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It was a wonderful experience and they treat their employees very well

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Current Employee - Customer Support Representative Tier III in Austin, TX
Current Employee - Customer Support Representative Tier III in Austin, TX

I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than 5 years)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

Great atmosphere, treat the employees well, pay well with wonderful benefits

Cons

Overtime could get excessive at times, constant change, possibly not feeling as if you are getting the proper coaching from managers for advancement

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Absolutely fantastic.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment as a contractor

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - The atmosphere around the office is very chill and friendly. If you're a gamer you'll feel right at home, and you'll find it difficult to want to leave.
    - Everyone I worked with was very nice and extremely talented. There was no shortage of new things to learn from my coworkers.
    - The company does a lot to make their employees happy. Trips, parties, giveaways, classes, events, activities... It's just a ton of fun every day.

    Cons

    - Some company policies/values seem to get in the way of doing awesome things. Blizzard tries too hard to please everyone equally and often seems to sacrifice a lot of opportunities as a result.
    - Management appears to be extremely risk-averse, somewhat stifling innovation.
    - The company is extremely secretive, even internally. Sometimes employees know about as much as the public when it comes to what is in development.
    - Previous involvements with third-parties seems to have had a very negative effect on Blizzard, as they are very adamant about using internally developed tools, which can be a huge resource and time sink, preventing them from doing what they do best: designing fun games.

    Advice to Management

    As one of the designers at Blizzard once told me, "Anything is great in a vacuum". Follow that advice, because the more you cut yourself off from the world and outside influences, the worse off you will be in the long run. Everyone in the industry looks to you as a role model, so set a good example.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Great when I started, going downhill painfully.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Irvine, CA

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

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

    Pros

    Some very smart and great people to work with. Games are great and the employees do care about the product.

    Cons

    Growth in some critical departments (QA) was to fast for the inexperienced management team to handle. There response was to hire more in-experienced and out of industry people that made the problem worse.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to take a hard look at what things are really like out with your day to day employees. Don't continue to take half measures and hope that it will get you by, sometimes even upper management needs drastic changes and that time is now for blizzard.


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