Valve Corporation Reviews

Updated 30 Jul 2020

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3.3
51%
Recommend to a Friend
61%
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Valve Corporation CEO Gabe Newell
Gabe Newell
29 Ratings
Pros
  • "Work/life balance, if you choose to prioritize it(in 5 reviews)

  • "Free food, smart people, casual working enviornment , gym(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Avoid teams that don't have strong support from Gabe or a board member(in 5 reviews)

  • "advertising flat structure when there actually isn't(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to work"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Developer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly Staff Good Pay Good Benifits Good Experience Lifestyle

    Cons

    Difficult Role Long Hours Slow Content Hard Entry Hard Interview

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  2. "Very Nice"

    5.0
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bellevue, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Valve Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Cool company and cool stuff

    Cons

    Nothing is a con here you see


  3. Helpful (14)

    "Feels like a disorganized trap"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - N/A in Bellevue, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Valve Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

    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

  4. Helpful (3)

    "Awesome Company"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    Pay, they help you quickly

    Cons

    They dont have any so far

  5. "Awesome company with good perks"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Steam Support 

    I worked at Valve Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working on creating games in different languages

    Cons

    Corporate atmosphere, competition among teammates

  6. Helpful (16)

    "No Games!"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Valve Corporation full-time for less 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.

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  7. Helpful (22)

    "High pay, Low morale"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Valve Corporation full-time for more than 10 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.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Dream Company"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

  9. Helpful (56)

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

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Valve Corporation full-time for more than 5 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 office views) are wonderful. You can work with the smartest people in the world at Valve and just sit down for lunch with them whenever you want, and learn a ton about everything from hardware manufacturing to software engineering to network operations at scale.

    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 to even agree on matching basic humanitarian charity contributions, lots of “both sides” arguments in debates about online behavior. Being a jerk or worse to your coworkers is largely tolerated because the leadership does not place any value on “being nice”. Tiny HR department tries but they are necessarily subservient to the leadership, and at the highest levels, the company doesn’t believe that HR should get involved in anything except hiring, benefits, and logistics. If Gabe takes a personal interest in your area, you could find yourself suddenly overruled in ways that feel surprising and whiplash-inducing given the otherwise autonomous nature of employment at Valve.

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  10. Helpful (33)

    "Toxic Company"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Level Designer 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Valve Corporation for more than a year

    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

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