Blizzard Entertainment Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Rollar coaster career life

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical QA Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Technical QA Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  3. Helpful (6)

    Becoming Top-Heavy

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time

    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.


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  5. Helpful (10)

    Females beware

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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.


  6. Helpful (11)

    nice company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice weather, many company driven program e.g learning, bootcamp, etc.

    Cons

    They still have hourly based title there. Check your contract is going to be hourly based or salary based. For hourly based, you actually have to clock-in and out including lunch time.

    Advice to Management

    Housing in Irvine is pretty expensive than other area compare to average income of these area. Consider it when you negotiate your salary.


  7. Helpful (14)

    You have to love what you do.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Compatibility Analyst III in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Compatibility Analyst III in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    You get to work with some really talented people. Most of the people who work here do so because they love Blizzard games.

    Cons

    You do not get payed very well and you are expected to perform well above your job description. Management likes to throw around the phrase "If you don't like it here then quit, there are thousands of others that can replace you." which does not lead to a very good work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Stop acting like your employees are these replaceable pieces on a game board.


  8. Helpful (6)

    Senior Game Desinger

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

    Pros

    - Fun - Excellent Pay - Relaxed - Benefits

    Cons

    - Long Hours - Unorganized - Sometimes Boring

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees more. There should be an atmosphere that is centered around teamwork and individuality, not simply the opinions of the higher ups.

    Blizzard Entertainment Response

    May 15, 2015 – Blizzard

    Fostering "...an atmosphere that is centered around teamwork and individuality" is what we want as well, regardless of team. Hopefully you felt comfortable enough while you were here to use one of ... More


  9. Helpful (8)

    Production

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Production in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1. Family Type environment, it feels like a small family. And that's what can get you to stay a long time. 2. Big events, perks are somewhat generous. 3. Better inter department career growth now. 4. Amazing company if you are a 20 something with no family and just want to spend 80 hours a week during crunch time at work.

    Cons

    1. Lack of career direction outside of a department. And if you do get movement, you will only get a 10% increase when someone can come from outside the company and make way more than you. And you are expected to love it since you owe them for promoting you. 2. Pay is generally crap at the lower end of things, and you get responses from Executives that bonuses are to offset getting paid low. But then reminded in the same breath they are not guaranteed at the same time. 3. No balance of work/home life at all. There were times I worked 120 hours in a week literally only sleeping at home.

    Advice to Management

    I do believe that Morhaime does care about the people and want's the best for them. But I never got that feeling from people like Frank Pearce or some of the other executives. There are a lot of good people here, and good management. Inter Department Managers are there for you and generally will fight to help you succeed.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Game Master

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Game Master in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Game Master in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fun, relaxed environment with mostly great people. Perks were great, as were bonuses. Company is very visible with it's data and mission. Mike Morhaime is a great guy who "gets" the employees, it just doesn't "trickle down". Great health benefits.

    Cons

    You get to do more work over time for the same pay, or a (very) small increase. It's not what you know, but who you know. They will bring in outsiders from another company en masse, and even create jobs for them, if they like the person (I experienced this with my own eyes.) If you are a GM aka "peon", you aren't worth the time or money to help you stay at the company when things get rough. Low end of the pay scale when it comes to the work. I get paid a lot more doing a lot less now.

    Advice to Management

    Think about the "little guy" more. I was done wrong, and it was a mix of responsible parties, but Blizzard was a part of it. I would have stayed, given the chance.


  11. Helpful (5)

    Game Master for WoW

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - In-Game Support Representative in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - In-Game Support Representative in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Overnight shifts available (great for college) - Nerf gun battles - Help people having trouble in the game - Free Blizzard stuff - Being able to blow players' minds

    Cons

    - Crazy angry gamers (Some people don't understand how statistics and probability work. They think if the drop rate is 1% and you kill 100, one should drop.)

    Blizzard Entertainment Response

    May 15, 2015 – Blizzard

    Thanks for writing in and contributing your talent to one of the best Customer Service organizations in the world!



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