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Helpful (2)

Fun, but dissapointing

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  • Senior Management
Former Employee - QA Analyst in Irvine, CA
Former Employee - QA Analyst in Irvine, CA

I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (Less than a year)

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

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 Management

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.

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  1. Best company I've ever been a part of.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Production in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Incredible company and family to be a part of.

    Cons

    No cons to really share.

    Advice to Management

    To keep the small family company-feeling going no matter how large you grow.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Exceptional creative talent, poor personnel and process management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1) Some of the top creative talent in the world in almost every category
    2) Great grassroots drive, energy, passion, and character
    3) Great, proven franchises

    Cons

    1) Extremely poor personnel and operational management in most divisions
    2) Company rapidly scaled resulting in political, bureaucratic, wasteful departments
    3) Lack of high level multi-year strategy resulting in most departments being out-of-sync on priorities
    4) Extremely poor horizontal and vertical communication
    5) Virtually no operational oversight into department process, procedure, and personnel development

    Advice to Management

    Refocus efforts into personnel and production management in order to leverage the exceptional talent the company has recruited over the years. Treat personnel management and production management as a product just as important as the product distributed on the store shelves. Invest heavily in operations oversight to ensure communication, culture, and product development quality, and department budgets are in-line with corporate strategy and values.


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