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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mountain View, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

I worked at IMVU full-time for more than a year

Pros

Vanguards in software development process leading to happy developers and increased retention.
Lots of fun employee activities like treasure hunt down Castro, happy hours, picnics.
Congenial company in that it's possible to know all fellow employees, a real nice to have in Silicon Valley
Great location right by the MV train station and Castro Street.

Cons

The company doesn't have a process for changing itself so it's a little too rigid.

Puts more emphasis on making money than making for an amazing user experience.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Educate all employees in how to offer constructive feedback.
Make something awesome regardless of revenue projections and the money will follow i.e. learn from Google

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Engineering and politically driven rather than by design and talent--just look at their product.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IMVU full-time

    Pros

    -Excellent individuals--a pleasure to play with
    -Free lunch
    -No pressure
    -Lots of time for play
    -Given a lot of power as an engineer
    -Hours so flexible it's hard to imagine how IMVU can be competitive
    -Free wine and beer tastings weekly
    -The most fun off-sites

    Cons

    -Unless you're an engineer, no career development. Even as an engineer, the skills you learn here probably won't translate to another tech company since you'll be working in uncommonly used languages. The engineering leadership is also unaware of modern processes due to their lack of experience outside of IMVU so you won't be learning much there either.
    -Poor leadership resulting in role confusion, abnormal amounts of office politics, and disgruntled employees.
    -Reactionary rather than visionary product development--resulting in a lot of half-baked ideas that are considered failures.
    -Engineering-driven org resulting in ugly, confusing products that even employees won't tell family about.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -You need someone in leadership from the outside who believes in the product, has a vision for it that's attainable within 6 months, and has the balls to fire the blockers and empower the talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Truly, a best place to work !!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at IMVU full-time

    Pros

    Great work-life balance
    really smart and bright engineers to work with
    strong engineering org
    awesome culture overall ( typical of silicon valley )

    Cons

    Need more experienced people at the senior management level ( people with a LOT of passion )

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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