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Updated Mar 5, 2021

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    A great place to work for people that love playing and making video games.

    Jan 17, 2019 - Development Manager in Santa Monica, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    You are surrounded by extremely passionate and skilled coworkers.

    Cons

    Open floor plan allows for many interruptions.

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  2. 1.0
    Former Employee

    Strong personalities and difficult teams

    Feb 12, 2021 - Development Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great amenities, very giving management staff, and a beautiful campus

    Cons

    There was an over-tolerance for a lot of strong personalities at Riot because of their supposed "talent" in their role. This lead to some very difficult teams to manage, as well as a toxic environment between teams and personalities there.

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  3. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Great, but difficult place to work

    Mar 7, 2016 - Associate Development Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Amazing benefits, great perks which include full lunch and dinner for free, gaming stipend, gym stipend, etc, and flexible working hours. The campus is incredible and the you're surrounded every day by incredibly smart and talented individuals. Lots of opportunity to find a place to add value and contribute what you think is important, and if you're just starting out, tons of opportunity to learn through classes or shadowing.

    Cons

    With great power comes great responsibility - because Riot is so open ended, it's easy for people who want clear expectations to find it difficult. You will be given a lot of autonomy, and often expected to make a number of decisions yourself. This openness may also make it uncomfortable when trying to determine priorities on your work - often there is no clear line of decision making, it is up to you to work through those conflicts and set expectations. The lack of clear decision making also gets in the way when trying to gain a commitment for a team to accomplish a goal. In many cases there is no interest in hearing the total cost/investment without already seeing value - so your team may have to develop small chunks and check in to make sure stakeholders still find value in the work.

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    6 people found this review helpful
  4. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Good combination of really smart and humble people, great challenges and amazing culture!

    Jan 12, 2018 - Senior Development Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Coming from a traditional background (banking), I was not completely sure that the videogame industry would be a viable career. I could not be more wrong. It is a perfect place! Will you have the opportunity to work on something you're super passionate about... And this changes the way you see your work. The culture is not only a banner on the wall... It is really part of everyday's decision: hiring, investment, changes etc. It is a very open and transparent culture. You, as a gamer, will be working with other gamers to deliver amazing stuff for gamers. If you love this industry, that's the right place for you. Riot provides all the resources that you might need in your projects and trust for you to learn along the way.

    Cons

    Everyone has an opinion for everything and discussions can last for a long time if the direction is not clear. However, when the direction is determined, the delivery power is immense.

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  5. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    A company lost its magic with worrying future ahead

    Jan 14, 2018 - Development Manager 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    * The culture is great if you love game because people here are passionate about games * Hire for culture and hire smart people. In general, people you work with here are pretty smart. * Perks and benefits are one of the best. Unlimited PTO, free lunch/dinner, snacks etc * The company got lucky to get tons of cash from Tencent in early days and have been living on that pile of cash ever since * Good if you want a relaxed working environment and play games

    Cons

    * Can not ship a new game even after 9 years.. Lack of vision from senior leadership, unclear accountability and bad management make the shipping of new games hard. * No vision nor strategy from senior leadership. All leadership team are new to managing a company this size and no one is willing to step down and let the real experienced folks come in and help (except the two founders..after being too distracted by their own investment outside of Riot and messing up the company's next big opportunity) * Quality of hire has been deteriorating because the pay has took a big hit after acquisition. It used to advertise itself pay like a tech company but's it's no longer true when the HR team designed an internally controversial and unattractive vesting cash bonus plan. * Right now, the company is bloated with too many people doing the same or overlapping things. You will be surprised how many people don't have much work to do and just play hours of video games each day. The company is in a state of analysis paralysis, each retro of a shipped feature will be over 130 pages of powerpoint with 4-6 people working on the data....Good that if you just want to retire, but definitely not good for learning and growth. There are lots of talks in-house speculating when the next round of layoff will come. * Because of the bloated organization, internal collaboration is extremely inefficient and each team sometimes will develop a product that is not compatible with another teams' tech.

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    24 people found this review helpful
  6. 5.0
    Current Employee

    engineer

    Aug 31, 2016 - Associate Development Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Organisational support is really good

    Cons

    none at this current time

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    4 people found this review helpful
  7. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Best job ever

    Nov 2, 2016 - Development Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Smart capable teammates, focus on individual growth, great products

    Cons

    As Riot scales there are tons of pain points around communication in a large organization that others have solved

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  8. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Results don't matter

    Aug 30, 2017 - Development Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Hyper intelligent and passionate people. Better than average comp for the industry. Excellent campus

    Cons

    Decisions are made through a social filter. Feedback is a two edge sword here. Used responsibly it can unlock amazing people to do amazing things. Used irresponsibly anyone can say anything about anyone else and they can be held accountable for it regardless of if it's understood or even true. It can lead to an environment in which results matter less than opinion.

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    14 people found this review helpful
  9. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    career progress is just a matter of how luck you are to get a good manager

    Mar 5, 2021 - Development Manager 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    perks, unlimited vacation, company restaurant

    Cons

    The most toxic place I've worked in 15 years of professional career. Team mates won't be toxic on game chat but they will be out loud toxic while playing with them. Career progress depends on hitting a good manager that really cares for your growth.

    3 people found this review helpful
  10. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great place to work

    Sep 8, 2016 - Senior Development Manager in São Paulo, São Paulo, São Paulo
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Riot is a great place to work. The company really takes care of its employees, office is awesome, and there are many awesome perks such as free food and drinks, great equipment, international travel multi times a year, company retreats and more. The culture is also amazing, people are really encouraged to give candid feedback and help you grow and develop as a professional. And of course, if you're a gamer, this is your place to be. Riot live by it's philosophy of being the most player focused company in the world, meaning you have the autonomy to create great things that players will love, and see your work impacting people around the globe.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is nearly impossible, I'd say. Specially if you're working on some specific areas such as eSports and live shows, you'll be away from home and working around the clock a lot. Rioters working in regions outside the HQ in Los Angeles are seen as second class citizens, which is not nice at all.

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