IMVU Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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  1. Sr. Qa engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at IMVU full-time

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work place to work. I really enjoyed working there. You'll have lots of flexibility.

    Cons

    Company is struggling to find the right direction. They're doing lots of new stuff. Hope they'll get succeeded.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Stable but stagnant

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    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 (5)

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

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    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    Hire slowly, fire QUICKLY.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    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.


  6. Helpful (4)

    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.


  7. Helpful (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.


  8. Great company to work for!

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    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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    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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