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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.  

    Great company to work for!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  3.  

    The Best Culture in Silicon Valley

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Bottoms up development
    fun enviroment
    Few meetings
    time to work

    Cons

    not as well known yet

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Interaction Designer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Interaction Designer in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at IMVU full-time (more than an 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
  7.  

    Fun company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 an 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
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Engineering and politically driven rather than by design and talent--just look at their product.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IMVU full-time

    Pros

    -Excellent individuals--a pleasure to play with
    -Free lunch
    -No pressure
    -Lots of time for play
    -Given a lot of power as an engineer
    -Hours so flexible it's hard to imagine how IMVU can be competitive
    -Free wine and beer tastings weekly
    -The most fun off-sites

    Cons

    -Unless you're an engineer, no career development. Even as an engineer, the skills you learn here probably won't translate to another tech company since you'll be working in uncommonly used languages. The engineering leadership is also unaware of modern processes due to their lack of experience outside of IMVU so you won't be learning much there either.
    -Poor leadership resulting in role confusion, abnormal amounts of office politics, and disgruntled employees.
    -Reactionary rather than visionary product development--resulting in a lot of half-baked ideas that are considered failures.
    -Engineering-driven org resulting in ugly, confusing products that even employees won't tell family about.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -You need someone in leadership from the outside who believes in the product, has a vision for it that's attainable within 6 months, and has the balls to fire the blockers and empower the talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Truly, a best place to work !!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Great work-life balance
    really smart and bright engineers to work with
    strong engineering org
    awesome culture overall ( typical of silicon valley )

    Cons

    Need more experienced people at the senior management level ( people with a LOT of passion )

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great perks, no processes, no vision

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at IMVU full-time

    Pros

    All the food and snacks you can handle, open in & out policy, titles are not as important as getting the job done

    Cons

    Poor onboarding experience unless you are an engineer, constantly changing vision, very concerned about day-over-day data vs. long-term forecasting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees, all of them, not just engineers or long-tenured employees who feel they know everything

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cool place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Cool place to work
    Nice perks, free lunchs
    Smart, fun people to work with

    Cons

    Some mistakes from top management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the right people to bring the company back on track!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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