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Glu President, CEO, and Director Niccolo De Masi
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9 Ratings

Pros
  • Work/life balance is a definite strong point (in 8 reviews)

  • I've never worked with a harder working group of individuals with such a passion for making great games (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • The company is ridiculously top-heavy (in 5 reviews)

  • Headquartes uses tons of statistics to reason it's poor decisions (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    Good people in the trenches, but studio heads are well..... different kinds of heads.

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    Former Employee - Animator in Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Animator in Kirkland, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Soft toilet paper. Free water.

    Cons

    You have to fit in with the Thursday beer thirty crew and take the bean bags on the chin if you want to excel or not get laid off.

    Advice to Management

    Choke yourself. Stick to shooting deer if you want to keep your nose above water.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Don't look behind the curtain

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Glu full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Salary, donuts and bagels. Location in sf is near bart

    Cons

    Crazy ceo, fear driven management, top heavy management layer that is micro managing . Lack of focus, and late to the party on mobile monetization systems. Add to that a non creative workspace and constant fear of getting fired, and an expectation that you need to work 16 hour days 7 days a week to be a good employee.

    Advice to Management

    Lose demassii, his management style is not right for a games company. He is better suited to work in the government


  3. Helpful (5)

    Top heavy management. Strangled creative teams.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Glu full-time

    Pros

    Free Caltrain pass. Stable income. Creative talent was monumental in the studio. I've never worked with a harder working group of individuals with such a passion for making great games.

    Cons

    The company is ridiculously top-heavy. Demands are made on the studios to add flavor-of-the-month features that have proven time and time again to be useless and annoying to users. They then strangle the studio budgets and hire more executives. Office was cramped, loud, and distracting.

    Advice to Management

    Start listening to the people who actually create your video games. Half of you have never touched a game in your life, much less built one. Instead you simply try to copy other companies then overwork your studios to the point where people quit from burnout. I watched some of the most gifted designers, artists, and programmers leave Glu in disgust because they were ignored, overworked, and frustrated. You then turn around and hire more EPs. You know what else we could have hired for the cost of one EP? Two artists, testers, programmers... people who, you know, make games. Start acting like a game company and less like EA Lite. Otherwise you will continue to bleed talent until you are bought out.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    Glu shouldn't be your first choice or even tenth.

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Kirkland, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Glu full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The people in kirkland were awesome. Positions that become resume fodder for better companies.

    Cons

    Extremely low pay (contractors make more than FTE), poor management, poor decisions, useless execs, redundant, time-wasting meetings, and proving you have talent isn't enough. If the project/studio isn't making money, be prepared for huge lay offs no matter what the execs promise.

    Advice to Management

    Flip whatever you are doing. The current process isn't working. Allow teams to create games and not just mimic popular competitor games. Let projects release before they are deemed failures.


  6. Helpful (5)

    Total Chaos

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Glu full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It was fun making mobile games and learning the "freemium" business.

    Cons

    Management is absurd. And, even as they fire 68 people in one day, they continue to hire VPs and Presidents. The management is absurdly top-heavy for a company that has never turned a dollar in profit. And their current flavor of the month strategy is to shrink game teams and add more business people.

    Advice to Management

    Resign, do your shareholders and workers a favor.


  7. Helpful (5)

    Chaotic management

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    Former Employee - Slave
    Former Employee - Slave
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Glu full-time

    Pros

    nice office building located in the heart of FiDi.

    Cons

    dismantled higher management. way too many directors, GMs, VPs, etc. male-centric and condescending tone from most male managers I worked with.

    Advice to Management

    stop asking number-specific questions in hopes to get competitor secrets. perhaps you won't even get the accurate numbers.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Great people who are treated pretty unfairly

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Glu full-time

    Pros

    -Great people in the trenches. -People are passionate about trying to do the best with what they are given.

    Cons

    -Low pay (really low compared to average) -Management constantly changes their mind and demands unreasonable last minute change. -Understaffed and over worked, they expect dramatic turnaround in short periods of time to his arbitrarily set dates. -Most of the management who cared about the employees were removed/let go/left with the latest rift. Most people feel they are alone on an island. -All decision making comes from SF with little discussion from the team in Kirkland. -No real sense of having any room for growth. They give you the work and responsibility but no title or raise as compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Stop jerking everyone around all the time. It is impossible to build any team momentum or work efficiently when directions constantly change 180 degrees.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Negative environment, poor management

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Glu as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good location in sf off market street next to Bart.

    Cons

    Very understaffed, poor corporate culture, no employee recognition


  10. Helpful (4)

    One of the worst places I've ever worked

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    Former Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Glu full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Office location in downtown SF

    Cons

    Glu copies instead of innovates and is it's own worst enemy. They don't believe in leading the way in anything. HR managers were some of the worst I've ever met and totally unprofessional often changing stories and making things up. Marketing VP was totally incompetent and stifles creativity His marketing department is a "boys club". Not a very welcoming place for women in gaming.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of Niccolo....he's running the company into the ground and find someone to innovate instead of be a follower in the industry. The reality is Glu is too big and too top heavy. Their fate is sealed and 2013 will be met with more layoffs as the company slowly falls apart.


  11. Helpful (6)

    Glu Kirkland - Formerly Griptonite Games

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    Former Employee - Developer in Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Developer in Kirkland, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Glu full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Lower-level employees are passionate about games and some can be a joy to work with. - Small on-site gym with showers and lockers. - Decent PC hardware. - Bonuses if a product does well. - Free coffee, on-site arcade, and well-stocked snack bar.

    Cons

    - Niccolo M. de Masi, the CEO of Glu Mobile, and the VP that came from the SF HQ use negative reinforcement more than positive. - "There is always one throat to choke." is a quote from Niccolo M. de Masi during the company-wide meeting when Griptonite Games was acquired by Glu Mobile. Many Griptonite employees were mortified by this statement. - The previous CEO, who was cherished and a friend to many, was dismissed quietly before the acquisition. Management has no idea how to handle delivering negative news. - Upper management are a series of friends that promoted each other, rather than a group of individuals that have made their way through talent and performance. - There is little to no innovation in the development process. Popular freemium iOS and Facebook games are cloned in a process dubbed the "fast follow". Expect to work on a product that imitates current popular freemium mobile and Facebook apps. Projects rely heavily on trending fads. - Dissatisfied employees are promptly terminated and the reason for the firing is fabricated when currently employees inquire about the departure. - Sub-par salaries and minimal yearly salary increases (0-2%). - You may not get a review due to irresponsible management.

    Advice to Management

    - Take a lesson from your former Griptonite studio head and treat your employees like people rather than a production line. - Listen to feedback -- if it's given. You still have some extremely intelligent and talented employees that deserve your genuine attention. - There is an air of fear among your employees and many of which feel they are stuck in their positions due to the down-turned economy and local studio closures. These scared employees use lies as a defense mechanism when you're seeking layoffs or need to free up capital through terminations.



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