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Great culture but horrible supervisors and job opportunities

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Former Employee - Account and Technical Services Tier II  in  Irvine, CA
Former Employee - Account and Technical Services Tier II in Irvine, CA

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

Pros

Blizzard has a really relaxed work environment based around the culture of the games they produce. It's very relaxed and everyone there is proud to be a nerd/geek. They offer great health benefits and bonuses and profit sharing to full time employees

Cons

The attendance policies in the Customer Service department is based on a point system. Each time you call out it's three points, and it only takes nine points to get a write up, and twelve to be fired. They do not accept doctors notes to excuse absences, and if you are gone for more than three days in a row you have to apply for FMLA to cover the time you missed or else you risk getting written up or fired. There is also a lot of favoritism that goes on.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    A company full of gamers and A type personalities

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

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

    Pros

    Great CoWorkers, cool benefits if you're a gamer, Nice facilities, lots of fun and events

    Cons

    Long hours, cliquish culture, crunch times that last for months, your contributions can get lost in the sea of employees, lots of competition for promotions etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut out the middle management as much as possible, it was beginning to feel a lot like office space with several supervisors and managers to report to.

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

    Fun, but dissapointing

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

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    *Immense Job satisfaction
    *Prestige
    *Perks, such as on-campus dining, exercise facilities, volleyball, basketball, movie theater, library, arcade rooms, etc etc

    Cons

    *Lazy or Inept co-workers (speaking only of quality assurance)
    *Managers that manage people based on 2nd-hand assumptions about an individual instead of actual experience with an individual. (Once again referring to quality assurance)
    *Leads that abuse their position to cut corners, but then penalize individuals who don't cut corners because they 'take too long', even if they still finish within the assigned, allotted work-time. (quality assurance)
    *Mandatory overtime is illegal, but employees were told they should volunteer for OT 'if they value their job'. Was working ~80 hours a week when SC 2 GoldMaster disc was shipped.
    *One of the lowest paying studios in the industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quality Assurance @ Blizzard is full of conspiracies. Members often conspire to alter the way a project's advance appears in order to 'stay under the radar', even if they find problems, they often don't report them because there is little to no job security and the nail that stands out gets hammered down. Additionally the new employee trainers are inept and not afraid to scapegoat the temp hires or report false claims against temp (probational) employees based on false assumptions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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