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Kixeye Reviews

Updated February 17, 2017
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Pros
  • There are some really smart people working here (in 9 reviews)

  • The unlimited PTO was a great benefit and your ability to take time off is very flexible (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "6-Months In, Zero Complaints"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    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!


  3. "This Company will make your Career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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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  5. Helpful (8)

    "Avoid this company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
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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

    Free lunch twice a week, good location for BART.

    Cons

    KIXEYE management is fundamentally dishonest, they lie to their employees, to their investors, and to themselves. Don't ever forget this.

    Will Harbin, their CEO, is a petulant man-child who takes credit for others' successes while blaming others for any failures, even failures he was directly responsible for.

    KIXEYE is a small company with limited resources that has not had a hit game in a long time. Liquidation bankruptcy is a very real possibility.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the game business and don't ever come back.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Fun and challenging place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlingame, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burlingame, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun, smart, passionate teams that work well together. Love these people.
    Challenging and rewarding work environment and projects.
    Good perks (food, snacks, gym membership, awesome health benefits).
    Strong base salary.

    Cons

    Office could use some more color - lots of grey, erasable marker walls.
    Hours can be long depending on where your project is.


  7. Helpful (12)

    "Any positive review is fake"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decently stocked kitchen. Nice view if you sit near windows.

    Cons

    Management has no idea what they are doing. Long hours and impossible schedules, more so than any other game company I have worked at. Consistent layoffs. Poor project planning. Toxic work culture.

    Advice to Management

    Replace the entire management team. Their incompetence is astounding.


  8. Helpful (8)

    "Run to the hills or somewhere else"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - UI Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - UI Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kixeye full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Catering food
    Nice view
    Nice office and location
    Nice arcades
    Gym

    Cons

    Bad Company in general
    Horrible games
    Overtime work
    Old technology
    No innovation


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Just bad"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nothing worth mentioning. Most times you get to leave at a reasonable hour?

    Cons

    You are not heard and favoritism is in plain sight.

    Advice to Management

    Completely start a new management team. Get ones that care about the company and the teams that they manage.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company to get ahead in the Games industry in downtown SF."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Web Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Web Developer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kixeye (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of industry veterans, as well as novices with interesting ideas about internet gaming. Located in downtown SF, which is hard to find for gaming companies.

    Cons

    You need to take the initiative to move forward because management isn't going to do it for you.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Fine Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kixeye full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They were fine. Nothing spectacular. There were some smart people around. The office was very nice, in a perfect location downtown, with catered lunch 2x a week.

    Cons

    The company was lacking vision, and unfortunately there were some big bets on pet projects that didn't work out. It happens. Could be a very caustic environment.

    Advice to Management

    Good luck.



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