Glu Mobile Employee Reviews about "work environment"

Updated Oct 27, 2020

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Glu Mobile  President and CEO Nick Earl
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  • "Needs more communication between departments/studios(in 29 reviews)

  • "Upper management is disconnected from the individual teams(in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Glu is thriving"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • 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 more than a year

    Pros

    Collaborative and fun work environment Great co workers Flexibility to work on cool projects

    Cons

    Pace can be a little bumpy but its always headed in the right direction

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  2. "Successful Company, Good Perks, Very Cliquey"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Glu Mobile full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Glu is in a comfortable spot, with several successful games under its belt. There are some nice perks and a comfortable working environment. Each game team operates very independently and has it's own culture, so your experience can vary. The game teams have been known to be very close, many lasting friendships have been formed, and many say the close culture at Glu is unlike anywhere else they have worked.

    Cons

    The culture is a pro for some, but definitely a con for others. Sometimes teams have been known to be very cliquey. If you think you're just going to do your work and not try to be anyone's friend, you might have some major problems. I've seen things that felt right out of the movie Mean Girls. Whenever I hear anyone say 'We're a family here!' I cringe.

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    Glu Mobile Response

    November 11, 2020Director, People Operations

    Thank you for sharing your experience about your time at Glu. We will share your feedback with the People and Workplace team and our Senior Leaders as we continue to ensure that Glu is a place for everyone to collaborate, learn, grow and have fun. Best wishes on your next endeavor!


  3. Helpful (3)

    "A good place to work"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer 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

    Glu has been as good as any other place to work. Environment is nice. Compensation is nice. People are friendly. My schedule is manageable. I thrive on success and as long as Glu and I are both succeeding, I am happy.

    Cons

    My big concern is that people making fundamental decisions are not creatives and want to make informed, data supported, games. But in an industry as fast paced as mobile, that doesn't make a lot of sense. By the time you've cloned Clash of Clans, it's too late. You have to have new ideas. Glu also has the unique and dubious history of cloning it's OWN games, which makes zero sense to me. I remember they had two Tiny Tower clones back in the day.

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  4. Helpful (1)

    "Was fun while it lasted"

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

    I worked at Glu Mobile full-time

    Pros

    Great people, decent salary, very fun working environment

    Cons

    Constant layoffs and true lack of direction from the senior management levels in the company

  5. Helpful (1)

    "For software engineers, only work here unless you have to"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    A very casual working environment. A lot of energetic and fun people. Occasionally the company provides free lunch.

    Cons

    Low compensation. For software engineers, it's underperforming by a lot compare to market value. Long working hours. No long term career path. People at Management level don't take responsibilities for making bad decisions. Ranging from unrealistic time estimates to making low quality games. High turn-over rate, people come and go all the time, at the end everyone is not the same staff to before on the team.

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  6. "."

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun company culture and work environment.

    Cons

    Upper management don't know what they are doing.

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Company getting better each week"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • 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

    The caliber of talent has improved dramatically since I started. Weak performers are being replaced by motivated, energetic, and talented hard workers. Very flexible work environment. Corporate communication is improving.

    Cons

    There is an overall lack of infrastructure but it is improving. The company is hiring the right people who are focusing on implementing the right infrastructure to support the company long term. Growth planning is non-existent which causes resource problems downstream.

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  8. Helpful (5)

    "Good people in the trenches, horrible executive team."

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Glu Mobile

    Pros

    The local studio was filled with amazing people, great work environment, good opportunities for growth, great work/life balance.

    Cons

    All the pros were hobbled by poor executive management always trying to boost the stock price instead of focusing on people and products. It's no wonder the stock price has languished below $6 for so long.

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  9. "Great Management = Rapid Turnaround"

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I've never worked with such talented, professional developers. The teams are carefully built to balance skills and personalities and the result is an incredible work environment. HR, IT, and our Office Coordinator are all amazing, making working here pleasant and engaging. The executive team makes smart decisions and are actively engaged with the teams, not only finding ways for the teams to get stronger but consistently dedicated to becoming better managers and leaders themselves. There is an incredible amount of transparency regarding the success of the studio's titles - everyone knows how well the studio is performing financially, and there are many opportunities for the average employee to be a part of the ongoing effort to improve our operations. Finally, the studio has a balanced approach to business intelligence, using the incredible amount of data the studio gathers to hon the expertise of our devs without stifling creativity.

    Cons

    The review processes change every year and reviews are often carried out late and in a hurried manner. Career paths and positions are very poorly defined, leaving you stuck wondering how to advance or how to gauge your performance against a studio standard. While the leadership at the top is very strong, some teams and some disciplines suffer from weak leadership/management. All of this combines into a frustrating experience for someone who is focused on their development and advancement. Finally, the working relationship with the head office in SF isn't always a positive one.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "I had a good run"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Artist in Kirkland, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Fantastic work environment - Awesome and talented people

    Cons

    - Lower than average pay - Top management sucks

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