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IMVU Reviews

Updated March 1, 2015
Updated March 1, 2015
16 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great learning experience, but ultimately I couldn't make the type of significant business impact I've made elsewhere.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at IMVU full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    An active and healthy core product with lots of real customers, bringing in millions of real dollars; fun and casual office atmosphere; highly transparent culture where employees have access to ALL business data; virtual currency, user generated content, social gaming is a very interesting market to be in.

    Cons

    Management takes an painfully long time ushering lower-quality team members out of the organization, which means high opportunity costs for the business; small company should be nimble, but many processes in place that slow things down; difficult to ship products due to tendency to over engineer basic use cases.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire slowly, fire QUICKLY.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Smart people led by not so smart management.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Consolidate efforts, lay off employees and sunset the service.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
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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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Unclear at this point.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    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.

  7.  

    Great company to work for!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    The Best Culture in Silicon Valley

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IMVU

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    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)

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    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)

    Pros

    Bottoms up development
    fun enviroment
    Few meetings
    time to work

    Cons

    not as well known yet

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Fun company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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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