Linden Lab Reviews

Updated 8 Jun 2021

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3.4
56%
Recommend to a Friend
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Ebbe Altberg
27 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 8 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. 5.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      I Love It

      8 Jun 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      People go out of their way to make sure everyone is comfortable. There's a lot of open communication and transparency.

      Cons

      Things are kinda weird here, kinda like in an inside joke sorta way - takes some getting used to.

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    2. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Wear thick skin, have infinite patience

      11 May 2021 - Tier I Customer Support 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Fairly consistent, pretty good culture among base-level employees

      Cons

      Customer base is generally uneducated on product and aggressive when they do not get what they expect. Upper management does not care about their lower level employees overall wellbeing when it comes to abuse/harassment from customers, however the supervisors are better about at least addressing these issues, even if they cannot change it.

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    3. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Management was unorganized

      30 May 2021 - 3D Artist 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      People are good and nice work environment

      Cons

      Wasted time working on unimportant things

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    4. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great Culture, Great work, Great people

      31 Jan 2021 - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Nice people, interesting work, nice benefits

      Cons

      commute was long for me, but I could work some days from home. Employment stability dependent on product success.

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    5. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Lots of good people, lots of horrible leadership

      31 Oct 2019 - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
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      Pros

      Some hard working people who were trying to do the right thing and ship a compelling project.

      Cons

      Exec leadership is inept beyond belief. No clue about the product they're in charge of or the industry they're a part of. Sansar had a chance to shine, but leaders who were too scared to make important decisions, constant pivots, and wasting too much time building unnecessary tech spelled it's doom. CEO was an old friend of the chairman of the board who got the job due to nepotism. CPO was useless.

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    6. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Good Company to Work for if you're in the HQ

      27 Dec 2018 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Pay, Benefits, Room for Advancement

      Cons

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

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    7. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Most fun I've ever had

      6 Sep 2012 - Senior Engineering Manager in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great product Fabulous people A culture of thanking people for doing the right thing rather than punishing them for doing the wrong thing., When things went wrong it wasn't finger pointing but "how can we make sure this doesn't happen again". LOADS of autonomy - if you were willing to make it happen you could make it happen. It was great. Excellent work/life balance. People do work overtime, but no one is ever asked to. It's a professional commitment those people are choosing to make. And it is the exception rather than the rule.

      Cons

      The tech is really crusty. Understaffed to address all that needs to be done. 100% SCRUM all the time whether that fits the project or not (and mostly it's not) The churn rate for employees is huge yet is treated as "normal" (2-3 people a week is NOT normal for a company this size) I have nothing good to say about the HR department as it has nothing good to say about the employees.

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Love the people, growth potential, and collaboration at Linden!

      17 Oct 2014 - Marketing in San Francisco, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Linden has been a great place to grow my career and expand the depth of my role. Management allows you to explore areas outside your direct position. There's a lot of cross team collaboration. The company culture has also been a refreshing change from previous jobs. It has a great work/life balance and offers a lot of perks for employees (boot camp, yoga, lunches). Overall, I've had a great experience working here.

      Cons

      While generally I'm very happy here, there are few areas that could probably use some improvement. Over the years there have been cycles of new people, position changes, and upper management. Many transitions have been smooth, but others have been a bit challenging and new roles not clearly defined. The company could do a better job alleviating the stress and uncertainties around who is responsible for what when a new manager or position is filled.

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    9. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Terrible!

      2 Mar 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Linden lab had good pay and benefit

      Cons

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

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Game Development at its Best

      17 Dec 2015 - Software Engineer in Boston, MA
      Recommend
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      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.

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