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One of the worst places I've ever worked

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Former Employee - Marketing  in  San Francisco, CA
Former Employee - Marketing in San Francisco, CA

I worked at Glu full-time for less than a year

Pros

Office location in downtown SF

Cons

Glu copies instead of innovates and is it's own worst enemy. They don't believe in leading the way in anything. HR managers were some of the worst I've ever met and totally unprofessional often changing stories and making things up. Marketing VP was totally incompetent and stifles creativity His marketing department is a "boys club". Not a very welcoming place for women in gaming.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get rid of Niccolo....he's running the company into the ground and find someone to innovate instead of be a follower in the industry. The reality is Glu is too big and too top heavy. Their fate is sealed and 2013 will be met with more layoffs as the company slowly falls apart.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Can't get it together

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

    I have been working at Glu full-time

    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
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Glu Kirkland Studio

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

    I have been working at Glu full-time for more than 5 years

    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
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