Blizzard Entertainment Reviews

Updated August 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. Helpful (4)

    No better place to work in video games...

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Leader in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Leader in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Blizzard is a family with a shared vision and an iron-clad commitment of making the best games in the world. The management team is engaged and truly cares about its games, its employees and its players. While the company has gone through its share of challenges over the years (like all companies), the company leaders at the Irvine headquarters and across the globe continue to get out of bed everyday trying to make the company, the games and the Battle.net platform better than the day before. Their company values are not aspirational, but rather they are what they live or try to live by everyday. Blizzard is one of the single best companies that you could possibly work for. I was proud everyday to call Blizzard my work home.

    Cons

    Top talent rarely ever wants to leave the company, so sometimes it can be challenging to move up as quickly as you might desire. Regardless, the best and brightest always get noticed, get more and more opportunities as they kick butt and they are rewarded handsomely.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Easily the best place to work at in the industry.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mission Viejo, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mission Viejo, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Blizzard actually cares about making great games more than about making great money. All of the perks and benefits of a great company. The job stability is real, Blizzard is not going anywhere other than upwards. There is such a thing as starting from the bottom and making your way up. People really want to be there so everyone is really helpful.

    Cons

    Not in love with the location, there is not much to do and rent is very expensive. Not necessarily Blizzard's fault. At times it feels that as a company, Blizzard always plays somewhat safe, there will be not great risks in terms of innovation. Taking a risk hat big for a company like Blizzard would mean way too many people at risk.

    Advice to Management

    The development teams need people managers besides project managers.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Solid company who cares about employees, but you probably won't get rich

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    Former Employee - Anon in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anon in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great corporate culture, good director-level management and above. They care about people. Becoming more and more customer-centric. Decent benefits. Amazing gaming bene's.

    Cons

    Pay is at the bottom of the range or below for similar positions elsewhere. CS business doesn't provide a lot of advancement path in Austin, because there aren't a lot of other business units there.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the path. People really want to work there, you don't have to cowtow to all the whiners.


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  5. Customer Service Specialist Representative

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    Former Employee - Tier II IGS Representative in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Tier II IGS Representative in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Extremely fun and enjoyable job. Amazing coworkers amazing games

    Cons

    low pay non existant promotion opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on growing and appreciating the good employees you have rather than replacing them with temps who perform at a lower level.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Excellent environment, sub optimal pay

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    Current Employee - Game Master in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Game Master in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People you work with are the best; relaxed atmosphere; relaxed dress code; nigh-monthly company social events.

    Cons

    Pay is well below industry standards though benefits are expected to make up for that. Promotions can be scarce as most hiring for technical jobs are done from outside the company.

    Advice to Management

    Employee satisfaction surveys should be run more often than every 18 months. At the least, an informal "health check" of employee morale and concerns would be appreciated.


  7. Great Company, Changing Fast

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very dynamic environment on most teams. Many opportunities for advancement and quick growth. Great products and great people.

    Cons

    Very dynamic environment on most teams. Change creates uncertainty which can be painful after a long period of stable, steady growth. Adapt or fail.

    Advice to Management

    Lead.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Passion is not compensation

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    Current Employee - Game Designer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Game Designer in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work itself is fantastic. You will be surrounded by brilliant people who are bursting with passion. They will inspire and surprise you daily. Constant stream of creativity and challenge. You will learn more and grow faster here than anywhere else in the industry. The products are exciting and interesting. The problems are challenging and fulfilling. You will leave work some days totally fried and mentally exhausted, and other days feeling like you can conquer the world (or like you just have). If you like work that is rewarding and challenging you'll love this place.

    Cons

    You will not make a living wage. The same job title at nearly any other company or location would afford someone a stable and comfortable lifestyle. Not here. It's absurd that people in career positions can not afford to live nearby. Unless your senior or higher, you will need to have at least roommate simply to survive. Sure, the answer could be "Just work up to senior then." But advancement opportunities seem to be time based as opposed to skill based. My manager has literally said "You're doing fantastic work. Just keep doing good work for a few more years" in response to a promotion inquiry. They expect the best, but refuse to pay for it. We are constantly told that our pay is "competitive" which, while technically accurate, is clearly not factoring in the cost of living per location. Oh, but hey, we are also having great profits as an organization, just FYI. For every brilliant person you work with, there is an inept one around the corner. Many of these people seem to be relics or go unnoticed by management. This is often not management's fault directly, as giving a single manager a whole department worth of employees is unrealistic.

    Advice to Management

    If you really want to be the best, that comes at a cost. You are resting on your laurels and your past. Share the wealth, it's concerning that half of your employees are worried about paying rent and the other half come to work in high end luxury cars. It's unfortunate that you are located in such an insanely expensive location, but that's the reality. You need to accept that and accommodate it. Your wages would be passable if you were based pretty much anywhere else. I know people in similar positions to my own at other companies who own homes. Here I have to share with roommates and even then I'm pinching pennies to make sure I stay afloat.


  9. Great company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    in touch company management people who care so cal location amazing products smart employees

    Cons

    pay passionate employees is a double edged sword high cost of living area

    Advice to Management

    keep in tune with the business evaluate employee pay adopt new technology


  10. Greatest job ever!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Devoloper in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Devoloper in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Best people ever and it's the best environment ever to be in and you get to play World of Warcraft for free

    Cons

    Lots to do never bored have to know what your doing meeting the quota and having to make character models and player models

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with the games


  11. Helpful (7)

    Great Environment, Average Pay

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere to work in. Lots of interesting people and everyone is generally pleasant and passionate about their work.

    Cons

    Promotions seem slow and come with a marginal pay bump. Leaving the company and returning with a better title/salary seems common among peers.



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