Glu
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www.glu.com San Francisco, CA 500 to 999 Employees

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The honeymoon ended quickly

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at Glu

ProsYoung-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

ConsMost 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 Senior ManagementMake 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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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a good place to work in 2009.

Senior Marketing Manager (Former Employee)
San Mateo, CA

I worked at Glu


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… 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. … Advice to Senior Management: 1. Figure out the internal issues and put them to rest. 2. Take some risks; with new games on different platforms.. 3. … Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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get glued

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
San Mateo, CA

I worked at Glu


Pros: Great building! The atmosphere is great and the HR… Cons: Senior management does not listen to the employees or each other. They are a smart of group… Advice to Senior Management: Sell Now! More

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