffed, disorganized data infrastructure (work in progress)

    Advice to Management

    Give CS the support and resources they need


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Not Recommended"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great lunches, great snacks, great drink variety.

    Cons

    Basically everything else. When I was working at KIXEYE, every team was practically against every other team. They made one of their "senior" engineers my manager, except they had the exact same number of total career years of experience that I did but with less variety. And that manager of mine told me, explicitly, that his goal was to set up another project similar to ours for failure so that we could get credit for solving a particular set of problems. Not only was it weird that we had approval for two similar projects to be worked on simultaneously but it was weird for the subterfuge to be anything but subtle.

    Aside from a weirdly aggressive and open kind of mis-management at the lower levels, the top-level management was atrocious. One time the game team I was working with missed an internal delivery date, and the CEO was furious, wanted to know why this wasn't communicated to him and that we had made him look like idiots, even though almost the entire team of developers had complained about not having a realistic deadline. The CEO told us "I have an open-door policy, don't let your voice get silenced by middle-management, come directly to me." Two weeks later we've got a new and equally unrealistic deadline, so a few developers go to the CEO, get told it's a very reasonable deadline and to try for it regardless. Guess what happens when we don't hit the deadline? The CEO goes off on the development team again.

    Unless you're on a team that constantly performs at the level the CEO expects, you probably won't have a stress-free work environment. I was so stressed out that I literally started losing weight - and I didn't have much weight I could safely lose - and began to become legitimately depressed.

    Advice to Management

    Set realistic expectations, stop mis-communication across all levels of management, and someone please get rid of the CEO.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Nice people, great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kixeye full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good co-workers
    Lots of opportunity
    Great benefits

    Cons

    Entertainment industry so layoffs do happen
    boom and bust cycle can be difficult for some

    Advice to Management

    keep on, keeping on

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kixeye (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Visionary exec team, amazing benefits, great office location, perfect culture

    Cons

    Really no cons. Emphasis on execution!


  9. Helpful (3)

    "6-Months In, Zero Complaints"

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Kixeye full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Corporate Culture is excellent. There are a number of team and company outings that allow for the employees to bond. All the stereotypical tech benefits, no healthcare costs, free food, free drinks, and alcohol stations.

    -Work is tough, they expect diligent, intelligent employees. You need to be able to execute with little hand holding. If you are falling short of their expectations, they are open to telling you and finding ways to close that gap. If you can't succeed with that level of clarity and help, you aren't suited to have a high expectation job.

    Cons

    None yet, will update if some come up.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "This Company will make your Career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kixeye full-time

    Pros

    If you want to be successful and learn from some of the best in the business, KIXEYE will offer you that in spades. There is an abundance of opportunity for growth and a wealth of intelligence here. The office location, benefits packages, and perks they provide are also great.

    Cons

    Is having to choose between 15 different protein bars a con?


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