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Glu Reviews

Updated September 14, 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. 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


  2. 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.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Great place to work overall - room for improvement"

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

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

    Pros

    - Competitive pay (probably not as high as it would be at Google or Apple but solid compared to my peers at the same level)
    - Solid rewards for excellent work (bonus and base) - If you do good work you will be rewarded
    - Growth opportunities and autonomy
    - Lots of leadership development programs (coaching programs and ongoing manager training)
    - I love my team - smart, driven, real, fun, and supportive
    - I find that people are open to feedback at all levels (huge plus IMO)
    - New CEO who truly cares about people and growing a healthy, creative culture
    - Overall an excellent place to work and grow - I am constantly presented with opportunities to work on interesting projects, challenging projects

    Cons

    - Gaming industry is fast paced (which I love) and ever changing so if you are not adaptable to change then you might not be happy here
    - No free lunch
    - No pets at work
    - No 401k match
    - Maternity and paternity leave benefits could be more competitive for the bay area

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on leadership development and building a strong, competitive culture to attract awesome people. Glu has a lot of potential and I'm excited to be along for the ride.

    Glu Response

    Jun 27, 2017 – VP of HR

    Thanks for taking the time to write a review. I’m happy to hear that you have awesome teammates and think Glu has provided growth opportunities for you. And, you’re right about the gaming industry... More


  4. Helpful (9)

    "Fun, fast-paced, and friendly"

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

    I have been working at Glu full-time (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

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in the growth of your employees to see a good payout.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Opportunity to Work Across Genres"

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

    I have been working at Glu full-time (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.

    Advice to Management

    Be transparent when strategies change. Get to know the internal departments and what they have to offer. Include them in strategic planning.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer (Android Team) in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer (Android Team) in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment Great people. No overtime work.

    Cons

    Salary is low comparing to other software companies.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work culture is top notch

    Cons

    questionable decisions made by upper management

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Good experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 !"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Glu (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 (3)

    "Designer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work with friendly people at a reasonable development pace on creative games.

    Cons

    Very corporate, almost sales culture, very focused on monetization.


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