King Reviews

Updated 6 Aug 2020

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3.3
63%
Recommend to a Friend
52%
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King President Humam Sakhnini
Humam Sakhnini
8 Ratings
Pros
  • "Everything is amazing, they treated me like a 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 28 reviews)

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

  • "The company seems to be too scared to take any really meaningful risks and spends all its money and resources on candy crush(in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Great company but losing its culture"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Developer in London, England

    I have been working at King full-time

    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.

  2. "They talk the talk, but fail to walk the walk"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at King full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Nice perks and benefits

    Cons

    - A once exciting and vibrant company feels like it doesn't quite know where it's going and how to compete with ever-growing competition. There's a definite sense of panic in the company which is impacting how they make decisions - Lack of risk-taking and innovation. King is not a games company, it's a Candy Crush maintenance machine. Not many exciting prospects for projects in London - Stopped listening to their employees on a lot of issues - they don't really seem to care what the people within the teams actually have to say anymore - Over the last few years can really see the more corporate influence of Activision on decisions made - cost cutting exercises without consideration of employees or product quality - People are lovely but many in the game studios are young and inexperienced and can be very entitled - Unprofessional behaviour - confidential info is regularly leaked. Level of gossip is like being back at school - Lack of real leadership - for a company at this scale they should know how to do things by now, but they often fail at very basic production methods to prioritise work - Constantly talk about intention to take risks and empower teams, but all I see as time has passed is the opposite happen - playing it too safe, and becoming a more top-down decision making company

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Chaotic roadmap constantly changing"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Game Developer in London, England
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at King full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Strong work life balance, nice office with a reasonable amount of social activity.

    Cons

    Weak job prospects (no merit based promoting, only two games in London), little to no transparency leading to sudden changes, uninspired work on live titles, unclear roadmap.

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  4. "good environment"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Analyst in London, England

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

    Pros

    -Positive energy - kind employees - great office - kind employees

    Cons

    Low compensation Too much change

  5. COVID-19
    Helpful (6)

    "Constantly dropping the ball on its employees"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Game Developer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at King full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Mostly friendly coworkers, decent benefits, interesting guest presentations, job security

    Cons

    HR is awful and have zero sympathy for anybody. Of course HR are there to protect the company, but you would expect that if you report somebody to HR for breach of conduct they would take action instead of trying to make your life miserable. They refuse to make reasonable adjustments for people with a functional impairment such as allowing them to work for home and forces them to take sick leave. When a global pandemic comes about no questions are asked and everybody gets sent home. Coworkers are generally very friendly people, but there is many jokes about racism, sexism and mental illness. Your manager is more likely to take pity with the person making these comments than with the people subjected to them, meaning that unless you push through and report this person anyway, they will never learn. The company seems to be too scared to take any really meaningful risks and spends all its money and resources on candy crush. Be prepared to sit around for 2 months without any direction or anything to do and when you eventually get back to work and it's hard to adjust, you will get blamed for not working hard enough in your performance review. Raises often don't even cover inflation. In many positions, skills are not very transferable and people get stuck in the company and find it difficult to find a new job. I do not recommend working here.

  6. Helpful (10)

    "From King - To Court Jester"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Some of the most talented people in the industry still work here - usual perks from a tech company in 2020 (Gym, coffee, snacks) - Having King on your CV is still good for the casual industry, although less so these days as king have slipped - Some of the management really do care about their teams - Nice offices in most of the locations, with BCN just having a major upgrade - Good salary has a junior/intern (although it didnt go up much when promoted) - Good push foward with LGBTQ+ incentives

    Cons

    - Continuing to whip a dead horse with Candy Crush, spending so many resources on the flagship title that it cripples any agile company direction or investment to other games - The amount of times I heard 'confidential' stories about someones personal situation from HR is shameful. Do not expect your problems to not be aired for everyone to hear about, this was most concerning in London but happened often here too. Furthermore, so many times HR were not impartial and if you got onthe wrong side you would have a hard time. - Brain drain from studios has hit an all time high, some of the most prominent experts in my area have left for competitors due to poor working practices or lack of recogniton from King. - Very low morale since 2019, satisfaction surveys are rock bottom. - Lack of experienced staff across the whole kingdom. Too many young inexperienced managers who have had to be promoted to fill a void because King refused to pay for and cannot entice top talent from other industries/studios. This is made worse by these younger managers own line managers being poached by banking etc (more pay) and having all that extra workload fall to them with no training. - Key HR people not held accountable when they breach privacy rules, one rep in my office has done it a handful of times at events and is still working there -Cuts from everywhere, but especially in hiring. So you lose a person through them being poached due to the reasons above, and then the company does not backfill them. So the rest of the team does more work. meaning they leeve and then it starts the cycle again then when we do hire instead of a senior we hire an intern and expect same workload - senior management are so out of touch with how it feels working at king. It is no longer 'fun and friendly' that has been killed by the consistently stripping of everything that made king was it was when i started

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  7. Helpful (13)

    "Used to be the best company to work for... but nothing lasts forever"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Developer 
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at King full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good work culture creating a fun environment to work in. Lots of talented employees, in particular those recruited in the heyday of the company (2023-2015). Truly cross-functional game teams and studios. Strong bound between European studios. Used to be a company where everything was possible and where management aspired to be a “best company to work for” alongside the likes of Google and Facebook... but nothing lasts forever... — 5 stars until 2015 then downhill from there —

    Cons

    As the company grew and grew and grew the culture started getting diluted. Bad hires were made as team leaders tried to build bigger and bigger teams and the hiring standards dropped. The middle management layer exploded in size filled with political people and yes men. The top management started getting disconnected from the people doing the actual work and seemed to develop a form of pride that blindsided them from recognising that their strategy was flawed and prevented them from leveraging the collective intelligence of the organisation. The centralisation of the creative and innovation strategy in Stockholm destroyed innovation, with the company trying to build what it knew worked with Candy Crush again and again and again. In the meantime great concepts coming from the studios were repeatedly cancelled. Career progression became a political game or required to be attached to Candy Crush to benefit from the all-powerful halo effect of the app’s success. Finally pay was significantly below market (unless you could be on a good equity deal) and some new comers would often get a better deal than older employees. Nowadays the company is littered with a myriad of VPs of X and VPs of Y waiting to vest their equity. What a pity King... you had it all and you let it go away.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Culture great except in Finance"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance Director in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cool office, open environment, pays well

    Cons

    finance structure doesnt work and culture within finance is a huge problem

  9. Helpful (10)

    "Nothing to see here but diversity & an inclusive workplace so no need to look any closer...."

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at King full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Overall, King has a fantastic office & culture. The work is interesting & a great place to be if you are building a career. The salary is actually not bad despite the numerous complaints I have seen on here.

    Cons

    Sadly, in the time I have been at King my enjoyment & interest has waned due to the constant changes implemented from high above. Management is woeful & ego-driven. A 'boy's club' is present & fostered by management as the department is built in their image. The message of diversity is peddled on a near daily-basis but it is completely non-existent. Also, it's clear that some people don't feel the need to do any work and it's actually impressive how little they can get away with not doing.

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  10. "Amazing place to work"

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

    I worked at King full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fantastic culture, fun environment, loads of perks (free food and drinks, social engagements, offsites and team bonding)

    Cons

    Honestly can’t fault it, great company

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