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Helpful (10)

"Great Company"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I have been working at Valve Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

- awesome work environment
- very talented people
- great benefits

Cons

nothing bad about this company

Other Employee Reviews for Valve Corporation

  1. Helpful (3)

    "Game Designer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Get to work with a highly qualified team of artists,programmers, designers, etc.

    Cons

    - Sometimes food was not cooked properly (there were a couple incidents during my time)

    Advice to Management

    - Nothing, management was highly qualified and amazing to work with


  2. Helpful (17)

    "Mostly good."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Artist
    Former Employee - Artist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Valve Corporation (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Learning from and working with every day from people at the top of their field. It keeps you sharp because you have to prove your worth every project. It has a lasting effect on how you do things in a positive way. The quality of life is top notch, with great insurance package, massages, haircuts, workout center etc. You learn quick that if you think about how your work will impact the customer, you will get a better buy-in for your ideas from your peers. As an artist, you learn that this is a great skill to have.

    Cons

    Valve is essentially a popularity contest, where you will do well if you have lots of friends and prove yourself to be intelligent and do good work. It's a sink or swim feeling most of the time, coupled with hive-mind thinking. After work drinks are rare, as people are precious about their reputations. This causes a feeling of paranoia and formality. Friendships are sometimes based on trust and who is worthwhile to be allys with. It's a shame, because this can put a damper on free-flowing creative ideas. Valve is mostly about execution, not new ideas (as seen in the absence of new IPs). But if you follow the Valve methodology, keep doing high quality work, and don't rock the boat, you can maintain your job for many years.

    Advice to Management

    The peer review system needs a lot of work. While constructive criticism is healthy, more focus on positivity would be useful, then employees feel like they can trust they will have work in the future, and lessen the feeling of paranoia and encourage creativity.

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