Glu Mobile Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated Oct 5, 2020

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

    "Very happy!"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Designer 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

    - Great team: the team I work on is like a family in many respects - team members genuinely care about each other and look out for each other, and legitimately enjoy spending time together at the office and at team events - Work/life balance: unlike some other places I've worked at, Glu does a good job of limiting overtime, getting people out of the office at a reasonable hour, and accommodating folks with families - Generous benefits: from my own experience and from other coworkers I've spoken with, compensation is typically market-competitive to above-market, with a wide range of additional benefits like free lunches and snacks, 401(k) matching, and annual performance bonuses

    Cons

    - Office location: While the office space itself is nice, it's located in a neighborhood that can be a bit sketchy at times, particularly in the evening (not a huge con, but it's a factor to consider if you're taking mass transit)

  2. "Glu is the greatest!"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Glu Mobile full-time

    Pros

    Glu has come a long way from the experience of previous employees! I can definitely say it is an brand new Glu! I see great things ahead in the upcoming years! It is an open and collaborative environment with lots of opportunity for growth. Upper management cares very much about keeping a positive culture. Some perks include: -Lunch catered 5 days a week -Great work/life balance -fun work events once a week

    Cons

    Gaming culture is not for everyone. If you don't like being a part of a close knit team and collaborating with your coworkers, then it may not be a fit.


  3. Helpful (9)

    "Stepping Stone Experience"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    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

    -Serious emphasis on a fun, game-studio culture. Lots of food and activities -Teams are resourced properly. There are enough people to get the job done -Work/life balance. Never felt like I couldn't leave at the end of the day or take vacation time -A lot of problems to solve. You will learn and grow according to how well you can deal with ambiguity, find solutions, and unblock yourself

    Cons

    -Poor business decisions. Acquisitions that don't make sense for the long-term...the misguided dedication to the unproven "celeb game" genre...spending a ton of money on numerous executives with questionable backgrounds -Lack of branding focus. Weak PR and marketing departments -Layoffs, layoffs, layoffs. The game industry is unpredictable, but it seems like the mass layoffs in 2015-2017 could have been avoided or mitigated with even a little bit of focus on the big picture

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  4. Helpful (9)

    "Fun, fast-paced, and friendly"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Work/life balance is great here. - Monday bagel, Wednesday snacks, Friday donuts - Pays for your Caltrain pass - Great coworkers (so far) - Tons of arcade games - Free snacks

    Cons

    - Benefits are not completely paid for and does not cover much - No catered lunches/dinners

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  5. Helpful (7)

    "Opportunity to Work Across Genres"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Glu Mobile full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    If you work centrally you will be working on a lot of different genres. This keeps work feeling fresh and challenging. Glu employees tend to have a good work life balance. There is no regular free food, which is good as there is no expectation that you need to stick around until 9pm or that you can't leave and get outside for lunch (rare occasions for studios that are crunching, but that is typical and their leads take good care of them...)

    Cons

    Seems that recently a lot of eggs were put in one or two baskets which was very unfortunate for a lot of former employees. We will see where the next couple of years take the company.

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  6. Helpful (1)

    "Slashed"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/Life balance. Coworkers were cool. The campus and business park had a lot of nice perks. All of my team managers were great.

    Cons

    Upper management is disconnected from the individual teams. If the game your team is working on doesn't do well, expect to be laid off.

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "There are better places to work out there"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Work life balance is good - people are generally nice - New CEO is promising

    Cons

    - terrible benefits as in sub market healthcare options, no sick leave, no flexibility on work from home, terrible maternity and paternity leave and office space in SF is mediocre - Former CEO Niccolo de Masi (who is now "Executive Chairman") was not inspiring and did not care for employees, getting good talent or games generally. He still wields a lot of influence and has childish tendencies. Hopefully management and other board members can keep him in line.

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  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good experience"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     in Seattle, WA
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Glu Mobile

    Pros

    The work life balance is excellent. There are some good snacks. working time is also very flexible (work from home is available)

    Cons

    Management team seems not to take serious on milestones. The deadline/release date always always change. The growth path is not very transparent.

  9. Helpful (7)

    "Great place to work !"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

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

    Pros

    - Nice work culture - Good work-life balance - Great place to use your ideas and enhance your skills

    Cons

    - Benefits are good but can be better.

  10. Helpful (7)

    "In-House Counsel"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - In-House Counsel in San Francisco, CA
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The small legal team gives each attorney the opportunity to work on a variety of transnational agreements and other legal needs of the company. Our General Counsel invests in his team and makes sure we have outside resources to improve each team member's legal capabilities. The work-life balance is generally okay, though the company does have a "no work from home" policy.

    Cons

    The company perks are terrible (i.e., practically non-existing) compared to the perks offered at other mobile gaming companies in the Bay area. Like most gaming companies, the company's success is at the mercy of the studios and the success of those games. Unfortunately, as of late, the games have been less than stellar. The company does not offer a competitive salary and you have to fight hard for a raise (this is a company-wide problem) or other types of recognition. There is almost no guidance about career advancement within the company.

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