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

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Current Employee - Director  in  San Mateo, CA
Current Employee - Director in San Mateo, CA

I have been working at Glu

Pros

Glu 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.

Cons

The 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 ManagementAdvice

Keep 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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    probably,this is the first review of glu mobile on the site....

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    Current Employee - Senior Developer  in  San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Developer in San Mateo, CA

    I have been working at Glu

    Pros

    I like the friendly working environment.

    Cons

    Maybe, the falling of stock price.....
    But to me, this is not very important, since the amount of our shares are quite limited. :-)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think they are very nice, I like the senior managers that I once met.

    Recommends
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  2.  

    Comfortable and friendly

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    Current Employee - Game Designer  in  Moscow (Russia)
    Current Employee - Game Designer in Moscow (Russia)

    I have been working at Glu full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice people, all friends and free beverages!

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't expect doubling revenue every quarter.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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