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Blizzard Entertainment Reviews

Updated November 18, 2014
Updated November 18, 2014
207 Reviews
3.7
207 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 6 reviews)

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Good, but not great.

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

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

    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
  2. 8 people found this helpful  

    A company that used to care about gamers.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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
  3. 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

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

    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
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  5. 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

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (more than an year)

    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
  6. 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

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (more than 8 years)

    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
  7. 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

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

    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
  8. 9 people found this helpful  

    Buddy system overload

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Working for Blizzard in Austin has very little perks. The staff is underpaid telling you the benifits and the managers lack most qualifications, but if you are best friends with a manager you are for sure going to move up fast.

    Cons

    Job harassment is constant, some managers lack any skill, buddy system is in full effect there, company is lost (they sent out a how much you really get paid document one year stating peoples benifits were $20k more than what they actually filed for taxes due to free games, in game items, and the holiday party. So people stopped going to the holiday party, stopped claiming the mounts and the company never gave another dime. Also the buddy system is super bad one day everyone is watching youtube while working the next 3 people are fired for watching youtube while working after 5 years there. Nothing is fair, no one is listens in HR and if you raise a concern they fire you for not being in line.

    I watched some super bad things and sat in some super bad meetings any other company would be sued for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a long hard look at Austin. There is some super shady stuff going on there. Managers sleeping with employes, best friends working for best friends, and very little actual work being done except for the IGS and ATS staff.

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

    This place is pretty alright.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Game Master in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Game Master in Austin, TX

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Awesome work environment, great people.
    Cool perks, free games.
    Good, fun place to start if you're just hitting the workforce.
    Decent benefits, profit sharing.
    Get to hear about some of the releases or plans for changes to the games before-hand.

    Cons

    For the most part, any career growth discussed is an illusion.
    Pay is very lacking, especially when compared to other support companies in town.
    You get your schedule and that's pretty much it for the year, unless you can convince someone to swap shifts with you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're doing pretty alright.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good company.

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    Former Employee - Customer Service in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing atmosphere, fun job, working with gamers for gamers. There is so much a person can say about Blizzard. Some of us, who grew with WoW, had the opportunity to work within the source, we had the chance to see what it's like to be in the gaming industry and let me tell you - it was awesome.

    Cons

    They could pay a little more... after all, SM is a high cost living area. CS could use a little more love, because they're the frontline, taking the damage for all the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Best job I had ever had... until they merged with Activision

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    Former Employee - In-Game Support Representative
    Former Employee - In-Game Support Representative

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

    Pros

    Fun environment, free sodas, free coffee, the job was awesome.

    Cons

    After the merger with Activision, it all went downhill.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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