Glu Mobile Employee Reviews about "studios"

Updated Feb 24, 2018

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "A Brand New Glu"

    5.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    New office, new CEO, new culture.. I read a lot of the older reviews and was initially concerned... but it appears the new management has learned from past mistakes and is keen on putting employees first. This means a beautiful new office, catered lunches (yum!) 4 days a week, lots of cool perks... It's an exciting time to be at Glu, and the feeling seems to be mutual across the office...

    Cons

    The previous model of acquiring studios would naturally have some issues, especially if the prior investors didn't take care of their employees during the transition. From what I've learned during my tenure, they're hoping to move away from that model and build studios internally in the new HQ... the partnership with Disney being an example. The company has been around for a while and surely has some baggage, but this recent shift seems like a fresh start... fingers crossed!

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  2. Helpful (3)

    "Awful"

    3.0
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    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

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  3. Helpful (3)

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

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Glu Mobile full-time for 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.

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    Glu Mobile Response

    October 17, 2017CEO

    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 from layoffs by investing our time and effort in more creative rapid prototyping initiatives and supporting all of our teams with the new strategy. Changing a culture and company construct takes time, but I am confident we can create a truly enduring company and great place to work.

  4. Helpful (5)

    "Great People Making a Great Company"

    5.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Glu Mobile full-time for 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.

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  5. Helpful (8)

    "Company on the rebound!?!"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employees are smart and passionate about their work. There are a number of game and central teams that are talent dense that lay it on the line day in and day out. HR function is much improved even if a bit bloated.

    Cons

    Pendulum of control and C-Suite love has swung a bit too far toward game studios leaving central functions in eclipse. Glu is generally quite lean, both a good and bad thing. Folks on less glamorous teams can get strung out fighting fires, legacy systems, and processes. Particularly accounting and IT.

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  6. Helpful (6)

    "Appearances can be deceiving."

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great office location (close to BART, in the heart of the financial district), good benefits, lots of perks, events/outings.

    Cons

    Disclaimer: Glu was/is a large organization and each studio is different -- my opinions reflect my time in a leadership role at the San Francisco HQ in 2014 (when Niccolo De Masi was CEO). I can say, without any doubt, that joining Glu was the worst decision I ever made in my career. Within a week of arriving, our president of studios was let go, and 2-3 months later, many central roles were also cut (with no head's up or attempt to shift people to other roles within the org) -- apparently, re-orgs were quite common at Glu (I don't know if that's still the case). I also found Glu to be a highly political environment (departments within SF [but also studio vs. studio ] engaged in politics, jealousy, and backbiting) with non-existent leadership at the very top (De Masi was practically invisible; occasionally, he would make an appearance, usually at a monthly all-hands meeting). In person, he would come across as rude, arrogant, unfriendly. My interactions with studio heads themselves, however, were fairly positive. Recruiting had a strong presence but there was no HR leadership in SF at the time, which made for quite an unwelcoming experience.

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  7. Helpful (5)

    "Great People, bad upper management."

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Animator in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Lot of amazing and talented people to work with. - Projects can be fun to work on. - Great location - Fun social/holiday events every year.

    Cons

    - Extremely poor upper management. Don't be surprised if your studio gets closed down and your jobs sent overseas because of their poor business decisions. - Pay could be much better. Negotiate hard for a good wage if you're considering working here, because you wont get a raise. Do not expect to ever get a bonus, unless you happen to be at their "current" top preforming studio or if you're in the upper management. - Glu's current strategy seems to buy studios, collect their IP's, is said studio isn't profitable in a year, close studio and send the IP overseas to India or Russia. Rinse and repeat.

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Game Designer"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Lead Game Designer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ok corporate company to work for, some nice perks. Can be a relaxing environment, unlike console game development. Benefits and 401k is just ok, not great.

    Cons

    Leadership is always shifting, with a focus on San Fran HQ while sacrificing other satellite studios to cut cost and temporarily shore up stock prices. HR is not your friend, report to them at your own risk.

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  9. Helpful (7)

    "Ever-changing corporate strategy; solid central service groups"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Senior Producer in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    HR, User Experience, IT, and other central groups were always proactively involved in the success of the studios. I interacted with many creative teams across several development groups at Glu. I was especially impressed by our collaborations with Glu Hyderabad and with Glu's User Experience Group. Glu maintains ownership and stewardship of several solid franchises. These franchises continue to do well in the market, and that's a testament to the professionalism and skill of those development teams.

    Cons

    Corporate strategy changed 5 times in the 1.5 years that I was with Glu. Change is not equivalent to leadership, unfortunately. User Acquisition strategy remains firmly in a Mobile 1.0 mindset. Brain Trust reviews (a Pixar approach to in-house evaluation) do not scale well to mobile development. I saw significant pettiness when projects were "peer-reviewed" across studios. This includes the responses I saw from our own studio when we reviewed games developed by other teams. None of that was healthy. We did not have enough mobile game players among the mobile game makers. Therefore, there was a limited real understanding of the market direction and our audience's expectations. I experienced a general unwillingness of upper and executive management to execute on tough personnel decisions until it was too late.

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    Glu Mobile Response

    May 24, 2017CEO

    We appreciate your feedback! Employee, even ex-employee feedback is a core priority of the leadership team at Glu. I am glad to hear that you have had a positive experience with some of the teams. We’re always going to be changing, that’s probably the one thing that won’t change. However, I am confident that we have now settled on a long-term strategy of supporting creative teams to build growth games in highly creative environments. And we will certainly get better at how we communicate internally and externally at Glu. I really appreciated the thoughtfulness of this feedback and please know that we are striving to better in all these areas. - Nick

  10. Helpful (8)

    "Studios were closed due to no fault of their own."

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Glu Mobile full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The people are great. The studio culture is wonderful. Flexible work hours and environment.

    Cons

    Betting the company's success on the free-to-play market is risky at best. Studios are pigeon-holed into specific game genres regardless of the teams' skills, experience, and knowledge. Upper management and corporate teams treat individual studios as disposable assets. If the business plan from corporate don't work out, the studios get shut down while the corporate teams move on to their next poorly-thought-out plans.

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