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Updated January 12, 2018
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is great here (in 27 reviews)

  • Interesting work, good people, lots of opportunities, nice SF location (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management has no idea what they are doing (in 13 reviews)

  • Pendulum of control and C-Suite love has swung a bit too far toward game studios leaving central functions in eclipse (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (10)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Glu Mobile full-time

    Pros

    Great team atmosphere
    Fair pay
    Solid benefits
    Challenging products
    Lunch is provided once a week
    Opportunities to learn and grow new or old skills

    Cons

    Lunch is provided once a week.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Don't believe angry former employees"

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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 Mobile full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I've been at Glu for 5+ years, I've seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. Is it my dream job? No. Is it a horrible company to work for (like the angry reviews here)? Absolutely not. Glu's had some tough times with a lot of layoffs and changes but more and more I feel the company is going in the right direction and you can feel the vibe in the office. It's a much better place than a year ago but we still have ways to go.

    Cons

    We need more rewarding. And please don't wait years to let go of B players.

    Advice to Management

    Continue listening to employees

  3. "Steer Clear"

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

    I worked at Glu Mobile full-time

    Pros

    They paid me a reasonable amount. Benefits weren’t great but not bad.

    Cons

    Worked on two teams. I took on a lot of work and was given glowing reviews when I had them on my first team. Mismanagement all the way up the chain made that game set up for failure and it was killed shortly after being released. This is a very common theme there. My next team wasn’t much better but now I had a few people on the team that didn’t want to help the new team members (myself included) to get up to speed on the (already largely made game) codebase. I remember the boss one crunch night commented on how our team was the best because “we make the funniest jokes and are the meanest”. After being on the team a while I was suddenly fired because “I didn’t care enough about the game”. I was given no warning or way to change my ways... even tho I was acting like most of the others on the team. The team already had really low moral since we had been crunching and the game was unstable. They claimed that I was committing lots of bad code but I had already talked to my boss about how I was being given half finished and buggy code to build off of and had one guy breaking my code (aka setup for failure). I was just the last person to work on the area and management was so poor they didn’t check anyone’s work before me (since it was the last part). I assume I was actually fired because they were short on money since my lead told me that I should stop asking why I got fired since it “is just business”. Coward. Liar.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your workers when they’re saying there’s problems instead of sticking your head in the sand.


  4. "Awful"

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

    I worked at Glu Mobile full-time

    Pros

    Great creative team, talented people.

    Cons

    Awful higher up decisions that led to the closure of other Glu mobile studios, putting tons of great people out of work

    Advice to Management

    There will never be another Kim Kardashian game phenomena


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Good company, some bad managers"

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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 Mobile full-time

    Pros

    - the company is awesome, we are doing really cool stuff
    - people are friendly
    - good environment in general

    Cons

    I really don't trust my manager. My manager is that type who takes credits for other people's work. While everything else at Glu is great, my manager is the reason I keep my resume up to date

    Advice to Management

    get rid of bad managers


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Glu blows around with the wind"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burlingame, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burlingame, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Glu Mobile full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - They attempt to make their employees happy.
    - Just about every office is a smaller company that Glu acquired at some point, so each office has an individual culture and structure.
    - My office had free lunch every day, but most other offices don't.

    Cons

    - Lack of a real unifying vision, most past visions didn't make money and had to be abandoned.
    - The culture and working experience is very different depending on which office you happen to be in.

    Advice to Management

    Administration is too large, they spend too much of their time creating unnecessary policies around hiring, purchases, and going to conferences and implementing those policies.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Great, uplifting place to work"

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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 Mobile full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Management, co-workers and company culture.

    Cons

    I wished Company has matched 401k.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what it is you guys are doing. It is working!

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Enjoyed my time here, good experience, no regrets"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Glu Mobile full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work, good people, lots of opportunities, nice SF location

    Cons

    Large layoffs and studio closures have been a fairly common occurrence at Glu throughout the company's history. Consistent and stable financial performance has always been a challenge


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Corporate control causing a loss in revenue and team drive"

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

    I worked at Glu Mobile full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    My team was great
    Everyone worked well together
    Room for growth and improvement
    Preferred to hire from within the studio

    Cons

    Many studios have been shut down, mine included.
    Very unstable based off revenue and studio profit.
    Decisions from hire ups would cause loss of revenue/player retention and studios would be blamed.

    Advice to Management

    Trust the people working for you, they know the product and players best.

    Glu Mobile Response

    Oct 17, 2017 – CEO

    Thank you for your feedback. I acknowledge that we have been in a turnaround state, working through a lot of change. Even though this is the nature of gaming industry, we are working to pivot away... More


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Great People Making a Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exquisite team of people, no matter which department you're in. Positive vibes all around, helpful colleagues, motivated people that love what they do. Fair pay, great benefits, fun perks and a growing sense of community. CEO seems to be really determined and passionate about what he's doing.

    Cons

    Occasionally some mild rivalry between studios and headquarters creep up. Could be avoided, we're all in this together. Free lunch would be rad.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to the employees as you have been. Transparency and communication is one of the greatest things about Glu. When we feel encouraged to speak our minds and receive attention and feedback for it, mutual trust only grows.


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