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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
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Blizzard's Relaxed Work Environment

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    Current Employee - Senior Unix Engineer  in  Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Unix Engineer in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Blizzard offers a very relaxed casual work environment. Dress of course is Silicon Valley casual - jeans, shorts, sandals, etc.

    Work is sometimes fast-paced - but definitely exciting and challenging

    A good place to showcase your skill and increase your knowledge

    Cons

    Sometimes, groups work in silos

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more in touch with team members
    work on actually building team cohesiveness

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Dedicated to creating the most epic entertainment experiences...ever.

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    Former Employee - Game Master  in  Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Game Master in Irvine, CA

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

    Pros

    Some of the best, brightest and funnest people within the industry to work with. Hands down one of the better employers I've had.

    Cons

    Some of the positions within the company can only be gained if you know the right people. At times, it seems talent and hard work are not rewarded.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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