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Kabam Reviews

Updated 16 March, 2017
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Canada - All Cities Full-time Part-time

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Pros
  • Free lunch, that is usually very delicious (in 27 reviews)

  • Great work/life balance ; only worked overtime a handful of times (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/life balance has become increasingly terrible, as all the great managers are pretty much gone (in 8 reviews)

  • Disconnect between teams and upper management (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Vancouver studio is an excellent place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work, awesome culture and people.

    Cons

    Slightly odd global structure, but it's not really bad.

    Advice to Management

    Management should keep it up, they're doing a great job


  2. "Anonymous"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Hard working group and coworkers

    Cons

    Challenging game industry leads to constant shifts


  3. "I love this place."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kabam full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    A dedicated and passionate bunch of game makers who seem to have a lot of fun. Startup culture makes it easy to get things done.

    Cons

    This level of sustained intensity won't be for everyone.


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  5. "Impressive"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong Culture
    Cool Projects
    Moving to new office
    great senior management

    Cons

    Average Salary
    Poor Benefits package
    expensive parking

    Advice to Management

    Private medical cover is really bad! Worst I've seen at any developer.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Rendering Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kabam full-time

    Pros

    Excellent place to work. Free snacks.

    Cons

    Not much of a con but everyone is talented, no time to relax.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Excellent Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing culture. Very smart and skilled peers. Definitely moving in the right direction in the quest for global domination! Recognition for achievements is super strong. Company is somewhat cost-conscious and doesn't seem to spend frivolously.

    Cons

    Not too many. This is a great place to work and all employees in my studio seem very delighted to work here. Only con perhaps is the imbalance of benefits between studios, but it sounds like they're working on that.

    Advice to Management

    Kabam needs to return focus on making a new team based BCG type game. Marvel Contest of Champions is close, however they should enter the space of Heroes Charge and Brave Frontier with full force. They have the resources and funds to do so.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "It has been a great experience, from the people to the product. My manager is amazing."

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kabam full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Company direction, Roles and responsibilities are well defined.
    - Strong leadership
    - Cool products
    - Challenging work

    Cons

    - MSP coverage MSP coverage (or part) is pretty much done everywhere else. Seems odd we do benefits but not basic healthcare.
    - Transit in Vancouver should be subsidized to promote green.
    - Stock options info is very vague. i.e. what happens if they haven't vested and Kabam goes public. Answers like "Depends" isn't fair for anyone. This should be well defined and have triggers in these situations so there are no surprises
    - Relax rules on side projects so people can learn other things they are interested in without worrying the company will take what they have done.

    Advice to Management

    MSP & Transit would be really nice. I have stock options but waiting to here what evaluation per stock is. Would be nice to have known sooner - kinda left in the dark.
    Does Kabam do bonuses? if so there is nothing I could find on it...


  9. Helpful (3)

    "A great studio to work at; great people to work with."

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    Current Employee - Game Designer in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Game Designer in Vancouver, BC

    I have been working at Kabam full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Projects are ambitious and exciting; co-workers are not only talented but friendly and passionate about their work; the studio culture is excellent - it feels like a tight-knit community; the work is challenging and interesting

    Cons

    Project cycles are short (8 months - 1.5 years), which results in a fair bit of overtime leading into milestones; work/life balance can be difficult to maintain at times

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to say here; the studio's managed very well


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Interesting job and working with great people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kabam full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It looks like I will get experience in many areas that are somewhat new to me - which is why I took this job. I am happy with the outlook for my professional development. I like how after three months I am still gradually introduced to new responsibilities. The pay is pretty good and I like that the company matches employee contributions to pension savings. The people I work with are intelligent and knowledgeable and I believe I will learn a lot from working with everyone at Kabam.

    Cons

    There has been too high turnover in my department. It doesn't necessarily affect my position that much, but I do see that the company overall runs into issues because of high turnover of key team members.
    Working at a foreign subsidiary, I sometimes find it hard to get the attention of people at HQ when I require support or have a question.
    At our studio we have a meeting on Fridays at 6:00pm. I have a family and I would prefer to be able to leave work at 5:00pm on Fridays without feeling like I'm missing out on what's happening at the studio. I don't get to spend that much time with my child during the week and it's hard to justify to my family why I need to stay late on Fridays.

    Advice to Management

    I think the company would benefit from getting to the bottom of why turnover is high in my department and make changes to address the issue. To me it looks like the issue might mainly be an unreasonably high work load - not for me, but for the people at HQ in my department.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Makes coming to work fun again"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vancouver, BC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kabam full-time

    Pros

    After a long history of working in AAA studios, it is refreshing to feel empowered again. My ideas are heard and there are no levels of bureaucracy to deal with. Excited to be working on great IP with dedicated people.

    Other great perks:

    Snack
    Beverages
    Beer kegs
    Fitness reimbursements
    Great downtown location

    Cons

    Lack of plans for professional deveopment



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