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52 English questions out of 52

June 25, 2021

What is paid time off like at Riot Games?

Pros

Flexible working hours, game culture, unlimited PTO

Cons

Unclear career development path, lack of training, leadership management

Flexible working hours, game culture, unlimited PTO

June 25, 2021

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March 21, 2021

Does Riot Games offer massages?

Pros

All the perks, free food, free swag, free travel, lots of events and a beautiful campus.

Cons

Poor management, HR responding to issues in departments after years of complaints. Departments empire building, then sitting around playing games instead of working. Not a professional environment.

All the perks, free food, free swag, free travel, lots of events and a beautiful campus.

March 21, 2021

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February 8, 2021

Does Riot Games offer dental insurance?

Pros

Riot Games is an established global games publisher. If you like games, the industry and you are starting or early in your career - definitely apply, it will be a great place for you to work and develop yourself. Nowadays, It is more of a corporation than an innovative startup though. It once dared to dream and defied the rules of the game industry establishment, but now it is part of the establishment. So if you are a senior manager and above, be ready for a good old corporate world of politics, incompetent management, zero accountability, and lack of growth opportunities. The good: - Great talent inside the game studio teams including the executive producers. Go there if you can as it will feel exactly as if you were working in a great game studio. - Great autonomy for a self-starter: you will define what you think you should be doing, align stakeholders, ship it, then rinse and repeat. You may even grow over time if your role/level allows it. - The onboarding program is quite good, although be careful with expectations set there. - True flexible hours, remote-friendly environment (3/2 post COVID), good time-off opportunities. The company’s break during December, sometimes company-wide days off to cope with burnout. - The Internal Job Market that actually works. Apply to a new role internally once you fulfill your first role’s mission. Do not stay in the same role for more than 2 years. - The company does sincerely try to be inclusive and some things they do in that regard are good indeed. They do try indeed to improve it. - If you are from other parts of the game industry the comp should feel fine. But the company is not competitive versus top tech firms and is being open about it. Do not expect any serious comp increases with promotions as all of it is heavily regulated by the talent team. - post-COVID, you will enjoy a great LAX office with Bilgewater coffee, snacks, free lunch, and dinner, unless it goes away due to the virus. There is a PC Cafe area, plenty of activities you can do while meeting other people (basketball, ping pong, arcade machines). - The benefits package is good, features a play fund and wellbeing fund as well as good coverage for your family members. - There is a good deal of understanding of what it is like when you have small kids, especially now.

Cons

The bad: - Despite its name (Riot) suggesting a rebellion the company is nowadays a typical game publisher with studios, where unless you are an “industry veteran”, “shipped AAA titles in leadership roles” BS you likely have no future in higher ranks (inversely if you are game industry veteran - you will do great) - No real investment into talent or craft, there are only talks and plans and constant promises with no accountability. No serious learning courses and programs. Lack of mentorship and definitely no proper performance coaching. - The internal knowledge system is basically outdated garbage by now (it used to be OK). So be ready to go through a ton of poorly structured docs and keep in mind most of that can be inaccurate. - Player focus gets weaponized a lot. You may receive feedback that you are not player-focused while in fact, you do 0 work for players to consume. So it is best to be on a team shipping something to players at Riot. - Pretty bad change management during org changes. You can get hired to do one thing and then your superiors will expect you to do 3x more and other things without any reset in expectations. And surely expect no conversation about your comp increase or even title change. - No compensation for overtime. If you are a software engineer and you joined a team with a lot of live incidents, expect to do a lot of on-call duties without any additional benefit (you may take a day off though). - You will encounter a lot of documents describing what good looks like, such as Manager Expectations, and then learn that no one really holds managers accountable for what they should do. Generally do not expect Riot managers to be good people managers. There are a lot of people in the M category with no clue or actual training to manage people or they simply won’t have time for you. - The new talent team hired mostly from Blizzard is basically on an “optimization” mission similar to what Blizzard had after M&A. This means the comp changes and promotions are capped with percentages and quotas as a way to help pay equality (what?!)

