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Accounts Payable Specialist (Former Employee) –  Santa Monica, CAFebruary 5, 2018
Yeah it was great at first......

The place is a cult, and I could not see until the ride was over.

The company culture is lazy and sluggish. They have one product since they stole someone else's hit game.
Pros
Free Lunch
Cons
Work life balance is non existent
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A company I loved and admired, but riddled with management woes
Software Engineer (Current Employee) –  Los Angeles, CANovember 15, 2017
I honestly loved the advertised culture, but Riot has changed a lot in the past couple years. There is very little room to advance, and in general, the company doesn't seem to have a solid vision or strategy for where it wants to be in the next year or two. I feel that many of the leaders don't know how to enact policy or really help the organization evolve positively. I mentioned that Riot has changed a lot, but it hasn't been due to the leaders making the engineering organization better; it feels more like a slow erosion, where they try to maintain a status quo and often stifle any rumblings of change.
Pros
Lunch and dinner are fully subsidized for now, "Unlimited" PTO, Shared Success Plan
Cons
Limited growth opportunities, difficult to affect change, leaders preach a culture of feedback, but rarely display any effort to change.
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Great place to grow
Live Broadcast Technical Director (Current Employee) –  Santa Monica, CAMay 14, 2017
A great place to work for a hungry individual not just because they offer free lunch and dinner at their cafeteria, but also when it comes to growth in the company and as an individual. The culture is rich and fun.
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Great gamer culture with growing pains
Facilities Assistant (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAMarch 15, 2017
The Facilities department has some Job Security/Advancement issues, however the workplace culture throughout the company is phenomenal. Facilities in particular does have a rather poor work/life balance, however it also tends to be extremely satisfying within that team as they have an extremely amazing camaraderie. Benefits are extremely competitive, compensation could use some work. Management is growing and adapting constantly. But ultimately this place is heaven on earth for any gamer looking for a place to have a career.
Pros
Free lunch and dinner, PC Bang + Arcade, Nap rooms, beautiful campus
Cons
Occasional political feuds, growing pains, feeling guilty about having to leave the office at the end of the day
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Productive and Fun Work Place
Staff Accountant (Contractor) (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CAJuly 1, 2016
Riot Games Inc. has a very unique culture. This is a company definitely where everyone wants to be. I enjoyed my time as a contractor in Riot Games.
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Free lunch and dinner
Cons
Job Expectation
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A great place to grow and learn
Associate Manager - Merchandise (Former Employee) –  Los Angeles, CANovember 22, 2015
Is a fast paced environment that encourages exploration and values the input of all members on the team.

The team is willing to take risks given proper thought has been given before launching a new initiative.

The team will not continue down paths that are no longer viable and will pivot to new opportunities quickly.
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Exciting workplace with a gamer culture and a lot to prove!
Software Engineering Intern (Former Employee) –  Santa Monica, CAOctober 27, 2014
I learned how to build an API using Node.js; my project felt awesome, because even as an intern, my work was impactful and I knew that someday, my feature would ship to a live environment.

Management is an interesting beast. As a software engineer, there's a few people at play that you have to be cognizant of. Development manager, which deals with developer relations and how productive a team can work. Engineering managers, which are technically "the boss" of a specific team and/or function, and "product managers", who drive the priorities and the workflow of the products of teams in play. The problem here is that even if the dev and the product manager likes you, if the engineering manager has a reason not to, you're out. There's nothing you can do to change that.

Lesson learned? It doesn't matter who else you please, if your direct (engineering) manager doesn't like you, you're boned - good luck ever working there again.

Co-workers were awesome - most of them were pretty young, but the odd time you'll encounter a "dinosaur" - someone who's been around for a few years and knows the tech stack like it's their own child (probably because they built it, heh!). The open office environment really lends itself to a greater sphere of influence and learning, since anyone around you can give you good feedback, and give you the tools you need to succeed.

The hardest part of the job was really focusing on specific priorities - sometimes, a lot of work can come up, and you need to understand where to draw the line, and how exactly to ensure that you stay on top of your work
  more... obligations whilst not going insane in the process.

The most enjoyable part of my day, though, was taking a break at random times during the day to play a game of League of Legends. Being a part of a gamer culture is definitely what makes Riot such a great company to be a part of.
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Pros
$10 off dinner if you stay late, game at work (breaktime!), gamer culture/atmosphere
Cons
work/life balance can be a challenge
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