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Updated February 13, 2018
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is good (no one really works that hard - which can be a bad thing) (in 9 reviews)

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

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

  • Alot of gobbledygook and running around in circles biting tails (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "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.


  2. "make LL great again"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Linden Lab full-time

    Pros

    Overall, the culture is great. Lots of really awesome people who love what they do, and want to do really good work.

    Cons

    Company is too focused on its new product; those who work on the mainstay feel set aside and taken for granted. HR is nearly non-existent; most team members are remote or barely in the office. Too many org changes lately have left folks feeling insecure, morale is low and sinking. I hope they can turn it around.

    Advice to Management

    You have some really awesome people there; get out of their way.

  3. "Massive layoffs, but got rid of the wrong people"

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

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

    Pros

    - Some of the people I worked with were smart, passionate and really wanted to create something amazing.
    - Product is interesting
    - Work/life balance is good (no one really works that hard - which can be a bad thing)

    Cons

    - Leadership has no vision and don't have the skills to run something as ambitious as Sansar
    - HR is never around, non existent
    - The same old people have been there for the longest time
    - Keep hiring the wrong people and putting the wrong people in positions of power

    Advice to Management

    Time to layoff some of the dead weight at the executive level and hire experts from outside.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of change"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The technology is amazing and the company has the best tools for remote working.

    Cons

    Strategy inconsistent, not enough care for the current users.


  5. "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.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "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).

  8. "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.


  9. "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.


  10. "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.


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