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Updated April 25, 2017
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is great here (in 25 reviews)

  • Lots of free snacks, drinks and games to chew upon when you feel you want to take a break from work (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management has no idea what they are doing (in 12 reviews)

  • People at Management level don't take responsibilities for making bad decisions (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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 full-time (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.

    Advice to Management

    Don't treat people like disposable items. Trust the developers who have been doing their jobs in the game industry longer than you've been out of school.


  2. "good individual opportunity, poor vision, business > users"

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

    I worked at Glu full-time

    Pros

    game teams are given lots of autonomy to deliver results
    every game worked on is shipped -- even if metrics are lackluster

    Cons

    company takes big bets on 1-off wins (Kardashian)
    company leadership has no tolerance for the hit driven nature of the industry, expectation is that every game must be massive
    lack clear vision of how to make Glu competitive as mobile industry has moved away from easy to find organic installs

    Advice to Management

    make big bold bets and OWN if/when they succeed or fail.
    value the users and build a network vs siloing game audiences.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Slashed"

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

    I worked at Glu full-time (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.

    Advice to Management

    See your employees as valuable and not disposable.


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  5. "Was not really that great when I worked there...but hopefully changes has happened for the better"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Tester in San Francisco, CA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Bonuses and People within the studio are awesome
    - Nice Perks and Benefits
    - Relationship with workmates is that of a start up, but has proffesionalism of a public company

    Cons

    - Tough to get your career to another level.
    - Tough disciplinary action by making just one unfortunate mistake, overlooking contributed achievements to the team and giving impression that work-life balance is not balanced at all.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "In-House Counsel"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - In-House Counsel in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - In-House Counsel in San Francisco, CA
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Glu full-time (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.

    Advice to Management

    Stop spending so much money on celebrity acquisition for games and invest in more talented game developers. Spread money equally across all employees instead of overpaying senior management. Improve employee benefits.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "The CEO Is An Idiot"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Bellevue, WA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Glu as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They know how to find talent. I've worked with some excellent people at the Glu studio of Washington.

    Cons

    The CEO is an idiot. Just like a lot of F2P companies, their priorities are screwed up and at the bottom of them you'll find a passion for making great games.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to make money, go to another industry. Game industry leaders are rewarded most when they make fresh and quality experiences, casual or otherwise. If you make knock off products, the only thing you're capable of doing is running a knock off company.


  8. Helpful (13)

    "It was good while it lasted"

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

    I worked at Glu (More than a year)

    Pros

    The San Francisco office is nice and the people that work there are great. They also have a good selection of snacks/drinks with an occasional Lunch to help keep you motivated.

    Cons

    If a title's launch is not successful watch out. Management is quick to kill support of a title rather than try to make improvements. Their strategy has shifted from Original IP to Celebrity titles which hasn't worked out like they thought it would. While management says that they want titles that will 'suprise and delight' players, I feel like they just want to make a Kim Kardashian Clone - and ignore the rest of their audience (shooters/Action/Racing/RPG). They seem to have a revolving door for HR and everything continues to change. Benefits have gotten worse as a result.

    Advice to Management

    Don't continue to put all your eggs in the celebrity/social basket. You are losing a lot of talent that have helped make Glu a top Free-to-Play Publisher with the hopes that the world wants more celebrity titles. Don' keep making this mistake and continue to invest in other types of games.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "test assoc"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Mobile QA Tester in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Mobile QA Tester in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Glu (Less than a year)

    Pros

    challenging, good work..honest easy long term

    Cons

    short term no real future/ compensation

    Advice to Management

    review employees


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good Opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is very focused on its high performing products, so being part of a winning team lets you open up the creativity floodgates and reimagine every part of the process with an eye to maximizing retention and revenue. Pay is decent, and the HQ is in a great location.

    Cons

    While stability has increased under the guidance of the current CEO, the company is still living earnings-report to earnings-report so job stability can be a bit iffy. Since the focus is mainly on high performers, you may end up on a project that doesn't necessary interest you. They rely heavily on licensed products, which are fickle.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communication open and promote an environment of transparency. Don't become EA.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Glu Mobile"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Producer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Glu (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good office culture, had a great time interacting with new clients

    Cons

    Management tried to control the project and make rash decisions


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