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Linden Lab Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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Pros
  • The company is focused on delivering the next generation of Second Life and the excitement is palpable (in 8 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. "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.


  2. "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.

  3. 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.


  4. "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.


  5. "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


  6. "Awesome place working environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people, culture, benefits, and salary as well

    Cons

    Not much lunch places near from work


  7. "Game Development at its Best"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Open, inclusive and friendly environment, good benefits, smart people, flexible work hours (but, you need to get your job done) and most teams are small and meet daily. Then there are other perks and benefits, such as free snacks, free Linden lunch Thursdays, waffle day, community work days. For me it is the perfect intersection between the benefits offered by large renowned companies and being able to do game and Virtual Reality development with less pressure as in most game companies (pressure is not nonexistent though obviously). Overall, I love it.

    Cons

    Satellite offices tend to be smaller and participate less in some of the events of the company. This also hinders communication with part of the company at times, but neither of these are a big deal.

    Advice to Management

    There is a lot planning that is made as the project is being developed, which slows down the development pace because of the multiple step backs. Perhaps more more planning ahead and frequent communication between developers, architects, managers and product would help streamline the process a little bit. There is an effort towards that through the use of on-line tools for meetings and chat. It is greatly appreciated.

  8. "Great place to work!"

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

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

    Pros

    Great team, company culture, interesting projects, location, benefits, compensation, work-life balance.

    Cons

    I don't see downsides here.


  9. "Welcoming and flexible working environment with an innovative outlook"

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    Current Employee - Lead Character Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Character Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is very flexible and has a great work / life balance. Not only are the salaries very competitive, but the benefits and perks are great as well. My initial phone and in-house interviews went extremely smooth. The turnaround time from interview to hire was one of the most efficient I have experienced.

    Having the opportunity to work with a small art team keeps the communication clear and gives each individual the opportunity to provide input and suggestions to the projects we work on. I work with an experienced and knowledgeable director that encourages creativity and makes the work environment fun.

    Cons

    I have not encountered any downsides to working at LInden Lab. It has been a great experience so far.

    Advice to Management

    Continue doing what you're doing.


  10. "Talented team with interesting projects"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    +Interesting problems to solve
    +Talented, Senior team
    +Broad knowledge base
    +Solid Compensation and Benefits
    +Flexible work environment

    Cons

    -Engineering tends to lead the charge on feature development which can lead to priority confusion
    -Offisite communication can be challenging at times, but this is pretty minor considering all the infrastructure built around supporting a distributed team

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in your team and casting your vision to them up on the project as things come along. The more shared vision we have, the more effective we will be in the future.


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