Glu Reviews

Updated March 16, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Good people in the trenches, horrible executive team.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Glu

    Pros

    The local studio was filled with amazing people, great work environment, good opportunities for growth, great work/life balance.

    Cons

    All the pros were hobbled by poor executive management always trying to boost the stock price instead of focusing on people and products. It's no wonder the stock price has languished below $6 for so long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you focus on your people and in making great games, the stock price will follow. Unfortunately you're stuck in a rut and the company desperately needs new leadership.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    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 a 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. 1 person found this helpful

    A fun place to work for!

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    Current Employee - QA Tester in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - QA Tester in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Glu full-time (less than a 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
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  5. 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
  6. 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 a 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    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 a 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
  8. 4 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Great mobile game dev, going places!

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Glu full-time (more than a 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Washington Studio

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

    I have been working at Glu full-time

    Pros

    Team ownership of products, talented teams, employees are encouraged to speak up, excellent transparency, great games, always learning, good work/life balance. Management strives to create a positive environment and are extremely competent. Gigantic turnaround for the Washington studio in the last 18 months.

    Cons

    As with any global corporation there can be communication difficulties between the HQ office and studios.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep encouraging team ownership and individual ownership. Transparency is key to employee to buy in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Great Management = Rapid Turnaround

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    I've never worked with such talented, professional developers. The teams are carefully built to balance skills and personalities and the result is an incredible work environment. HR, IT, and our Office Coordinator are all amazing, making working here pleasant and engaging. The executive team makes smart decisions and are actively engaged with the teams, not only finding ways for the teams to get stronger but consistently dedicated to becoming better managers and leaders themselves. There is an incredible amount of transparency regarding the success of the studio's titles - everyone knows how well the studio is performing financially, and there are many opportunities for the average employee to be a part of the ongoing effort to improve our operations. Finally, the studio has a balanced approach to business intelligence, using the incredible amount of data the studio gathers to hon the expertise of our devs without stifling creativity.

    Cons

    The review processes change every year and reviews are often carried out late and in a hurried manner. Career paths and positions are very poorly defined, leaving you stuck wondering how to advance or how to gauge your performance against a studio standard. While the leadership at the top is very strong, some teams and some disciplines suffer from weak leadership/management. All of this combines into a frustrating experience for someone who is focused on their development and advancement. Finally, the working relationship with the head office in SF isn't always a positive one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quality over quantity. Management does a great job at identifying the areas of improvement, but they tend to respond by adding more steps, rather than working to improve the quality of what they're already doing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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