Associate Game Designer (New Project)

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About the Team
At our CrowdStar studio, we believe that there is a huge opportunity in interactive entertainment products for women, and CrowdStar’s goal is to build products which engage, empower and enrich lives.
With our two top grossing titles, Covet Fashion and Design Home, CrowdStar has developed new ways for users (players) to enjoy fashion and interior design. Not only are we changing how women game, we’re also changing how they discover and shop for everything from clothing to shoes, or furniture to home decor. CrowdStar prides itself on building products that push the line between App and Game. As a team, we are passionate not only about creating entertainment but also providing real value outside of the game. This studio is now in the early stages of creating its next big hit.
About the Role
Our CrowdStar Studio is looking for a highly creative Designer to shape the next generation of mobile experiences for female players. You will be joining a team in its early production development, giving you opportunities to make impacts across many aspects of the game. You will have the chance to work with multiple team disciplines while crafting new features and systems.
About You
You have a strong sense of free-to-play engagement loops balanced with fun gameplay elements, a solid understanding of progression, pacing and game economies. Most importantly though, you can think beyond the features to the player psychologies and motivations. Making games that push into new markets and themes requires innovation, not the reuse of mechanics seen in other games. Focus on these skills will be an essential part of the interview process and the ability to demonstrate confidence in this space is expected.

You'll most often:

  • Write clear design specifications for features and systems for free-to-play mobile games
  • Work with multiple team disciplines to meet design development requirements
  • Design and iterate on features in early production as well as in live-ops
  • Ability to provide design mock ups to help inform design decisions
  • Work with UI / UX to ensure the best player experience
  • Work with the User Research team to validate features and concepts with the target audience
  • Think creatively and critically about all proposed changes to ensure product success

Ideally your background includes:

  • 2+ years in design for either social games or apps
  • Strong empathy and knowledge of a female audience
  • Solid collaboration skills, team-first mentality
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to consolidate feedback on designs, as well as ability to prioritize changes effectively against product priorities.
  • Precision when documenting features and product decisions
  • Core knowledge of mobile trends and design practices
  • An understanding of usability principles
  • UI/UX experience a plus

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Location

Our office is right across the street from Moscone Center West, just minutes from the BART station and 4th + King Caltrain with shuttle service.

What are Glu Mobile Perks + Benefits

Culture
Friends outside of work
Eat lunch together
Intracompany committees
We have our Fun team which volunteers regularly plan and run various company-wide events for team bonding and stress relief. We also have several guilds that meet in various disciplines.
Open door policy
Team owned deliverables
Team based strategic planning
Group brainstorming sessions
Open office floor plan
Diversity
Unconscious bias training
Health Insurance & Wellness Benefits
Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
Glu employees can contribute up to $2700 annually to their Medical FSA and 270 a month towards Transit FSA
Disability Insurance
Dental Benefits
Our dental plan covers $2500 of expenses.
Vision Benefits
We have multiple vision plans, including a $0 premium plan for all Full Time Employees.
Health Insurance Benefits
We have 4 different health plans including Kaiser and a HSA account
Life Insurance
Life insurance is equal to 2 times an employee's annual salary.
Team workouts
Glu's team fitness initiatives include In-office yoga and Grokker team challenges
Retirement & Stock Options Benefits
401(K)
401(K) Matching
GLu provides employees with a 401(k) matching plan managed by Empower. We match 50% of contributions up to 6% of an employee's annual gross pay.
Company Equity
Glu offers RSUs as part of our equity package, as well as refreshers for top performers.
Employee Stock Purchase Plan
Glu allows qualified employees to purchase company shares at a discounted price every 6 months.
Performance Bonus
Glu's performance bonus plans are targeted percentage bonus, awarded yearly. Additionally we offer spot bonuses for going above and beyond.
Child Care & Parental Leave Benefits
Generous Parental Leave
We provide up to 16 weeks of parental leave for the primary caretaker. Acme Co. also provides 8 weeks of leave for the secondary caretaker, with a mixture of supplementing EDD, STD and our benefits.
Flexible Work Schedule
Glu provides employees with a flexible work schedule that includes Core hours.
Return-to-work program post parental leave
Company sponsored family events
Glu sponsors family oriented events Semi-annually.
Vacation & Time Off Benefits
Generous PTO
Glu employees receive between 16 and 21 days per year of paid time off based on years of service.
Paid Volunteer Time
Our employees receive 8 hours per year of paid volunteer time.
Paid Holidays
Perks & Discounts
Beer on Tap
Casual Dress
Commuter Benefits
Glu offers pre-tax commuter benefits for all employees including a Transit FSA and CalTrain GoPass.
Company Outings
Glu hosts company outings Semi-annually in addition to our studio and team events.
Free Daily Meals
Game Room
Our game room includes Pool Table, Foosball, Video Games.
Stocked Kitchen
Glu has a fully stocked kitchen including unlimited snacks, coffee, tea and even Kombucha on tap.
Happy Hours
Happy hours are hosted Once per month.
Parking
We offer employees Paid on-site garage parking with 24/7 access and monitoring downtown SF. In Foster City we have free parking.
Pet Friendly
Glu Sports, in Foster CIty, pet policy is Occasional bring your pet to work days
Relocation Assistance
Our relocation assistance plan is offered for some positions.
Professional Development Benefits
Job Training & Conferences
Glu offers employees professional development opportunities like Annual individual budget for training, Onsite training courses, The ability to attend job related conferences and seminars.
Tuition Reimbursement
Our tuition reimbursement plan offers help with paying for classes.
Lunch and learns
Glu hosts lunch and learn meetings once per month.
Cross functional training encouraged
Promote from within
Continuing Education stipend
We offer a budget annually for continuing education.
Online course subscriptions available
Customized development tracks
Paid industry certifications
We support paid industry certifications.
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