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Leaked Valve Employee Manual Makes Us Really Want To Learn To Code

This week, the employee manual at Valve (makers of Half-Life 2, Portal, and other super-successful games) was leaked online.

It makes us want to work there.

Employees choose the projects they want to work on. You’ve heard of 20% time? Valve is “100% time”. There aren’t any bosses, per se, but people “in charge” (which seems to be a loose term at Valve) discourage overtime.

Not to mention the usual perks like free food, games tables, massages, etc.

Good gravy.

This could explain why Valve could be worth billions, and its profit-per-employee is higher than Google or Facebook.

The manual‘s authenticity was confirmed by Doug Lombardi, Valve’s vice president of marketing.

By the way. If you really don’t want to learn to code (okay, us neither), there are a few openings posted for media types, including one for an artist, a film editor, and sound engineer. And the company hires two to three new people each month, so if you don’t see anything you like right now, check back. Expect heavy competition (duh).

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