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Warning signs. What is good could quickly turn bad.

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA (US)
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA (US)

I have been working at Riot Games full-time

Pros

Not the best benefits out there but pretty good.

Some of the most talented folks in their respective fields have come to work at Riot. (Pro/Con)

There are a lot of passionate, hard working people who care a lot about what theyre doing, even if they are facing difficulties and roadblocks trying to do their jobs or accomplish goals.

Riot cares a lot about their players and tries to keep their interests first.

Hard work is rewarded, sometimes, but prepare to have your work un-done or ignored by other departments if they aren't paying attention. "Collective information and knowledge" are a bit of a problem here.

Good location in Santa Monica (expensive as hell though). Nice office with really good comfort perks.

Cons

Trying to work with other departments can feel like navigating a thousand disconnected islands. Gaps between departments create issues. The company has grown so fast that this is only getting worse as time goes on.

Talent often come hand in hand with "arrogant" and "egotistical" - The Riot culture has done nothing to help this. Interaction can sometimes feel uncomfortable and occasionally borders on hostile. Employees that push aggressively on their projects do seem to get more done and other employees who notice that either become more aggressive or become somewhat jaded.

Some employees/management demonstrate very little consideration for other employees' workload and time. Politics and favoritism here reminds me of college.

Emails are handled horribly. If you come from any corporation or company that makes use of office email systems you will immediately see that the use of email at Riot is a disaster zone.

Long term planning seems practically non-existent in a lot of areas. You'll see it "presented" on flashy powerpoints from time to time with no real context or detail. Where it does exist lacks the concrete detail and organization needed to actually execute successfully.

Riot claims to be very transparent to their employees but you will quickly learn that this is only half-true.

Saying your going to "adapt" is one thing - actually "adapting" and looking back to see what could have been done better is another.

If you aren't prepared to love your job and work overtime / attend after hours events it might be tough for you here.

Salaries for some positions are under the industry standard.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Seriously consider your long term goals and how you wish to develop your employees over a long period of time. Curb negative and egotistical attitudes early and train inexperienced and young employees who are coming into Riot with a lot of opportunity to learn good traits. Dont foster bad ones.

Value your employees that have lots of experience (especially at other corporations) and listen to the warnings you see in these glassdoor reviews because there is a lot of truth.

Think about how you interact with other departments. If you let gaps continue to widen a crisis is most certainly on the way in Riot's future. A time will come at which Riot has gotten so big that something will go seriously wrong due to mis-management and poor communication/collaboration between departments.

Criticize your work! Dont just celebrate everything.

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    A Red Queen's Race that will force you to grow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Riot Games full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    + Work with smart and motivated people
    + Flexible hours
    + Free dinner through seamless every weeknight
    + Some might think this is a con, but Riot is a place where employees need to be able to work with little direction and management. That means employees are given a lot of freedom to choose what they want to devote their time towards. However, this is partly because none of the managers have time to do micro-managing.

    Cons

    - The company is experiencing growing pains. As Riot is growing into one of the top video game companies in the industry, its also raising its expectations for the quality of its employees. Unfortunately, some of the older employees haven't been able to keep pace and Riot isn't shy about firing. However, it doesn't do a good job of managing the fall out...

    - Internal communication and keeping everyone on the same page is still rudimentary, but improving.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 10 people found this helpful  

    Engaging work for a company that cares about its employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Game Designer in Santa Monica, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Game Designer in Santa Monica, CA (US)

    I have been working at Riot Games full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Riot cares about your happiness as an employee.
    -Riot cares about it's players
    -Flexible work hours
    -Free dinner!
    -Everyone is good at what they do here, excellence is expected
    -Good compensation
    -Makes a great game
    -Everyone LOVES games

    Cons

    -Riot fires people
    -Tad unorganized, have to self motivate and take initiative to get things done
    -Long hours are great if you love your job, not so great otherwise
    -Need to LOVE games to work here

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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