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Updated 17 November 2017
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is great here (in 27 reviews)

  • Interesting work, good people, lots of opportunities, nice SF location (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management has no idea what they are doing (in 13 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. Helpful (2)

    "Don't believe angry former employees"

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    • Senior Management
    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 5 years)

    Pros

    I've been at Glu for 5+ years, I've seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. Is it my dream job? No. Is it a horrible company to work for (like the angry reviews here)? Absolutely not. Glu's had some tough times with a lot of layoffs and changes but more and more I feel the company is going in the right direction and you can feel the vibe in the office. It's a much better place than a year ago but we still have ways to go.

    Cons

    We need more rewarding. And please don't wait years to let go of B players.

    Advice to Management

    Continue listening to employees


  2. "Awful"

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

    I worked at Glu Mobile full-time

    Pros

    Great creative team, talented people.

    Cons

    Awful higher up decisions that led to the closure of other Glu mobile studios, putting tons of great people out of work

    Advice to Management

    There will never be another Kim Kardashian game phenomena


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Good company, some bad managers"

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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

    Pros

    - the company is awesome, we are doing really cool stuff
    - people are friendly
    - good environment in general

    Cons

    I really don't trust my manager. My manager is that type who takes credits for other people's work. While everything else at Glu is great, my manager is the reason I keep my resume up to date

    Advice to Management

    get rid of bad managers


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Glu blows around with the wind"

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

    I worked at Glu Mobile full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - They attempt to make their employees happy.
    - Just about every office is a smaller company that Glu acquired at some point, so each office has an individual culture and structure.
    - My office had free lunch every day, but most other offices don't.

    Cons

    - Lack of a real unifying vision, most past visions didn't make money and had to be abandoned.
    - The culture and working experience is very different depending on which office you happen to be in.

    Advice to Management

    Administration is too large, they spend too much of their time creating unnecessary policies around hiring, purchases, and going to conferences and implementing those policies.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Great, uplifting place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    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

    Management, co-workers and company culture.

    Cons

    I wished Company has matched 401k.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what it is you guys are doing. It is working!


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Enjoyed my time here, good experience, no regrets"

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

    I worked at Glu Mobile full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work, good people, lots of opportunities, nice SF location

    Cons

    Large layoffs and studio closures have been a fairly common occurrence at Glu throughout the company's history. Consistent and stable financial performance has always been a challenge


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Corporate control causing a loss in revenue and team drive"

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

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

    Pros

    My team was great
    Everyone worked well together
    Room for growth and improvement
    Preferred to hire from within the studio

    Cons

    Many studios have been shut down, mine included.
    Very unstable based off revenue and studio profit.
    Decisions from hire ups would cause loss of revenue/player retention and studios would be blamed.

    Advice to Management

    Trust the people working for you, they know the product and players best.

    Glu Mobile Response

    17 Oct 2017 – CEO

    Thank you for your feedback. I acknowledge that we have been in a turnaround state, working through a lot of change. Even though this is the nature of gaming industry, we are working to pivot away... More


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Great People Making a Great Company"

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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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Exquisite team of people, no matter which department you're in. Positive vibes all around, helpful colleagues, motivated people that love what they do. Fair pay, great benefits, fun perks and a growing sense of community. CEO seems to be really determined and passionate about what he's doing.

    Cons

    Occasionally some mild rivalry between studios and headquarters creep up. Could be avoided, we're all in this together. Free lunch would be rad.

    Advice to Management

    Keep listening to the employees as you have been. Transparency and communication is one of the greatest things about Glu. When we feel encouraged to speak our minds and receive attention and feedback for it, mutual trust only grows.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "Great so far!"

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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

    I have been with Glu for 6 months and it has been great so far. There are lots of great projects, learning opportunities, and people to work with. I look forward to the time ahead with the business's leadership and strategic growth.

    Cons

    There are slight inter-departmental communication roadblocks

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing to bridge the gaps and silos making the One Glu the best Glu


  11. "Not bad for a gaming company in india but low job security"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Hyderabad (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Hyderabad (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good youthful culture, great work life balance, decent pay, low politics

    Cons

    Low job security, company not too averse to lay offs for cost cutting,
    not great work for developers, its only maintainence, no solid new development at all. Very less canteen / food facilities as compared to current IT standards.

    Advice to Management

    Give a sense of security to employees, don't hike salaries or give big bonuses, instead use that money to help retrain and retain redundant employees.


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