Blizzard Entertainment
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Blizzard Entertainment Reviews in Irvine, CA

Updated Jul 8, 2014
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90% Approve of the CEO

Blizzard Entertainment President & CEO Mike Morhaime

Mike Morhaime

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    Good but not great.

    Quality Assurance (Current Employee)
    Irvine, CA

    ProsGreat environment and amazing people.

    ConsYou can feel taken advantage of if you have skill sets outside of your job. You are asked to fill roles until someone else is hired to do so. Opportunities not always awarded fairly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize the talent and desire to grow within and reward it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Irvine, CA

    ProsLost of career opportunities if one works hard and looks for ways to be pro-active in their current position.

    ConsCompensation can seem a little bit lower than other companies but the overall lifestyle and benefits make up for it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Life is good

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Irvine, CA

    ProsSalary is more or less the average for the industry. Perks are pretty good. Volleyball court, nice cafeteria, gym and more. There are plenty of career opportunities and growth.

    ConsDepending on the team, leadership can go from pretty good to average. The high cost of living in Southern California doesn't help when your salary is industry average or less.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Expensive to live but worth it.

    Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Irvine, CA

    ProsYou get to have fun. and it really is because you are developing the games people know and love.

    ConsChallenges are living up to the expectation of everyone who plays your games which is a lot.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLook at newcomers as a genius in the making.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good, but not great.

    Producer (Current Employee)
    Irvine, CA

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Senior Technician (Current Employee)
    Irvine, CA

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementListen to your employees and at least don't brush them aside.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Passionate, Fun Environment.. Slow Moving

    Human Resources Employee (Former Employee)
    Irvine, CA

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

    ConsThe 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company with a few serious problems

    Senior Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Irvine, CA

    Pros- One of the most stable game companies.
    - There is room to move up, to a point.
    - There are some truly talented people here who are awesome to work with.
    - Pay is great if you're on a game team and you've been at the company for a long time.
    - It's based in Irvine. Good for the employees that have the pay and like Orange County.
    - The president is doing a lot of things right. Here are some examples:
      - He still plays and geeks out over video games.
      - He trusts game designers to do their jobs.
      - He actually cares about customer service.
      - He has actively taken steps to improve employee morale by conducting yearly internal surveys and business plan meetings.

    Cons- Worst thing about the company is the cruft that's built up in the employee pool aka the old boys' club. There are some employees that were promoted to key leadership positions that may have been great workers 15 or 20 years ago but are poor leaders. A lot of them don't seem to realize that they were promoted due to tenure and are therefore very egotistical and stubborn.

    - There is a culture of not admitting you're wrong. Making excuses is not uncommon. The company loses a decent number of employees to this problem. Thankfully, the president himself doesn't seem to do this as much as the rest of the cruft does.

    - Work/Life balance is practically non-existent. Expect to do as much overtime as they want you to do.

    - Can't move up if one of the old boys is sitting in your spot.

    - Pay is disproportionately low for non game team employees (web, QA, battle.net, etc).

    - It's based in Irvine. Bad for people that don't want to live in Orange County or aren't making the pay.

    Advice to Senior Management- Keep gathering employee feedback and holding company-wide meetings to discuss the feedback. It helps a lot.
    - Invest in your employees as a whole instead of handing out promotions to each other at the executive and director level.
    - Be more aggressive about reprimanding people that aren't doing a good job. Get rid of some of the existing cruft and avoid building up more cruft.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Once upon a time it was happy, now it's just ever after

    Senior Manager (Former Employee)
    Irvine, CA

    ProsThe people themselves are great, the location (so long as you're on a dev team) is pretty good with semi-custom spaces, gym, food, etc.

    ConsComplete lack of accountability the higher one goes; there's exceptions and they end up carrying the entire organization across the board.

    Support teams are still an after thought; even QA (which is one of the better in the gaming industry) is more like a step child, Customer Support may be closer to a foster child that no one really wants around.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart sharing the money a bit more and make sure that even low level employees can have lives. Constant "over time" just becomes a new schedule that's not sustainable and is a large part of what drives productivity down, not just in QA and Support but the dev teams, too.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Blizzard : A dream company for me.

    Associate Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Irvine, CA

    ProsThe salary was amazing, and the coworkers were very open minded, and always had something to contribute to in an project. The projects were very fun to work on, and there was always something to do.

    ConsSome of the deadlines were very strict, and sometimes I would have to stay at the workplace for extended hours, but in the end it was worth it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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