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Pros
  • "Blizzard actually wants to give employees a Work-Life balance(in 36 reviews)

  • "If you are looking for a work environment to fully 'embrace your inner geek" you don't need to look any further(in 37 reviews)

Cons
  • "Expensive cost of living in the surrounding area; the company does subsidize healthy food options in their cafe and vending machines in each building(in 29 reviews)

  • "You have to work really hard to exceed expectations which can erode some of the exalted "work-life balance"(in 19 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (20)

    Amazing culture and Passion for hand-crafted, high quality gaming experiences

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    -Employees bleed passion. They embrace the 8 core values wholeheartedly and live and breath it. -Opportunities for learning and growth. The company has grown quickly over the past few years and there are opportunities beyond just game development! eSports, Consumer Products, Story and Franchise Development and more. -Limited hierarchy, everyone pitches in and has a voice, and focused on meritocracy -You can be yourself....

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    Cons

    -Company is more of a start up-feel and there's a greater need for more process and documentation, however, not to the point where we are taking away from the creativity and to get things done -It takes time to learn the Blizzard way of doing things, but there's a positive in this as everyone understands this and gives new hires a chance to really absorb the culture and build relationships without being thrown into the...

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    Advice to Management

    -Never forget the roots of the organization, the creativity and focus on quality, but realize that we need to catch up in certain areas as well

  2. Epic Company

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    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Managment is top notch. People are nice and work as a team. Very transparent and really do stick to the Core Values.

    Cons

    Pay is a little light.

  3. Helpful (5)

    Struggling.

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Commitment to diversity, tight knit community, good benefits.

    Cons

    Support teams still looked down on/seen as cost centers. No CTO currently. New President is still getting up to speed. Budgets are tight and getting worse. Unwillingness to fire people who aren’t actually a fit for the position they’re hired for. Deeply toxic internal politics between departments (particularly, Battle.Net vs. the rest of the company, Battle.Net vs itself).

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting technical people with a lack of soft-skills to positions where they’ll manage dozens or hundreds of people. Read up on the Peter Principle. Listen to the cries of individual contributors when they say a lack of leadership is killing previously effective teams. Learn how to hire people from the outside who will adhere to the Core Values. Hiring hostile, inexperienced candidates for leadership/management...

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  4. Helpful (1)

    A company full of terrific people that doesn't actually care about them.

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    Former Employee - Senior Test Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    - Amazing people and culture - Ability and encouragement to be yourself (within reason) - Incredible fan base - Lots of fun perks and swag

    Cons

    - Underpaid - Overworked - Overly Political - Shifting business priorities

    Advice to Management

    Let me start by saying that a lot of people work at Blizzard because they want to be there. They are super passionate about the company and what they're working on. The company says a lot of good things and makes great games. They provide pretty good benefits and additional perks to sweeten the deal. But they also significantly underpay and overwork the vast majority of their employees. Most people there will gladly...

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  5. Good company

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 2 years

      Pros

      salary, benefits, location, company, food

      Cons

      Actually I was satisfied everything

    • Helpful (11)

      Used to be fun and a family, not the same anymore

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      Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      There really aren't many pros anymore. Blizzard used to have a real family feel, people would hang out after work together, play boardgames, have a few drinks, work late nights and not even care. It felt like we all had each other's backs, and management was trusted. Now people come to work, do the required hours and leave. The passion has been fading slowly. Now it's just a job. Right now, the only pro is saying "I...

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      Cons

      So many cons. There is a "good old boy" form of leadership who have risen up to senior levels across the company because they're friends with other old school Blizzard guys. These people think that because they were involved with WoW or Starcraft back in the day, it means they're geniuses and everything they say or do now must be the right thing. However, they don't realize that the games industry and tech in general...

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      Advice to Management

      The tech orgs need to be restructured, Battle.net is a dysfunctional and a massively inefficient mess.

    • Graphic Designer

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time

      Pros

      Company culture is awesome and just an awesome place to be at.

      Cons

      Definitely got to speak up for growth.

    • Helpful (1)

      Great People Poor Compensation

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      Former Employee - Senior Test Analyst in Irvine, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 9 years

      Pros

      You get to work with some of the best people in the industry.

      Cons

      Compensation is extremely low .

    • Helpful (3)

      Room For Improvement

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Austin, TX

      I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 20 years

      Pros

      As many other reviews have stated - the culture. The culture and the people at Blizzard are fantastic, and it shows with their customer interactions. Having an on-site gym is a plus. You can definitely 'embrace your inner geek' - the dress code is casual and you are encouraged to be passionate about games and e-sports.

      Cons

      Compensation is not competitive for the type and amount of work done, especially in the upper tiers of CS. Promotions out of CS are difficult at best, especially if you want to stay in the Austin area. Otherwise you need to move to Irvine, which is prohibitively expensive. The competition is fierce regardless. Call center scheduling is not going to be optimal for everyone. Unless you can directly swap with someone,...

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      Advice to Management

      Continue growing, supporting and rewarding talent.

    • Helpful (8)

      Avoid the QA Department

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 4 years

      Pros

      - Passionate group of people - Decent Pay (Above the EA's and Activisions, but not competitive with other companies in the Greater LA area for similar/equivalent roles) - Decent Benefits (Commuting program, gifts, company events, Blizzcon, Blizzbucks, free copies of Blizzard and Activision Games) You'd be hard pressed to find a group of people who are more passionate about the games they make than the ones who work...

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      Cons

      - *Very* Cliquey. - QA is a literal garbage fire and treats anyone without a manager/director title like they are plebs. Some examples of how QA are treated badly: 1) I was brought in as highly experienced hire to build a new department. The only other hire in QA was a QA Manager. The QA onboarding staff made a specific point that it is not acceptable to come into work smelly/dirty, and if you did, there are showers...

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      Advice to Management

      Take a long hard look at the people who run your QA department. This department is 10 years behind the rest of the industry, easily. You could learn a lot, both from across teams, but also from your partner companies such as King and Activision. You don't need to adopt their practices, but they are an amazing resource where you can cannibalize information and learnings and then make it your own. The QA Ops group is...

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