Glu

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Glu Reviews

Updated November 13, 2014
Updated November 13, 2014
67 Reviews
3.6
67 Reviews
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Glu President, CEO, and Director Niccolo De Masi
Niccolo De Masi
41 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Teams have a great work/life balance and make things happen, they come together at the end to get it done (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 management is absurdly top-heavy for a company that has never turned a dollar in profit (in 5 reviews)

  • Upper management wants results ASAP and this in turn creates rushed projects, unrealistic deadlines, and very little wiggle room (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Just More of the Same

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Producer in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Glu full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Some smart, passionate people, high energy environment, and a real focus on getting product out instead of waiting forever to make up their minds. The internal awards system is genuinely motivating.

    Cons

    Copycat is the name of the game, no pun intended, and leadership doesn't respect the employees. People gradually lose investment but still have to work a lot as drones. Sales figures aren't the only way to grow a career but it is a way to overextend your company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a market leadership role and not a market participant role. Use your success to create successes, not to mimic successes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great People, Occasional Hits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Glu full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people at Glu are great to work with and highly collaborative. Lots of opportunities to grow vertically or laterally.

    Cons

    Produces more 'misses' than 'hits'. Has lost its start-up appeal years ago.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many resources spent on overhead, needs to return to making great games that people will want to play, rather than hiring a squad of BI people to figure out how to squeeze every dime out of flops.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    I had a good run

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Artist in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Artist in Kirkland, WA

    I have been working at Glu full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Fantastic work environment
    - Awesome and talented people

    Cons

    - Lower than average pay
    - Top management sucks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Know what you want instead of keep changing
    - Stop going for the whales, they are rare

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Fun place to work and learn.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Glu full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is a lot to learn about the mobile apps business at Glu. Culture is very open about what is happening with marketing, roadmap etc.

    Cons

    Too many cooks for the same tasks and not enough accountability. Glu needs to hire more competent people instead of keeping around or promoting incompetent people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less knee jerk reactions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Glu Kirkland Studio

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA

    I have been working at Glu full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Small teams with many good people
    - Relaxed company culture; very tolerant of parents and the chronically ill
    - Not too much crunch
    - Fun workplace, lots of Nerf battles and cool personalities

    Cons

    - Mid-level salaries about $12,000 - 15,000 less than comparable positions at more successful competitors
    - Management is overwhelmed and constantly changing direction to try to keep up with trends
    - Company takes too long to make copies of competitor games, ship has sailed by the time games get released
    - Bad decisions and policies from management get handed to teams and can't be argued with
    - Company is spread too thin across too many different genres
    - First round of projects was unsuccessful, and the pressure to make more money in less time is rapidly growing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop changing direction all the time: pick one or two things and and get good at those before trying to do everything at once.
    Hire some people who have made freemium games before and listen to them
    Stop meddling and micromanaging teams, you are managers not designers
    Trust your teams

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    get glued

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Glu

    Pros

    Great building! The atmosphere is great and the HR department really cares about the happiness of the employees.

    Cons

    Senior management does not listen to the employees or each other. They are a smart of group of people who do not work well together. I can't believe the company has made it this far.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell Now!

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Mostly young employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Glu

    Pros

    Glu is a fun place to work mostly because it makes video games. The company does not suffer from a lot of bureacracy or hr silliness.

    Cons

    When I was there, I wasn't impressed with many of the managers in the engineering group, because they did not have very solid knowledge of how video games work, or were not good leaders (though a couple were quite good and made the situation tolerable). I also felt that some managers lacked basic leadership skills (ie, unfriendly, aloof, not taking responsible for decisions). There were not a lot of mature, senior people to act as mentors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Somehow hire/elevate managers that have good video game expertise. Certain management could develop better leadership skills (ie, lose the aloof attitude, be more likeable, don't pretend to be something you're not).

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Learning opportunities, flexible timings but less transparency,no job security

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Glu full-time

    Pros

    Flexible Timings
    Chance to work on new technologies

    Cons

    No Policy
    Less Transparency
    Politics
    if you are looking for job stability then this is not the right choice, they can fire you any time within 1 day notice

  10.  

    Glu Mobile getting glued

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in Madrid (Spain)
    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in Madrid (Spain)

    I worked at Glu

    Pros

    If you like the mobile gaming industry this is the place for you.

    Cons

    Glu I think is a company that had better days. Many things in Europe are based in London. Extremely inefficient for many things. Eg: You need ink for the printer in the Madrid office? You´ll have to call London and they send it from there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify to other products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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