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Knowledge Adventure Reviews

Updated Jan 1, 2019

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25 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Full Time Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Knowledge Adventure full-time

    Pros

    Fun, open environment with a lot of room for growth

    Cons

    None to think of right now

    Knowledge Adventure2017-01-04
  2. Helpful (4)

    "Be wary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Gardena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Knowledge Adventure full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Fully stocked kitchen, fun activities throughout the year. Fellow co workers are friendly and easy to get along with, a lot of talented and passionate people. The brands are all fun to work on. Benefits are great, fully covered medical, vision, and dental, 401k, etc.

    Cons

    Executives bite more than they can chew and are always making promises they can't keep and end up taking it out on their employees. Management has made their employees cry many times as they belittle them and use gaslighting techniques to manipulate them. Nepotism runs rampant, and you can see the clear preferential treatment for those related to the CEO. They hire and under pay interns and expect them to do work that would not be considered intern work anywhere else. Management embraces key words and run with them without having any knowledge of the field. They micro manage and do not trust their employers, it creates a toxic environment for everyone and the tension can be felt on a daily basis. Management talks bad about their employees to each other and try to cultivate a solitary environment so no one can discuss their experience with each other.

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    Knowledge Adventure2019-01-02
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Ok Place to Gain Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Knowledge Adventure full-time

    Pros

    *Counts as experience *Room to for self-growth as long as you are self-motivated *May have opportunity to work on project that has potential *Kitchen is well stocked *Work/Life balance is good

    Cons

    *Egos with major lack of technical/artistic knowledge *Exec/Upper management catches on to industry keywords and then tries to force it without understanding game dev *Low wages compared to industry but large wage gaps between people doing the work and exec/upper team *Hiring interns to do work that definitely wouldn't be considered 'intern' anywhere else *A fair amount of nepotism

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    Knowledge Adventure2018-06-01
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Jumpstart"

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    I worked at Knowledge Adventure

    Pros

    Great snacks and work environment.

    Cons

    Company finances were going through a tough time for years, so no pay increases.

    Knowledge Adventure2017-09-21
  5. Helpful (3)

    "Great people, Good work, Bad pay."

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

    I worked at Knowledge Adventure full-time

    Pros

    There are some truly incredible people who work there. Everyone in the trenches are incredibly passionate about their projects. I learned a lot while I was there. Usually, there is not a lot of overtime or weekend work. So it is pretty easy to sustain a good work life balance. They have softball teams and other recreational activities fairly regularly. So there is a good amount of time to bond with other employees. Working on DreamWorks projects are a lot of fun. Benefits are pretty good. Full dental, vision and health insurance are covered.

    Cons

    Executives don't communicate with the team. The system in place keeps them from participating in development until the last second. Resulting in delays and the development team having to rush to complete the project. They are disrespectful to their employees and to each other. I watched the executives make employees cry multiple times because they belittle their employees’ expertise. I sat in a meeting where they talked trash about each other behind one another back. This is incredibly immature and inappropriate in the workplace. Especially for someone who is suppose to be an example everyone else should follow. Since they don't actually know their employees, or what they are capable of, they are unable to place them in positions which make full use of their skill set. This hurts the company and makes the work not meaningful. Additionally, the pay is far below the average across all positions.

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    Knowledge Adventure2015-10-16
  6. Helpful (6)

    "Stay far, far away"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Torrance, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Knowledge Adventure full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Fun activities (that add hours to your work day), free snacks, great healthcare benefits and 401K matching

    Cons

    They've all been said here before. No real long-term planning, selling out the JumpStart brand to try and make a quick buck, disappointing revenues on terrible products for years and years. I worked here for over 7 years and received one pay raise, was laid off with no explanation or justification. Totally stalled my career/life growth. Biggest waste of 7 years...

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    Knowledge Adventure2015-11-02
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Could be a great place to be"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Knowledge Adventure

    Pros

    The employees here are like family or close-knit group of friends. Lots of friendly faces willing to take the time and teach others. The friendliness of the crew is the only reason for 2 stars instead of one.

    Cons

    Management is awful. CEO & CRO have unrelenting, unrealistic expectations. Overwork the team and then wonder why no one is passionate about their work. Ultimately, the work culture established by the management outweighs the friendly employees and creates an environment that is toxic, and not prone to creativity or success. I have seen high-level managers sacrifice the reputation of their team to save their own on more than one occasion.

    Knowledge Adventure2015-10-13
  8. "Great place to start out in the industry"

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    Former Employee - Game Designer in Torrance, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Knowledge Adventure full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some genuinely nice people. Fun events. Great place to be an intern or a producer. The school of dragons product could be huge given the correct attention to quality and resources allocated.

    Cons

    Aiming high but shooting low. CEO selling goals the company can't reach. Design dept needs to be allowed to develop and be given the resources to produce the quality products. Huge reliance on reskinning previous products. Heavy reliance on incompetent outsourcing adding unnecessary stress for the entire team and much wasted time. Much of the game design and major design decisions being done by producers and exec team - not a company to be a designer.

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    Knowledge Adventure2015-09-16
  9. "Knowledge Adventure Review"

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    I have been working at Knowledge Adventure

    Pros

    Take on tasks and develop better leadership skills

    Cons

    Lack of communication and constant changes

    Knowledge Adventure2015-08-18
  10. "Good Experience"

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    Former Employee - Gaming Artist 

    I worked at Knowledge Adventure full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly environment Fun Activities Good learning experience

    Cons

    Average Salary Not a very good quality work

    Knowledge Adventure2015-07-14
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