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Helpful (18)

The best company to work for in the tech industry

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

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

Pros

Amazingly empowering. No management. No red tape. Salaries are above top of the industry. And families come first - work-life balance pretty much couldn't be better. Not constrained by public/outside investment - entirely self-funded, so making customers happy is all we have to worry about. Easy to make an individual contribution that impacts millions of customers in a positive way - every day. Whole company takes everyone to freaking Hawaii (with families) every year - not to work, just to chill out. And so far, things the company doesn't do well have gotten identified and have become the target of concerted redesign and improvement. It's not the superficial workplace niceties that make Valve awesome - those are a given. It's the substance of the place that is different. Also, Gaben's beard.

Cons

Not having a boss often makes it hard (at least temporarily) to know whether I'm doing the right thing. Let's see, what else... Company doesn't yet have an office in Hawaii.

Advice to Management

N/a. Maybe I should use this space to advise myself... Uh, use breath mints more often. Remember to smile.

Other Employee Reviews for Valve Corporation

  1. 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


  2. 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.


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