I applied through a recruiter and the process took 3 months - interviewed at Riot Games in July 2013.
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The interview process took a very long time. When all was said and done it took 2.5 months. There were 2 phone screens, an all day in person interview (lasted about 6-7 hours), another in person that lasted an hour, and one final phone screen.
The people I met with were generally nice. There were a few people/personalities that were not my cup of tea, but that is to be expected.
The process itself took way too long. I was not actively looking for a job as I am currently employed so I could afford to wait. If you are a senior/experienced resource who is used to a structured process, then this may not be a place you want to pursue. The process alone will frustrate you.
I met with a lot of different people. Many of whom I would not directly work with because they were on different teams. Riot believes in cross functional teams so they have you meet with everyone just to make sure you fit in. I can respect that.
Here is where I felt the biggest issue is with their process. It is very unorganized and unprofessional. For a company who really strives to provide good customer service, they do a poor job with candidates. Since many of their candidates are gamers and play LOL, they should be treated with the same level of respect. During the all day panel interview, you are not given any agenda so you are trying to keep up who you are meeting and what their roles are. I have been in many panel interviews and you are usually at least given an agenda with names of the people you will meet, their roles/titles, and the time you will meet with them. Also, people who were scheduled to come in the interviews did not so I still had to go back once more.
Another issue is that their people seem to do an awful lot of interviews. This I can imagine would start to become mundane and a nuisance since these people have also a full time job to do and probably don't want to spend hours interviewing candidates. One person told me they do about 5 interviews a day. That is way too many. This starts to show as some people seemed to not be excited/happy about conducting interviews. This leads me to another observation. When you are doing that many interviews in one day constantly, it becomes easy for someone to forget details about the people they are interviewing. It seems possible that the interviewer can become confused between candidates and give incorrect feedback regarding which candidates they like and don't. I am not saying this has happened, this is something I thought about when one interviewer had to take excessive notes during the interview or he would start to "forget" the details of the interview.
After a long (almost 3 month) process, and countless interviews, the company decided to pass on me. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. That's how it goes while interviewing. There was no explanation as to why they were passing. I think giving feedback is an important part of the process. When a candidate puts that much time and effort in playing the game, learning about the company and culture, and making themselves available for interviews, regardless if you like the candidate, you should give as much feedback as possible. I do think that I could have saved myself 1-2 months of my life if they would have passed early on in the process. I do not think it's professional to excessively waste a candidates time.
When it came to salary, they never would give an answer as to the salary range. This alone should have been my biggest red flag. I generally do not go on interviews without knowing what the range is. My recruiter also did not have this information. They also were not sure if they wanted to bring me in "contract to hire" or "direct hire". Even while interviewing, I did not know. I still do not know what the salary range was for the job. My advice to anyone is to make them disclose this information in the beginning. They will try to avoid it and I don't think it is fair to either side.
I wish I could rate a "neutral-" but that is not an option. It was not a good experience. It was not necessarily bad, but I would not recommend anyone here.
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