King Reviews

Updated 11 May 2021

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3.2
63%
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King President Humam Sakhnini
Humam Sakhnini
42 Ratings
Pros
  • "All the great people that working at King(in 35 reviews)

  • "Work life balance is also great, there is a lot of emphasis on focusing on delivery and people/team happiness(in 33 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "King games are in steady decline as competitors snap up the growing casual puzzle audience who want better games(in 47 reviews)

  • "Some studios have more benefits than others because are related to the location(in 12 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great company but losing its culture

      4 Jun 2020 - Developer in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good values, culture, Kingfomarket is great. Pays competitively, good benefits. Trusted leadership.

      Cons

      Losing its culture after acquisition. AB comms is very corporate and US centric.

      3 people found this review helpful
    2. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      An ok place to start your career on gaming but steer away if you have other opportunities

      28 Apr 2021 - Senior Product Manager in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Great people. Smart and generally open. Especially middle management and below. - Excellent facilities at great locations (London office in Soho). - Good benefits.

      Cons

      - A culture that was once open, fun and friendly turned into corporate greed after the Activision acquisition. There was unnecessary pressure on studios and corporate functions to improve results that were already excellent (high profits, strong downloads, great retention). The epitome of these broken values were the 2020 mass layoffs after delivering record revenue (in the middle of the pandemic!). The same happened in Activision and Blizzard, it spams across the business. There's no empathy for people, cash is King. - Weak leadership, focused too much on numbers and not enough on people. While they worry about squeezing every last dollar of their players; devs, creatives and data scientists are fleeing to competitors. - Products are pretty boring. Candy Crush was cool 10 years ago so product management isn't very exciting (unless you like Match Puzzle titles). - Fear of innovating. The company is so focused on delivering KPIs that leaders are afraid of innovating. There isn't any incentive to try new things.

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      5 people found this review helpful
    3. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Great to start off your career, but not much else

      25 Mar 2021 - Level Designer in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Really great place to kickstart your career in the game industry. Awesome office, great people to work with, lots of great yearly offsite - Kingfomarket worth the wait. Yearly bonus.

      Cons

      Really hard to grow in the company, and yearly pay reviews are barely in line with inflation. Takes a very long time to make new features in games - a high chance you'll be waiting a year+ for something new. More data driven than design driven, meaning very little room for creativity in work (normally takes features that made a lot of money in other games and implement them instead). Part of Activision/blizzard, meaning that jobs being cut is always looming, despite the company making more profits than ever. Very easy to go underappreciated in your role even after working there for multiple years. Leadership try to add weird things to the games which take months to work on only to be completely scrapped when they (predictably) don't work. E.g. video chat in CCFS. Unfair bonus % system that seem to value seniority rather than hard work. You might work harder than your manager, but that will never be reflected in your bonus %!

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      5 people found this review helpful
    4. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Used to be great

      25 Apr 2021 - Marketing Manager in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great colleagues who genuinely care about each other Great perks including breakfast/snacks/events as you would expect at a tech company Trying to make headway in D&I however are not ahead of the curve but rather followers

      Cons

      Lack of leadership, vision and mission Most middle level management i.e. directors and above lack moral integrity, and generally only use company values to mask their own personal agendas and corporate climbing

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      4 people found this review helpful
    5. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Great place to work, great enviroment

      7 May 2021 - 3D Animator in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      great place to work team and workmates all great and friendly very worker oriented. lot's of great perks

      Cons

      the job itself isn't the most satisfying.

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    6. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Loved it, but still some work needs to be done

      26 Apr 2021 - Agile Coach in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I loved the appetite for creativity and new ways of working

      Cons

      There were a fair number of agile anti patterns in some areas of the business

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    7. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Gone the wrong direction

      25 Mar 2021 - Anonymous Employee in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      1. Good work life balance. When we were in the office it was good with free food and gym. 2. There are still some really talented, enthusiastic and idealistic employees still. 3. There are lots of good non-work events being organised.

      Cons

      1. Very political! Constant backstabbing at the top, and middle management ends up being the scapegoats. 2. If you're a person of colour, beware. There were two people fired without warning just in 2020, both women of colour, and there may be more that are kept quiet. If you're a white you will probably get put under performance reviews or a good severance package, but don't expect job security otherwise. 3. Very bad morale, at least in the game teams everyone has a sense that they're being left out, a lot of gaslighting goes on to people who are more vulnerable. 4. You never know what the plan is or how is it made. A lot of times you feel that you put in many hours in something but your producer knew that they were changing direction a few weeks ago and let you waste your efforts on the wrong thing while playing politics.

      13 people found this review helpful
    8. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Once a great company, now a shell being picked apart by vultures

      11 Feb 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Great perks and benefits - Competitive salaries - Good baseline tools (however the inhouse tools are a joke) - Somewhat visible career progression

      Cons

      - Constantly reminded that if you don't work on Candy, you are useless - Heavy focus on greed and stakeholders infuriatingly deaf to anything that isn't money - Tools are unuseable and for a billion dollar company, are embarassing - Meetings are mostly taken up listening to buzzwords and fluff around how great everything is, when for the most part it's about something that's failing - Highly reluctant to change, adaptability and growth - Stakeholder meddling in large projects and campaigns results in constant loss of impact and negative results - Power struggles and power mad leaders instill fear into the staff

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      13 people found this review helpful
    9. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Lack of vision

      14 Apr 2021 - Developer in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Many great people to work with. Company makes sure (and mainly achieves) not hiring assholes. Interesting technological stack. Benefits are nice.

      Cons

      Complete lack of carrer/personal development process. Far too many layers of management adding very little value. Lack of top-down vision of what the company want to be in the future.

      1 person found this review helpful
    10. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      For Designer - I DO NOT recommend you to work in the London office

      20 Apr 2021 - Designer in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Met some cool people there

      Cons

      Leadership does not understand the product or the value of design

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      4 people found this review helpful
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