Riot Games - Warning signs. What is good could quickly turn bad. | Glassdoor
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    "Warning signs. What is good could quickly turn bad."

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    Current Employee -  in Santa Monica, CA
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Riot Games full-time

    Pros

    Not the best benefits out there but pretty good. Some of the most talented folks in their respective fields have come to work at Riot. (Pro/Con) There are a lot of passionate, hard working people who care a lot about what theyre doing, even if they are facing difficulties and roadblocks trying to do their jobs or accomplish goals. Riot cares a lot about their players and tries to keep their interests first.... Hard work is rewarded, sometimes, but prepare to have your work un-done or ignored by other departments if they aren't paying attention. "Collective information and knowledge" are a bit of a problem here. Good location in Santa Monica (expensive as hell though). Nice office with really good comfort perks.

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    Cons

    Trying to work with other departments can feel like navigating a thousand disconnected islands. Gaps between departments create issues. The company has grown so fast that this is only getting worse as time goes on. Talent often come hand in hand with "arrogant" and "egotistical" - The Riot culture has done nothing to help this. Interaction can sometimes feel uncomfortable and occasionally borders on hostile.... Employees that push aggressively on their projects do seem to get more done and other employees who notice that either become more aggressive or become somewhat jaded. Some employees/management demonstrate very little consideration for other employees' workload and time. Politics and favoritism here reminds me of college. Emails are handled horribly. If you come from any corporation or company that makes use of office email systems you will immediately see that the use of email at Riot is a disaster zone. Long term planning seems practically non-existent in a lot of areas. You'll see it "presented" on flashy powerpoints from time to time with no real context or detail. Where it does exist lacks the concrete detail and organization needed to actually execute successfully. Riot claims to be very transparent to their employees but you will quickly learn that this is only half-true. Saying your going to "adapt" is one thing - actually "adapting" and looking back to see what could have been done better is another. If you aren't prepared to love your job and work overtime / attend after hours events it might be tough for you here. Salaries for some positions are under the industry standard.

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    Advice to Management

    Seriously consider your long term goals and how you wish to develop your employees over a long period of time. Curb negative and egotistical attitudes early and train inexperienced and young employees who are coming into Riot with a lot of opportunity to learn good traits. Dont foster bad ones. Value your employees that have lots of experience (especially at other corporations) and listen to the warnings you see... in these glassdoor reviews because there is a lot of truth. Think about how you interact with other departments. If you let gaps continue to widen a crisis is most certainly on the way in Riot's future. A time will come at which Riot has gotten so big that something will go seriously wrong due to mis-management and poor communication/collaboration between departments. Criticize your work! Dont just celebrate everything.

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    Riot Games2012-08-13
  1. "Lots of greatness with pockets needing work"

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    Current Employee - Senior Brand Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Riot Games full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Overall love the company. Fantastic perks. Great comp -- especially relative to gaming but generally true. Good people with the occasional jerk. Much better work-life balance than anywhere else I know of in gaming. Lots of opportunity to change roles. People change jobs a lot though sometimes these are horizontal moves. Real commitment to fixing the parts of company culture that need work while keeping... the parts that don't. Recommend you take the time to talk to people that actually work here and don't believe everything you read. The future is really exciting and the next few years will be incredible.

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    Cons

    Company org chart is overly complicated. You'll find overlapping jobs and areas where there isn't clear ownership.

    Advice to Management

    Management can feel out of touch. Make sure to spend time with lower level teams too.

    Riot Games2019-10-12
  2. "Great Experience"

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    Current Intern - Internship in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Riot Games for less than a year

    Pros

    Free food and drinks Great treatment of staff Amenities and entertainment

    Cons

    Some offices are located across the street from main campus

    Riot Games2019-10-08

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