Blizzard Entertainment Reviews

Updated August 23, 2014
Updated August 23, 2014
208 Reviews

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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work environment, benefits, flexibility with school schedules for college students (in 19 reviews)

  • Laid back company, profit sharing, free games, company gifts, good benefits (in 11 reviews)


Cons
  • Pay is lower for customer service unless you count bonuses which are not guaranteed (in 15 reviews)

  • Substandard Industry pay in a high cost of living area (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Like WoW itself, the company may be declining

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    Former Employee - Programmer  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Programmer in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Blizzard continues to make great games and has great employees who really believe in what they do. Polish is everything to Blizzard, and most employees are prepared to go the extra mile to ship a AAA product.

     Activision really doesn't involve itself much in day-to-day decisions.

    It has been nice to see the company add smaller games to their library of epic titles.

    Blizzard gives a lot back to players, who in turn make employees feel like rock stars. Blizzcon itself is the highlight of any year.

    Cons

    Blizzard has a strong culture of micromanagement and a bad habit of not cleaning house, especially at the most senior levels, where friends are kept on staff just for having been at the company a long time. It's ambiguous what it takes to advance your career, and becoming more so as more management is farmed out to professional managers rather than discipline leads who can really give actionable feedback on your craft. Employees are flat out told to spend less time mentoring and growing junior employees and more effort implementing content.

    The company seemed unprepared for the inevitable decline of WoW and blamed it on feature or content decisions rather than a natural product cycle. We were told we weren't going to move to a new office because subscribers were down, which was incredibly demoralizing.

    Compensation is average and management seems proud of that fact. You are told your reward is that you get to work for Blizzard. There are some fun events, but they feel farmed out to complete a check list rather than something important to the executives. As an example, managers don't show up or "phone it in" for events recognizing major tenure milestones (which you figure would be everything to Blizzard since tenure counts for so much). I didn't get my "five year sword" for months after the ceremony, which made it just not feel like a priority.

    It will be interesting to see what Blizzard can do to stem the tide of recent voluntary departures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify your top performers rather than focusing so much on tenure, and tell them how much you appreciate their contributions.

    Solve the problem where employees don't know what it takes to advance their career -- it's always tops on the opinion survey polls. Figure out how to increase compensation or make employees feel they can live without.

    Most importantly, empower lower level leads to make decisions instead of relying on councils and VPs to make every call.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good, but not great.

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    Current Employee - Producer  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Producer in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - very creative environment
    - amazing talent to work with
    - laidback and casual atmosphere
    - make amazing games

    Cons

    - Promotions not always rewarded fairly.
    - More political than Congress.
    - HR useless and untrustworthy.
    - A very slow and incompetent hiring process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let go of this "boys club" mentality, and start actually holding people (Senior Management) responsible for their failings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    Already reached its peak back in 2007, but still remains arrogant.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Laid back work environment.
    Some decent co-workers.
    Great weather in Irvine.
    Name recognition.

    Cons

    Extremely incompetent management with "old boys" executive staff with some really shady characters.
    Even more useless HR.
    Influx of new corporate employees that destroyed the fun game studio atmosphere.
    Very inefficient.
    Politics on a ridiculous level both domestic and international. If you ever want to see directors and above get into drunken fights during management training, this is where it happens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, because they just don't care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    This place is pretty alright.

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    Former Employee - Game Master  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Game Master in Austin, TX

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Awesome work environment, great people.
    Cool perks, free games.
    Good, fun place to start if you're just hitting the workforce.
    Decent benefits, profit sharing.
    Get to hear about some of the releases or plans for changes to the games before-hand.

    Cons

    For the most part, any career growth discussed is an illusion.
    Pay is very lacking, especially when compared to other support companies in town.
    You get your schedule and that's pretty much it for the year, unless you can convince someone to swap shifts with you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're doing pretty alright.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    This is the company you work merely based on passionate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Got all the Blizzard games for free
    - T shirt, sweat shirt, hoodies

    Cons

    - Low pay grade compare to the same industry
    - One of the core value is: Every Voice Matters. Don't believe that. Ever voice matters, but multiply by your level. If you are engineer, your voice X 0.6. Senior Engineer X 0.8. Manager X 1. Senior Manager X 1.2. Director X 2. VP X 5 and CEO X 5000
    - Politics. Which gang you are with is critical for your survival, and the importance of your projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Senior Technician in IT Review

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    Current Employee - Senior Technician  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Technician in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The environment and culture. The people and team members you work with help you all the time. The atmosphere of making friends at work and going to parties even outside of work hours. The vacation time which gets to be 3 weeks per year after being at the company for more than a couple years it caps at about 160 days. The sick time is good as well. So overall benefits are excellent along with bonuses. The perks of working at the company such as free company trips to Vegas and more.

    Cons

    The base pay-rate isn't as good if you're in a support role aside from development and even after more than 5 years you won't be receiving too much of a raise. Some management can be immature and silo employees that do deserve a promotion to be stuck in the same position for a number of years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and at least don't brush them aside.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Passionate, Fun Environment.. Slow Moving

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Employee  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Employee in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Employees here are smart, analytical, and die-hard fans of the games. It's fun to be around such passionate people.

    Cons

    The company operates as a "family" as opposed to a "sports team"... so the dead weight hangs around based on tenure (and not merit). The pay is absolutely abominable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    A name brand opportunity if you're interested in game development

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment

    Pros

    If you're a developer you're respected and you know your work is valued by many

    Cons

    Mediocre compensation in an area with a very expensive cost of living

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To senior management: either relocate or improve compensation for the rank and file

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Company is great, but Platform Services has much to improve.

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst 1  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst 1 in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Tons of different departments to see and explore career paths.
    Company offers a lot of different learning and development courses throughout the year.
    Company has a health/wellness program to get gamers moving.

    Cons

    Work/life balance takes a hit depending upon the team.
    Platform Services department is mostly based on who you know to get advanced. Whereas hard work, contributing when asked, is not recognized.
    Compensation is a yearly question that appears in surveys, but never gets resolved. Throughout the year employer delivers taxable goods (i.e. - free games, books) that employee doesn't have a say whether or not they want it. This is considered a part of the employee's salary/benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Assess and restructure the personal management positions (supervisor, asst manager, manager). Those positions do not understand what each of their reports' team does, and rarely take the time to understand it. Thus reviews are based off of information that the report's team members give, not through their own personal oversight.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great when I started, going downhill painfully.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some very smart and great people to work with. Games are great and the employees do care about the product.

    Cons

    Growth in some critical departments (QA) was to fast for the inexperienced management team to handle. There response was to hire more in-experienced and out of industry people that made the problem worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to take a hard look at what things are really like out with your day to day employees. Don't continue to take half measures and hope that it will get you by, sometimes even upper management needs drastic changes and that time is now for blizzard.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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