Glu

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Glu Reviews

Updated Jul 12, 2014
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3.1 62 reviews

49% Approve of the CEO

Glu President, CEO, and Director Niccolo De Masi

Niccolo De Masi

(41 ratings)

50% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/Life balance was good at least in my department (in 7 reviews)

  • Company puts out great games, and is focused on deepening f2p mechanics (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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    Great mobile game dev, going places!

    Engineer (Current Employee) Bellevue, WA

    ProsGlu has done a great job at recovering from their 2011-2013 troubles, and they're making great games. They maintain a small-team feel in a medium-sized organization, and they have a strong customer focus. Outstanding open communication from studio management about the business.

    ConsThere's a bit of whiplash from project and priority shifts, that can affect careers and add stress.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBuild career advancement into the corporate culture, not as a bonus but as an expectation. Improve relationships between regional offices.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Management = Rapid Turnaround

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsI've never worked with such talented, professional developers. The teams are carefully built to balance skills and personalities and the result is an incredible work environment. HR, IT, and our Office Coordinator are all amazing, making working here pleasant and engaging. The executive team makes smart decisions and are actively engaged with the teams, not only finding ways for the teams to get stronger but consistently dedicated to becoming better managers and leaders themselves. There is an incredible amount of transparency regarding the success of the studio's titles - everyone knows how well the studio is performing financially, and there are many opportunities for the average employee to be a part of the ongoing effort to improve our operations. Finally, the studio has a balanced approach to business intelligence, using the incredible amount of data the studio gathers to hon the expertise of our devs without stifling creativity.

    ConsThe review processes change every year and reviews are often carried out late and in a hurried manner. Career paths and positions are very poorly defined, leaving you stuck wondering how to advance or how to gauge your performance against a studio standard. While the leadership at the top is very strong, some teams and some disciplines suffer from weak leadership/management. All of this combines into a frustrating experience for someone who is focused on their development and advancement. Finally, the working relationship with the head office in SF isn't always a positive one.

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuality over quantity. Management does a great job at identifying the areas of improvement, but they tend to respond by adding more steps, rather than working to improve the quality of what they're already doing.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Long term stability in a volatile game industry

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) San Francisco, CA

    ProsFew game companies have been operating for over a decade. Glu is amongst the very few that has successfully navigated the ups, downs and shifting tides of a business that is challenging but very rewarding. Creative freedom is on offer within pre-agreed boundaries. Strategic vision for the firm is often prescient and always solid.

    ConsI have been here a while and feel we get the strategy right, and often early, but then can't execute on it fast enough or as well as other firms. Seen this a couple of times now. I feel senior mgmt knows and is acting - hopefully the benefits of recent hiring come through later this y ear.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep hiring fresh blood that has the precise expertise we need to execute. More team building events would be beneficial.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Experience So Far w/Seemingly Strong Upside

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsManagement team is aggressive and makes decisions with a multi-year view. Personally have been afforded multiple opportunities to expand my role and responsibilities in my own areas of interest; not just disciplines that need support. Receive competitive compensation and benefits, which has been confirmed through recent conversations with head hunters. Encouraged by Glu's commitment to maintain tight relationships with key mobile platforms and deliver first to market technologies.

    ConsThe fast pace and lean teams can jeopardize work-life balance. Company also has a bit of a corporate feel for a gaming company, although seems to be improving with recent hires.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on new and innovative gameplay, not just current chart toppers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The place to be in the mobile game developing industry

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosfast-paced environment, with some of the best minds working together to developing leading freemium games. Friendly co-workers that knows how to get work done with needed, and relax when needed.

    Consfinance, marketing side very separated from software side; lacked unity and open communications between the two sides.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good people, good work, good fun

    QA Tester (Former Employee) Kirkland, WA

    Prosgood people, good work, good fun

    Conslaid off before contract end date

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    a good place to work in 2009.

    Senior Marketing Manager (Former Employee) San Mateo, CA

    ProsGlu is one of those rare places that "get it" in terms of work/life balance. This culture was important, and it came from the top down. The attitude was; get your job done and work hard. If you need to take some time for something important (e.g. a family issue) then do it, and make sure you get your job done on your own time. It was very liberating and useful, as we were given the right tools (mobile, laptop etc) to check in and make sure we were on track with projects.
    You will work hard at Glu, but its worth it.

    ConsGlu is a company that is constantly struggling against the bigger mobile companies, and lacks the necessary push to make it to the top. The reasons are:
    1. Capital. they had a few off quarters and the economy tanked in 2009.
    2. Internal lack of leadership: there was a divide between internal groups as to which direction the company should head in in 2009. Hopefully this has been resolved.
    3. Compensation was about 15% below the rest of the market. When it came time to talk about raises, there never was enough to go around. They would only award bonuses in case of a dire need or drastic change.

    Advice to Senior Management1. Figure out the internal issues and put them to rest.
    2. Take some risks; with new games on different platforms..
    3. Listen to your senior management. They have good experience - let them take a role in shaping where the company should go

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Glu Mobile: has potential, needs to get out of its own way to innovate

    Director (Current Employee) San Mateo, CA

    ProsGlu is a fun place to work. There isn't a ton of beauracracy and if you see a problem that needs fixing, you can do it. There are a lot of smart people there, and everybody wants to create and publish great mobile games. They also value work/life balance - a rarity in today's overstressed Silicon Valley. They do this by actively giving employees the tools to work from home occasionally and also making sure that it is a fun place to work, with company events and outings.

    ConsThe mobile industry is going through some changes. The iPhone has shaken things up and the carrier eco-system is threatened. Glu will survive the economic downturn if it can continue to innovate and also publish great games. It is not a very forward thinking enviornment - many employees are so overworked that they don't have time to think strategically, which is critical in this fast paced economy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the information flow and discussions with employees.
    Don't be afraid to innovate.
    Tear down the hierarchy of decision - its good to have leaders in senior exec staff, but often the power is too centralized, making everyone below afraid to make decisions (for fear of them being reversed.)

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    Comfortable and friendly

    Game Designer (Current Employee) Moscow (Russia)

    ProsNice people, all friends and free beverages!

    ConsOverseas communications take too long sometimes. I have no idea how to optimize it :)

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't expect doubling revenue every quarter.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overall It is a very good place

    Concept Artist (Current Employee) Moscow (Russia)

    ProsGood salary compared to other companies
    Sense of security
    Great and friendly atmosphere
    Easy approachable management
    Several projects at one time. You can switch if you are bored to death with current one.
    Good work/life balance
    Free snacks/drinks
    Clean office
    Paid overtime

    ConsIt is really difficult to influence on the project. Everything is decided by the head office. The main idea is: lets take what others did, "paint it red" and rename it.
    Almost no career improvement for 90% of employees.
    No support from company in growing as a professional.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOverall good work. Give some space to your employees. They have some useful ideas too.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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