Glu
3.1 of 5 59 reviews
www.glu.com San Francisco, CA 500 to 999 Employees

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Glu President, CEO, and Director Niccolo De Masi

Niccolo De Masi

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    Great People, Occasional Hits

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    San Francisco, CA

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementToo 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    I had a good run

    Artist (Current Employee)
    Kirkland, WA

    Pros- Fantastic work environment
    - Awesome and talented people

    Cons- Lower than average pay
    - Top management sucks

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

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

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    Fun place to work and learn.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsToo 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 Senior ManagementLess knee jerk reactions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Glu Kirkland Studio

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Kirkland, WA

    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 Senior ManagementStop 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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    get glued

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    San Mateo, CA

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

    ConsSenior 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 Senior ManagementSell Now!

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    Mostly young employees

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGlu 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.

    ConsWhen 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 Senior ManagementSomehow 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).

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    Glu Mobile getting glued

    Marketing Assistant (Former Employee)
    Madrid (Spain)

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

    ConsGlu 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 Senior ManagementDiversify to other products.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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