Newell: Contributions more well suited to Valve than hierarchy

Tuesday, 1st May 2012 10:24 GMT By Johnny Cullen

Valve boss Gabe Newell has said individual or group contributions inside the company are better suited than a corporate hierarchy typically found at most places.

“A group contributor’s job is to help other people be more productive, and in doing that you sacrifice some of your own productivity,” Newell said in a Bloomberg piece.

“It’s a higher stress job and you get interrupted a lot more… [but] some of the highest compensated people at the company are relatively pure individual contributors.”

Newell also noted that one particular person within Valve is unlikely to be found leading more than one consecutive project.

“When we started Valve, we thought about what the company needed to be good at. We realised that here, our job was to create things that hadn’t existed before.

“Managers are good at institutionalising procedures, but in our line of work that’s not always good. Sometimes the skills in one generation of product are irrelevant to the skills in another generation.”

Newell’s remarks follow the release of the company’s new employee handbook. That should be given a read if not done so already, FYI.

There’s more at the Bloomberg link. Thanks, PC Gamer.



  1. Telepathic.Geometry

    I’ve always wanted to believe it; Anarchy CAN work! :)

    #1 3 years ago
  2. thesamy

    it very hard work, and not all humans can work in that way.
    not every body want to be part of the group, most people want all the attention, and drived by ego.

    #2 3 years ago
  3. silkvg247

    Maybe I’ll work for them one day, if they’re lucky ;)

    #3 3 years ago
  4. Cobra951

    It’s good to be the king.

    Now that they’re worth what they’re worth, he can make whatever pronouncements fit his fancy, and they come across as gospel. They can afford to be inefficient too, since Steam is practically a self-supporting entity now.

    #4 3 years ago

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