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"It's like being in high school again."

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  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook

I worked at Valve Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

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 Management

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.

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  1. Helpful (19)

    "The best company to work for in the tech industry"

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    • 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.


  2. Helpful (9)

    "Great place to work and learn"

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    • 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


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