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Linden Lab Reviews

Updated November 7, 2017
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Pros
  • Lots of creative opportunities within Second Life, in a company with a fairly flat management structure (in 9 reviews)

  • The company culture has also been a refreshing change from previous jobs (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Product portfolio is pretty much limited to Second Life, Sansar and Blocksworld (in 6 reviews)

  • Senior Management hates its own customers, making it hard for them to build a product they want to use (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "3D Artist"

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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 Linden Lab full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good place to work. Paid well. Good people and culture. Offered Yoga and massages. Flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Not many. Didn't have enough artists at the time but that has since changed.


  2. "In-house Counsel"

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

    Pros

    creative, passionate people. complicated work.

    Cons

    business is a bit stagnant. Secure, but not dynamic.

  3. "Senior Content Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Senior Content Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Content Specialist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Linden Lab full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of creative opportunities within Second Life, in a company with a fairly flat management structure. Good pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Not a lot of advancement opportunities outside of management positions. Quite a lot of manually reviewed tables and documents (customer support systems don't advance very much).


  4. "Enjoyed it while it lasted"

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

    I worked at Linden Lab full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great for laid-back style of work, telecommuting, programming geeks in general

    Cons

    Went through massive layoffs early on; then, too many management/manager changes and reorg. Otherwise quite OK and enjoyable. Didn't regret it.


  5. "Unique employer"

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

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

    Pros

    Great working environment, with flexibility that only an established battled worn company in the bay area can provide.

    Cons

    A little too flexible at times, with some employees not operating at the level you would like your peers to operate at.


  6. "Great culture and people, issues with strategic vision and resource allocation."

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

    I worked at Linden Lab full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Collaborative workspace. Employees are encouraged to make their own roles and own them.

    Good pay. Not top of the industry, but very fair.

    Great company culture. Some of the nicest people I've ever worked with.

    Exciting product tech possibilities.

    Cons

    The company's large flagship project lacks unified direction and focus. Forward progress is hampered by competing leadership ideas and trendchasing rather than focusing on concrete vision and deliverables. Perpetual tech demo creation seems to lead in circles without reaching solid destinations. The project is a creative product led completely by the engineering department and this setup rarely works.

    Smaller projects are overshadowed and undercooked by senior management. The small teams here rarely get the resources, personnel, attention or funds they need to succeed. Company stakeholders disregard these projects for months at a time, then they suddenly pop in and drive disruptive, uninformed changes only to vanish again.

    Advice to Management

    Develop focus. Decide on a rough direction before you start shoveling coal in the furnace. Don't set up your small teams for a fall. Make a practical vision for your flagship project and stop trying to make it all things to everybody. Don't let engineering staff drive a creative project.


  7. "Pushing ahead to the future"

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

    I have been working at Linden Lab (More than a year)

    Pros

    The company is focused on delivering the next generation of Second Life and the excitement is palpable. Even with that focus, the company is still invested in making Second Life better for its users.

    Cons

    Can't really think of anything really negative to say. They only have catered lunch once a week.

    Advice to Management

    Management so far has been pretty good. Keep working on the new Second Life while making the current Second Life even better.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Never had to work on weekends

    Cons

    Flies in kitchen never went away. Ever.


  9. "Great Office Environment"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The office environment could not be any better. Not much stress going on, it makes easy to balance personal with profesional life. Working hard is up to you and well rewarded.

    Cons

    Product portfolio is pretty much limited to Second Life, Sansar and Blocksworld. Most product design decisions are made based on what works for Second Life, which is really hard to replicate.


  10. "Fun environment, smart people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun and laidback culture; tons of smart, quirky, and interesting people; novel projects and daily challenges; lot of autonomy in how projects were run; beautiful building in great location; felt very stable when I was there

    Cons

    At the time, mgmt was casting about for new viable projects and the focus was placed on experimental products w/ little to no monetization potential - all are gone now. Tons of constant change at the mgmt level too. Seems to have stabilized under new CEO.

    Advice to Management

    Applies more to how things were, not how things are now, but advice would have been to be realistic about the audience for each product, keeping in mind UX and business model above all else. What worked for SL will not work for every other project. Keep the culture loose and open and fun, it's one of the best things about the company


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