Glu
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Glu President, CEO, and Director Niccolo De Masi

Niccolo De Masi

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Good games, poor management

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Glu

ProsFun games, and some really talented people work there.

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

Advice to Senior ManagementAccept constructive criticism, and find out why so many people are leaving for other companies.

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Technically clueless management

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

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

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

ConsYou 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 Senior ManagementSeek 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Loved working with the team and people but not management

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
Kirkland, WA

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

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

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It was ok.

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
Kirkland, WA

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

ProsLots of junk food and soda if you like to eat.

ConsLong hours and huge layoffs

Advice to Senior ManagementNah.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Fast Followers, Not Leaders

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Glu full-time

ProsVery talented and motivated workforce, including the close to 100 laid off recently (pay no attention to the executives anonymous comments in earlier, stellar reviews)

ConsManagement does not understand how to make the free to play model successful and are more interested in status, paychecks and power than creativity, team building and making truly remarkable games. High level managers do not feel comfortable interacting with employees.

Advice to Senior ManagementQuit stocking the management ranks with your buddies and misleading your employees. Step out of your offices and interact with the people working so hard to make you your enormous salaries. Take an interest in how games are developed, what customers want and begin building up a positive relationship with the audience and the industry.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Prospect Employees Beware

Art Department (Former Employee)
Kirkland, WA

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

ProsWork/Life balance was good at least in my department.
Work Schedules can be flexible most of the time.
Free snacks, coffee and tea

ConsPay is below average and compensations for merits are inadequate.
High attrition of talent.
Lack of communication between teams and departments.
Rushed deadlines very early in development and only get tighter as project matures which leads to very little creative exploration or direction.

Advice to Senior ManagementHire more creatives and fire more EPs. Take responsibility for your roles especially when games fail to achieve profit expectations. Your flavor of the month strategy for game creation is not working. Stop replicating and start innovating.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Tumultuous and ever-changing

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Kirkland, WA

I have been working at Glu

ProsSpeaking of the Kirkland studio specifically, the people are amazing, the environment is great, and it's fun. Work/life balance is a definite strong point. Work schedules can be very flexible if needed. There are free snacks, frequent fun events, and a real sense that there is a lot of effort being put in to make things more fun and less stressful.

ConsThe process of figuring out how to obtain consistent success in the free-to-play genre has resulted in a lot of chaos and instability. Upper management wants results ASAP and this in turn creates rushed projects, unrealistic deadlines, and very little wiggle room. This results in lost potential and games that are not nearly as in-depth, fleshed out, focused, and well-planned as they could be. There is never "enough time" . Games don't hit their profit expectations and upper management is quick to point fingers.

Despite low profits and fairly significant lay-offs over the past 6 months, upper management is becoming increasingly top-heavy to the point of seeming a bit ridiculous. Newly-hired VPs and executives seem to pop up every week.

Very little is consistent from project-to-project which can make team transitions more difficult than they need to be. Communication between departments, teams, and San Francisco is very poor.

Pay is well below average and in some cases absolutely ludicrous depending on your position. You will be given a great deal of responsibility and opportunity to grow in your chosen field but don't ever expect to be adequately compensated. There's been a high turnover of top talent and a very thick, impending "sinking ship" feeling of doom and dread lingering in the air for a while and I don't expect it to clear up any time soon or this year for that matter.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Can't get it together

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Kirkland, WA

I have been working at Glu full-time

ProsMix of highly experienced and more junior employees, sense of teamwork within teams, comprehensive deployment strategy, casual atmosphere

ConsWay too many managers, micromanagement, "flavor of the month" strategizing, people that stick up are nailed down, every goalpost is a moving one. Overall the company has a good idea but no idea how to execute on it and keeps getting in its own way.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou are your own worst enemy. Empower teams, get on their side, help direct them to success, then get out of their way and stop holding them back.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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The honeymoon ended quickly

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at Glu

ProsYoung-ish environment, but this is fading
Occasional movie days, where the group is taken out to the movies during work
Occasional group lunches, where the group is taken out to a nice restaurant
Mostly light-hearted, generally fun group of people to work with

ConsMost non-managers seem to hate their jobs
Greed and understaffing combine to burn-out engineers and require pulling all-weekenders
Grueling schedules put together by those who count money rather than write code
Very hierarchical structure, management lives in an ivory tower
Expect to be underpaid by at least 20%
Company is just breaking even, not profitable
Games are reskins of one another, little creative thought
Groupthink rules at meetings
Instead of writing well designed games, a more hack-it-together approach is used, where patch upon patch is applied
Not true software development, because no creativity, design, or ingenuity is needed when your job is to fix errors and "get it working"
Try to trap you in during the interview with a small signing bonus that expires that day

Advice to Senior ManagementMake it clear what each candidate's role and workday will be like during the interview
Use a flatter structure, where managers and directors also write code
With coder-managers, more reasonable deadlines can be set

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Chaotic

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Glu

ProsGreat history in UK as Macrospace

ConsAcquisition created chaos in teams

Advice to Senior Managementless US centricity - lots changed since

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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