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Glu Reviews

Updated December 5, 2014
Updated December 5, 2014
68 Reviews
3.7
68 Reviews
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Glu President, CEO, and Director Niccolo De Masi
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Teams have a great work/life balance and make things happen, they come together at the end to get it done (in 8 reviews)

  • I've never worked with a harder working group of individuals with such a passion for making great games (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • The management is absurdly top-heavy for a company that has never turned a dollar in profit (in 5 reviews)

  • Upper management wants results ASAP and this in turn creates rushed projects, unrealistic deadlines, and very little wiggle room (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Glu is an awesome company to work for!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Glu

    Pros

    Very fun yet professional environment. They are respectful of work-life balance and working hard to provide great leadership and resources to make successful products. Employees are given lots of autonomy (but also held accountable). Lots of transparency...everybody knows what's going on in the company and how things are going. Great benefits and incentives.

    Cons

    Due to the layout of the building, it's a hassle for some team members to meet face-to-face as frequently as they'd like.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Just More of the Same

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

    I worked at Glu full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Some smart, passionate people, high energy environment, and a real focus on getting product out instead of waiting forever to make up their minds. The internal awards system is genuinely motivating.

    Cons

    Copycat is the name of the game, no pun intended, and leadership doesn't respect the employees. People gradually lose investment but still have to work a lot as drones. Sales figures aren't the only way to grow a career but it is a way to overextend your company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a market leadership role and not a market participant role. Use your success to create successes, not to mimic successes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Learning opportunities, flexible timings but less transparency,no job security

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Glu full-time

    Pros

    Flexible Timings
    Chance to work on new technologies

    Cons

    No Policy
    Less Transparency
    Politics
    if you are looking for job stability then this is not the right choice, they can fire you any time within 1 day notice

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  5.  

    A fun place to work for!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Tester in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - QA Tester in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Glu full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company cares for its employees well being. The management cares for each employees experience at work. The company practices private conversation with the managers to speak out any of your ideas, concerns, etc . Employees gets incentives for their hard work and having fun at work is encouraged. Employees knows when to separate professional matters and fun times. Rules are applied but the workplace is lenient which gives the employees a sense of freedom and in my opinion a good stress reliever.

    Cons

    There are too many meetings and usually causes unproductive wasted work hours. Communication between departments could be improved.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great, but always room for improvement.

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

    I have been working at Glu

    Pros

    Hard working people producing and maintaining quality games.

    Cons

    Don't ask questions - a lot of people aren't interested in taking the time to answering them. Everyone's time here is so valuable...that attitude makes it hard to be efficient.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have some amazing remote employees that work 24/7 in Customer Care, yet they work through a temp agency. Please consider hiring them as actual Glu employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Politics, Roadblocks, Corporate Oversight

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Glu

    Pros

    At the studio level, the talent is mind-blowing. Teams have a great work/life balance and make things happen, they come together at the end to get it done. Very passionate about what they do and have skills to back it up.

    Cons

    You will do great things in spite of constant skirmishes with Corporate. If you think a game will take 6 months to make you'll get 3. You'll have to use the Corporate-developed Tools to make that game; the tools don't work but don't worry, they'll be fixed soon. If your team doesn't have the right political connections, your project is dead before it started. You make a decision? Corporate will have a say in that.

    So bring your A Game, your mind-blowing talent, to succeed in this environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust that you have good teams - don't process them to death.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Extremely satisfied with my position at Glu Bellevue

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Glu full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    This is a great place to work. Creative, knowledgeable people focused on individual growth and overall financial success. Fantastic bonuses and benefits. Culture of teamwork, unity, and progress. Emphasis on positive freemium monetization techniques. Quality titles and platforms. Name recognition. Absence of damaging egos. Collaborative atmosphere.

    Cons

    I have nothing negative to say about this place, and look forward to getting to work everyday.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Seattle Glu - Established company, startup feel

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    Current Employee - Producer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Producer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Glu full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    For a company that's been in operation for years, joining I felt the energy, excitement and opportunity of a start up company. Everyone here loves their jobs. Management sits with everyone else and have monthly studio updates telling us where we were, what we're doing and where we are going. They are willing to let people try new things, encourage growth and really encourage work/home life balance. Crunch times are VERY rare and even then that usually means only 2 hours extra in a day.

    Cons

    Company is in the process of re-discovering itself. There's a handful of old habits that still popup from before the change in management that people are trying to shake off. Lack of understanding of career growth for certain disciplines. Occasional curve balls from corporate can make like difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what your doing. This company is doing great and is only going to keep getting better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great mobile game dev, going places!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Glu full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Glu has done a great job at recovering from their 2011-2013 troubles, and they're making great games. They maintain a small-team feel in a medium-sized organization, and they have a strong customer focus. Outstanding open communication from studio management about the business.

    Cons

    There's a bit of whiplash from project and priority shifts, that can affect careers and add stress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build career advancement into the corporate culture, not as a bonus but as an expectation. Improve relationships between regional offices.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Comfortable and friendly

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Game Designer in Moscow (Russia)
    Current Employee - Game Designer in Moscow (Russia)

    I have been working at Glu full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice people, all friends and free beverages!

    Cons

    Overseas communications take too long sometimes. I have no idea how to optimize it :)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't expect doubling revenue every quarter.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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