Glu Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Good people in the trenches, but studio heads are well..... different kinds of heads.

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    Former Employee - Animator in Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Animator in Kirkland, WA

    I worked at Glu

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Soft toilet paper. Free water.

    Cons

    You have to fit in with the Thursday beer thirty crew and take the bean bags on the chin if you want to excel or not get laid off.

    Advice to Management

    Choke yourself. Stick to shooting deer if you want to keep your nose above water.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Good people in the trenches, horrible executive team.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Glu

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    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)

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

    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 Management

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

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  5. Helpful (2)

    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

  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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  7. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Seattle Glu - Established company, startup feel

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Producer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Producer in Seattle, WA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  9. Helpful (4)

    Politics, Roadblocks, Corporate Oversight

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Glu

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

    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 Management

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

  10. Helpful (1)

    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  11. Helpful (1)

    Great Washington Studio

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    I have been working at Glu full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

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