Valve Corporation

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4.5 6 reviews

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80% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    4 people found this helpful  

    Great Company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros- awesome work environment
    - very talented people
    - great benefits

    Consnothing bad about this company

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    10 people found this helpful  

    It's like being in high school again.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Bellevue, WA

    ProsGood pay, sometimes good projects, good talent

    ConsThe lack of solid structure in management reduces the company to schoolyard politics where bullies and loudmouths reign.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't make promises to prospective employees that you're not planning on keeping. Stop pushing the hype about flat management structure. It's not true at all.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    8 people found this helpful  

    The best company to work for in the tech industry

    N/A (Current Employee) Bellevue, WA

    ProsAmazingly 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.

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    4 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work and learn

    Software Engineer (Current Employee) Bellevue, WA

    ProsYou 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

    ConsYou 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 Senior ManagementKeep hiring only the very best and don't let standards slip as the company grows

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    1 person found this helpful  

    Good start for engineers alike

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsVery good for engineers like myself

    ConsNo cons at all, you know yeah, none

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    18 people found this helpful  

    possibly the best game company to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgood quality of life, and being surrounded by creative people. there are many reasons to work at valve. the standards are pretty high, but they push you and really make you strive for the newest, best thing. there is no formal management structure, and responsibility is given on a competence level or if one asks for it. there is lots of room to try new things, so you feel like you are learning all the time. i have been at valve for many years and found it to be extremely rewarding, both in a business sense and personal one.

    Consvery competitive internally (high standards).

    Advice to Senior Managementmore insight into what's happening at the company, future plans.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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