Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
3.2 of 5 11 reviews
www.wbie.com Burbank, CA

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Reviews

Updated Jun 3, 2014
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment – US – “Breakroom”

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3.2 11 reviews

                             

62% Approve of the CEO

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Martin Tremblay

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60% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Kirkland office is unstable

    Software Engineer (Current Employee)
    Kirkland, WA

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

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementPlan 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Full of potential, but lacking in adequate resources (in terms of process, people, and direction)

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Pros- Tremendous IP and the potential for leveraging that IP
    - A number of very passionate a dedicated people to work with
    - Essentially still a "startup" culture with a hefty bankroll
    - "Warner Bros." experience can look pretty good on a CV

    Cons- Lack of unifying direction/vision (especially obvious given the geographic separation of the "head office" from everyone else)
    - Too little staff to do all the work that needs to be done, and a seeming willingness by the executive team to let this situation continue.
    - "Bottom-line" decision making often at odds with creative/creation process
    - Current trend of workforce reductions at various development locations

    Advice to Senior ManagementUnify the entire division, staff critical positions with enough people to get the job done without individuals having to "kill themselves," and setup a culture of "success" versus one that provides a minefield of opportunities for failure.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great environment, great culture

    Marketing and Sales Intern (Former Employee)

    Prosvery relaxed culture, great perks, great opportunity to learn

    Cons- work load is very cyclical

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Laid off after more than a decade

    Senior Software Engineer (Former Employee)
    Kirkland, WA

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

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Stable workplace but little incentive to strive for excellence.

    Manager (Current Employee)
    Burbank, CA

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

    ConsNo 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 Senior ManagementDefine 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsTakes awhile to get promoted

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Poorly managed game development.

    Technical Artist (Former Employee)
    Needham, MA

    ProsBenefits and coverage of a corporate entity.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementQuit and seek political office.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Come here for the experience and fun, not for the pay

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Burbank, CA

    ProsOpportunities to try new things and work with some very talented and experienced people. Great work/life balance; Great culture

    ConsLower industry average pay; Politics involved to really move ahead; Lack of structure can be chaotic at times.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe open and share ideas and information rather than silo information only to those relevant to those that only need to know

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Burbank, CA

    ProsWorked under contract - everyone was very knowledgeable and capable in their roles in the project. The company provided plenty of resources for the project and lessened the regular duties for those involved. This showed a real commitment to the project.

    ConsI don't have any cons to report about this company

    Advice to Senior ManagementProject was run smoothly. Stakeholders and managers made themselves available as needed for the project.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Finance Manager (Current Employee)

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

    ConsPersonal 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 Senior ManagementEncourage 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.

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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