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"Long term stability in a volatile game industry"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Glu full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

Few game companies have been operating for over a decade. Glu is amongst the very few that has successfully navigated the ups, downs and shifting tides of a business that is challenging but very rewarding. Creative freedom is on offer within pre-agreed boundaries. Strategic vision for the firm is often prescient and always solid.

Cons

I have been here a while and feel we get the strategy right, and often early, but then can't execute on it fast enough or as well as other firms. Seen this a couple of times now. I feel senior mgmt knows and is acting - hopefully the benefits of recent hiring come through later this y ear.

Advice to Management

Keep hiring fresh blood that has the precise expertise we need to execute. More team building events would be beneficial.

Other Employee Reviews for Glu

  1. Helpful (4)

    "Tumultuous and ever-changing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kirkland, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Speaking of the Kirkland studio specifically, the people are amazing, the environment is great, and it's fun. Work/life balance is a definite strong point. Work schedules can be very flexible if needed. There are free snacks, frequent fun events, and a real sense that there is a lot of effort being put in to make things more fun and less stressful.

    Cons

    The process of figuring out how to obtain consistent success in the free-to-play genre has resulted in a lot of chaos and instability. Upper management wants results ASAP and this in turn creates rushed projects, unrealistic deadlines, and very little wiggle room. This results in lost potential and games that are not nearly as in-depth, fleshed out, focused, and well-planned as they could be. There is never "enough time" . Games don't hit their profit expectations and upper management is quick to point fingers.

    Despite low profits and fairly significant lay-offs over the past 6 months, upper management is becoming increasingly top-heavy to the point of seeming a bit ridiculous. Newly-hired VPs and executives seem to pop up every week.

    Very little is consistent from project-to-project which can make team transitions more difficult than they need to be. Communication between departments, teams, and San Francisco is very poor.

    Pay is well below average and in some cases absolutely ludicrous depending on your position. You will be given a great deal of responsibility and opportunity to grow in your chosen field but don't ever expect to be adequately compensated. There's been a high turnover of top talent and a very thick, impending "sinking ship" feeling of doom and dread lingering in the air for a while and I don't expect it to clear up any time soon or this year for that matter.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Good Experience So Far w/Seemingly Strong Upside"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Glu full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Management team is aggressive and makes decisions with a multi-year view. Personally have been afforded multiple opportunities to expand my role and responsibilities in my own areas of interest; not just disciplines that need support. Receive competitive compensation and benefits, which has been confirmed through recent conversations with head hunters. Encouraged by Glu's commitment to maintain tight relationships with key mobile platforms and deliver first to market technologies.

    Cons

    The fast pace and lean teams can jeopardize work-life balance. Company also has a bit of a corporate feel for a gaming company, although seems to be improving with recent hires.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on new and innovative gameplay, not just current chart toppers.

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