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23 days ago

Software Engineer

Riot Games New York, NY

As Software Engineer, you’ll join the payments engineering team working to build a brand new payments platform and implement a seamless payments… Riot Games

27 days ago

Product Management Intern (Graduate Level Intern)

Riot Games Santa Monica, CA

That’s where you come in. Intern with the Product Management team: The Product Management team wrangles Game Development’s creative and technical… Riot Games

27 days ago

Art Intern

Riot Games Santa Monica, CA

If you can see it in the game, you're seeing the Art team’s work. We’re looking for artists who’re just as passionate about League of… Riot Games

18 days ago

Recruiting Coordinator, Game Design

Riot Games Santa Monica, CA

That's where you come in. As Recruiting Coordinator, you’ll be the CEO of first impressions for hundreds of potential future Rioters, coloring their… Riot Games

28 days ago

Join the Motion Graphics Team

Riot Games Santa Monica, CA

As part of the Motion Graphics team, you’ll concept and give life to motion projects for Riot Games and League of Legends. Your… Riot Games

28 days ago

Join the Visual Design Team

Riot Games Santa Monica, CA

We’re hiring for multiple levels, from associate to lead, so don’t get hung up on the title; we’re all about the team. As part of the Visual Design… Riot Games

11 days ago

Head of Communications

Riot Games Santa Monica, CA

That’s where you come in. As Head of Communications, you’ll be our messaging marvel, leading communications strategy, programs, and teams across… Riot Games

14 days ago

Manager, Corporate Marketing

Riot Games Santa Monica, CA

As Manager (Corporate Marketing), you’ll be the behind-the-scenes tactician of Riot's Ministry of Culture and Propaganda (better known as Corporate… Riot Games

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    Riot is a great place to work if you have effective time management skills, are able to self-direct well, and have that "entrepreneurial spirit" that a lot of tech companies look for. There is a lot of autonomy when it comes to your job, and if you like that, and are good at it, then you will succeed. Culture is key at Riot, and if you "fit in" with their mindset, you will have an amazing opportunity to impact the organization no matter what position you hold. Management is always willing to listen to your feedback and in fact, encourages you to speak-up when you feel something is going in the wrong direction, or needs improvement. This is not a place where you can do the minimum and just skirt by; this is a high-performance, demanding, but fun place to work. They do have really high expectations, and if you cannot fulfill those expectations, then you will not succeed there.

    Everyone thinks that they have what it takes to work in an environment like this, which in theory sounds amazing (who wouldn't want to have control over what they do every day?), but in practice is a lot more difficult than it sounds. Some people are more successful being told what to do every day (soldiers), while others want to be in charge (leaders). It really takes a leadership mindset to be successful at Riot imo. It's like a sports team, they look for "all-stars," and cut the ones that don't perform at that level. Passion (for your job, the company and the game), determination (no constraints), and a high-level of accountability are some of the key attributes they look for in Rioters.

    The benefits and perks are amazing; they say there is work-life balance, but I know many, including myself, who pulled 10-12 hours daily. Not that they have to, but because of the culture that compels them to do so. And that is great at first, because almost everyone around you is doing it, and you build great rapport with your coworkers. But that kind of work style is unsustainable in the long run, and eventually it leads to burnout.

    Important takeaway for those that want to work there: if you don't play the game (League of Legends), you best sign-up and start playing before even thinking about applying for a position. Drink the Riot kool-aide and magical things will happen.


    I don't have too many negatives to say about Riot. My time there was an amazing, once-in-a-lifetime experience, and I learned more working there than in any of the positions I've held at any other organization in my 10+ years working as a professional. I work smarter, not harder now, and I owe a lot of that to what I learned from senior management and my coworkers.

    My only negative is the whole work-life balance issue. Working ridiculous hours is something that you impose on yourself though, no one makes you do it. So make sure you're working efficiently in the hours you do clock-in; having effective time-management skills will benefit you in the long run.

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    Mistakes are going to happen; don't be so hard on your reports when they occur. Help them learn and grow from their mistakes, instead of making them feel like they're going to lose their job if they make even the slightest error. This is not across the board with management, just a few key stakeholders.

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