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The honeymoon ended quickly

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Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

I worked at Glu

Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO

Pros

Young-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

Cons

Most 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 Management

Make 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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    a good place to work in 2009.

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in San Mateo, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in San Mateo, CA

    I worked at Glu

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Glu 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.

    Cons

    Glu 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 Management

    1. 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


  2. 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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Sell Now!


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