Blizzard Entertainment
3.5 of 5 163 reviews
www.blizzard.com Irvine, CA 1000 to 5000 Employees

Blizzard Entertainment Reviews

Updated Apr 19, 2014
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3.5 163 reviews

                             

87% Approve of the CEO

Blizzard Entertainment President & CEO Mike Morhaime

Mike Morhaime

(130 ratings)

65% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Blizzard has a really relaxed work environment based around the culture of the games they produce"
    in 16 reviews
  • "Laid back company, profit sharing, free games, company gifts, good benefits"
    in 10 reviews
Cons:
  • "Pay is lower for customer service unless you count bonuses which are not guaranteed"
    in 15 reviews
  • "Work/Life balance is practically non-existent"
    in 5 reviews
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NetOps

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 3 years

ProsExciting and out of box thinking of getting the job done

ConsInternational operations sometimes can be a hurdle for getting things agreed - all around the globe means there is no good time for everyone.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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This is the company you work merely based on passionate

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 3 years

Pros- Got all the Blizzard games for free
- T shirt, sweat shirt, hoodies

Cons- Low pay grade compare to the same industry
- One of the core value is: Every Voice Matters. Don't believe that. Ever voice matters, but multiply by your level. If you are engineer, your voice X 0.6. Senior Engineer X 0.8. Manager X 1. Senior Manager X 1.2. Director X 2. VP X 5 and CEO X 5000
- Politics. Which gang you are with is critical for your survival, and the importance of your projects

Advice to Senior ManagementGood luck!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great products, terrible politics

Lead Programmer (Former Employee)

I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 5 years

ProsProducts are not released unless they are of high quality and are complete. Developers are treated as first class citizens. Looks very good on a resume.

ConsPoor project management. Roughly half of all projects are canceled. Incapable of managing third parties. Back-stabbing politics. Design and creative leads have tremendous egos. Teams are expected to iterate on the same franchise ad infinitum. Technical challenges are dated, making it hard to learn current skills. QA and admin are treated as second-class citizens.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great experience overall. Very laid back environment.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 5 years

ProsGood pay, good management team.

ConsLots of hours but they do compensate for your hard work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Their customer service goals are all over the place

Customer Service Representative (Current Employee)
Austin, TX

I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 3 years

ProsLaid back company, profit sharing, free games, company gifts, good benefits

ConsUnfortunately the KPI changes too much, they do not know what to focus on compared with company needs. First they want to focus on how quickly customers get responded to then change focus to first call resolution and then focus again on speed, confusing and upsetting/frustrating the reps. Internal promotion is extremely difficult, HR is not in sync or honest or consistent on their feedback.
TMs are not supportive or help guiding or uplifting. They basically do what they want and help whoever they like.

Advice to Senior ManagementGive clear, honest and consistent feedback to those who apply internally. It's too obvious that people are giving excuses why they are not hiring a candidate.
Get your KPI together and make a final decision. Understand that when people work under stress, their performance is never going to be what you expect. Again, be honest and clear about your changes and communicate better with your employees.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A name brand opportunity if you're interested in game development

Intern (Former Employee)

I worked at Blizzard Entertainment

ProsIf you're a developer you're respected and you know your work is valued by many

ConsMediocre compensation in an area with a very expensive cost of living

Advice to Senior ManagementTo senior management: either relocate or improve compensation for the rank and file

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Fantastic Internship

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Blizzard Entertainment

ProsI interned here in 2011. I learned a lot about the industry and had a blast trying out all kinds of things. I was treated like an experienced game industry professional, despite being 23 and this being my first real full-time gig. Everyone was friendly and concerned about my professional growth as an intern.

ConsI can't think of any at the moment.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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risk engineer

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat culture, work environment, perks

ConsExhausting hours and low pay

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A company that has it's own -con.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 3 years

ProsFree games and free subscriptions. Employees enthusiastic about the company's products. Industry leader.

ConsNo real chances of mobility between departments. Developer-centric culture at the expense of everyone else. Over-reliance on perks as compensation.

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

I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than a year

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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