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Glu Reviews

Updated July 30, 2014
Updated July 30, 2014
63 Reviews

3.3
63 Reviews
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Glu President, CEO, and Director Niccolo De Masi
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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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  1.  

    Extremely satisfied with my position at Glu Bellevue

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

    Pros

    This is a great place to work. Creative, knowledgeable people focused on individual growth and overall financial success. Fantastic bonuses and benefits. Culture of teamwork, unity, and progress. Emphasis on positive freemium monetization techniques. Quality titles and platforms. Name recognition. Absence of damaging egos. Collaborative atmosphere.

    Cons

    I have nothing negative to say about this place, and look forward to getting to work everyday.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Seattle Glu - Established company, startup feel

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Producer  in  Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Producer in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    For a company that's been in operation for years, joining I felt the energy, excitement and opportunity of a start up company. Everyone here loves their jobs. Management sits with everyone else and have monthly studio updates telling us where we were, what we're doing and where we are going. They are willing to let people try new things, encourage growth and really encourage work/home life balance. Crunch times are VERY rare and even then that usually means only 2 hours extra in a day.

    Cons

    Company is in the process of re-discovering itself. There's a handful of old habits that still popup from before the change in management that people are trying to shake off. Lack of understanding of career growth for certain disciplines. Occasional curve balls from corporate can make like difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what your doing. This company is doing great and is only going to keep getting better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Washington Studio

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

    Pros

    Team ownership of products, talented teams, employees are encouraged to speak up, excellent transparency, great games, always learning, good work/life balance. Management strives to create a positive environment and are extremely competent. Gigantic turnaround for the Washington studio in the last 18 months.

    Cons

    As with any global corporation there can be communication difficulties between the HQ office and studios.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep encouraging team ownership and individual ownership. Transparency is key to employee to buy in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Amazing Washington studio; the usual corporate stuff

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

    Pros

    One of the most talented teams I've worked with, technically, artistically, and design-wise. Processes are maturing rapidly, and are constantly under review. Relatively ego-less local senior management team, but a real press to make the highest-quality games we can, with emphasis on input from the whole team. Great HR and IT support, competitive salary and benefits, a really fun workplace with regular events and active regular meetings to talk about the industry, design, and software.

    Cons

    Corporate-dictated software architecture which is the same for all, rather than being matched to the needs of the game. Developers are hamstrung by the supplied framework's capabilities, and by occasional bugs or features which change out from under the game in development without warning. This stops development in its tracks, sometimes for weeks, while solutions are worked out. And that raises stress, diverts attention from the game itself, and requires that features are sacrificed to meet schedules.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-orient Gluon to make it a set of reusable components to speed development. The current one-design-fits-all approach is the single biggest threat to success of new games.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Autonomy, Transparency, and Candor

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

    Pros

    The studio in Bellevue is a great place to work. Lots of opportunity for ownership. Management listens to feedback and often acts on it. Good transparency into how the studio and projects are doing. Good work-life-balance.

    Any-one is invited to pitch games, are taken seriously, and given concrete feedback on how to improve.

    Cons

    Can be very fast-paced and intense at times. Teams can run lean, and there is an need for more product managers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up! I'd like to see more training opportunities, and the need for product managers addressed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great environment, great people, and overall, amazing company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Temp QA Tester  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Temp QA Tester in Bellevue, WA

    Pros

    If you want to get into the mobile games industry, Glu's a great place to be, especially if you're into the action genre (which Glu is mostly dominating in at the moment). The environment allows freedom for movement and taking phone calls. Communication between Developers and QA is made easy since everyone is in the same building. Compensation is fair, and they're working on improving on it. The potential from personal growth is there, but only if you communicate with people outside of your team, which isn't at all taboo. The nerf culture has recently manifested in the studio as well.

    The studio officially recognizes hard work in the form of "achievements", which are shared with the studio during studio-wide meetings. These meetings also provide a level transparency to the studio, for their benefit, in regards to how the company is doing and where it's headed.

    Cons

    When crunch time comes, it's can last a whole week. Overtime is something you need to be able to do. The studio is in Bellevue, so the closer you are to the studio, the better. Traffic can be annoying at times. The traffic combined with OT, combined with the odd work hours (9:30am - 6:00pm) can have an unsatisfactory amount of time off work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Interesting challenges and fantastic team members

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    Pros

    - High degree of ownership in personal tasks and team projects
    - High potential to learn mobile and free-to-play principles
    - Open, fun culture and skilled team members
    - Good collaboration across teams and disciplines
    - Lot of potential for future success
    - Supportive and helpful management

    Cons

    - Not proven as an industry leader yet; still contender status
    - Short-term friction between some new central teams and dev teams

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I am proud to say I work at Glu.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Down-to-earth and fun people. Satisfying work with a good manager. Fun events, great new office space. I feel there is honest and open communication about the business and where we are going.

    Cons

    Sometimes it does feel there are still growing pains, but things are looking up. I do feel management is recognizing how important it is to focus on an improved company culture and making sure employees feel valued.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focusing on your employees (rewards, promotions) and continue sharing company updates.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to be if you love mobile games

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

    Pros

    Glu is full of talented people that are fun to work with, and the level of talent continues to increase as many skilled professionals are joining Glu with prior mobile free-to-play experience. Company puts out great games, and is focused on deepening f2p mechanics. Exciting time to be here, as there's tons of room to innovate, and individuals are able to make a big impact.

    Cons

    SF office has stunning views, but layout is a bit old school. Good news is the company is moving to a cool new space in the city soon.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be aggressive, and stay focused. Glu has a great opportunity to become one of the premier mobile gaming companies in the world.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good to great.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Industry leader. SF location great. Company knows how to pivot during difficult times. New executive team has true industry leading expertise and runs circles around prior folks.

    Cons

    Pivoting during difficult times can be distracting for teams. Had inefficient studios in Brazil and Kirkland who couldn't learn how to make games that were stand alone profitable. Brazil had to be shut down and Kirkland seriously reduced to cross the chasm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have all hands meetings with multi locations present. Explain to teams the need for stand alone studios needing to be stand alone self sufficient. Keep improving the talent hiring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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