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Glu Mobile Engineer Reviews

Updated Sep 11, 2019

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4.3
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Glu Mobile  President and CEO Nick Earl
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8 Ratings
  1. Helpful (6)

    "Run"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Glu Mobile full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Some interesting projects - Snacks are provided - It's a job that pays you. - International company

    Cons

    The company uses employees. They'll say that employees are the most important resource in the company, but their actions will contradict that. Unless you are desperate for a job, I'd look anywhere else. I eventually left of my own accord but know countless people that go laid off in hopes the stock might go up $0.01. The executive team is constantly cycled in and out because the CEO accepts no responsibility for bad decisions. Worst run company I've been a part of from an executive standpoint.

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    Glu Mobile2016-07-14
  2. Helpful (7)

    "Layoff policies are insane"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Glu Mobile full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work/Life balance was good, coworkers were awesome, reasonable interesting projects to work on

    Cons

    Entire studio got sacked because one or two people made terrible game design decisions. The artists did amazing, kick-butt work, the programmers wrote some solid, innovative software, often on a very short timeline, and QA did a fantastic job keeping everyone honest, yet we all lost our jobs even though we did everything asked of us and did it well.

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    Glu Mobile2016-06-01
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  4. Helpful (8)

    "Talent and Sense of Self"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Glu Mobile full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Glu has a lot of great talent working for it. People with a lot of experience working in some of the hardest parts of the industry are there trying to make great games. Also, the company understands the point of their own existence. They aren't worried about their reputation as much as making games for users that will entertain them in the way they want.

    Cons

    Glu's benefits package is about average, from pay to time off. Certain things like PTO are strangely strict, stingy, and hard to deal with, while fridges are well-stocked with drinks and snacks.

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    Glu Mobile2016-03-15
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good Opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Glu Mobile full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The company is very focused on its high performing products, so being part of a winning team lets you open up the creativity floodgates and reimagine every part of the process with an eye to maximizing retention and revenue. Pay is decent, and the HQ is in a great location.

    Cons

    While stability has increased under the guidance of the current CEO, the company is still living earnings-report to earnings-report so job stability can be a bit iffy. Since the focus is mainly on high performers, you may end up on a project that doesn't necessary interest you. They rely heavily on licensed products, which are fickle.

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    Glu Mobile2015-10-29
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Very friendly and open culture"

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

    I have been working at Glu Mobile full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I joined as a senior engineer in the team and worked at Glu for almost 2 years and was overall satisfied with the culture and openness of the top management who would reach out to employees and convey the goals for each quarter out on a timely basis. Good health benefits and other perks including lavish bonuses at times when the company is really doing well. Lots of free snacks, drinks and games to chew upon when you feel you want to take a break from work. Some people in certain departments would stay long and dedicated but most would honor their work-life balance. Merit-based promotions and raises. Overall a great learning environment for newbies and freshers.

    Cons

    Intolerance for mistakes. Even a slight one could make you walk out of doors. Grumpy bosses who think they are the only authority and would not hesitate to shout at people even in meetings. Too much unnecessary power assumed by management and lots of unwanted meetings would take place even to discuss trivial things which would be a complete waste of time. HR slow in responding and things can take a long time to materialize even if its important to you simply because it wasn't important to them, so less caring. Managers holding certain positions can make a big fuss out of ordinary questions or situations and would be reluctant to share knowledge because they think that could endanger their hold on power. Control is what they want to assume even if it appears unreal or unnecessary. And layoff rounds would occur once every six months.

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    Glu Mobile2015-02-13
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great mobile game dev, going places!"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Glu Mobile full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Glu has done a great job at recovering from their 2011-2013 troubles, and they're making great games. They maintain a small-team feel in a medium-sized organization, and they have a strong customer focus. Outstanding open communication from studio management about the business.

    Cons

    There's a bit of whiplash from project and priority shifts, that can affect careers and add stress.

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    Glu Mobile2014-07-13
  8. Helpful (8)

    "everything that's wrong with the mobile game industry"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Glu Mobile full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    benefits, train pass and free soda

    Cons

    Glu pays all their employees far less than their competitors. This is the only company I've ever worked at where they invite you to a happy hour where you must buy your own drinks. If you are not buddies with someone in management or part of "a click", you will be miserable here. SF office is extremely top heavy in management and no one is held accountable for their mistakes. Managers often take the credit of the employees working under them, giving them little to no praise. People in Tech Services and QA are regularly expected to do the work of 2-3 employees while working overtime almost daily. They have an employee review process twice a year, but it seems to have no reflection on an employee's longevity with the company as many good employees are often fired or a product of layoffs.

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    Glu Mobile2014-04-25
  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great People, Occasional Hits"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Glu Mobile full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The people at Glu are great to work with and highly collaborative. Lots of opportunities to grow vertically or laterally.

    Cons

    Produces more 'misses' than 'hits'. Has lost its start-up appeal years ago.

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    Glu Mobile2013-08-08
  10. Helpful (3)

    "Technically clueless management"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Glu Mobile full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice downtown SF location. Every hand is needed and it's easy to acquire new skills and gain valuable experience. Supportive and thoughtful people.

    Cons

    You will not be valued for your contributions. Management has virtually no technical depth, and will throw good money after bad on vanity projects meant to move political careers. You are only as good as your last project.

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    Glu Mobile2013-07-12
  11. Helpful (4)

    "Loved working with the team and people but not management"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Glu Mobile full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great group of people Learned and contributed a lot in the mobile gaming industry Good ESPP plan

    Cons

    Unstable Layoffs every 3 months Pay scale is way below industry average, by way below I mean terrible. No 401k match, no sick leave, no maternity/paternity leave Higher management not sure about what kind of projects to focus on Management only promotes making copies of trending games, not interested in original IP

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    Glu Mobile2013-06-08

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