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Valve Corporation CEO Gabe Newell
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Review of Valve as an employer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Valve Corporation full-time

    Pros

    Great work/life balance Amazing coworkers Plenty of projects to work on

    Cons

    Lack of communication/ transparency Clique-like mindset

  2. "No Games!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Valve Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    We get to go to Hawaii!

    Cons

    I feel like I'm going to lose my job, I'm only making 15 dollars a year, and I've been put in the basement.

    Advice to Management

    Please take me out of the basement.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "High pay, Low morale"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Valve Corporation full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    The company pays well and has plenty of office perks.

    Cons

    The company is a like a ship without a motor. Lots of failures and low risk, poorly thought out ventures. Senior people have been checked out for years.

  4. "Dream Company"

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    Current Employee - UI/User Experience Designer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Valve Corporation full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Pay, Benefits, People, Projects, Self-Management, Vacation.

    Cons

    There are vague expectations at times. Learning curve when starting is bigger than other companies.

  5. "Great Place to work"

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    Current Employee - Software Developer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Valve Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Friendly Staff Good Pay Good Benifits Good Experience Lifestyle

    Cons

    Difficult Role Long Hours Slow Content Hard Entry Hard Interview

    Advice to Management

    None

  6. Helpful (22)

    "Toxic Company"

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    Former Employee - Level Designer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Valve Corporation for more than 2 years

    Pros

    -High salary -Freedom, however short lived

    Cons

    -Highly toxic work environment with heavy politics -Random firings -Random cancellations of projects -CEO only fires people

  7. Helpful (28)

    "A flawed experiment but still viable, if you can hold your nose from time to time."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Valve Corporation full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Valve’s flat structure and relatively limited bureaucracy really unlocks your ability to produce. If you are a multi-talented individual who can run a million miles per hour and are tired of other people getting in your way, Valve is probably the most productive environment you will ever see. Compensation can be excellent and the perks (annual paid vacation, laundry service, personal training for self and spouse, great...

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    Cons

    Flat structure really means an informal power and influence hierarchy, so you have to be socially adept or you will get blindsided repeatedly. Some employees are more equal than others and are the ears and mouthpieces of board members. Cash compensation can be average or below average for people with solid but not exceptional skills. Company leadership is allergic to the word “policy”. Libertarian to the extreme - unwilling...

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    Advice to Management

    Pretty much everybody on the board should just retire already. The company would be in better hands if you abolished the hidden power structures and let your employees truly organize and make decisions by consensus instead of letting the loudest and/or scariest and/or most-connected people win.

  8. Helpful (44)

    "Toxic teams, traumatized workers, opaque management hierarchy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Valve Corporation full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Valve used to make good games, is well known, and it provides a somewhat competitive benefits package.

    Cons

    I'm writing this as an act of kindness to other developers. I worked here for many years and I still speak with insiders after leaving, and nothing fundamentally has changed yet. I waited a while before posting this review, so I could think about my overall experience here and what I would like to tell others about it. Overall, I highly recommend you avoid this company right now, because your long term health and...

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    Advice to Management

    Perhaps someday, the company will change. But in order to do so a lot of the old timers will have to leave. New management will have to be brought in, cliques broken up, and the hierarchical and non-self organizing structure of the company will have to be candidly acknowledged and tended to. I predict that this is exactly what's going to happen, sooner or later, especially as the old timers with stock retire to obscurity....

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  9. "Valve is a great place to work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Moscow
    Recommends

    I worked at Valve Corporation part-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    Freedom, nice food, nice people, you are a boss to yourself, you are up to decide on what to work on, the offices are quite well designed and very comfortable to work in.

    Cons

    There is too much freedom for some employees and there is some lack of organisation.

  10. Helpful (41)

    "House of bullies"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Valve Corporation full-time

    Pros

    A lot of percs due to the constant money stream from Steam Great salaries High level of talent among most coworkers Used to make great games.

    Cons

    The place is run like a school yard without adult supervision. Bullies and loud people get the attention and rewards There's a definite, though unspoken pecking order. Several cliques. If you're not in the right clique, you won't have a good experience You can be fired out of the blue without warning, even if you're worked there successfully for years. They don't make games any more. You could work on developing...

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    Advice to Management

    It's such a poison place that I don't have any advice for them really. Make games again. Get the nerd bullies in line or get rid of them and get back to what made Valve great in the past. Right now it feels like it's circling the drain. But the higher ups there don't really care because they're all rich. I know I sound bitter and I am, but this is my experience there. Some people do well there, but many find the backstabbing...

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