Improbable Reviews

Updated 30 Jun 2020

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4.0
69%
Recommend to a Friend
81%
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Improbable CEO Herman Narula
Herman Narula
45 Ratings
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  • "Communication could be better, probably need more process in place, the usual growing pains(in 5 reviews)

  • "very much still a startup:- still building a business, very mvp and deadline focused (beware: startups are not for everyone)(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Best company I have ever worked for with an amazing future."

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Artist in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Improbable full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fantastic offices and they truly provide me with everything I could wish for to be able to concentrate on doing my job to the best of my ability. Breakfast and a cooked lunch everyday is one such example. Choice of laptop, desktop or both. I have worked in the games industry for a considerable time and being given the option to have a laptop has been revolutionary to my workflow. Herman Narula’s commitment and passion to the company is evident and I have found him to be always approachable and willing to spend time with staff from what must be an extremely hectic schedule. He is a man I can get behind. As a company they are still technically a startup but there is definitely a genuine feeling that the company is pivoting and course correcting in an intelligent manner to the point where I have absolute faith in their ability to become a true player at the highest level within the games industry. Advocates of home working when you need to, which is a rarity for the games industry. The offices are also built to support that with full Zoom support.

    Cons

    None. Hands down in 20 years working in the AAA games industry this is the best place I have ever worked.

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  2. "Good Culture"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Improbable full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Improbable does it's best to look after its employees, lots of benefits and great Work from home support.

    Cons

    There can be some indecision in upper levels things move slowly

  3. COVID-19
    Helpful (1)

    "Company taking shape and has proven it cares about its people"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Improbable full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Takes responsibility for employee care seriously (particularly evident during coronavirus) - Leadership team starting to take shape and add stability to the strategy - Pretty good (if time intentive) performance review cycle - Still lots of opportunity to move around and try new things - Company values generally taken seriously

    Cons

    - Youthful demographic of the company means that if you're a parent or don't share similar views prevalent in young tech circles you can feel a little out of place - The office is not great; very modern and uninspiring decor - Company can be slow to bring underpaid people up to fair levels

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  4. Helpful (4)

    "startup atmosphere"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Improbable full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    * A lot of ways to learn new things * Working with really smart people * Benefits

    Cons

    * Things are changing every day * Management doesn't have a long-term vision * Overall it feels like a chaos in the company * I was assigned to a wrong team in the company * I couldn't transition to a better suitable one

  5. Helpful (6)

    "Great people and challenging problems to solve. Toxic management, little to no career progression"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Improbable full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Some of the nicest, smartest people I've ever worked with. Really unique problems compared to most tech companies, the problem space is challenging and fulfilling to tackle. Sky's the limit, no shortage of interesting tasks. If you're motivated enough, you're able to pursue almost anything. Able to move around teams relatively smoothly.

    Cons

    If you leave for a "competitor" (which is arbitrarily broad. For instance Stadia is a "competitor" according to us even though there is very little overlap) you lose all of your stock options. Management jumps onto new projects extremely quickly and makes them the focus even if they won't be ready for 6 months to a year. Makes people who are not working on the shiny new thing but instead are support the "legacy" (official publicly supported) product seem secondary. Reactive progression rather than proactive. You need to be "performing" (arbitrary metric) at the next level for a significant amount of time before you get promoted. You may feel that you are gaining quite a lot of responsibility but don't see any compensation for it. This is NOT the company for you if you want career progression. Come here for the technical problems, not the title or compensation.

  6. Helpful (5)

    "Technology over product, relentless churn, aim for impossible deals"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Improbable full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Above average engineering quality. Backed by large investment. Benefits too good to be true.

    Cons

    Working on multiple failed or cancelled projects. Putting in a lot of effort into something that's clearly not going to work is very frustrating and definitely doesn't feel rewarding. Even more so when management either isn't willing to admit it or is the last one to realise it. Often building technology without clear value proposition or market fit leading to unsatisfied customers and selling promises instead of a product. Many leading engineers leaving over the last year and being replaced by new joiners with relevant experience but no context. Lots of throwaway and duplicated efforts due to the fast growth and trying to solve versions of the same problem at different levels of abstraction / different teams. Difficult relationships with customers due to unrealistic promises, changing company priorities, rushed and poor due diligence. As an engineer, you're either brought in after too much damage has been done or you see the problems in advance but it's outside your control because "we have bigger problems right now".

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  7. Helpful (5)

    "Not as shiny on the inside as it looks on the outside"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Improbable full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Free lunch - Unlimited holiday - Dogs in the office - Office location - Working with new/shiny tech (most of the time) - Humble people (most of them) - Good work-life balance - Good hardware

    Cons

    - No real product-market fit. The company still struggles to get into its stride. - Salary bands are embarrassingly wide. - Little to no progression after joining with minimal bump in salary/stock - it's abysmal. - Always-changing priorities and direction of the company coming from the top down. - No transparency about how well the company is doing financially. - No real mentorship programs despite the efforts of some people. No training either. - Quite a few projects get released and forever forgotten. - No more social gatherings and little budget for socials. - Office design is soulless.

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  8. "Head of BD"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Improbable full-time

    Pros

    Lots of autonomy and encouragement for open debate

    Cons

    Has become a bit more corporate now

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Love it here"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Improbable full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Exciting product, open culture, empowering challenges

    Cons

    Not for everybody: you need to push hard and be very switched on

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  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great"

    4.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous 

    I have been working at Improbable full-time

    Pros

    Exciting company with broad vision at a pivotal moment

    Cons

    Too much churn atm for day to day stability or security

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