Blizzard Entertainment Reviews

Updated May 26, 2020

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3.8
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Blizzard Entertainment President and CEO J. Allen Brack
J. Allen Brack
33 Ratings
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  • "If I had to come up with something it would be that the pay versus cost of living (especially in Irvine) could use some work(in 31 reviews)

  • "Work life balance is non-existent; show up for your shift or don't show up at all(in 22 reviews)

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  1. "Strong mission and dedication"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Group Manager in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Blizzard in 2020 is on an upswing. They went through struggles with their values in 2019. This can be reflected in the reviews in Glassdoor during that time. As a fairly new member of Blizzard, I've observed that leadership has acknowledged the past struggles and is reenforcing the positive values. A great example recently is how Blizzard quickly moved to support employees to work from home; proving care package pickups and sharing constant communication and updates. I've also been impressed at the extended leadership and senior leadership's ability to help communicate and drive towards the mission of connecting amazing experiences across the world. The teams are very talented and passionate about doing things right and with quality. Developers are able to focus on their tasks with help from their leads and GMs.

    Cons

    Relationship building is critical to move on large decisions, this can lead to slowdowns in being agile.

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    Blizzard Entertainment2020-05-09
  2. "Great place to work if you don't like money"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great people that are amazing to work with

    Cons

    Pay is low compared to other software companies

    Blizzard Entertainment2020-05-19
  3. "The dream job until it isn't"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Game Producer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of room for mobility across the company Great company events Some of the best games in the industry

    Cons

    Tenure sometimes means too much and other times means too little. Not every manager should be a manager.

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    Blizzard Entertainment2020-05-03
  4. "Pretty good"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    A lot of them - nice food - big days - cool people - lots of monies - fun time

    Cons

    Not much I can say

    Blizzard Entertainment2020-05-12
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Company with a strong culture but struggled a little to rally behind a vision/tangible mission statement"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Internal Communications Manager in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great culture, great people. President sincerely cares about the company and its people. Colleagues are extremely talented.

    Cons

    A little behind the times when it comes to process and internal tools/tech.

    Blizzard Entertainment2020-04-19
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Keep looking"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    other people will be impressed that you work here

    Cons

    insular, immature processes in every department, boys club at middle-manager level and above, politic-heavy, poor pay, poor and patronizing treatment of women, bean counters have taken over all decision-making, all employees get big heads at blizzcon

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    Blizzard Entertainment2020-04-29
  7. Helpful (4)

    "A place that used to be legendary, but is currently facing an identity crisis"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - VFX Artist in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    -Some welcome benefits, especially for parents, or families who want to be parents. -Work-life balance is good. - Abilility to purchase blizzard gear with discounts(although that has decreased a lot over the years) -The campus -The Blizzard lore and history

    Cons

    - Overall compensation is low for the cost of living. - No stock options or other kind of benefits that vest and keep people vested in the company. -Low performance of the company during the last years brought the bonuses to an all-time low. - Very poor career advancement(amazing individuals leave because they are not treated right and not promoted over the course of years, sometimes even a decade).

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    Blizzard Entertainment2020-04-18
  8. Helpful (1)

    "sdfs"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    everything culture wise is amazing

    Cons

    none it's great to be blizzard

    Blizzard Entertainment2020-03-29
  9. Helpful (2)

    "Super Dope"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Linux Systems Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Irvine is dope - Blizzard is dope - We get all games - Sweet opportunities for Blizzard swag - Great opportunities to learn and grow - Internal mobility - Great benefits and insurance

    Cons

    I honestly can't think of any cons at the moment.

    Blizzard Entertainment2020-02-23
  10. Helpful (8)

    "Do Not Try Moving Up From Game Master"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Game Master in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Free games. Some great co-workers. Insurance.

    Cons

    - You are nothing but a number for customers to berate you and leave you bad surveys when they don't get what they want. - You THINK entering Blizzard as a GM will eventually allow you to move up. No, you are stuck forever as a GM. You will never move up, they will find excuses not to move you up. - Unless you're in the Irvine clique, you don't matter. - Have kids? Too bad, you're too old to work here. You MIGHT get weekends off, but you are stuck on a night shift. Nights don't work for you cause you got kids? OK, you can have a morning shift but good luck finding child care on the weekends when you have to work. - You are treated like a child. You have to let the little program know you're taking a pee break. Can't take too many pee breaks though. Management will say some thing. - They treat you like a child because you work with children. Some of the 19 year olds seriously barely make it to their shift on time, then wonder why they aren't getting promoted. - Blizzard is GREAT at destroying your confidence and making you believe that you need them. Not the other way around. You are so lucky to even have a job at Activision, oops, Blizzard. You should be thanking them for the job. - Forget ever working from home. J doesn't believe in it. - Austin is becoming like Irvine. You need 5 room mates to live here. If you complain that the cost of living is too high, then maybe you've outgrown Blizzard. HR will tell you this, don't even try complaining. Oh, or you can join one of the workshops that tells you how to manage your money cause you obviously don't know what you're doing with it.

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    Blizzard Entertainment2020-02-27
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