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. Helpful (4)

    Great Environment, Average Pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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.


  2. Associate Software Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The dream job. I get to work on some of the best games in the world within an amazing culture. Everyone has incredible passion for both the company and their job. Keg in the office, kolaches and donuts throughout the week, tacos on Friday. All of upper management and the execs care dearly about their employees.

    Cons

    That most people in the world won't get to experience the glory of working here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on being the best


  3. Helpful (1)

    Blizzard

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Corona, CA
    Current Employee - Production Assistant in Corona, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Take care of their employees. Great work environment.

    Cons

    Pay is lower than average for the industry.


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  5. Great place to work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  6. Helpful (1)

    Not worth the hype

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment part-time

    Pros

    Discounted games are ok if your standards are low

    Cons

    Not worth the hype, Low pay.


  7. A company that truly cares about the products they create

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior II Designer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior II Designer in Irvine, CA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Tight knit teams are key to the success of Blizzard games. While a relatively large development is necessary to keep the flagship game going the discipline teams have been able to keep the culture of a small tight knit team through years of growth, management and organization changes, as well as dramatic growth in the overall team size. Benfits and salaries are great. Jobs are stable and the company does everything it can to try to rehab an employee that is struggling and get them back in a healthy position within the team. Management listens to the team and does everything it can to be transparent from the top to the bottom. Employees are respected. The teams are comprised of extremely talented professionals with experience and passion.

    Cons

    Its hard to imagine leaving to do something else at a different company because it is such a good workplace.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing


  8. Helpful (1)

    Rollar coaster career life

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The community of people there is amazing and very diverse, easy to make friends with your co-workers. Fun company events such as parties in Las Vegas, annual company picnics and champagne celebrations. Playing and talking about video games at work.

    Cons

    Lower salary compensation for the first several (1-5 years of employment. Senior status drastically increases wages. Profit sharing can be a large part of your annual compensation and this varies enough to be unreliable. Immature business practices create impossible deadlines resulting in months and months of crunch work (60-70+ hour work weeks). Treatment and career advancement of women in the workplace are poor at best. HR department is under developed and ineffective.

    Advice to Management

    Take project management certification and practices more seriously. Hold people accountable for deadlines and create realistic project schedules.


  9. Great company to work for if you can afford living in the Orange County area.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical QA Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Technical QA Analyst in Irvine, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    These are the Pros from a QA Analyst perspective: - Great training program. - Onsite cafe with decent prices and quality ingredients. - The building has good A/C. - No dress code. - The people are nice and talented. - Profit sharing/holiday bonuses. - Rarely, we get to play Blizzard games for a couple of hours on the clock (about 4 times per year on my team). - Occasional company meetings that are hosted at a nearby movie theater, sometimes followed by watching a premier movie on the clock (2-3 times per year). - Company trips to Las Vegas (usually every other year). Free shuttle rides and nice hotel rooms on the strip for two days. - Opportunity to win free Blizzard gear, concert tickets, or sporting event tickets once per month (although you'll hardly ever win).

    Cons

    - Low pay. Most Blizzard QA analysts live with several roommates or their parents to afford the cost of living in Orange County. Orange County has very high residential costs and Blizzard pays their QA analyst about 50% of the national average. - I have seen many unfair promotions based on friendships/family as opposed to innovative hard working people. - Good chance of working lots of mandatory overtime (12 hour days for several weeks in a row, including Saturdays).

    Advice to Management

    Increase the base pay to reduce turnover. Technical QA Analysts are significantly underpaid for the industry average. You should take a closer look at your QA management. They are often promoting their friends and family members over talented hard working people. Don't group Technical QA with Game QA. Let the non-game dev teams hire Technical QA at reasonable wages and embed them with their dev teams. Don't force Technical QA testers to assist with mandatory overtime for the game teams.


  10. Helpful (6)

    Becoming Top-Heavy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You get to work for Blizzard. Tons of free games. Great environment. Impressive on a resume.

    Cons

    A lot of the executives do a whole lot of nothing but telling people what to do. The longer you've been there the more you're paid for the less you do. New people are expected to work 60 or more hours a week. Morale is slipping, there's lots of teenage drama and backstabbing. It really feels like everyone communicates solely through post-it notes. At least the post-it notes look cool.

    Advice to Management

    Go back to the early days where "Developers" were actually developing and not holding closed-door 8-hour meetings everyday to discuss how to give yourselves raises.


  11. Helpful (8)

    Females beware

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Well, you'll work for an awesome company and receive good benefits, but if you're a female you'll often feel ostracized.

    Cons

    Employees are cliquey and it's hard to break into the corporate environment. It is not female-friendly at all and attempts to reach out and make friends with some employees will end badly. A male coworker was hired at the same time as me and he was accepted without issue. Also, employees treat sensitivity training as a joke/laugh at people who feel excluded. Altogether this makes feeling happy at work very difficult. Managers often aren't in touch with what's going on in their teams. Lots of relocations, too.

    Advice to Management

    Work more on interpersonal development with employees and keep managers appraised of what's going on in their teams.



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