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Blizzard Entertainment Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
203 Reviews
3.6
203 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 6 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Expensive to live but worth it.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 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
  3. 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
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  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Challenging while still fun place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment

    Pros

    Access to games earlier
    Trophy on resume

    Cons

    High living cost with substandard pay

  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    You better be a company man

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Strong brand. Own gym. Somewhat stable job.

    Cons

    If you are a person that wants to make a difference. Are you passionate about your work? Want to create the best art or technology that adds value to the end result. Are you result driven, want to find solutions that works best for the work and company, and not just blindly say yes to obvious bad ideas to people around you just to not appear as someone who would "rock the boat". If you have any of these great qualities, don't work at Blizzard. Its not for you.

    They like and promote yes man. They don't really want or care about your skills or talents. They just like to appear as they hired top talents from the industry. It looks good for them and serves their egos. But they do not know how to utilize talents. Production on teams are a mess. Its why they waste a lot of money these days. Projects and departments are poorly managed. Its very clicky.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't know what to say. Seems like the company has gotten too big and its out of control now. There are a lot of talented artists, but most people in the leadership role (managers, supervisors, producers) are not qualified to be in a leadership position. They poison the place and instead of helping the company, bogs it down. And now to a point where its hard to turn around. I hope WoW will keep doing well because once it does not, I cannot see how the company can be sustainable with the way it currently operates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Passionate, Fun Environment.. Slow Moving

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Human Resources Employee in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Employees here are smart, analytical, and die-hard fans of the games. It's fun to be around such passionate people.

    Cons

    The company operates as a "family" as opposed to a "sports team"... so the dead weight hangs around based on tenure (and not merit). The pay is absolutely abominable.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Senior Technician in IT Review

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Technician in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Technician in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    The environment and culture. The people and team members you work with help you all the time. The atmosphere of making friends at work and going to parties even outside of work hours. The vacation time which gets to be 3 weeks per year after being at the company for more than a couple years it caps at about 160 days. The sick time is good as well. So overall benefits are excellent along with bonuses. The perks of working at the company such as free company trips to Vegas and more.

    Cons

    The base pay-rate isn't as good if you're in a support role aside from development and even after more than 5 years you won't be receiving too much of a raise. Some management can be immature and silo employees that do deserve a promotion to be stuck in the same position for a number of years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and at least don't brush them aside.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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