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Updated September 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is great here (in 26 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 (9)

    "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 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)

    "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 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!

  3. Helpful (3)

    "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 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


  4. 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 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.


  5. Helpful (6)

    "Great so far!"

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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 full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I have been with Glu for 6 months and it has been great so far. There are lots of great projects, learning opportunities, and people to work with. I look forward to the time ahead with the business's leadership and strategic growth.

    Cons

    There are slight inter-departmental communication roadblocks

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing to bridge the gaps and silos making the One Glu the best Glu


  6. "Software Engineer"

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

    I have been working at Glu full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice environment nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Team get lay off so often.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to success, do your best to keep the talents.


  7. Helpful (9)

    "QA Tester"

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

    I have been working at Glu full-time

    Pros

    Great Culture and Great People that make you feel excited to work there.

    Cons

    Not the best at planning some projects.

  8. Helpful (8)

    "Company on the rebound!?!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Glu full-time (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.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on games and supporting game teams is certainly the right direction. Doing that to the exclusion of having a REAL and meaningful investment in central platforms is shortsighted and will leave you with... a collection of game studios no greater than the sum of its parts.


  9. "Stepping Stone Experience"

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

    I worked at Glu full-time (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

    Advice to Management

    The entire "C-Suite" and VP-level leadership teams are shrewd but shady, shady, shady. Even when they think are providing transparency and visibility to the greater employee population, a lot of decisions are clearly motivated purely by how much more the execs will earn in bonus and stock awards. There were objectives based on closing down studios and reducing workforce that were part of the new CEO's first bonus package. Right away Nick Earl focused on redistributing assets, reducing operating costs, offshoring to India, and jacking up the stock price. That's great for his bank account, but hurts the employee population and the game industry as a whole. If that's what your mission is then that's fine, just don't pretend that Glu is a great place to work on innovative games and advance your career.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Lots of potential"

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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 full-time

    Pros

    - Solid leadership and lots of talented and fun people to work with
    - Strong product portfolio and a promising pipeline of new products
    - Fun and collaborative environment
    - Growth opportunities within the company

    Cons

    - Benefits could be improved (e.g., 401k matching, cared lunch)


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