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Blizzard Entertainment Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
193 Reviews
3.6
193 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great experience overall. Very laid back environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good management team.

    Cons

    Lots of hours but they do compensate for your hard work.

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

    A name brand opportunity if you're interested in game development

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment

    Pros

    If you're a developer you're respected and you know your work is valued by many

    Cons

    Mediocre compensation in an area with a very expensive cost of living

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To senior management: either relocate or improve compensation for the rank and file

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 7 people found this helpful  

    Once upon a time it was happy, now it's just ever after

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    The people themselves are great, the location (so long as you're on a dev team) is pretty good with semi-custom spaces, gym, food, etc.

    Cons

    Complete lack of accountability the higher one goes; there's exceptions and they end up carrying the entire organization across the board.

    Support teams are still an after thought; even QA (which is one of the better in the gaming industry) is more like a step child, Customer Support may be closer to a foster child that no one really wants around.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start sharing the money a bit more and make sure that even low level employees can have lives. Constant "over time" just becomes a new schedule that's not sustainable and is a large part of what drives productivity down, not just in QA and Support but the dev teams, too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Blizzard : A dream company for me.

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

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

    Pros

    The salary was amazing, and the coworkers were very open minded, and always had something to contribute to in an project. The projects were very fun to work on, and there was always something to do.

    Cons

    Some of the deadlines were very strict, and sometimes I would have to stay at the workplace for extended hours, but in the end it was worth it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    risk engineer

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great culture, work environment, perks

    Cons

    Exhausting hours and low pay

  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company of passionate people who can be a bit ingrained in their way of doing things

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Everyone cares about the company's games. There are a lot of people from all sorts of backgrounds and fields that have ended up at Blizzard because they love the games and they love the brand. If you are a game developer, or have a technical skill related to game design/making, Blizzard is a great company for you.

    Cons

    Everyone cares about the company's games, but in many cases, other processes, functions, become secondary. If you are in a more business-type role, Blizzard may/may not be the best company for you.

    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A company that has it's own -con.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Free games and free subscriptions. Employees enthusiastic about the company's products. Industry leader.

    Cons

    No real chances of mobility between departments. Developer-centric culture at the expense of everyone else. Over-reliance on perks as compensation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to be

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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 full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Really great coworkers, fun place to work and excellent potential to advance.

    Cons

    The company has been building out middle management which has been stagnating progress on projects. Also, the company takes too long to develop games and at times thinks it knows what customers want when they don't.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decrease development time for projects. It should not take a decade to make a game.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Internship at Blizzard

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    Former Employee - Data Analyst  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Data Analyst in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great working environment and nice people.

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of.

    Recommends
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very fulfilling.

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    Current Employee - Specialist Game Master  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Specialist Game Master in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Great culture and environment, improve transparency recently, and a lot of fun.

    Cons

    Working off hours can be rough at times, but this has gotten better over the years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the transparency.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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