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Can't get it together

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kirkland, WA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA

Pros

Mix of highly experienced and more junior employees, sense of teamwork within teams, comprehensive deployment strategy, casual atmosphere

Cons

Way too many managers, micromanagement, "flavor of the month" strategizing, people that stick up are nailed down, every goalpost is a moving one. Overall the company has a good idea but no idea how to execute on it and keeps getting in its own way.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You are your own worst enemy. Empower teams, get on their side, help direct them to success, then get out of their way and stop holding them back.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Glu Kirkland Studio

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop 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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Glu Kirkland - Formerly Griptonite Games

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Developer  in  Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Developer in Kirkland, WA

    Pros

    - Lower-level employees are passionate about games and some can be a joy to work with.
     - Small on-site gym with showers and lockers.
     - Decent PC hardware.
     - Bonuses if a product does well.
     - Free coffee, on-site arcade, and well-stocked snack bar.

    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.
     - "There is always one throat to choke." is a quote from Niccolo M. de Masi during the company-wide meeting when Griptonite Games was acquired by Glu Mobile. Many Griptonite employees were mortified by this statement.
     - The previous CEO, who was cherished and a friend to many, was dismissed quietly before the acquisition. Management has no idea how to handle delivering negative news.
     - Upper management are a series of friends that promoted each other, rather than a group of individuals that have made their way through talent and performance.
     - There is little to no innovation in the development process. Popular freemium iOS and Facebook games are cloned in a process dubbed the "fast follow". Expect to work on a product that imitates current popular freemium mobile and Facebook apps. Projects rely heavily on trending fads.
     - Dissatisfied employees are promptly terminated and the reason for the firing is fabricated when currently employees inquire about the departure.
     - Sub-par salaries and minimal yearly salary increases (0-2%).
     - You may not get a review due to irresponsible management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Take a lesson from your former Griptonite studio head and treat your employees like people rather than a production line.
     - Listen to feedback -- if it's given. You still have some extremely intelligent and talented employees that deserve your genuine attention.
     - There is an air of fear among your employees and many of which feel they are stuck in their positions due to the down-turned economy and local studio closures. These scared employees use lies as a defense mechanism when you're seeking layoffs or need to free up capital through terminations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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