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Finally, a home

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Current Employee - Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Saint Louis, MO

I have been working at Riot Games full-time (less than an year)

Pros

Riot is for a particular kind of person. If you are a technically solid, demonstrated talent with personality and drive this is the place for you. I have had more fun in my first 6 months here than I have in the past decade plus of software development. I have had plenty of leadership roles at other companies with a slew of fancy titles. I was BORED.

Riot allowed me to be creative, productive, and free from title and politics. They honestly care about their players first, last, and everywhere in between. Fortunately, Rioters are players, so we love to do the work that will also selfishly benefit ourselves!

Cons

The lack of management can sometimes lead to a lack of organization.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stay the course. Also, do be afraid to take some product risks on new things. Players appreciate direction even if it's not all the way there.

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  1. 13 people found this helpful  

    This company ruined my life

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Riot Games full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A lot of amazing people work here

    Cons

    Corruption everywhere. People being put into high level positions they don't deserve. No trust, people are quick to throw you under the bus to get ahead. Worst part - slander to future employers.

    They also like doing all these cutesy things like bringing in food and treats..to try and have you forget that you just worked 70+ hours in a week.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Amazing experience, i feel reborn...

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Riot Games full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Just a bit of context: I relocated to LA from the UK to take the job at Riot. I guess I took a considerable risk - I already had a very senior and well paid job in a prestigious global investment bank as a lead architect, and had a family settled in London. I also left halfway in the bonus cycle. However, I wasn't really enjoying London or banking (or the commute). I've been at Riot for 6mths now.

    Without exception, I've found Riot and the work environment to be very refreshing and full of opportunities. I enjoy the gaming space, the company ethos inspires me, and I'm really enjoying the work and the company culture. I'm glad I made the move for the company as well as the location.

    Pros:
    - the game they make is an absolute phenomenon. I'm working on (and making a difference to) one of the most successful games in history. I'm having the time of my life! How often do you get the chance to work on such a prolific system?
    - senior leadership is made up of really good people. they think very clearly about complex issues, and are very approachable.
    - nearly all the original employees are still present
    - the quality and energy of the staff is extremely high. The average tech person here would walk all over the average tech person in investment banking.
    - the people are genuinely friendly and very geeky. I feel quite at home here.
    - the company is pointed in (what i consider) a very ethical direction by senior management
    - they have been genuinely flexible about work hours, areas of work and dealing with the complexities of an international move. I have really decent bosses.
    - politics is pretty minimal (and it's not really organized as a strict hierarchy per se)

    Cons

    - they've literally got too much work to do. Getting good hires through the door has been challenging and I've had to spend more time than I would have liked in interviews
    - being apart from my family (my wife and kids are still in the UK temporarily as my eldest is finishing GCSEs) has been tough. I'm glad I moved to California though, the weather in the UK was really starting to bring me down.
    - Riot is in transition from a startup to a more mature organization, with all the commensurate growing pains. Coming from banking I find this very exciting with lots of opportunities, but YMMV.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on keeping on. This is going to sound kind of goofy, but the people who built and run this company inspire me with their passion, humility and drive. I love the entrepreneurial spirit that seems to percolate through the company (is this perhaps a US thing rather than just a Riot thing?) also.

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