Linden Lab
3.2 of 5 63 reviews
www.lindenlab.com San Francisco, CA 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Mar 19, 2014

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Linden Lab CEO Rod Humble

Rod Humble

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44% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "A good blend of great old coders who made Second Life and talented new blood"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Also, the company believes strongly in work-life balance"
    in 4 reviews
Cons:
  • "The upper management was in turmoil the entire time I was there"
    in 7 reviews
  • "General impression no one knows who the end user is or what they want"
    in 4 reviews
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Brilliant, inspiring people doing what they love in a company who loves them.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Linden Lab

ProsYou learn a lot, both on the job, talking to "residents" and from colleagues. The motivation and intellectual stimulation is infectious. The office has comfortable setup for working. Your coworkers are people that you'll like hanging out with.

ConsOffice politics gets in the way of meritocracy sometimes. The product has long ago seen its prime. The tight-knit office community can sometimes get incestuous, and the various office romances that go on make it awkward to work together.

Advice to Senior ManagementIt's time to disrupt from within the company. Try to shake things up policy-wise in the office to change the office dynamics. Most importantly, brainstorm with your team - especially the client-facing ones - for ideas to bring life back into Second Life and give today's users what they really want.

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I can't believe they're still in business - and neither can they

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Linden Lab full-time for more than 3 years

ProsUnique work environment, they used to be relevant, some of the smartest coworkers I've ever had.

ConsLL is a small company with big company bureaucracy. Good luck talking to anyone outside of your direct chain of command. Let alone ever getting recognized or promoted in your department.

They are completely out of touch with what their community wants & have absolutely no respect for the poor pawns who are paying their bills. Most developers haven't even spent any time "inworld" and have no concept of who uses their product. The markup they have on their land product is astronomical (triple in most cases) and they refuse to use any of that profit to actually update or improve their infrastructure. They perpetuate a monopoly by the largest land owners by cutting them deals on the side out of constant threats and fear of litigation.

I think most upper level management is simply surprised that they are still afloat & are milking the cash cow for all it's worth.

The internal pay is horrible for anyone that didn't start 3+ years ago and the benefits were depleting year after year. Remote employees get the worst end of the stick - they don't even pay for your internet bill.

Advice to Senior ManagementGood luck.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Zombie Company With Lack of Conviction and Ability To Achieve Great Things

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Linden Lab

ProsThis is a place to relax and coast if you are in that place in your life or if that appeals to you. Some of the older technology is interesting. There are pockets of good people (mainly stuck due to being on a work Visa).

ConsHuge distributed workforce is very difficult to deal with, often they are entitled and it is unclear the value they bring to the company. Very political environment where real change and innovation is blocked at every turn by empire builders. New Products lacked real leadership and vision capable of keeping high calibre talent. "This is a game studio", was often a feeble and misguided attempt at motivating talented software developers, which in turn made all of the good developers leave. Management made "worst of both worlds" decisions in which they ignored making tough decisions about entitled remote workers, and micro-managed and bullied the good workers.

Advice to Senior ManagementEliminate all remote offices and remote workers. Fire the politicians, yes men, and poor middle managers and executives. If every middle manager and executive was fired, would anyone notice?

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Sometime joyful, sometimes soulless

Team Lead (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Linden Lab full-time for more than 3 years

ProsI worked at Linden Lab for over 3 years.

You have the opportunity to work on interesting and novel products, with interesting, fun and engaging people.

ConsThe upper management was in turmoil the entire time I was there. In 3 years there were 3 CEOs, and each came with new upper-management. Each successive management team had less regard for the employees than the last.

Benefits were cut, inter-office travel was significantly reduced, and mechanisms to encourage growth such as mentor systems and "ask me anything" style access to upper management were abolished.

This led to a "robot army" style of leadership, where employees were expected to follow orders but not really ask questions, and a sense that there were always hidden agendas afloat.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Fantastic!

Finance (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Linden Lab full-time for more than 3 years

ProsIt's a fun place to work

ConsNot really room for growth in my field

Advice to Senior ManagementThe current upper management has an open door policy

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Well intentioned, smart folks trying to do good work in an unfocused business

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Linden Lab full-time for more than 3 years

ProsSmart, fun people; creative environment; great flexibility

ConsMultiple exec management changes without clear focus, tremendous politics, poor communication, low motivation

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Mixed bag. The co workers ultimately made the experience.

Software Engineer (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at Linden Lab full-time for more than 5 years

ProsThe people were amazing, smart, dedicated and fun to be around. The product was fun and exciting to work on.

ConsThe company philosophy, or Tao of Linden was ideally for all employees, but in reality did not apply to everyone. It was easy to drink the koolaide with such amazing co workers, but ultimately learning that sexism was rampant (female co workers were paid much less, and while we were not allowed to discuss salaries, it happened anyway) and some employees were treated poorly in other departments, the bubble burst for me, and I left before the layoff.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Interesting products and great team.

Software Engineer (Current Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I have been working at Linden Lab full-time for more than a year

ProsLL has some amazing products that are fun to work with. Teams are great and the work culture is amazing.

ConsCompensation could be better and the growth structure is a little rigid.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Release Engineer (Former Employee)
San Francisco, CA

I worked at Linden Lab full-time for more than 3 years

ProsLinden Lab is the most fascinating place I've ever worked. Super fun, quirky, and very interesting. Never a dull moment. The product is very unique, the people have many talents and interests.

ConsA severe lack of application test coverage, with no desire to correct the issue. Lack of development standards and C-level leadership.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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It was the best of times, it was the worst of times..

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Linden Lab full-time for less than a year

ProsLots of awesome people. Cool technology. Fun locations, now former locations. Scads of creativity. Good sense of humor. Company took good care of people until the moment when it didn't.

ConsTrying to get stuff done here was like sorting cottage cheese in a tornado. Every little particle had its own direction and velocity, and every once in a while, a chunk would hit you in the eye.

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