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Updated Jul 29, 2021

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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Great place to work as an Engineer

    Jan 15, 2021 - Staff Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Freedom, good work life balance, flexible, high bar, good growth opportunities

    Cons

    Lots of small teams, so sometimes you may feel its hard to have game wide impact vs team wide.

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  2. 4.0
    Former Employee

    Overall Good Company

    Jul 29, 2021 - Unity Game Developer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    - Some of the most caring and thoughtful, passionate and skilled people I've ever worked with - Riot is built around a heavy focus on its people, it really cares about their comfort and does a lot to try to be a great working environment. (a lot of that isn't accessible during COVID-19, but the spirit is there. - Has made significant strides in addressing press-reported D&I challenges, but has more to do (as does everyone) - Really great products in League of Legends and VALORANT; some true world-class expertise. - If you're at Riot, you want to be on a game team: League of Legends, VALORANT, even Legends of Runeterra. Wild Rift is more painful potentially... IP/Creative is probably good too. You really want to heavily avoid anything relating to the central teams or "publishing". - This company has incredible potential, but see the cons section below as to why it's a problem

    Cons

    Riot is truly a place that struggles because it scaled too quickly and never figured out its leadership layer correctly. So, all the successes of the company are found in the part of the company that is valuable: GAMES. The current CEO, Nicolo is a good person, who ultimately cares a lot about the company and the employees, but doesn't have what it takes to lead. It's just a sad reality. He doesn't know how to create games (he never has done this), he doesn't know how to hold his publishing team accountable (he built it, it's pretty much all he's done in his career and so he doesn't know how truly terrible it is), he doesn't know how to prioritize or focus (his approach is always the biggest bets

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  3. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Good company headed in a weird direction

    Nov 9, 2020 - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
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    Pros

    Great product (League) Passionate people Great benefits

    Cons

    Becoming overrun by people looking for Riot and Riot Leadership to represent each and every single one of their moral beliefs, and if they don't - are willing to publicly drag the company through the dirt. The sense of entitlement was incredible, and I'm not sure what leadership is supposed to do about it. People aren't bad for wanting what they want, they're totally entitled to the opinion, but I don't know if anyone that leans right politcally would ever feel comfortable saying so lest be best upon by the far left leaning crowd. People voicing that they're burnt out when they only put a solid 3-4 hours of work in during a day drove me up the wall.

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    7 people found this review helpful
  4. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Riot may have peaked, but it's not too late to change course.

    Apr 1, 2021 - Staff Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
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    Pros

    - Products you work on are games and entertainment that people all over the world are passionate about. Easy to find motivation if you are intrinsically motivated. - Relaxed culture, not too many places in the org where you will find hard deadlines, and even in the cases where there are there is not a lot of pressure from management or leadership. This does lead to low performers overstaying at Riot for far too long, even when they have shown their peak, and high performers not getting compensated for their value because nobody cares quite frankly. - Decent compensation, particularly for gaming. For engineers however, compensation lags greatly behind what you can get at a FAANG or other startups. Overall Riot is a safe place to work, and with that comes the good and the bad. If you are a 2x3 or 3x2 on a 9 box (which you will be graded on), you can expect to stay at Riot as long as you want at a decent compensation. Riot's games are mostly pandemic-proof and recession-proof. However, if you are a 3x3 you will be underpaid and can find better opportunities elsewhere.

    Cons

    - After the League of Legends 10 year anniversary announcement and launching our new games, the company is struggling to find it's next big goal and that is squarely on Nicolo and the LC1 team. The MMO is good enough as a goal for now, but for some of the big picture goals that the leadership team has been saying for years, Riot is not taking the big bets required to get there because there is not a concrete vision. - Pay bands and changes to job architecture, particularly for technology/engineering, are causing many high performers to exit the company. Their compensation is effectively stuck outside of their 3% annual raise until they can get to the next band or PX+. Riot has some ways around this (cash & stay bonuses, etc.) but this has not stopped the deluge of high performers from leaving over the last 3 years, and has and will only get worse over 2021, especially after the payout in March.

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    10 people found this review helpful
  5. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Mas o Menos Worklife

    Jun 16, 2021 - Software Developer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Fun Environment work for Multi-billion dollar company Work on my childhood favorite Video games

    Cons

    Long hours, Mentally Challenging Tasks

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  6. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Fun place to work

    May 26, 2021 - Software Engineer 
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    Pros

    Great compensation. Interesting opportunities. Player focus is refreshingly strong.

    Cons

    A bit scattered at times. Many projects in flight and heavy coordination between teams is required.

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  7. 1.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    meh

    May 5, 2021 - Software Engineer in Chicago, IL
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    Pros

    decent pay and play games all day

    Cons

    so many people didn't work and just played games

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  8. 4.0
    Current Employee

    Passionate Coworkers

    Apr 4, 2021 - Senior Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Great teammates, Good WLB, Interesting work

    Cons

    Poor upper management Lack of pay transparency

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  9. 4.0
    Former Intern, less than 1 year

    Great internship, unfortunately remote due to COVID

    Feb 28, 2021 - Software Engineering Intern 
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Good compensation, really good university programs team, and you get to do actual impactful work.

    Cons

    Sometimes it was hard to get responses from people on my team, but that was expected due to the internship moving online due to COVID-19

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  10. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Great Benefits

    Dec 28, 2020 - Game Developer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommend
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    Pros

    Remote working is flexible and depends of your team.

    Cons

    It feels like you joined a college fraternity at times

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    1 person found this review helpful
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