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Glu President, CEO, and Director Niccolo De Masi
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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 (3)

    Not so good. Lacks creativity and opportunities to grow. Poor compensation as compared to other companies in the area.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people to work with. Free snacks, drinks and caltrain pass.

    Cons

    Innovation is definitely not the name of the game when it comes to Glu. The company makes sequels of previous hits, hoping to make similar kind of money, instead of being aggressive and innovating. Your work will not be appreciated unless you are "buddies" with management. A lot of time and energy is spent on enforcing trivial rules rather than helping employees to be more productive. You will face the wrath of the management in case you deviate from these "rules" and the aforementioned "buddies" won't. Glu doesn't pay their employees well and is way below industry average which will probably make it harder to attract and retain top talent.

    Advice to Management

    Try to innovate instead of rehashing the old stuff over and over again. Make sure you pay your employees well.


  2. Work in progress

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

    I worked at Glu full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people employees are some of the best

    Cons

    Not so much a gaming culture for a gaming company.

    Advice to Management

    Consider more training for new employees


  3. Helpful (4)

    Politics, Roadblocks, Corporate Oversight

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    At the studio level, the talent is mind-blowing. Teams have a great work/life balance and make things happen, they come together at the end to get it done. Very passionate about what they do and have skills to back it up.

    Cons

    You will do great things in spite of constant skirmishes with Corporate. If you think a game will take 6 months to make you'll get 3. You'll have to use the Corporate-developed Tools to make that game; the tools don't work but don't worry, they'll be fixed soon. If your team doesn't have the right political connections, your project is dead before it started. You make a decision? Corporate will have a say in that. So bring your A Game, your mind-blowing talent, to succeed in this environment.

    Advice to Management

    Trust that you have good teams - don't process them to death.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Great place to pad your resume (if nothing else)

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

    I worked at Glu full-time

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits. Lots of room to grow if you have the social skills to maneuver among the literally dozens of directors/managers/executives.

    Cons

    As with any public company, the culture is toxic and can turn on you at a moment's notice. Beware the quarterly financials, as Glu will cut costs (read: people) at a moment's notice, regardless of talent or company value if it means a temporary stock bump. The San Francisco office is not a game development studio; creative types need not apply. The company has been farming development out to external studios for years and the San Francisco headquarters is merely a place for upper-management to gather and congratulate themselves on keeping the company afloat after years of poor decisions. There is no foresight left among Glu's ranks. It's just a race to the bottom, chasing competitors and failing business models and avoiding any risk or innovation. I'm sure individuals in non-creative disciplines (e.g. MBAs, accountants, etc.) will find the company welcoming. That said, programmers, artists, designers, and people actually interested in making games would be much better off finding employment elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Glu has lost its vision during this short-lived cash grab. Attempting to follow one-in-a-million business models (King, Supercell, etc.) is not an ideal solution for a company with hundreds of employees. Changing the company's goals every 6-12 months is why you have successfully churned out almost every decent person at Glu. Start allowing what is left of your game teams to have true product ownership. The only way you will ever have a true success is by innovating. That means allowing the creative people among your staff to follow their vision, not driving design through monetization.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Not.....good

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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

    Some good people. Bagels AND Donuts!

    Cons

    Worst place I have ever worked. Soul sucking. Clueless management who are not forward thinking at all. They place a premium on monetizing sequels of old games and stifle creativity. A lot of dissecting of successful games and trying to shoehorn those mechanics into their games. If you heard the horror stories about working at Zynga 3-4 years ago, or worse lived through that, you'll have an idea what its like working here.

    Advice to Management

    Hire replacements for yourselves that know what the hell they are doing and can see past the next 3 months in front of them.


  7. Helpful (3)

    From bad to worse.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Glu full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Not much; Used to be liberal with work hours and decent managers, but got worse over time.

    Cons

    Terrible management, lots of politics that get you booted for no valid reason. Games are mostly pushed with bugs and issues intact. Management cares more about $ and deadlines than quality of products.


  8. Helpful (5)

    everything that's wrong with the mobile game industry

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

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

    Pros

    benefits, train pass and free soda

    Cons

    Glu pays all their employees far less than their competitors. This is the only company I've ever worked at where they invite you to a happy hour where you must buy your own drinks. If you are not buddies with someone in management or part of "a click", you will be miserable here. SF office is extremely top heavy in management and no one is held accountable for their mistakes. Managers often take the credit of the employees working under them, giving them little to no praise. People in Tech Services and QA are regularly expected to do the work of 2-3 employees while working overtime almost daily. They have an employee review process twice a year, but it seems to have no reflection on an employee's longevity with the company as many good employees are often fired or a product of layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Moral is low and it's going to take more than free sodas to fix it. Get rid of Sourabh, he is not a leader- it's painfully obvious that his "buddies" are always the first be promoted while seasoned veterans, for some reason, are not. Listen to the people who actually develop your games, they have great ideas and need to be heard.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Good games, poor management

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fun games, and some really talented people work there.

    Cons

    Very dis-organized place, doesn't feel like the world HQ of a gaming company

    Advice to Management

    Accept constructive criticism, and find out why so many people are leaving for other companies.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Technically clueless management

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Glu full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice downtown SF location. Every hand is needed and it's easy to acquire new skills and gain valuable experience. Supportive and thoughtful people.

    Cons

    You will not be valued for your contributions. Management has virtually no technical depth, and will throw good money after bad on vanity projects meant to move political careers. You are only as good as your last project.

    Advice to Management

    Seek advice down the entire command chain. Talk to people many levels below your own on a regular basis. Learn to be in touch with the trenches. There's a lot of experience and a lot of good people there. Find them.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Loved working with the team and people but not management

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

    I worked at Glu full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great group of people Learned and contributed a lot in the mobile gaming industry Good ESPP plan

    Cons

    Unstable Layoffs every 3 months Pay scale is way below industry average, by way below I mean terrible. No 401k match, no sick leave, no maternity/paternity leave Higher management not sure about what kind of projects to focus on Management only promotes making copies of trending games, not interested in original IP

    Advice to Management

    Pick higher management/CEO who is concerned and knows something about making games. Conserve talent and not dispose them when the work is done.



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