Blizzard Entertainment Reviews | Glassdoor

Blizzard Entertainment Reviews

Updated September 22, 2017
497 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

4.2
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Blizzard Entertainment President and CEO Mike Morhaime
Mike Morhaime
384 Ratings

497 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
Cons
  • Merit increases do not keep up with cost of living (in 22 reviews)

  • You have to work really hard to exceed expectations which can erode some of the exalted "work-life balance" (in 15 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (22)

    "Dream Job: brilliant people, inspiring projects, and a culture of family!"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Passionate people
    - Super intelligent colleagues
    - Culture of learning & growing
    - Relaxed, friendly work environment
    - Family-friendly with good work-life balance
    - Stability
    - Excellent benefits
    - People have fun while creating fun for others!

    Cons

    - Compensation is not as competitive as comparable jobs at other companies
    - Cost of living is high
    - Large, risk-averse company means that change happens slowly

    Advice to Management

    Overall the C-suite and senior leadership is doing a fantastic job. Feedback is consistently sought, and they're always looking for ways to level up the company.

    Providing a clearer picture of career progression would be a significant improvement. Additionally, many managers across the company could use training and assistance with providing meaningful, actionable feedback to their reports about their areas of strength and weakness.

    While one of Blizzard's core values is "Gameplay First", it can sometimes feel like employees who are not designers on game teams are second class citizens; continuing to push the "one Blizzard team" initiative and provide opportunities to shine for other disciplines will help combat this feeling.

    Keep up the good work!


  2. "Great Work/Life Balance and Company Culture"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    - Company stands by their Core Values and actively fosters them, which is very apparent when interacting with coworkers and people across the company.
    - Awesome perks on campus including: Cafe, Starbucks, gym, basketball court, volleyball court, workout area outside, library, professional development workshops, yoga studio with a variety of classes, company events and celebrations, and much more!
    - Awesome perks off campus: Attending BlizzCon, annual family company event each summer and other events for employees, seeing people get excited when you tell them you work at Blizzard!
    - I feel like there's a lot of room to grow a career here and to constantly be challenged to learn and grow
    - Internal mobility is really great, especially for employees who are getting burnt out in a specific role, or find a new passion for another discipline.

    Cons

    - The pay isn't bad, but not as great as one would hope. The base pay is generally lower than other game companies, but some of this is made up in the yearly bonuses that occur.
    - It can take time to see change occur because it has to go through upper management, but this is pretty common in most corporate companies that are as large as Blizzard.

  3. "Embedded test analyst, Battle.net, Overwatch"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Test Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Test Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic company that cares for its employees and creating record-breaking quality games. Feels like a family! Very progressive and dedicated to diversity.

    Cons

    Pay could be a bit better. Still growing rapidly, making for challenges that can be frustrating. Very busy at times.

    Advice to Management

    Please continue listening to your employees, it works!


  4. "Great company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Everyone is organized and professional

    Cons

    None that I can think of.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing Company, with amazing growth, and the opportunity to be apart of a gaming company that cares about its players"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer I in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer I in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Cutting Edge software development (roughly a new thing here at Blizzard)

    Amazing staff, and peers. You will feel like a family with your team and Blizzard has tons of team building events on most teams. Some teams are excluded from this by personal preference.

    Great & competitive pay for the SoCal area, not what you could make at a non gaming company in SEA or SF but definitely good for Irvine (Engineering perspective only)

    Profit sharing, this is awesome, everyone at Blizzard gets profit sharing if you are a full-time employee of Blizzard. The closer you are to games and the more seniority you have the higher your share will be, but everyone gets something!

    On-campus classes to learn and expand your skills, this has been growing now for some time with more and more classes becoming available.

    Tons of swag, access to Activision games as well, and being apart of the numerous Activision / Blizzard events hosted by the companies.

    Cons

    Large corporation politics, you will need to play nice and play fair, but also play the political game. Mostly meaning that knowing and befriending the right person can generally secure you a promotion. Hard work doesn't go unnoticed, but can be over shadowed due to nepotism or relationships.

    The numerous amount of teams and lack of alignment between game teams, services teams, and web and mobile teams, can make it hard to know what is what. This also makes it difficult to incite change or purpose change due to the sheer number of dependencies needed.

    Your personal growth within the company can be a bit of confusion. Most of your managers don't really understand growth within the company, or your path for promotion. Most people will tell you to speak to your manager but the managers themselves fail to understand the organizational structure. Halting you dead in your tracks! If you want to climb the ladder here, be prepared to do your home work and proactively look for opportunities they won't come to you.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management needs to teach lower management how to incentivize employees to get promotions or raises. Lower management doesn't understand this process as it can be very complex.

    Ben Kilgore, keep working on aligning all of the teams in terms of technology and development practices. We have a long way to go but you're killing it on getting us there.

    Mike, start incentivizing people to come up with quality game ideas. Currently there is no way for people to present ideas at Blizzard and forces them to do this on their off time which ends up costing or losing Blizzard talent, ideas and potential revenue.


  6. ""Every Voice Matters" core value isn't cliché"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Everyone has heavy influence on what we build.

    Cons

    The company has grown significantly, losing some of the tight-knit small company vibe we once had. But we're doing so many cool things in parallel now.


  7. "CSR"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Great people and a refreshing culture

    Cons

    Difficult advancement. Tough to deal with customers.

    Advice to Management

    N/A

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Fun Culture"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and for the most part a fun environment. It's fast-paced (something I personally prefer). Of course this is depending on your department, but I felt like I learned a lot working here.

    Cons

    No clear movement upward and sometimes it feels like there's no movement upward.

    Advice to Management

    Don't play favorites for the wrong reason and listen to your team's needs. Communication needs to be clearer. Don't cut corners.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Avoid Battlenet - Like the Plague"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    The guys that do the actual work are really cool and a joy to work with. The space is cool to work in.

    Cons

    Politics, politics, politics, and scapegoats!
    If Battlenet would spend more time working and less time trying to prove who has the biggest "Hands" it would be so much better.
    It's better to blame others than to fix actual problems.

    Advice to Management

    @Mike M - Take a really hard look at how bad Bnet has got since Ben K left the building. The children are running amuck now that dad is out of site. Ben was always tough but it was never personal. The really poor leadership that remains behind unsupervised really don't have any but their own interests in mind.


  10. "Amazing Culture"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Employees are empowered
    Best culture I've ever seen
    People are free to be themselves
    Working with passionate people

    Cons

    Cross department communication can be difficult. It feels more like a band if small companies instead of a truly unified team.


Showing 497 of 536 reviews
Reset Filters