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Updated June 21, 2015
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  1. Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Takes awhile to get promoted


  2. Nice offices to be in

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The ambiance is very sweet. Even if there are more employees it still feels like a big family. Employees are respected by the direction. The office is GREAT.

    Cons

    It's a video game studio, expect some crunches. But they are not so bad in this one, really.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Stable workplace but little incentive to strive for excellence.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Burbank, CA

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

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

    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.


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  5. Intelligent and hardworking staff working on high profile IP

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    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. Helpful (2)

    QA Tester

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - QA Tester in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - QA Tester in Burbank, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  7. Executive Assistant

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Too many lay offs lately

    Advice to Management

    No advice


  8. Helpful (1)

    Finance Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Manager
    Current Employee - Finance Manager

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

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits and work life balance is ok. Pay is average, fun product to work for

    Cons

    Personal and professional growth is very slow. I have been in my role for 2.5 years and nothing has changed. There are people that are in positions higher than me, that got there based on time spent with the company than really meriting it. Very demotivating at times.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage employee growth, promote professional movement, create more rewarding pay structure, and get rid of people who do not perform instead of promoting them for sticking to their position.


  9. A positive learning experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - QA Analyst in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - QA Analyst in Montreal, QC (Canada)

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    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!


  10. Helpful (2)

    Kirkland office is unstable

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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. Helpful (2)

    Interesting for short term, little long term opportunity

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA

    I worked at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    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.



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