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Valve Corporation Reviews

Updated July 27, 2014
Updated July 27, 2014
7 Reviews

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    my review

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    Former Employee - Programmer  in  Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Programmer in Seattle, WA

    Pros

    great culture to be working in.

    Cons

    that all companies aren't run like this!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work

  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    - awesome work environment
    - very talented people
    - great benefits

    Cons

    nothing bad about this company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 15 people found this helpful  

    It's like being in high school again.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bellevue, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA

    Pros

    Good pay, sometimes good projects, good talent

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don'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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 9 people found this helpful  

    The best company to work for in the tech industry

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    Current Employee - N/A  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - N/A in Bellevue, WA

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work and learn

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Bellevue, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good start for engineers alike

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very good for engineers like myself

    Cons

    No cons at all, you know yeah, none

  8. 19 people found this helpful  

    possibly the best game company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good 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.

    Cons

    very competitive internally (high standards).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more insight into what's happening at the company, future plans.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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