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Linden Lab Reviews

Updated Mar 2, 2019

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3.4
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58%
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88%
Approve of CEO
Ebbe Altberg
25 Ratings
Pros
  • "Lots of creative opportunities within Second Life, in a company with a fairly flat management structure(in 10 reviews)

  • "Work/life balance is good (no one really works that hard - which can be a bad thing)(in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "The upper management was in turmoil the entire time I was there(in 9 reviews)

  • "Product portfolio is pretty much limited to Second Life, Sansar and Blocksworld(in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Unique employer"

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

    I worked at Linden Lab full-time for 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.

    Linden Lab2017-08-02
  2. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Linden Lab full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Linden lab had good pay and benefit

    Cons

    Racist and transphobic to anyone who wasnt the "norm" to them

    Linden Lab2019-03-02
  3. "Good Company to Work for if you're in the HQ"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Linden Lab full-time

    Pros

    Pay, Benefits, Room for Advancement

    Cons

    Office Manager doesn't have to answer to anyone, Not Valued as an Employee

    Linden Lab2018-12-27
  4. Helpful (4)

    "Serious Issues to Overcome"

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

    I worked at Linden Lab full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    CEO is great and actually kind of inspiring (the board of directors...not so much) Relatively large amount of independence to solve problems your own way...which can many times be a con Second Life is fun, and you can be your Linden avatar

    Cons

    Process-wise, Sansar is a disastrous clusterF... If you are hired for this project, run away fast. I've been on many projects and have never seen one so badly run - yo-yo management, constantly shifting priorities, rarely a clear line of authority (instead, you get directives from multiple areas), constant employee turnover, and almost no oversight. Code reviews are almost unheard of. Engineers don't really work well...

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    Advice to Management

    When engineers have specialties they come in to your company with, you need to try hard to make sure they work on something relating to that. It will make them happy, drastically increase the quality and quantity of their work output, and keep them from leaving for the first opportunity that DOES allow them to work on the area they enjoy focusing on. Engineers are not interchangeable cogs, or at least they shouldn't...

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    Linden Lab2018-05-20
  5. "Maker of Virtual Worlds at a Crossroads"

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    Current Employee - Product Support Manager in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Linden Lab full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Creative environment; Inclusive; Opportunity to perform a lot of different tasks and gain a lot of useful experience; for the right role, a job at Linden Lab could be perfect for you

    Cons

    Overpaid consultants take funding away from FTEs; Oddly set-in-its-ways for a tech company (Second Life has been around since pre-2003 and people are reluctant to make changes or scrutinize the team's performance); only one on-site HR employee

    Advice to Management

    Audit every aspect of the company that isn't already audited; don't rely on senior managers to self-report their performance.

    Linden Lab2018-03-16
  6. Helpful (2)

    "make LL great again"

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    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.

    Linden Lab2018-02-12
  7. Helpful (2)

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

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

    I worked at Linden Lab full-time for 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.

    Linden Lab2018-02-14
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of change"

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

      I worked at Linden Lab full-time for 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.

      Linden Lab2017-12-22
    • "3D Artist"

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

      I have been working at Linden Lab full-time for 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.

      Linden Lab2017-11-06
    • Helpful (1)

      "In-house Counsel"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Neutral Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Linden Lab

      Pros

      creative, passionate people. complicated work.

      Cons

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

      Linden Lab2017-11-08
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