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Found 12 of over 12 reviews

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  1. 3.0
    Former Employee

    It shut down before it started

    May 20, 2021 - Artist in Ottawa, ON
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    good benefits, good people, good hours

    Cons

    The company closed before it had a chance to really make an impact

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  2. 2.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Bad

    Apr. 13, 2022 - Artist in Ottawa, ON
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great co-workers, eager to work.

    Cons

    The 3 owners fired everybody due to their incompetence.

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  4. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    A Failed Company

    Jan. 16, 2022 - Software Developer in Ottawa, ON
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    -The Coffee was free .

    Cons

    -Lack of direction to developers. -Executives were scummy

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  5. 1.0
    Former Employee

    Terrible

    Mar. 4, 2021 - Game Developer in Toronto, ON
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great coffee Machine. Good places to eat.

    Cons

    CEO outright rejecting work and ridiculing it. Fired almost the entire staff. No work most of the time. Always awaiting demands from the Board.

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  6. 1.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    UN-kindly Beast

    Feb. 28, 2020 - Designer in Ottawa, ON
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    snacks and coffee, colleagues..that's it

    Cons

    lies, secrecy, broken promises, random firings, location, CEO showed no appreciation for my work

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  7. 2.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Weak attempt at trying to grow and create a business

    Nov. 6, 2019 - Senior Developer in Kanata, ON
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    For awhile I would have said Kindly Beast was a great place to work. For months every employee was working well together and the projects were coming along nicely according to our initial plans and scope. The employees all worked hard and it was easy to get along with one another.

    Cons

    Starting near the end of the summer 2019 everything started to go downhill. The original founders started to become paranoid and egotistical. Thinking every piece of work that was previously done was not worth keeping. All the while continually changing directions on 1 of the projects. The board didn't know how to run a large team and fully expected everyone to know everything at any given moment. When there are teams of 15+ that won't always happen. After the tide turned everyone was worried about their jobs and had to walk on egg shells. The CEO often aggressively threatened people in private meetings, phone calls or over Slack. This caused many people large amounts of anxiety and it quickly turned from a fun place to work to one that people dreaded coming into on a daily basis. The CEO also often made rash decisions which would negatively impact the entire development team.

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    4 people found this review helpful
  8. 1.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Telling the truth might be out of their reach.

    Oct. 12, 2019 - Artist in Kanata, ON
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - Free coffee! Some decent places to eat and chill in the area. - My team, my colleagues. I will never forget them.

    Cons

    - Constant state of limbo where no information or direction is given for lengthy periods of time in reference to progressing the game development. The owners are unable to let go of production responsibilities resulting in huge delays. Why hire lead roles, directors etc if their decisions are going to be overruled at the end? If you want to direct the team, then perhaps its better to elect someone else to run the company in the meantime. - Consistent lies. Several all staff meetings covered how the company was going to move forward, and how things would be operated differently. Several days later, and none of what was promised would come into fruition. Something as simple as "We'll be in the office everyday, working on the floor with the team" was proven to be too out of reach for them. - Owners were unable to take feedback or imbue change. We had a leadership structure full of incredibly successful and knowledgeable individuals who had the entire studio's best interests in mind. They were fired. Upon the loss of these amazing individuals, we saw their policies dismantled.

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    21 people found this review helpful
  9. 1.0
    Former Employee

    A failed experiment of a game studio

    Oct. 12, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - Coffee Machine - Great Staff full of talent at the time

    Cons

    - Direction to staff on work and even the games being worked on was minimal at best, invisible at worst. - Management positions were renderred null, leaving a surplus of staff awaiting direction from the Board. - The Board was the only point of contact for any and all creative and business decisions, with 50+ employees awaiting instruction and feedback at all times. - Work was discarded at the discretion of the Board and sometimes openly insulted by the CEO. - Employees were actively encouraged to seek lower quality ways of finishing their work, and attempts to innovate were seen as a problem. - Some advice given to the Board by experienced staff members was not only ignored but sometimes ridiculed. - Industry best practices were discouraged, and attempts to use tools to organize workflow as per standards were discarded. - Company policies were nebulous and unfinished, and sometimes even changed. - Long periods of inactivity and no contact from the Board were common. Any work being done during these times was almost guaranteed to be unused.

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    19 people found this review helpful
  10. 1.0
    Former Employee

    Broken Promises and Dreams

    Oct. 15, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Coffee Machine was great Fantastic co-workers Every other friday was pizza friday until that was discontinued Flexible hours Good food places nearby

    Cons

    Being told everyone's job is safe multiple times only to have nearly the entire company terminated a couple weeks later. Decisions from owners seem to be rash and ill thought out. Hiring incredibly talented people and not allowing them to do their job. Throwing out massive amounts of work for reasons that were not fully transparent. Owners not showing up to work for weeks at a time or communicating with us leaving us to guess at what's going on.

    9 people found this review helpful
  11. 1.0
    Former Employee, less than 1 year

    Extremely poor management and communication

    Oct. 12, 2019 - Senior Developer 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Greatest teams/developers I've ever worked with. Free coffee.

    Cons

    The owners, Mike Mood and theMeatly, quickly grew their studio from only a few to 60+ and handled communication extremely poorly, resulting in around 80% of the employees being terminated without cause after only 8 months. Their actions implied to me that the company was running out of money, but no justification was ever given. The first signs came when Showdown Bandit was taken away from a team of 20+ developers, 2 weeks before launch, and completed by Mood and theMeatly alone. Just before returning, they fired all the VP's (the previous owners of Karman Interactive, the studio they bought) without cause. This introduced immense stress, causing some to go on medical leave. Upon their return after finally shipping Showdown Bandit 3 weeks late, the owners introduced their new mandate; "get it done, good enough", explaining that we would not be innovating or building games in an efficient or stable way any more; as long as the game appears to work for the player, ship it. This was another indicator of money trouble, but we tried to work with them regardless. We were barely given a chance, and a mere 3 weeks later the mass layoffs happened, again without cause.

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    7 people found this review helpful
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