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Updated March 16, 2017
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Pros
  • Glu employees tend to have a good work life balance (in 24 reviews)

  • Most of the employees are good people (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management not sure what they are doing (in 11 reviews)

  • Higher management has been making bad decisions (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Former Software Engineer"

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

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

    Pros

    Pay was reasonable
    Interesting titles to work on
    No mandatory overtime
    Worked with a great team of talented, driven people

    Cons

    Management seems unsure of how to fix the sinking ship
    More than one title setup for failure - if you aren't on an already successful game, you should expect to be cut
    Games not given appropriate time to prove themselves

    Advice to Management

    You don't have to have a top 200 title on day 1 to be successful. Invest in growing a dedicated, loyal player base. These things take time and no amount of celebrity endorsement is going to change that. Also, don't put so much faith in people who over-promise.


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

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Former Employee - Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Glu full-time (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.

    Advice to Management

    Can't really think of any advice to give. It's a hard fix for management that is this bad. Stakeholders have taken the initiatives and got Glu a new CEO. I strongly suggest them continue doing so to other managers across all levels.


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Mismanagement at its finest"

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

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

    Pros

    Working on something more complex than match 3 games. Lunch every Wednesday. Breakfast every other Friday. Free drinks and snacks. Elaborate company parties.

    Cons

    Upper management has no idea what they are doing. They are all people that aren't gamers. They're just businessmen with MBA's from elite colleges. In the last two years, the company's issues have been solely due to bad management: from bad decisions made for what games to make, to bad project management, to not giving enough resources to the teams that are actually making money. In the end, the workers are the ones fired while management keeps their jobs and extremely high salaries.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to make games. Actually be passionate about the games you make. Listen to your employees when all of them have the same complaints/insight.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    "Nice place to work.... before getting let go"

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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

    Pros

    Great environment, terrific co-workers, pretty good benefits.

    Cons

    Upper management not sure what they are doing. Instead of reinvesting in teams, they make the easiest call and shut down the studio. They also farm out a lot of work to cheaper and inferior studios overseas.

    Advice to Management

    Don't give up on your studios because decisions you made were terrible. Take responsibility and reinvest in your people. I don't see a very bright future for Glu, unless they luck upon another Kim Kardashian.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "Most companies reward you for loyalty over time. Glu punishes you."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some room for career growth and opportunity if you don't randomly get cut because management made another bad call.

    Cons

    Recently reduced benefit packages for all employees. Dental coverage was pretty much halved. The new company in charge of FSA is impossible to work with.

    Studio went from comfy and modern to overcrowded, loud, and lacking any extra space what so ever.

    Finance department fell for a phishing email and gave out all employees personal information and social security numbers. Company pretended to care by buying only 3 years of an pretty much useless lifelock service.

    New HR regime doesn't care about anyone making less than $150k a year. Will throw you under the bus at a moments notice.

    C-Suite is woefully misguided. They make promises and when they can't deliver they fire entire teams while still taking in huge bonuses.

    We used to have an enjoyable variety of drinks and snacks. Now it's chips just chips and soda.

    We used to have annual company and department events. Now only HR gets to.

    We used to be given lots of freedom to work from home and get stuff done, now facetime is apparently important even though useless. There is also a hopeless amount of bikeshedding and an overabundance of meetings that don't need to exist.

    We used to be able to have fun in the game room, now the loudest department in the company, who blows thousands of dollars a week on pizza parties and whatnot, will yell at you for laughing during a game of foosball.

    There is no secure storage at Glu. Theft was a major problem both inside the studio, and in the buildings own parking garage. It is not a safe place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes and realize your products don't make themselves.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "It's a job not a career"

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

    Pros

    You can count on a steady salary. The work life balance is good. Its a good 9-5 job. Most of the employees are good people.

    Cons

    Bad management staff. Poor communication. Very little creativity. It seems that the goal of the company is to regurgitate the same game instead of innovate.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of hoping to not mess up, be brave, innovate and plan to succeed. Trust your employees. You hired them for a reason.


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Stepping stone company."

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

    Pros

    The people at Glu star are great, the people who were at Glu W were also great.
    Great snack choices.
    Food is always provided for overtime.
    Lots of talent!

    Cons

    After 2 years of working there, I've seen countless people leave or get laid off because of bad decisions made by upper management, mostly from SF. Management doesn't pay the price when this happens.
    They aren't very competitive when it comes to pay.
    Games are stuck in a rut.
    Russia is cheaper, you might lose your job to one of them. :)
    Lots of talent being wasted.

    Advice to Management

    The "label" system is dumb. Your going to burn out your work force because of this. Creativity will be smothered and your games aren't going to do very well, my best advice is, don't get trapped in this way of producing games if you want to make a lot of money. Good luck Glu. :)


  9. Helpful (13)

    "Disappointment followed by yet even more disappointment."

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

    I worked at Glu (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people with the talent and the drive to create refreshing and innovative freemium games.
    Descent work-life balance.

    Cons

    Upper management has unrealistic goals considering the fact that there's no true investment in proper prototyping and game vetting.

    Upper management consistently chases the latest mobile successes without the wisdom to reach beyond what's hot now vs having the insight or intestinal fortitude to be truly innovative.

    All about short term gains. E.G. Fast follows and clones of existing titles.

    No loyalty to dedication.

    Everyone is expendable.

    Poor security management. By this I mean employee's sensitive information has been compromised more than once. W2s & SS#s FOR ALL EMPLOYEES HACKED!

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of Niccolo and then review my comments on cons.

    Glu Response

    Jun 27, 2016 – VP Global HR

    As Glu creates a sustainable studio strategy, feedback like yours is extremely valuable. While we're happy to hear that you had awesome teammates at your studio, the feedback you have regarding our ... More


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Company with many problems but also great learning opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Producer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Producer in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You'll learn a tremendous amount about mobile games and freemium, skills you'll take to your next job. You'll work with great people...just don't expect it to last very long

    Cons

    Company had major security breach in 2016, sending all 2015 employee W2 data (including SS and DOB) to a phishing website

    Company does frequent layoffs as a way of remedying stock price woes, so don't expect to work here more than two years.

    Advice to Management

    Consider executive accountability including the CEO


  11. Helpful (9)

    "Fantastic people, terrible corporate."

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

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

    Pros

    Fantastic coworkers, treats you as part of the family whether you're contract or full time. Supports work/life balance.

    Cons

    Pay is very low compared to other companies in the industry. Higher management has been making bad decisions. Constant company "restructuring" causes a lot of people to lose their jobs on the spot. Lay offs are always a surprise, they call you in the HR office you come out minutes after and you immediately clean out your desk the same day.



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