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I worked at Blizzard Entertainment as an intern (less than an year)Pros
The culture is superb and the company strives to create an open and passionate environment where everyone is encouraged to learn and grow. They strongly promote individual growth and a balanced work-life lifestyle.Cons
Compensation is generally lower than other companies in the industry.RecommendsPositive OutlookApproves of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied through a recruiter. The process took 4+ weeks – interviewed at Blizzard Entertainment.Interview Details
Getting to the interview was a bit of a mess. Several of my communications with the recruiter about my goals for the interview were seemingly ignored. This meant I was shoehorned into an interview that was not the best match for my skills and goals.
The phone interviews were direct, no-nonsense affairs that seemed to work well as a first evaluation.
The on-site interview itself was efficient. There was a programming quiz in the morning, then an afternoon debrief and multiple interview sessions. The people were friendly and all were gamers. They asked good questions about all aspects of game development, and made sure I had time to ask my own questions.
They made it pretty clear that they thought a person was lucky to have the opportunity to work for Blizzard. I unfortunately got the sense repeatedly throughout the day that my individuality would not be valued or respected, but that instead I would be added as a mere cog in the machine.Interview Questions
Reasons for Declining
- The programming test defined a data structure incorrectly. I solved the problem as defined, but the debrief ran into a roadblock because the programmers were expecting a solution based on a different definition of that data structure. Once I realized that had happened, I tried to come up with a solution on the spot. This was a good opportunity to show my ability to think on my feet, but involved some awkward back and forth as neither set of folks realized the disconnect right away. Answer Question
As others here have stated, the offered compensation package was laughable. After accounting for the ridiculous cost of living in SoCal, it would have meant a 50% pay cut to take the job. I may still have considered it since Blizzard games are so good, but I also didn't feel very encouraged by the attitudes I detected during my interview day, and the thought of plugging myself into the WoW machine for the next several years of my career didn't sound very appealing compared to working on the other cool projects at the company.Declined OfferNegative ExperienceAverage Interview
Blizzard Entertainment hopes to continue to produce a flurry of hit games. A unit of Activision Blizzard, the company is the leading video game maker in the massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG) niche. It develops and publishes software titles such as the record-breaking Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo series available for play on PCs. Blizzard offers its...
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