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Glu Kirkland Studio

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Kirkland, WA

Pros- Small teams with many good people
- Relaxed company culture; very tolerant of parents and the chronically ill
- Not too much crunch
- Fun workplace, lots of Nerf battles and cool personalities

Cons- Mid-level salaries about $12,000 - 15,000 less than comparable positions at more successful competitors
- Management is overwhelmed and constantly changing direction to try to keep up with trends
- Company takes too long to make copies of competitor games, ship has sailed by the time games get released
- Bad decisions and policies from management get handed to teams and can't be argued with
- Company is spread too thin across too many different genres
- First round of projects was unsuccessful, and the pressure to make more money in less time is rapidly growing

Advice to Senior ManagementStop changing direction all the time: pick one or two things and and get good at those before trying to do everything at once.
Hire some people who have made freemium games before and listen to them
Stop meddling and micromanaging teams, you are managers not designers
Trust your teams

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Glu Kirkland - Formerly Griptonite Games

    Developer (Former Employee) Kirkland, WA

    I worked at Glu full-time for more than 8 years


    Pros: - Lower-level employees are passionate about games and some can be a joy to work with. - Small on-site gym with showers… Cons: - Niccolo M. de Masi, the CEO of Glu Mobile, and the VP that came from the SF HQ use negative reinforcement more than positive. … Advice to Senior Management: - Take a lesson from your former Griptonite studio head and treat your employees like people rather than a production line. - Listen to feedback… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    The honeymoon ended quickly

    Software Engineer (Former Employee) San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Glu


    Pros: Young-ish environment, but this is fading Occasional movie days, where the group is taken out to the movies during work Occasional group… 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… Advice to Senior Management: Make it clear what each candidate's role and workday will be like during the interview Use a… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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