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Blizzard Entertainment Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
196 Reviews
3.6
196 Reviews
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Blizzard Entertainment President & CEO Mike Morhaime
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work environment, benefits, flexibility with school schedules for college students (in 19 reviews)

  • Laid back company, profit sharing, free games, company gifts, good benefits (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 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    The best company I've ever worked for

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    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Talent Acquisition in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Strong executive leadership, fun industry, commitment to quality with awesome games, very talented employees, teamwork and collaboration, HQ is in a great location (sunshine and beautiful weather all year round...never get tired of this!), Blizzard perks and the wellness program are pretty cool too.

    Cons

    I haven't seen anything that is a big con at this point after being here for about 6 months - and I'm thrilled to be here. I've always been a fan of the company and games, so it's amazing to now be a part of it all. It has exceeded my expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing a great job!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    The Pride of Irvine

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    I really love working for an organization that truly prides itself on their people and their games. You have a real sense of pride when a successful game is released and you can say that you were a part of it. We're all in it together and each role in the organization (not just developers) plays an integral role in its success.

    Cons

    Some processes might have you scratching your head like why is something done the way it is....but in reality, we are a growing company and these pain points are normal. Training could be more consistent across the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really to keep doing what you're already doing. I'm really excited to come to Blizzard everyday and work on the best games in the industry. I really like how we're focusing on growing our talent organically, this ultimately helps with retaining talent for the long run.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Loved the culture, hated the advancement

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    Former Employee - Account and Technical Services Tier II  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Account and Technical Services Tier II in Austin, TX

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good people, good benefits, amazingly creative environment, lax dress code, individuality is encouraged, WoW and new releases and collector's editions free, positive and interested managers

    Cons

    mediocre pay scale, slow and often confusing advancement, redundant job, novelty of the company wears off, most of the large bonuses have gone the way of the dinosaurs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer additional training and advancement opportunities to employees, they are often your largest proponents already! Force internal tool software updates to be pushed after hours, not during the middle of the business day. Create more opportunities for extracurricular activities, as the one's already available have a lot of interest!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment as an intern

    Pros

    company culture and talented employees

    Cons

    pay is not as high as other tech companies, but higher than most other gaming companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great people, good benefits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Support Representative Tier III  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Customer Support Representative Tier III in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    The people there enjoy mostly the same sort of things, so you can make many friends. The products are of course very fun and exciting.

    Cons

    Work was very metrics-driven, and management did not act on employee feedback nearly as well they pretended to.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Like WoW itself, the company may be declining

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    Former Employee - Programmer  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Programmer in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Blizzard continues to make great games and has great employees who really believe in what they do. Polish is everything to Blizzard, and most employees are prepared to go the extra mile to ship a AAA product.

     Activision really doesn't involve itself much in day-to-day decisions.

    It has been nice to see the company add smaller games to their library of epic titles.

    Blizzard gives a lot back to players, who in turn make employees feel like rock stars. Blizzcon itself is the highlight of any year.

    Cons

    Blizzard has a strong culture of micromanagement and a bad habit of not cleaning house, especially at the most senior levels, where friends are kept on staff just for having been at the company a long time. It's ambiguous what it takes to advance your career, and becoming more so as more management is farmed out to professional managers rather than discipline leads who can really give actionable feedback on your craft. Employees are flat out told to spend less time mentoring and growing junior employees and more effort implementing content.

    The company seemed unprepared for the inevitable decline of WoW and blamed it on feature or content decisions rather than a natural product cycle. We were told we weren't going to move to a new office because subscribers were down, which was incredibly demoralizing.

    Compensation is average and management seems proud of that fact. You are told your reward is that you get to work for Blizzard. There are some fun events, but they feel farmed out to complete a check list rather than something important to the executives. As an example, managers don't show up or "phone it in" for events recognizing major tenure milestones (which you figure would be everything to Blizzard since tenure counts for so much). I didn't get my "five year sword" for months after the ceremony, which made it just not feel like a priority.

    It will be interesting to see what Blizzard can do to stem the tide of recent voluntary departures.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify your top performers rather than focusing so much on tenure, and tell them how much you appreciate their contributions.

    Solve the problem where employees don't know what it takes to advance their career -- it's always tops on the opinion survey polls. Figure out how to increase compensation or make employees feel they can live without.

    Most importantly, empower lower level leads to make decisions instead of relying on councils and VPs to make every call.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    full of passionate people

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    good culture. chill environment. diverse career path

    Cons

    complicated hierachy. seems hard to advance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A Culture Gone

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    There was a time that working for Blizzard as a support representative was amazing. The culture was amazing, the people are amazing. But the keyword here is that the culture was amazing.

    Cons

    Moral suffers when pay caps were instituted far below the industry standard for the level of work and amount of responsibility required at each tier. Representatives with the company for many more years than I was were stuck with no room for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Even for the sake of transparency, never stand up before your employees and tell them you know that they're underpaid by a minimum of $3 - 5.00 an hour and then tell them that there are no plans to adjust pay for cost of living increases. While your employees understand that your bottom line is important, your employees have a bottom line as well. Following that announcement there was an exodus and it's still going on. Good luck in the future.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Blizzard - Dev Team

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Looks good on your resume. Fun environment. Most people love being there and working there. Lots of great amenities and perks on campus.

    Cons

    Not a lot of room to grow in your career; many people stuck in their role for many years without many chances to change or grow. Substandard pay, especially for the hours you work, and the high cost of living in Irvine. Very much a corporation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Good but not great.

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Great environment and amazing people.

    Cons

    You 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 ManagementAdvice

    Recognize the talent and desire to grow within and reward it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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