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Glu Mobile Reviews

Updated 6 November 2018
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Pros
  • "Work/life balance is great here" (in 28 reviews)

  • "Fun company culture and work environment" (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • "Upper management don't know what they are doing" (in 14 reviews)

  • "Pendulum of control and C-Suite love has swung a bit too far toward game studios leaving central functions in eclipse" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "A good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Glu has been as good as any other place to work. Environment is nice. Compensation is nice. People are friendly. My schedule is manageable. I thrive on success and as long as Glu and I are both succeeding, I am happy.

    Cons

    My big concern is that people making fundamental decisions are not creatives and want to make informed, data supported, games. But in an industry as fast paced as mobile, that doesn't make a lot of sense. By the time you've cloned Clash of Clans, it's too late. You have to have new ideas.

    Glu also has the unique and dubious history of cloning it's OWN games, which makes zero sense to me. I remember they had two Tiny Tower clones back in the day.

    Advice to Management

    1. Make new games quickly, but build teams slowly. In mobile, you can make a prototype with 3-4 people. A prototype team doesn't need to be bigger than that. In fact, more people with dilute the core vision. Eventually, if the game is fun, you can move it into full production.

    2. Stop cloning games. Especially your own games. Diner Dash is not a genre.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "A Decent Enough Place to Start, but not worth it in the long haul"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hyderabad (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hyderabad (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong Dev teams - Art, design, and tech are generally competent and good people to work with. You'll find some good mentors petering away, getting things done.

    Cons

    Core Management is clueless and out of touch. This trickles down to regional management and their outlook. This is not a company that cares about or wants to make games.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to listen to the people actually making a product. Respect the disciplines you hired and the experience they bring, or be clear about their roles as complicit yes-men up front. Don't ask for passion and proceed to crush it.

  3. "Glu is thriving"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Collaborative and fun work environment
    Great co workers
    Flexibility to work on cool projects

    Cons

    Pace can be a little bumpy but its always headed in the right direction

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with the transparency


  4. "Great team culture, brilliant co-workers, exciting work. Sky’s the limit"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burlingame, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Burlingame, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Glu Mobile full-time

    Pros

    This company is flat out awesome. They provide you the tools you need to succeed in your job. I’m a Engineer and can equate the work here as challenging, fun, and motivating as any other tech company. It’s a great atmosphere to learn and apply that knowledge. This company values their employees and it shows.

    Cons

    Non hat I can think of yet

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work


  5. "Worst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Glu Mobile full-time

    Pros

    Good titles.
    Good Culture.
    Chill out environment.

    Cons

    No growth.
    Lack of innovation.
    Sinking ship.


  6. "Glu is the greatest!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Glu Mobile full-time

    Pros

    Glu has come a long way from the experience of previous employees! I can definitely say it is an brand new Glu! I see great things ahead in the upcoming years! It is an open and collaborative environment with lots of opportunity for growth. Upper management cares very much about keeping a positive culture.

    Some perks include:

    -Lunch catered 5 days a week
    -Great work/life balance
    -fun work events once a week

    Cons

    Gaming culture is not for everyone. If you don't like being a part of a close knit team and collaborating with your coworkers, then it may not be a fit.


  7. "Very friendly environment ... i love this place."

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    Current Employee - 3D Artist in Hyderabad (India)
    Current Employee - 3D Artist in Hyderabad (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is the Best company in India in mobile gaming.

    Cons

    Every thing is osmm nothing for cons.

    Advice to Management

    You are the Best Keep it up.

  8. "Great Environment cool people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hyderabad (India)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hyderabad (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People and environment are very positive. good vibes and good pay.

    Cons

    projects are just ok. has very good potentials in people but not properly challenged

    Advice to Management

    people are talented please utilize their skills to do something big other than mobile platforms.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Good for starters"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Glu Mobile full-time

    Pros

    Good work environment
    Comparative salary

    Cons

    No future plans
    Management is bad


  10. Helpful (1)

    "A Brand New Glu"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    New office, new CEO, new culture.. I read a lot of the older reviews and was initially concerned... but it appears the new management has learned from past mistakes and is keen on putting employees first. This means a beautiful new office, catered lunches (yum!) 4 days a week, lots of cool perks... It's an exciting time to be at Glu, and the feeling seems to be mutual across the office...

    Cons

    The previous model of acquiring studios would naturally have some issues, especially if the prior investors didn't take care of their employees during the transition. From what I've learned during my tenure, they're hoping to move away from that model and build studios internally in the new HQ... the partnership with Disney being an example. The company has been around for a while and surely has some baggage, but this recent shift seems like a fresh start... fingers crossed!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, and please stay true to your pledged values and intentions. it will guarantee happy employees and a bright future for everyone!