Blizzard Entertainment Reviews

Updated March 17, 2015
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  1. Great place to work and be surrounded by passionate people with a common interest.

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    Current Employee - Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    People, people, and the people. Everyone loves the product and wants to contribute to making great games. The company continues to innovate great products that keep the customers engaged.

    Cons

    Management seems to be changing constantly with new reorgs, team adjustments, and space shuffling. It can be difficult to maintain continuity and build a team when things shift so rapidly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep coming up with new ways to maintain the amazing customer base. Nothing speaks better to the world than great games. For employees, let people get settled and give them time to hit a working groove. I'm all for the "Fail fast and often" philosophy but you need time for success as well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Company Culture, Benefits & Compensation

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    Former Employee - QA Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - QA Analyst in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Blizzard does an amazing job of curating its company culture, and trying to keep everyone happy & healthy. Benefits are amazing, both the usual 401k/Medical/etc and the perks; several times management rented entire theaters to give employees free advance screenings of new movies. I worked in QA and Blizzard treats its QA better than any other studio in the industry. If you love video games, I doubt you'd find a more like-minded company culture anywhere else.

    Cons

    Extremely long hours when under deadline, which is about 1/3 of the year. Located in Irvine (may not be a con for everyone). The tight-knit company culture also breeds a large amount of clique-ness that is hard to break through at times. During my employ with the company, the routes to promotion out of QA were shut down or frozen, although I've heard good things about the times before and after. In the QA department, information is passed through word of mouth primarily, instead of being written down. In my opinion this is massively inefficient, although it does help breed a sense of camaraderie.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is to the QA management, since my experience with the rest of the company's management was limited and satisfactory. I like the move to provide supervisors to each QA analyst, but I felt that they spent more time being friendly sounding boards than providing advice & guidance of substance. Work harder at identifying people who would be good in leadership positions, instead of pushing the people who simply express continual interest in the positions. While the promotion system you have currently works well enough, I saw several people placed in leadership who simply got there by being friends with current leadership/interviewers, not based on merit.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Great company. The usual corporate hurdles to overcome.

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    Former Employee - In-Game Support Representative in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - In-Game Support Representative in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Benefits were good, pay was moderate, and the gaming culture was amazing. They do profit sharing and bonuses at least once a year. Lots of free swag, and xmas and summer parties for all employees.

    Cons

    Hard to move up. Once you get to the top of your current position you hit a ceiling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would streamline the interview process. It's very awkward.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful

    Game Master

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    Former Employee - Game Master in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Game Master in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    - One of the best gaming companies in the world to work for
    - Plenty of opportunity to move up with jobs posted internally first for current employees throughout the year
    - The company takes care of their employees better than most other traditional companies (But they are not perfect)
    - All the obvious perks of Blizzard products and associated products

    Cons

    - Management used to be operating like a small company caring for their employees, now its very corporate and to the book rigid.
    - Operational issues that could be sped up, but fall under policy and bureaucracy causing it to slow down and stop

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Establish a culture like it was back before 2007 where the teams cared about working in their team, and the leads cared about the department, not focused on numbers. Focus on the people and creating a positive environment for them to thrive and the numbers will follow.

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  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Blizzard is full of amazingly talented people who genuinely love games, and their passion is infectious!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Blizzard is an extremely successful game developer and has a generous profit-sharing plan that really makes developers feel like they share in that success. There is also a real culture of continued learning and sharing.

    Cons

    Game teams can be siloed and isolated, and a small number of decision makers often create bottlenecks because they are spread too thin.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Delegate more creative decisions and strive to be more original. Leverage the vast talent you have at all levels in the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. ATS

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    Current Employee - Account and Technical Services in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Account and Technical Services in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Awesome perks, awesome environment, awesome people

    Cons

    micromanagement, hard to move up, hard to be noticed, big company with big policies in place, hard to get around them when trying to get smewhere

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your workers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. It was just a fun and amazing place to work!

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    Current Intern - Social Media Strategy MBA in Irvine, CA
    Current Intern - Social Media Strategy MBA in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Obviously a very fun and entertaining company, but there are just some great people to work with.

    Cons

    If you are not into the gaming world too much, it may be difficult to fit into the conversations and culture.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Best job I've ever had.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    The culture and environment is outstanding. Thoroughly enjoy working here and have no desire to quit, even after more than 5 years.

    Cons

    Paycheck can be small. Benefits are excellent, but week to week can be a struggle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Blizzard is the cream of the crop. Treat your employees as such.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Loved the culture, hated the advancement

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    Former Employee - Account and Technical Services Tier II in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Account and Technical Services Tier II in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Good people, good benefits, amazingly creative environment, lax dress code, individuality is encouraged, WoW and new releases and collector's editions free, positive and interested managers

    Cons

    mediocre pay scale, slow and often confusing advancement, redundant job, novelty of the company wears off, most of the large bonuses have gone the way of the dinosaurs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer additional training and advancement opportunities to employees, they are often your largest proponents already! Force internal tool software updates to be pushed after hours, not during the middle of the business day. Create more opportunities for extracurricular activities, as the one's already available have a lot of interest!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Great people, good benefits

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    Former Employee - Customer Support Representative Tier III in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Customer Support Representative Tier III in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    The people there enjoy mostly the same sort of things, so you can make many friends. The products are of course very fun and exciting.

    Cons

    Work was very metrics-driven, and management did not act on employee feedback nearly as well they pretended to.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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