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Helpful (7)

Great place to work and learn

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Valve Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

You get to work with the smartest people in the industry, you get to take on as much responsibility as you are capable of, you get to directly influence and make decisions about product direction, no on else has the authority to force you into a decision you don't agree with, compensation and benefits are amazing

Cons

You will be held to very high standards, having to take on more responsibility and make higher level product decisions can mean additional pressure/stress vs more narrow roles at other companies

Advice to Management

Keep hiring only the very best and don't let standards slip as the company grows

Other Employee Reviews for Valve Corporation

  1. Helpful (11)

    Brilliant people, brilliant CEO, deluded culture, strange management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Valve has managed to hire some of the smartest people in the world, and strangely, almost everyone there is easy to get along with. Valve pays almost double industry standard. It is a thriving company that is making more money than it knows what to do with. Anything you work on at Valve will affect millions of gamers worldwide. The CEO, Gabe, is truly brilliant, and any chance to hear him or talk with him is worth a lot.

    Cons

    The culture at Valve is a bit like a cult. There's a party line and if you veer from that, it is discouraged with one-liners rather than discussion. Valve cultivates the image of a company where anyone they hire can choose to tackle anything they want, but in reality, people who cause extra work for management can be fired without warning. The incentives are setup so the people who place themselves around upper management the most and are the loudest about what they're doing (that jives with what upper management likes) will be compensated several times more than those who don't. Therefore, if you can't sell yourself well, then Valve is not a good place to be. Gabe is a brilliant leader, but he is virtually invisible at the company at this point.

    Advice to Management

    Gabe needs to take a more active hand in encouraging projects to move forward. Sometimes projects at Valve feel like they're completely out of context because Gabe rarely or never provides that context. Sometimes at Valve, a team utterly fails to deliver because there is no place where the buck stops. If Gabe did a monthly reality check with each team and gave some high-level encouragement and feedback, it would help.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Good start for engineers alike

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very good for engineers like myself

    Cons

    No cons at all, you know yeah, none


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