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Blizzard Entertainment Reviews

Updated August 8, 2014
Updated August 8, 2014
204 Reviews

3.6
204 Reviews
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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. 1 person 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

    Pros

    good culture. chill environment. diverse career path

    Cons

    complicated hierachy. seems hard to advance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Blizzard - Dev Team

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

    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
  3. 4 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

    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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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Blizzard

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in Irvine, CA

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Expensive to live but worth it.

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at newcomers as a genius in the making.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 7 people found this helpful  

    Already reached its peak back in 2007, but still remains arrogant.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Laid back work environment.
    Some decent co-workers.
    Great weather in Irvine.
    Name recognition.

    Cons

    Extremely incompetent management with "old boys" executive staff with some really shady characters.
    Even more useless HR.
    Influx of new corporate employees that destroyed the fun game studio atmosphere.
    Very inefficient.
    Politics on a ridiculous level both domestic and international. If you ever want to see directors and above get into drunken fights during management training, this is where it happens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None, because they just don't care.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 7 people found this helpful  

    A company that used to care about gamers.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The best thing about Blizzard were that people that actually created. I spent most of my time interacting with different game development teams and QA. For the most part the low and mid level personnel were extremely passionate and dedicated to making a quality product.

    Allowed QA to set a very high standard (at least when related to bugs and crashes).

    Cons

    I saw the downhill slide occur first hand during development of Starcraft II. People in a leadership role on that project and battle.net slowly eroded all of the good will Blizzard had built up over 15 years of previous battle.net functionality.

    Removing LAN plan, removing chat rooms, facebook integration - these are all things that no game anywhere wanted. The pushback internal on this was monstrous, yet it was wholly ignored. The results speak for themselves. Battle.net is an afterthought and SC2 is just another game that some people occasionally play.

    This behavior of making decisions contrary to the best interests of the gamer/customer for short term profits also bled into the Development of Diablo 3. The auction house was lauded internally as a complete disaster, yet higher ups pushed ahead and the disastrous results are all too clear. Some change has been made (2 years later) to close it down, but the damage done is obvious.

    In the late 90's and early 2000's the only games I played were Blizzard games. Warcraft 2, Starcraft, Diablo 2, Warcraft 3. I haven't played a Blizzard game regularly since 2010.

    The Blizzard that most of us knew, admired, and wanted to be a part of is long gone.

    If you work for the company now, you will work long hours with great people for substandard pay on products that you won't play. Work at your own risk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overtime is a way of life is archaic and backwards. Games can be made in a more efficient manner. The huge ego's that spout "design is king" and "that's how we've always done it" are routes to insolvency.

    The most important thing that needs to change for Blizzard to turn things around is to make the customers needs/wants the highest priority. Adding features/changes that improve the gamer's experience could set them on the right path.

    In my opinion the entire company needs to be gutted and reformed. All of the extraneous middle management and bloated overpaid senior staff need to go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good, but not great.

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    Current Employee - Producer  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Producer in 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Life is good

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

    Pros

    Salary 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.

    Cons

    Depending 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overall great place to work as a college student

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    Former Employee - Game Master  in  Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Game Master in Austin, TX

    Pros

    Work environment, benefits, flexibility with school schedules for college students

    Cons

    Monotonous work, yearly shift bids make settling into a work/life routine difficult, largely incompetent managers, metrics system constantly changing

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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