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Updated June 21, 2015
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  1. Executive Assistant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Great Benefits. Love the people friendly environment

    Cons

    Too many lay offs lately

    Advice to Management

    No advice


  2. Helpful (4)

    Interesting for short term, little long term opportunity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People were pretty good, good licenses and close access to the lot

    Cons

    Highly political, upper management spent a lot of time making sure upper upper management had the right chairs and snacks for meetings. Little concern for products as all the money comes from Lego (TT) (which WB internal leaves alone because - all the money comes from lego(TT)) When cutting your position they will thank you for all your hard work on "Project X" even though you were working on "Project Y"

    Advice to Management

    Lots of layoffs once people get software to content complete, the best way to remain employed is to be late with delivering everything.


  3. Helpful (3)

    QA Tester

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    Current Employee - QA Tester in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - QA Tester in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, not micromanaged, casual but professional atmosphere.

    Cons

    Like all game companies, nepotism and favortism run rampant. Watched more than one "love interest" get promoted with seemingly lower qualifications than other canidates.

    Advice to Management

    Meh. No one listens to testers.


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  5. Intelligent and hardworking staff working on high profile IP

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Very capable and intelligent staff, these people know what they are doing - Management understands games business and are well respected - Great IP, DC Entertainment, Lord Of the Rings/Hobbit, Harry Potter, and Lego properties to work with, just to name a few - Very stable for a game company: Fewer layoffs and restructuring compared to direct competitors such as Disney Interactive

    Cons

    - Due to the larger company size, upward mobility may take longer than smaller studios but in my personal situation, I was able to move quickly due to a vacancy - Sometimes too process driven and a lot of red tape, needs to be more agile in order to maintain competitive edge - Limited or lack of original IP from games, most games are based on existing IP, they need to start expanding their business and allow for internal creative development

    Advice to Management

    - Continue growth for the business but also don't be afraid to think outside the box - let's get WBIE in the top 10 publishers list


  6. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, access to the studio lot, fun projects, flexible hours

    Cons

    Takes awhile to get promoted


  7. Helpful (2)

    Stable workplace but little incentive to strive for excellence.

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    Current Employee - Manager in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great brands, commitment to high quality games, very secure employment, generally reasonable hours and workload.

    Cons

    No upside if you do a good job - bonuses are capped (small percent of salary), annual raises are lower than inflation, very slow to promote. Lots of politics, particularly among senior management, lead to dueling initiatives that should be combined across departments and unnecessary bitterness/conflict among rank and file.

    Advice to Management

    Define a strategy, get buy-in from everyone, follow-up on it and stick with it. Attract best-in-class employees and invest in identifying and retaining star performers.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Poorly managed game development.

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    Former Employee - Technical Artist in Needham, MA
    Former Employee - Technical Artist in Needham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and coverage of a corporate entity.

    Cons

    Poor and unqualified management. A complete lack of process and project management.

    Advice to Management

    Quit and seek political office.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Laid off after more than a decade

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Employees receive free movie DVDs several times a year and occasional screenings of new movies. Warner Brothers owns a large number of interesting IPs.

    Cons

    Upper management is excessively risk-averse and short sighted leading to a creatively stagnant environment and frequent layoffs of loyal and talented employees.

    Advice to Management

    Driving talented and loyal developers away to make your quarterly budgets look good is a shortsighted solution at best.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Kirkland office is unstable

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The work is fun and challenging. The people are great.

    Cons

    The studio goes through annual layoffs. Sometimes it is more often than that. They layoff people whenever a title is ready to launch. The pay is lower than other nearby studios.

    Advice to Management

    Plan ahead so you have something to do with all these people when a project ends. There is no need to go through massive hires and layoffs every year when a little planning will save you all that time, money, and reputation.


  11. A positive learning experience

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    Former Employee - QA Analyst in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - QA Analyst in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Facilities, flexible hours, the occasional competent middle manager.

    Cons

    Pay, nepotism, rampant incompetence, lack of innovation, the constant feeling that the upper management struggles to understand the video game industry.

    Advice to Management

    Warner Bros. Interactive is not a film studio so stop trying to manage it as if it were!



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