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Updated 24 Dec 2019

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3.5
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King CEO Riccardo Zacconi
Riccardo Zacconi
183 Ratings
Pros
  • "I met amazing people during my time at King(in 29 reviews)

  • "Excellent work life balance (Stockholm)(in 26 reviews)

Cons
  • "When two members of upper management are fired for their bullying behaviour you know you are in trouble(in 8 reviews)

  • "studios have all the real power in the company(in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Senior Management
    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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    Advice to Management

    • Keep promoting good young talent, but be very careful with whom you give headcount. I've heard too many bad stories at King of terrible people managers who get given headcount when they shouldn't and are just great IC's • Complete transparency is something that Riccardo practised and created a strong sense of identity at King, that disappeared and needs to come back - talk about the hard things and take responsibility like he did • Keep up the optimisations and refining the games but be careful not to burn/push the player base too much • I'd love to see a new King franchise outside of Match 3 actually make it to launch Work with AB on getting some great IP, the fact Call of Duty Mobile is made and completely monetised by Tencent (probably with an epic rev share to them) kind of sucks!

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    King2019-12-24
  2. "Specialist"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    Current Employee - Marketing 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, atmosphere and people

    Cons

    Lack of direction and office politics

    King2019-07-15
  3. Helpful (12)

    "Great place but is getting worse little by little"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Game Developer in Barcelona
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    + Great work/life balance, crunch time is really weird. + Everyone working in the company is super nice and easy going, which is really nice. + Nice benefits + The work environment is great. + Code quality is important. + Games played by millions of people everyday.

    Cons

    ++ Most of the games use the company engine, but it's too open and make teams repeat the same process over and over when a new game is created. ++ Make sure you negotiate well the salary when joining, forget about significant increases. ++ I believe that the top managment team doesn't really know what is going on in the company. ++ Zero risk when approaching new games, which kills the creativity. ++ It all goes around Candy Franchise, which also kills the creativity.

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    Advice to Management

    Benefits are great, but a better salary is a much better option. Let the game teams take risky choices. Not only safe bets. Candy will decrease someday in the future, how will you maintain the company then?

    King2018-09-03
  4. Helpful (2)

    "If you want to work with great people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at King full-time

    Pros

    The people - Lots of really smart and super friendly people. Great work life balance. Its strongly encouraged to get your work done in a 8hr workday and then turn off. Great senior leadership. Very accessible. Many of them have been there for 10+ years and are still very passionate. Great culture in general.

    Cons

    Some politics as expected from a company of this size.

    Advice to Management

    Continue hiring people that are both smart & driven and also humble & friendly people. Its doing wonders for the culture and the teamwork efficiency.

    King2018-03-01
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Creativity and Humility"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at King full-time

    Pros

    Despite incredible success and growth there is humility at every level and a desire to learn and improve Excellent work life balance (Stockholm) Creativity is highly valued, especially on new games and features Lots of autonomy

    Cons

    Rapid growth has led to some problems and slowdowns in process Communication could also be better -- varies depending on team and location Some managers are not experienced, not comfortable having hard conversations

    King2018-01-19
  6. Helpful (27)

    "Endlessly amazing colleagues at the cost of an endlessly awful management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Stockholm, Stockholm
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Work life balance gets mentioned here a lot and I can only 100% agree with that, but is it worth it? Stick around. - You get to work with people from around the world and broaden your horizon culturally. That's pretty much it for pros.

    Cons

    - Bad compensation, constantly aim to underpay pointing at the bonus pay scheme. In reality, the bonus is dependent on the year performance and if you add it up to your salary, it's basically the base pay in other gaming companies. - Management is awful, layers upon layers of middle management. Outwardly they tell you to discuss your problem with them, but in reality if you talk too much about issues then you become the problem. - Tech debt galore, the only important aim is making more money and quick. Bugs, incidents and tech debts be damned, it's a battle for which producer can get the most money with his/her features so they can be promoted in the middle management chain. - HR in Stockholm doesn't care. Like seriously, there are people there but they almost never want to reply. Unless there is some political plot to it. - Performance review is anything but a performance review, it's a salary suppression tool. The managers get a bell curve to work with and if you're at the wrong end of the curve, wait a year to play again!

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    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves.

    King2018-01-18
  7. Helpful (14)

    "Like a shiny new theme park that is getting old and creepy fast"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Barcelona
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are still nice. Laid back culture and nice events. Great work-life balance. Top company in its space so problems are interesting, some very smart and competent people.

