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Blizzard Entertainment Reviews

Updated August 15, 2017
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  • The pay wasn't great, especially for the cost of living in Southern California (in 23 reviews)

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

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Company is great; Austin campus... not so much"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working for Blizzard Entertainment was never a dream, but when it happened it was one hell of a ride. Definitely a really great company, no matter what. The main campus in Irvine is awesome and the people even more so! If you get work here (Irvine or EU), the sky is the limit!

    Cons

    The Austin campus does not abide by many of the company's core values, especially when it comes "Play Nice, Play Fair" or "Lead Responsibly". It's very much a good 'ol boys club, and if you don't get in you'll never get anywhere. The politics are heavy; if you don't play well, don't expect any recognition, promotion or consideration.

    Advice to Management

    The Austin leadership needs to be replaced. They've created such a clique among themselves that if you're not in the "In" crowd, you're pretty much stuck where you are with no hope of advancement. There are so many talented people in Austin CS that simply give up because of this, and it's so disheartening and sad.


  2. "Love it"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service
    Current Employee - Customer Service
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity for growth. Amazing Culture. Fun teams

    Cons

    In CS pay is low because its entry level, some rules are strict.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Top 100 best places to work!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Specialist Game Master in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Specialist Game Master in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great culture
    Easy customers
    Comparable benefits
    Quarterly bonuses
    Free games and services
    Great Management and Executives

    Cons

    Yearly shift bids depending on performance
    Pay is below average and i would have preferred a bigger paycheck than the quarterly bonuses
    Campus Childcare would make it top 10 places to work
    Hard to move up because of the amount of competition from internal candidates

    Advice to Management

    Yall are awesome!


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work; Loads of benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Dedicated and talented teammates made delivering high-quality features under aggressive timelines significantly easier.
    - Fantastic work-life balance
    - Many and varied benefits ranging from on-site fitness camps to on-campus art and programming workshops for professional or personal development

    Cons

    - Pay was not competitive and advancement was difficult


  5. "Nice"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Its really fun and pays well

    Cons

    You are generally at a computer all day

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Could be the perfect employer if it wasn't for compensation woes..."

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

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    + Company culture and values are great and really affect the business decisions here
    + Benefits other than base compensation are pretty good

    Cons

    - Compensation isn't particularly good nor competitive with the rest of the industry

    Advice to Management

    Value and provide better base salaries in order to retain talent.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "#blizzlife"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great people who are passionate about the work they do
    excellent benefits and culture
    dog friendly
    Starbucks on campus is legit

    Cons

    campus is a bit spread out and I'm always 5 mins late to meetings

    Advice to Management

    stay focused on being epic

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Hands-Down The Best Company I've Ever Worked For"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Blizzard, first and foremost, cares about their players. They are dedicated to bringing the best experience to their players as possible, and it really shows in every aspect of work life. I have never felt more valued as an employee than I do at Blizzard. I'm a pretty low man on the totem pole, but my ideas are heard and valued, and I have never felt more comfortable or at home with a company than I do with Blizzard. The advancement opportunities for employees are also far more varied and available than with other companies I've worked for.

    Plus, you can bring your dogs to work. How cool is that?

    Cons

    If you're brought on as a temp or a contractor, you can sometimes feel a little disconnected from the Blizzard community as a whole, but they're taking steps toward eliminating that divide to make sure every employee feels valued.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "More than a job - a very special place to work"

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

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Sets the standard for quality and creativity in games and increasingly, for entertainment overall
    - Incredibly passionate employee base
    - Values-driven organization that really cares about people and what we all think
    - Stable, profitable and great bonuses and benefits
    - Desire to consistently get better everyday
    - Cheaper cost of living vs. LA or SF

    Cons

    - Consensus driven culture can slow down decision-making
    - Still figuring out how to scale across multiple franchises successfully
    - Can be more ambitious

    Advice to Management

    Push the organization to think bigger and take advantage of all our opportunities. Stay vigilant on quality as we continue to expand. Continue to level up leaders and managers.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Working at Blizzard Entertainment in Irvine, CA"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very passionate employees, strong executive leadership, strong emphasis on work/life balance, numerous on campus benefits including, gym, pool table, cafe, volleyball court

    Cons

    Getting hired in to Blizzard is tough, as there are numerous applicants for almost every job, and they are very selective in whom they hire


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