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The Little Engine that WILL

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

Pros

Top quality studio team plus all the right monetization experts to make Glu the leader in mobile gaming. The exec team has the best relationships with each of the platforms. The location within San Francisco is tops as close to all public trans.

Cons

If you are looking for a job to coast, then look elsewhere. Those who perform are definately rewarded and those who do not are let go.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Keep it up! By rewarding the performers and letting go of the underperformers, you have created a culture where one is judge on performance.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Top heavy management. Strangled creative teams.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Free Caltrain pass. Stable income. Creative talent was monumental in the studio. I've never worked with a harder working group of individuals with such a passion for making great games.

    Cons

    The company is ridiculously top-heavy. Demands are made on the studios to add flavor-of-the-month features that have proven time and time again to be useless and annoying to users. They then strangle the studio budgets and hire more executives. Office was cramped, loud, and distracting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to the people who actually create your video games. Half of you have never touched a game in your life, much less built one. Instead you simply try to copy other companies then overwork your studios to the point where people quit from burnout.

    I watched some of the most gifted designers, artists, and programmers leave Glu in disgust because they were ignored, overworked, and frustrated.

    You then turn around and hire more EPs. You know what else we could have hired for the cost of one EP? Two artists, testers, programmers... people who, you know, make games. Start acting like a game company and less like EA Lite. Otherwise you will continue to bleed talent until you are bought out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Don't look behind the curtain

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

    Pros

    Salary, donuts and bagels. Location in sf is near bart

    Cons

    Crazy ceo, fear driven management, top heavy management layer that is micro managing . Lack of focus, and late to the party on mobile monetization systems. Add to that a non creative workspace and constant fear of getting fired, and an expectation that you need to work 16 hour days 7 days a week to be a good employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lose demassii, his management style is not right for a games company. He is better suited to work in the government

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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