    Cons

    Before the acquisition, the company vision was narrow and dominated by a few personalities. After the acquisition the vision is a compromise of Activision and King management thinking, making it even more narrow and sometimes confusing. Carefully consider any job offer that does not fall under the umbrella of the Candy Crush Franchise as it is the only thing that seems to matter these days. The business consultant culture is pervasive and ultimately toxic. For a video game company, there is a surprisingly small amount of technical people in middle/upper management and a mind-blowing amount of MBA types who only care about their slide decks. Stereotypically in this environment, sociopathic behaviour is pervasive and even encouraged in some teams/departments. Finally, the Human Resources department is a ruthless machine that mostly cares about "being lean", meaning, paying the least for the best talent possible and stopping promotions and salary increases even when they are obviously deserved or urgently needed for organizational purposes. Advise for everyone still inside or considering getting in: - If you do negotiate poorly when getting in, you will not get a competitive salary and fixing it will become very complicated. In any case, if you don't speak up you will never get a raise. Ask your colleagues how much they make, it is your legal right - Performance reviews are mostly a salary and promotion suppression mechanisms. Managers get told how many "above expectations" reviews can they give based on factors often external to the team. Salary raises are tied to this reviews. This means that if you are not part of a team in the right place and time working hard will seldom be rewarded and that you are competing with your teammates for salary raises - The non-compete clause is enforced in all cases these days, including fringe ones, so read your contracts HR tries to compensate all these with (dwindling) benefits and heavy internal propaganda about "King Values" that are a monument to hypocrisy.

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    Advice to Management

    Do not be afraid to fire toxic or incompetent middle managers. Try to align HR to the values or stop pushing for them, at this point you are just insulting the intelligence of your employees (see above). Stop bragging about "hiring the best" when the base salary is mediocre in many key positions. Promote internally, stop hiring outsiders that do not understand the company for top management. Be honest to your employees if you want to retain the few good people left from before the acquisition. For example: It is preferable to say that Activision wants full control of the headcount, promotions, benefits and might eventually take full control of the company itself if the revenue stream slows rather than the litany of excuses to make it seem like nothing has changed, because even people without connections to senior management (or MBAs) can figure these things out.

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    King2017-12-09
  8. Helpful (4)

    "What you put in you can get out."

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    Current Employee - Developer in Barcelona
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and workplace. The focus on work-life balance is amazing compared to other video companies. If you like learning new things there are endless opportunities for that, as the title says you get what you put in. While the culture differs from team to team slightly, in our team there is a great sense of empowerment and the ability to change what is broken. It is a safe place to try things and repeat the successes and learn from the failures. It's great when you can look forward to coming into work to solve problems with a great team.

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    Cons

    More attention to people problems, there are some poor fits that drag down team function and there is not enough action in making teams better (by finding other opportunities for the people that don't or shouldn't be here). The support teams could be much better, it is hard to change anything in the archaic and inefficient hr, finance, travel, facilities teams.

    King2017-11-17
  9. Helpful (1)

    "The best game company I have worked for."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Producer in Barcelona
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent work-life balance Excellent benefits Games which are played by millions Surrounded by great people Senior management gives a lot of face time to everyone.

    Cons

    The senior management sells an idealistic and ultimately false impression of the company. This leads to disappointment once reality hits. The strategy of the company is vague and unclear. The company talks a lot of about disruptive innovation but is conservative at its core.

    Advice to Management

    A clearer company strategy. Build a skunkworks for cutting edge products or new genres.

    King2017-11-14
  10. Helpful (18)

    "Comfortable company to retire"

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

    I have been working at King full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are awesome: - Paid lunch - Breakfast buffet at the office - Whatever you need, you will be given - Sodas, juices, bean bags, events, ping pong, consoles... usual great startup benefits - No work pressure, good work-life balance - Paid gym

    Cons

    - Extra layers of leadership, many managers managing one employee only, which at the same time is manager - Not enough work pressure, no objectives, not results driven, letting people to just stay doing nothing and parasite - Too "Fun and Friendly", no one wants to get serious when things are not going well, situations are just ignored. - Don't expect anyone to tackle issues, amazing chess game where everyone tries to move apart from the tasks strategically to not do anything - Leadership is awful, they always sell the image that everything is great even though employees are always telling its not the situation - All the good management that lacks is balanced with money, meaning benefits or other commodities to keep you calm and "happy" - Great hard-workers eventually get tired of the situation and move on to another company; the rest of the parasites have and amazing life in it so they stay - No projection for future unless you are lucky, a manager leaves or a new position is opened and you manage to get into it before any other in the company - Culture values are a lie, a nice facade which turns out to be a bunch of lies due to all of the above

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    Advice to Management

    Please, get some courage and start tackling issues, solving problems and making it a great place to work again. It's great to have money and commodities, but people should not forget that they are at work and are being paid for it, not in a kindergardten when anyone can do whatever they want.

    King2017-10-25
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