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Updated February 9, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "A Company in transition"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redwood City, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    An interesting product and a company with a clear mission. Design and engineering work together closely to create a product which is fun and expressive. A loyal and vocal customer base.

    The company is working hard toward building new products which will continue to serve existing customers and continue to attract new ones.

    There are some strong and interesting technologies underlying these products and talented people working on them.

    Cons

    Some bad decisions in the past continue to haunt the product. All the teams involved are working to overcome them, but it's going to be easy to overcome.

    Some members of the engineering staff tend to resist necessary changes.

    Advice to Management

    All the teams in the company need to work together, management influences whether this happens or not. Keep the focus on building great products.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Truly one of the worst experiences"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Manager in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A company of the engineers... by the engineers... and for the engineers. If you're an engineer who strives to find a job where you can thrive by with writing 3 lines of code a day - this is the company for you. Seems like there's 1 manager for every 2 engineers. .. one Sr manager for every 2 managers...etc...etc.

    Cons

    Truly one of the most hostile work environments I've ever experienced. I was yelled at 3 times during my first week. Management seems to exist solely to find someone to blame for its fumbling. Due to the "mature" nature of the content - many people who work at IMVU don't even list the job on LinkedIn.

    Advice to Management

    You've been using the same approach for 10 years - open your eyes and realize that the tech world has passed you by.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Producer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Producer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Producer in Mountain View, CA
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Highly talented engineering team, friendly staff.

    Cons

    Don't pay attention or credit much unless you are an engineer. High turnover rate.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "An Aging Startup Struggling to Reach Escape Velocity"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance.
    Opportunity to learn new technology.
    Somewhat relaxed culture.
    Some good engineers but it's thinning.
    Friendly people.

    Cons

    There's been significant brain drain. Middle management and some tech leadership lack basic engineering competence now and it really shows. This is beginning to weigh very heavily on engineering.
    Most engineers are yoked to make-work tasks that management and tech leadership churn up instead of focusing on impactful product development and improvements.
    Trying to improve velocity or product ambition can be a frustrating and bizarre experience.
    Outside of product development the rest of the company seems quite well run although they lack long term commitment to any plan.
    Does not feel like an engineering driven organization.

    Advice to Management

    See what's happening on your engineering teams.
    End the bozo creep.
    Hold phonies who kill velocity to account.


  6. Helpful (9)

    "Senior Software Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    When I started, the perks were great, the co-workers were enthusiastic and passionate, and the company was growing. The culture was infectious and there were plenty of company social events such as food trucks, wine/beer tasting, team outings, company-wide hackathons, and the list goes on. Many, many opportunities to grow in your career. Also, the compensations and stock option offer wasn't too bad given the company's size.

    Cons

    Engineering: Waaay too academic. This is a company that essentially founded and pioneered "Continuous Deployment" that so many startups enjoy today. Given that, it feels that we have to hand-roll every single thing when there are plenty of outside libraries that are solely dedicated to solving some of these problems. Why do we have to write our own 3D engine? Why do we have to come up with our own Data warehouse? Continuing with academia, somebody convinced the company to introduce Haskell into our tech stack. It's not that Haskell is awful, it's that it made absolutely no sense from a business perspective. We've been using it for roughly 2 years and only about 6 or 7 engineers of about 60 know how to use if proficiently. Compounded by the fact that we haven't been able to hire many Haskell experts! Also, too many people care about the tech more than the product or customer experience. Many people refer to what Facebook or the next big company does to support their technical suggestions instead of just solving the problem the way most normal companies do.

    Management: This is absolutely abysmal. Absolutely no product focus. Whatever makes the quickest buck wins. Quarterly goals are finalized once the quarter is halfway through... Once goals are finalized, everybody in company works at break-neck speeds to try and deliver a quality product in time. No wonder company morale is low and so many people are quitting. Meanwhile, companies are choosing to go "mobile first" and our mobile teams are second class citizens who had to "prove themselves". Completely resistant to massive change so we end up with these "partial" solutions and end up supporting more features than we should.

    Advice to Management

    - Let people do what they're hired to do.
    - Establish goals for next few quarters and stay focused on them.
    - Say no to short-term revenue projects
    - Stop making last minute decisions that puts everybody in a rush. You're burning us out!
    - Find a new CEO


  7. Helpful (9)

    "Smart people led by not so smart management."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Many smart and hard working co-workers. Shrinking but loyal customer base.

    Cons

    No long-term vision. Company goals are changed drastically every few months. No new customers and existing ones are going away. Big soft or even hard-core porn aspect to the product - not something you can be proud of or share outside of the company. No growth potential whatsoever.

    Advice to Management

    Consolidate efforts, lay off employees and sunset the service.


  8. "Great company to work for!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at IMVU full-time

    Pros

    - Company focuses more on getting your work done vs. face time in the office - encouraging good work/life balance.
    - Great benefits! Free snacks, drinks, lunch, happy hours, gym memberships, and free medical/dental/vision for employees.
    - Employees are always willing to help others - awesome company culture.

    Cons

    This is getting much better, but make sure the vision is consistent and clear to all.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to do what you do- clear communication is helpful and refreshing compared to most companies.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "A-ok company to work for, great if you're an engineer."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Interaction Designer in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Interaction Designer in Mountain View, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun co-workers and team, free lunch, flexible work from home policy in some groups, easy to meet customers and get feedback on features.

    Cons

    too many meetings and middle management, unclear company vision and long-term strategy, lots of office politics making the development pretty slow.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - QA Lead in Mountain View, CA
    Current Employee - QA Lead in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bottoms up development
    fun enviroment
    Few meetings
    time to work

    Cons

    not as well known yet


  11. "Fun company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain View, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Vanguards in software development process leading to happy developers and increased retention.
    Lots of fun employee activities like treasure hunt down Castro, happy hours, picnics.
    Congenial company in that it's possible to know all fellow employees, a real nice to have in Silicon Valley
    Great location right by the MV train station and Castro Street.

    Cons

    The company doesn't have a process for changing itself so it's a little too rigid.

    Puts more emphasis on making money than making for an amazing user experience.

    Advice to Management

    Educate all employees in how to offer constructive feedback.
    Make something awesome regardless of revenue projections and the money will follow i.e. learn from Google


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