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Glu Mobile Reviews

Updated 12 May 2018
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Pros
  • "Work/life balance is great here" (in 27 reviews)

  • "Fun company culture and work environment" (in 9 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. "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.


  2. "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.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "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


  4. "Great Place with the Right Studio"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Glu Mobile full-time

    Pros

    The PlayFirst/GluPlay studio is the gem of the entire company.

    Cons

    Culture outside the PlayFirst/GluPlay studio was vastly different and more button-down.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure Glu Mobile staff are readily available to assist the most successful studio under their umbrella at anytime for any needs.


  5. "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!


  6. "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 (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nothing is in Pros every thing is ok.

    Cons

    This is the good place for a GOOD artist.

    Advice to Management

    Every thing is good in this company.

    Glu Mobile Response

    13 Feb 2018 – Talent Attraction Specialist

    Thank you for all that you do!


  7. "Keep at it!"

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    Current Employee - Lead UI/User Experience in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Lead UI/User Experience in San Francisco, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Glu Mobile full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The current GLU leadership seems to legitimacy care about transparency and building a strong foundation based on trust and respect.

    Cons

    GLU is a game company intent on making money more than making fun games. Though making money is understandable, even desirable - many goals place the bottom line over player satisfaction, game creativity.

    Advice to Management

    Keep at it! Your open dialogue and transparency is vital for a healthy organization. We all want to make awesome products - let us do it and we will all win!

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Glu games are great, leadership are useless"

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    Current Employee - Lead Game Artist in Hyderabad (India)
    Current Employee - Lead Game Artist in Hyderabad (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots to learn from other studios if you can talk to them, culture open to sharing

    Cons

    Poor leadership of liveops team is making people quit, all the leads quit in one year!

    Advice to Management

    Good games are attracting people to glu Hyderabad but bad leadership is driving them away.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "A good place to work"

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    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.


  10. "Great projects. Very challenging work environment."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Enfield, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Consultant in Enfield, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great team
    Great projects
    Young team
    Competitive salary

    Cons

    High working pressure
    Not many benefits


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