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Warning signs. What is good could quickly turn bad.

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

I have been working at Riot Games full-time

Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Not the best benefits out there but pretty good.

Some of the most talented folks in their respective fields have come to work at Riot. (Pro/Con)

There are a lot of passionate, hard working people who care a lot about what theyre doing, even if they are facing difficulties and roadblocks trying to do their jobs or accomplish goals.

Riot cares a lot about their players and tries to keep their interests first.

Hard work is rewarded, sometimes, but prepare to have your work un-done or ignored by other departments if they aren't paying attention. "Collective information and knowledge" are a bit of a problem here.

Good location in Santa Monica (expensive as hell though). Nice office with really good comfort perks.

Cons

Trying to work with other departments can feel like navigating a thousand disconnected islands. Gaps between departments create issues. The company has grown so fast that this is only getting worse as time goes on.

Talent often come hand in hand with "arrogant" and "egotistical" - The Riot culture has done nothing to help this. Interaction can sometimes feel uncomfortable and occasionally borders on hostile. Employees that push aggressively on their projects do seem to get more done and other employees who notice that either become more aggressive or become somewhat jaded.

Some employees/management demonstrate very little consideration for other employees' workload and time. Politics and favoritism here reminds me of college.

Emails are handled horribly. If you come from any corporation or company that makes use of office email systems you will immediately see that the use of email at Riot is a disaster zone.

Long term planning seems practically non-existent in a lot of areas. You'll see it "presented" on flashy powerpoints from time to time with no real context or detail. Where it does exist lacks the concrete detail and organization needed to actually execute successfully.

Riot claims to be very transparent to their employees but you will quickly learn that this is only half-true.

Saying your going to "adapt" is one thing - actually "adapting" and looking back to see what could have been done better is another.

If you aren't prepared to love your job and work overtime / attend after hours events it might be tough for you here.

Salaries for some positions are under the industry standard.

Advice to Management

Seriously consider your long term goals and how you wish to develop your employees over a long period of time. Curb negative and egotistical attitudes early and train inexperienced and young employees who are coming into Riot with a lot of opportunity to learn good traits. Dont foster bad ones.

Value your employees that have lots of experience (especially at other corporations) and listen to the warnings you see in these glassdoor reviews because there is a lot of truth.

Think about how you interact with other departments. If you let gaps continue to widen a crisis is most certainly on the way in Riot's future. A time will come at which Riot has gotten so big that something will go seriously wrong due to mis-management and poor communication/collaboration between departments.

Criticize your work! Dont just celebrate everything.

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  1. Couldn't think of a better work place

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    Current Employee - Artist in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Artist in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Riot Games full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Young, modern, innovative, giving their employees all the freedom to grow, secure and always challenging, though I had a lot of offers from other companies in the past I've always turned them down. Riot Games is an amazing place to work for.

    Cons

    Harder to find an affordable house in Santa Monica (thus commuting every day). This is pretty much the only downside I can think of, as the rest is truly amazing.

    Advice to Management

    Whatever you are doing... just keep it up. I couldn't think of any improvements.


  2. Helpful (16)

    Lots of good, lots of bad

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Riot Games

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -People at the company really love the game
    -Game is good, sells itself despite mistakes made
    -Most people generally want to work hard, few exceptions
    -The touted cultural values are very strong

    Cons

    -Increasingly reliant on hiring from the outside rather than internal promotion
    -Career advancement for long time employees increasingly rare
    -Compensation is abysmal, the expectation is the work environment outweighs the 30% pay cut, Santa Monica is not cheap
    -Extreme hours, 24/7 crunch, not compensated for it (salaried)
    -Company did not scale well at all in acquiring staff, grew way too fast, allocation of new hires is schizophrenic

    Advice to Management

    Employees need better compensation across the board. When the company was small, the pay cut for work environment argument made sense. However, that environment has rapidly deteriorated while the company is making more money than ever. Riot does a poor job of celebrating success and accomplishments. Production gets far too much credit, people actually working on projects not enough. Organizational structure has become way too hierarchical. The culture award is basically a political tool and its obvious. There's too much talking about how people are the greatest asset and not nearly enough execution on that (see: compensation).


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