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Updated Mar 3, 2022

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4.1
76%
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Valve Corporation CEO Gabe Newell
Gabe Newell
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  • "There is no formal management structure, but it's clear that some people have substantially more control over project direction and the work of others.(in 3 reviews)
  • "There is too much freedom for some employees and there is some lack of organisation.(in 3 reviews)
  • "So basically, at years end when bonuses are released, you are waiting for an email with a number and you have no clue what it will end up being.(in 3 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    One of the best places to work.

    Mar 3, 2022 - Customer Service Representative (CSR) in Bellevue, WA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    The trust each worker has and the crazy fringe benefits.

    Cons

    The reviews are kind of odd, as it's a "flat structure" that leaves a weird power dynamic while managing reviews. Pretty small con for how amazing it is to work with them.

    4 people found this review helpful
  2. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Fantastic if you fit the mold.

    Feb 10, 2022 - Senior Product Designer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Amazing company culture. Insanely good benefits. Yearly trip to Hawaii for full-time employees and their family. Amazing place to really make impact on products/games. Some of the best people I've ever worked with. The smaller size of the company is really great for how they work and succeed.

    Cons

    Lack of traditional hierarchy can create a "high school" type hierarchy. Or rather the cool kids make the rules and if they don't like how you work, it can make being successful there very difficult. The company is very vague about policy which can be beneficial but also can be used against you very easily. Some teams are a lot more work than others and can easily lead to burn out.

    3 people found this review helpful
  3. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Good working atmosphere

    Dec 9, 2021 - Sound Designer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Freedom High wage Work with professionals Location Ability to work from home

    Cons

    Too much freedom leads to internal conflicts

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  4. 4.0
    Current Employee, more than 5 years

    Unique work culture

    Sep 20, 2021 - Artist 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    -Great office -smallish teams -flattish hierarchy -Hawaii trip every year

    Cons

    -competitive -smaller projects due to having less employees -developer vs art focused

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  5. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    Loved

    Jul 20, 2021 - Manager 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work and grow

    Cons

    No time off, stretched thin

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    2 people found this review helpful
  6. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 10 years

    Excellent

    Jul 4, 2021 - Lead Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Perfect work/life balance and great projects

    Cons

    Really no cons for me

    1 person found this review helpful
  7. 5.0
    Current Employee

    None

    Jun 1, 2021 - Programmer Analyst in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Fun place to work at!

    Cons

    There are no cons in this workplace!

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  8. 5.0
    Former Employee, more than 1 year

    Very Nice

    Jul 30, 2020 - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Cool company and cool stuff

    Cons

    Nothing is a con here you see

    1 person found this review helpful
  9. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    Awful

    Aug 8, 2020 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Get to play games and engineer

    Cons

    Bad pay, was making 9 dollars an hour

    2 people found this review helpful
  10. 2.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Feels like a disorganized trap

    Apr 7, 2020 - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - No job titles, managers, or micro-management of your time - Great health benefits & 401k contribution - Flexible hours and lots of PTO

    Cons

    What looks good about this company on paper feels very different in person: - Salary review process is very nebulous and constantly changing - Feedback gathering was disorganized or even nonexistent most of the time - No growth potential or promotions for employees due to "flat" structure, so it feels like putting your career on pause - Open floor plan everywhere means no privacy and loud work spaces all the time - Felt like a Silicon Valley startup echo chamber more than a distinguished company

    31 people found this review helpful
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Valve Corporation Reviews FAQs

Valve Corporation has an overall rating of 4.1 out of 5, based on over 74 reviews left anonymously by employees. 76% of employees would recommend working at Valve Corporation to a friend and 68% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has improved by 9% over the last 12 months.

According to anonymously submitted Glassdoor reviews, Valve Corporation employees rate their compensation and benefits as 4.4 out of 5. Find out more about salaries and benefits at Valve Corporation. This rating has improved by 1% over the last 12 months.

76% of Valve Corporation employees would recommend working there to a friend based on Glassdoor reviews. Employees also rated Valve Corporation 4.0 out of 5 for work life balance, 3.9 for culture and values and 4.1 for career opportunities.

According to reviews on Glassdoor, employees commonly mention the pros of working at Valve Corporation to be compensation, coworkers, benefits and the cons to be senior leadership, management, culture.

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