Blizzard Entertainment Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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Blizzard Entertainment President and CEO Mike Morhaime
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Pros
  • Awesome work environment, great people (in 19 reviews)

  • Free games and free subscriptions (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 6 reviews)

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  1. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cinematics Editor in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Cinematics Editor in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good people, good environment to work in.

    Cons

    None cons to speak of

    Advice to Management

    No advice at the moment


  2. Audio Professional

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    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Former Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, awesome work place and facilities

    Cons

    Pay is below the industry standard


  3. Helpful (5)

    Senior Game Desinger

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment

    Pros

    - Fun - Excellent Pay - Relaxed - Benefits

    Cons

    - Long Hours - Unorganized - Sometimes Boring

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees more. There should be an atmosphere that is centered around teamwork and individuality, not simply the opinions of the higher ups.

    Blizzard Entertainment Response

    May 15, 2015 – Blizzard

    Fostering "...an atmosphere that is centered around teamwork and individuality" is what we want as well, regardless of team. Hopefully you felt comfortable enough while you were here to use one of ... More


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Lots of very nice perks

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    There are a ton of perks that are hard to quantify. The atmosphere is relaxed and filled with people who are passionate about what they do. They seem to be very focused on helping employees achieve their professional goals and placing employees in positions where they're excited about what they're doing.

    Cons

    Like most people say, the actual salary portion of the benefits package feels low when compared with similar positions at other companies in the industry

    Blizzard Entertainment Response

    May 15, 2015 – Blizzard

    Thanks for sharing, and for the call-out to our Internal Mobility team - they really work hard to make sure employees are engaged and happy with the work they're doing and team they're on.


  6. Helpful (1)

    An evolving company with growing pains

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great passionate people who want to create the best games in the industry.

    Cons

    There is a lot of internal politics that exist in the organization. Some turn a blind eye to it or have simply accepted as the way of life. Too many people who don't fit the gaming culture have slowly entered the company and it has changed the company for the worst. If you expect industry rate for your skills it may be best for you to go to the tech industry.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the of the individuals who want nothing more than to hold on to their rank. Look at how new younger tech companies are innovating and managing their teams. Its time to take that industry polish and turn it inwards to make your company truly great again. As long as Mike Morhaime remains as the company CEO it will be on good footing.


  7. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Great Company Culture, Benefits & Compensation

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. 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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (4)

    Game Master

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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 Management

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



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