Advice to Management

Reinvent yourself, rotate, delegate and let other people lead top roles. Stop hiring "veterans" of the industry - innovation will come from young and daring.

The benefits package is good, features a play fund and wellbeing fund as well as good coverage for your family members.

February 8, 2021

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June 24, 2021

Does Riot Games offer family leave?

Pros

Good pay, good benefits, good people.

Cons

Some scandals in upper management from crazy days need to be properly sorted and not brushed under the rug.

Good pay, good benefits, good people.

June 24, 2021

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October 18, 2020

Does Riot Games offer life insurance?

Pros

Riot was special, but it no longer is, which is incredibly sad but I will look back with fondness, appreciation and gratitude for being able to call myself a Rioter, collaborate with very talented people, while being part of a team that delivered such joy to millions across the world. I was lucky enough to have some great, supportive leaders and thanks to their support, I was well compensated, provided with challenges that enabled me to grow while also being lucky enough to do well in the Tencent purchase, though this also marked the beginning of the end for Riot with a new CEO and increased Tencent oversight. Marc and Brandon were truly inspirational founders, who gave generously back to their staff, more than was needed. The founders have not been around in recent years, though Marc is back, which is great for Riot. Riot does look after its people in many ways - the benefits (medical, life insurance, 401k match, comp is decent and bonuses can be good) and there’s a nice campus. I guess superficially also with great lunches/coffee and the kitchen pantries that many Rioters like to raid for their late-night weekend gaming snacks. There are managers who genuinely care and also provide great mentorship, but once you get to a senior leadership level, both that mentorship and the Learning Development programs for middle management (and up) are severely lacking. The games are great, well maybe not all - it’s worth calling out the creation and execution of TFT as being incredible (the protection that team got to work in a bubble was impressive, huge credit to LoL leadership and all involved).

Cons

The current vision and future plans are uninspiring and weak, but when you put Publishing in charge of the company you will become a stolid publisher like many game companies before. In reality, Nicolo’s vision is executed as “all the things, let’s not miss out on China and give Jin more”. There is a lack of accountability throughout, especially in Senior and Executive Leadership, which is evidenced by Publishing becoming so powerful despite being the worst-performing area of the company for years (and they defunded the teams that were supposed to measure their performance), but yet their leader just keeps getting more power. Many in leadership care more about your "approach" versus what you contribute. They ask for your feedback but they don’t really want it, especially if you point out "the emperor has no clothes". At this point, be prepared for feedback about being critical, or advised to get aligned or to stick to your lane. You may then hear a narrative about you being negative or misaligned. If you want to progress to VP and above, be prepared to be political but look, this goes for most companies so that’s just life, but it seems to have become worse since the CEO change. The executive team have empowered the vocal minority (i.e. the Slack warriors, who are bitter about everything and whose job seems to be to ensure every social issue is a focus for Riot), while also rewarding many overly political leaders, who drive mostly failure, dish the kool-aid without any substance and never have to worry about being held accountable. So, with the culture changing, reward for performance “standardized”, and unaccountable leadership who continue to be allowed to get away with anything, the best talent is now leaving (during a pandemic) - many good leaders, upper management layer (who carried the company despite the weak executive layer) and ICs (i.e. the doers). Leadership has a tough job now on their hands to ensure more talent doesn’t leave but it’s mostly of their own making. They will most likely protect themselves and tell their own narrative regarding those who have left were not a cultural fit or were negative, i.e. “don’t worry, we are stronger now”. In closing, if you’re reading this and thinking about joining Riot, it really depends on the area you’re joining and its leadership. There are many amazing and talented people there (LoL, TFT & Valorant would be the highlights, though they’ve also lost a plethora of talent) but it is a cult and be wary of the narrative. There will also probably be an exodus of talent next March when the final big bonus payment drops.

the benefits (medical, life insurance, 401k match, comp is decent and bonuses can be good) and there’s a nice campus.

October 18, 2020

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