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Blizzard Entertainment Reviews

Updated November 21, 2014
Updated November 21, 2014
208 Reviews
3.7
208 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. 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
  2. 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

  3. 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
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Senior Technician in IT Review

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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
  6. 9 people found this helpful  

    Great products, terrible politics

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    Former Employee - Lead Programmer
    Former Employee - Lead Programmer

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

    Pros

    Products are not released unless they are of high quality and are complete. Developers are treated as first class citizens. Looks very good on a resume.

    Cons

    Poor project management. Roughly half of all projects are canceled. Incapable of managing third parties. Back-stabbing politics. Design and creative leads have tremendous egos. Teams are expected to iterate on the same franchise ad infinitum. Technical challenges are dated, making it hard to learn current skills. QA and admin are treated as second-class citizens.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    This is the company you work merely based on passionate

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Got all the Blizzard games for free
    - T shirt, sweat shirt, hoodies

    Cons

    - Low pay grade compare to the same industry
    - One of the core value is: Every Voice Matters. Don't believe that. Ever voice matters, but multiply by your level. If you are engineer, your voice X 0.6. Senior Engineer X 0.8. Manager X 1. Senior Manager X 1.2. Director X 2. VP X 5 and CEO X 5000
    - Politics. Which gang you are with is critical for your survival, and the importance of your projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 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
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    NetOps

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Exciting and out of box thinking of getting the job done

    Cons

    International operations sometimes can be a hurdle for getting things agreed - all around the globe means there is no good time for everyone.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Their customer service goals are all over the place

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    Laid back company, profit sharing, free games, company gifts, good benefits

    Cons

    Unfortunately the KPI changes too much, they do not know what to focus on compared with company needs. First they want to focus on how quickly customers get responded to then change focus to first call resolution and then focus again on speed, confusing and upsetting/frustrating the reps. Internal promotion is extremely difficult, HR is not in sync or honest or consistent on their feedback.
    TMs are not supportive or help guiding or uplifting. They basically do what they want and help whoever they like.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give clear, honest and consistent feedback to those who apply internally. It's too obvious that people are giving excuses why they are not hiring a candidate.
    Get your KPI together and make a final decision. Understand that when people work under stress, their performance is never going to be what you expect. Again, be honest and clear about your changes and communicate better with your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 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

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