IMVU Reviews

Updated March 8, 2015
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  1. a company with unique culture

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IMVU

    Pros

    --open minded people, open work areas, everybody is accessible
    --overall a very good set of smart, intelligent people.
    --very good hr.
    --TDD or bust

    Cons

    --rather than building a great product, focus was on immediate revenue leap
    --a reactive environment, you work on Javascript on mondays, php on tuesdays, python on wednesdays, c++ on thursdays ... you get the idea.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Stable but stagnant

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IMVU full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    The company is surprisingly profitable, and stable. The fridge is always stocked with delicious things, and they make an effort to have fun events. They're pretty lenient with their work-from-home policy, which is really great. It's a good place to be if you just want stable salary while you look for your dream job.

    Cons

    The company essentially lives off of success of one core product. They have put in a lot of effort in creating new products to get into different markets. However, due to poor management, uninspired vision, and lack of talent, they'd spend a lot of resource just spinning their wheels. Some of the product management processes are also needlessly manual and inefficient, because they don't invest enough into developing internal tools.

  3. Helpful (4)

    Smart people led by not so smart management.

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Many smart and hard working co-workers. Shrinking but loyal customer base.

    Cons

    No long-term vision. Company goals are changed drastically every few months. No new customers and existing ones are going away. Big soft or even hard-core porn aspect to the product - not something you can be proud of or share outside of the company. No growth potential whatsoever.

    Advice to Management

    Consolidate efforts, lay off employees and sunset the service.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Clueless Management. Lost Opportunities.

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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 (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Has the usual perks of a Silicon Valley software company, including a flexible work schedule, snacks, lunches. I enjoyed the fact that they are close to Castro Street in Mountain View, and the proximity to Caltrain made the commute bearable.

    Cons

    As of the last half of 2014, every team's process was _dominated_ by engineering. Management is clueless when it comes to vision. They work the (talented and smart) staff really hard and then pull the rug out from under them because of indecisiveness and an obsession with short-term revenue, often at the end of the month, and especially when the end of the quarter is near.

    The most creative staff members tend to get dismissed when they bring things up that management doesn't want to hear, so they just shut their mouths and plan their resignation. It's no wonder why I keep running into other _former_ employees, and the reviews here that have been posted since January 2015 are all accurate.

    Advice to Management

    They are going to need to compete very hard to keep the best of staff, but I think their track record so far shows that they find out when it's too late.

  6. Helpful (3)

    You must be the type who enjoys overcoming political challenges and an unusual product offering

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

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

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

    Pros

    - Flexible schedule
    - Nice, fun people
    - Participates in Caltrain GoPass and other commuter benefits
    - Free lunches
    - Organic "healthy snacks" fresh made one day a week
    - Pizza Fridays
    - Occasional wine tastings
    - There are people here who are incredibly gifted, and remain because there is still lots of potential

    Cons

    - Compensation a little below average
    - Bonus plan is very lightweight
    - Saying we want to focus on quality becomes lip service because there is continuous pressure about short-term metrics. Product leaders have failed to push back against executives in this area
    - Product vision to grow the business has been lacking
    - It will be hard to grow in Product Management due to all the reasons listed above. Those who have managed to grow will quickly leave as soon as they learn enough.
    - It will be hard to grow as an engineer because of many weird technical decisions made in the past. No time will be allowed to learn new things during work hours because of the reactive nature of projects in the company. Some have managed to pull this off, but this is rare.
    - As said by another reviewer, there is a red-light district element to the product that may challenge your personal tastes. Definitely try the products and do your homework.

    Advice to Management

    Well-qualified outsiders have been brought in to help with product vision, only time will tell if it's too little too late.

  7. Helpful (3)

    A rough product: Do your homework and know what you're getting into.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IMVU

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

    Pros

    - Free lunch
    - Near Caltrain
    - Some real, talented professionals
    - A very open schedule

    Cons

    - Their product does have a creepy, online red light district element to it. An issue if you have curious kids like mine. Play with the product.
    - Poor leadership and management team. The leadership and company vision changed a few times when I worked there.
    - Their audience has been on a decline.
    - They only look at short-term revenue, instead of any innovation or building on an exciting product.
    - I was not entirely proud of the work we shipped.

    Advice to Management

    Unclear at this point.

  8. Great company to work for!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at IMVU full-time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Company focuses more on getting your work done vs. face time in the office - encouraging good work/life balance.
    - Great benefits! Free snacks, drinks, lunch, happy hours, gym memberships, and free medical/dental/vision for employees.
    - Employees are always willing to help others - awesome company culture.

    Cons

    This is getting much better, but make sure the vision is consistent and clear to all.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to do what you do- clear communication is helpful and refreshing compared to most companies.

  9. The Best Culture in Silicon Valley

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IMVU

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

    Pros

    - Amazing work culture, the best I've seen in 13 years as a recruiting consultant in Silicon Valley. Imagine getting up for work on a Monday yet feel the excitement you get when it's Friday. Was voted "Best Place to Work" last 3 years.
    - The company rarely hires outside leaders, it mentors and promotes within, and big on developing internal resources. They believe in their employees.
    - Engineering-centric company, engineers are treated very well and constantly challenged to be creative and to solve difficult problems. Engineers can also try new code with customers without anyone's permission. (Continuous deployment methodology).
    - People are loyal, I was shocked to learn how long engineers and managers have stayed at this company when the rest of the gaming space is so volatile.
    - Workplace is fun, catered lunches and parties for just about every celebration including birthdays. Wine tastings on Thursdays.
    - Employee Recognition. Every Monday, at all hands meeting people are named and recognized for the smallest to the largest of contributions for the week. Gold Stars are handed out and every quarter you get to turn your stars in for tickets for free schwag that is given to employees.
    - Leaders are approachable, open environment, collaboration is highly encouraged.
    - No politics (from what I could see) in company

    Cons

    - Salaries are average, stock is diluted. However, I gave up higher paying jobs to work for IMVU. The work/life balance, and perks were worth more than higher paying jobs with more headaches.

    Advice to Management

    Current VP of HR plays a much bigger role in maintaining company culture than I think he or other's realize.

  10. Helpful (5)

    A-ok company to work for, great if you're an engineer.

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    Former Employee - Interaction Designer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Interaction Designer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at IMVU full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Fun co-workers and team, free lunch, flexible work from home policy in some groups, easy to meet customers and get feedback on features.

    Cons

    too many meetings and middle management, unclear company vision and long-term strategy, lots of office politics making the development pretty slow.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Great Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QA Lead in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - QA Lead in Mountain View, CA

    I have been working at IMVU full-time (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Bottoms up development
    fun enviroment
    Few meetings
    time to work

    Cons

    not as well known yet

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