King Employee Reviews about "king"

Updated 8 Oct 2020

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King President Humam Sakhnini
Humam Sakhnini
19 Ratings
Pros
  • "All the great people that working at King(in 34 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
  • "Since the acquisition, King has lost some of the innovative streak that marked my time there(in 46 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Great place to work"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Intelligent and committed people - Fun and friendly attitudes are encouraged - Excellent staff facilities - Dynamic and fast paced - You feel like decisions are taken by consensus. The views of different teams and individuals are listened to and people are encouraged to get involved. - Management seem keen to tackle systemic issues in tech companies relating to Diversity.

    Cons

    - Employees have become tragically, interminably, tediously moany in the last year or so, even though not much (practically) has changed about working here - I sometimes think the nay-sayers at King get more airtime than they deserve (e.g. during Q&As in CEO calls), and this leads to a perpetual cycle of negative thinking. - Perhaps due to the cultural shift to Moanfest, some of the sparkle and shine has gone from office events.

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  2. Helpful (12)

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

    1.0
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    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 (16)

    "From King - To Court Jester"

    1.0
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    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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  4. Helpful (15)

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

    3.0
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    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.

  5. Helpful (12)

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

    3.0
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    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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  6. Helpful (2)

    "Not exciting but still a great company; slow and stable"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Sales in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    • Annual company offsite (Kingfomarket) is epic • Friday Drinks, Gaming Area, Balcony, Office Gym, Breakfast, Snacks are great • Extra holiday and company benefits very good • Highly competent colleagues (mostly) • Competitive Salary (in my business area) • Great work life balance • Young and vibrant employee base meaning it's often quite fun

    Cons

    • Zero innovation, King is the definition of an "optimisation" business • Declining user base, declined 50% (250M) since I joined. So making more money from a shrinking pool of users using smart methods, optimisations and Ads • Slowly cutting back on the perks and heavily reduced investments into new IP, new games and any kind of innovation, it's slowly becoming more corporate and less fun every day (inevitable) • CEO (Riccardo) finally left which is very sad although also inevitable. Humam is a good operator and does his best, but it'll never be the same • Mostly saturated for progression but very team dependent (some are very good, some suck)

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  7. Helpful (14)

    "Approach with extreme Caution better still AVOID."

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Offices well equipped, free food, drinks etc. if you are focused on shiny exterior it’s good.

    Cons

    Where to start, lazy and entitled staff who think because they have been there for years the company owes them, and the get away with it as HR is scared to take action because of brand but it’s killing the company. Lack of direction, structure and innovation as it’s living in the success of one title. King Values mean nothing except a way for people to hide behind. Company is very disorganised and no one is brave enough to make hard decisions. Crazy CEO calls when people ask questions like ‘why don’t we have more beer?’ & ‘when can I have a new iPhone’. and they get answered and told they will get it!

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  8. Helpful (29)

    "Nice Office But Horrible Environment"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Software Developer in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Gym, location, free nuts and candy. Unfettered access to whatever match 3 game you’re working on.

    Cons

    I arrived at King with 16 years experience but got treated like a junior. Overruled and belittled by a team that saw my criticism of how we run things as a reason to take me down, not as desire to improve things. The company operates like a weak facsimile of a FAMGA company (where I now work). It was horrible to observe the insidious culture of bullying and embarrassing to see the managers playing politics against each other. One of their values is ‘fun and friendly’. That simply isn’t true. And the pedantic interpretation of agile is absolutely insane.

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  9. Helpful (20)

    "A company struggling to grow up"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at King full-time

    Pros

    Company circles around a good set of cultural values. Great perks in the London office including free breakfast, snacks and onsite gym. Clear company objectives set by executive management.

    Cons

    King is a growth-stage company struggling with in their 'awkward teenager years.' The company is so focused on producing the next big game that they are not spending enough time on solidifying core operational structure and strategy to ensure long term success. Recruiting and retaining good talent is a challenge. Compensation is clearly not within competitive market range that it takes more than six months to hire engineers. Seems like the only way we seem to be able to bring in engineering talent is to hire outside UK. And it's starting to show in the quality of the deliverables coming from engineering teams. A lot of the tools or software produced by the tech team are rubbish and don't work coming out of the gate. The CTO seems to think we have to build everything when there are really good tools and platforms available in the market. There is no clear quality assurance framework in place. Don't even think they know what test automation means. The company also struggles to manage poor performers. There are employees who remain with the company despite continuously receiving poor ratings or feedback. Seems to be a bad cycle - we can't hire talent so are forced to hang on to poor talent. Unfortunately, the recruiting team seems incapable of even thinking of doing anything to address recruiting problem. It's obviously clear that they have no strategy or KPIs that they are working towards. (Refer to previous comment about poor performance...) And upper management is completely oblivious to this. A lot of staff are entitled millennials. The CEO calls are a joke sometimes as the questions often include complaining about the perks which are great compared to other companies!

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  10. Helpful (18)

    "'King Values'"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
     in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at King for more than a year

    Pros

    Great location, benefits and compensation

    Cons

    The company thrives on 'King Values' which are brought up again and again especially in the monthly CEO calls. However it is quite clear some teams do not stick to these values. The overall business attitude is that if someone if more superior they must be correct and that person/persons clearly intimidate others.

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