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Glu Reviews

Updated February 4, 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 (4)

    "wonderful company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Glu full-time

    Pros

    Too many amazing and wonderful games and nice colleagues

    Cons

    I hope there is no con


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Great culture"

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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

    Pros

    It IS fast-paced and borders chaotic, but such is the life in games. Friendly for such a large group. IT in on the ball to get you set up. Easy on-boarding. Very talented group
    NERF WARS! Food, drinks, and other perks.

    Cons

    None, I have seen or heard.

    Advice to Management

    Would like to see the execs at more events.


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Glu Shock rocks!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I’m part of the Glu Shock team in San Mateo. Great group of top talent working on an awesome project under terrific leadership. Small nimble team/studio backed with the stability of Glu. Great easygoing yet focused vibe - everyone is an expert at what they do and takes care of business.

    There are some good project management/process systems in place that make production move along nicely without being too process heavy (for an agile-based production). The studio space in San Mateo has a lot of room and a relaxed atmosphere.

    Glu corporate supports us but doesn’t get in the way, lets the devs be the devs. The CEO Niccolo conveys a feeling of trust in us which is appreciated, and (on a side note) I enjoy his wit and hearing him speak at the all hands meetings. It feels like a good amount of information is conveyed from the top down.

    Cons

    The snack situation is still working out the kinks, but they’re working on it. No Silicon Valley perks such as massages or yoga classes, but work/life balance gives you the chance to do those on your own time.

    Advice to Management

    HR seems large and process heavy, yet some typical HR work falls to managers. Recruiters seem to come and go – they are your public facing evangelists so you should keep them around. Would be nice to see a larger variety of types of games to round out the portfolio.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Feels Stable - Lots of Potential"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Mateo, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Company has an extensive history in mobile entertainment. - Product strategy drives toward completing and shipping projects. - Company structure allows teams creative autonomy (within reason). - Top-tier talent working here, great opportunities to learn and improve your craft.

    Cons

    - Some of the old-school corp structure outside the individual dev studio groups can bog down the process of "getting-things-done" that require centralized services (finance, HR, IT etc) - Benefits package could stand to be a bit more competitive with other companies in the marketplace.

    Advice to Management

    If you want top tier talent, raise the bar a bit on compensation packages. Take a hard look at existing process and procedures for centralized services. There are new, more efficient ways of doing these things.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Great people, lots of potential"

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

    I have been working at Glu full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Talented, intelligent and creative people who are a pleasure to work with
    -High level of empowerment and responsibility for development teams/studios
    -Quality products with fun gameplay and high production values
    -Company has followed a unique path and has a lot of potential
    -Professional yet fun and rewarding studio culture

    Cons

    -Important to stay agile, but company shifts strategies a bit too quickly/often
    -Benefits package could be better

    Advice to Management

    Game development and publishing involves many challenges and difficulties. Continue to trust in your top talent and give the studios and central teams the support they need to be successful.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Work environment greatly depends on the studio"

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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

    Very smart people, great environment, nice perks, awesome place to work if you like playing and talking about games. Super creative atmosphere, people actually look forward to come to work on Mondays!

    Cons

    Salaries are often below market rate, bonuses are dependent on studio's performance. While great for super star studios, the ones in the middle and on the bottom often see no bonuses at all.

    Upward mobility is also very limited, no clear career path.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your top people accordingly, they are being poached right now, and will eventually leave when compensation in other companies becomes too tempting.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I recently started with this company, and I'm very happy here. My coworkers are talented, engaged, and very friendly. The people in this studio go out of their way to be inclusive and welcoming.

    Each studio has a different culture, but the company as a whole is dedicated to making successful games and not burning out their employees in the process.

    Management is honest. If there's a problem, we hear about it. When things are going well, we also hear about it. I am confident that we will not be blind sided at every all-hands meeting.

    Everyone has a voice. No matter what your job is, if you have an idea about how something can be done better, you will be heard.

    Cons

    Communication between studios could be better.

    Sharing resources between studios could be better.

    Approvals can be slow at times, when it needs to go to corporate.

    Advice to Management

    Great job. No advice needed.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great momentum"

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    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There's great energy and momentum - nothing like having a few hits to put smiles on everyone's faces.

    Cons

    There's always a lot of work to do - plenty of resources, but time is still limited.

    Advice to Management

    More advanced planning, please.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Glu is a great company to work for!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The culture is great--it's a really fun place to work but people are also professional, collaborative and helpful when it comes to making great games. Upper management frequently communicates what is going on and what to expect. Work/life balance is taken seriously.

    Cons

    Sometimes the corporate mandates get in the way of productivity and/or releasing on schedule.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Best company I've ever worked for."

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Bellevue, WA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Glu as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing culture and fun projects to keep you on your toe. Schedule is on spot, never felt too pressured or stress. Amazing co workers, fun activities, and they made me feel like part of a family.

    Cons

    What cons? Non from my end.



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