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Blizzard Entertainment Reviews

Updated November 17, 2017
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  • Cost of Living, Irvine CA is expensive (in 23 reviews)

  • You have to work really hard to exceed expectations which can erode some of the exalted "work-life balance" (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "CSR"

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    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


  2. "Amazing Culture"

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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

    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.

  3. Helpful (8)

    "Stagnant"

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    Current Employee - Artist in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Artist in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Comfortable. Easy Job. Good facilities.

    Cons

    Bad location. Management is not helpful. They do not have finger on pulse of the teams there, and you can't blame them - the teams are huge.

    Lack of growth. Very political.

    They will low-ball you. Compensation is not competitive. Which is why Riot can poach anyone they want, and do.

    Advice to Management

    Skip meetings to spend time with your teams and really engage in what they are thinking and feeling.

    Pay people what they're worth. I've seen too many good people leave for greener pastures because they are being very underpaid.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Good Company ; Culture Shift"

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    Current Employee - Tech Engineer
    Current Employee - Tech Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Generally smart people. There used to be a lot more consistency in talent workforce. This varies now although still competent folks with competitive salary.

    Cons

    Bad attitudes, aggressive culture. Due to a lot of changes, company is reaching a period of mediocre job satisfaction.

    Advice to Management

    Mike, continue to guide management to make changes that benefit the company and personnel. Fear leadership, intimidation, and emotional decision-making is unprofitable. Organizational chaos and politics have a negative return on workforce value.


  5. "Great company"

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

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Great culture and atmosphere here

    Cons

    Occasional long hours and weekend shifts


  6. Helpful (14)

    "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer II in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer II in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for. People are friendly, everyone love playing games. It is a 100% nerd environment.

    VanPool is a great option for those who live in LA County for example. I moved closer to Irvine a while back because they did not have a vanpool option. Now that they do it opens options to move elsewhere if I wish. I likely won't but it's good to have more options.

    Freebies and swag are great.

    Cons

    Rapid growth means growing pains. I have other companies grow this fast and it can be difficult to hold your core values as you diversify in talent.

    Housing cost in Orange County is outrageous. It's about $400-800/sq foot or about 2500-2800 for rentals ranging in the 1000 square foot range. This requires your base pay to be around 80k for a single person. More likely 100-120k for 2-3, 130k for a family of 4. This means that both parents likely need to be working.

    The health benefits are expensive compared to other companies and what you get from them. though the recent changes are better, they are not as good as what most of the comparable industry friends tell me.

    Bonuses are great and get slightly larger the longer you are at blizzard. But the increases seem to have stagnated and stayed flat for a while now. It is still going up but not at the same rate as the first few years I was working. This maybe an individual thing.

    Food options on campus just recently got slightly better. But expect to pay around $10 per meal on campus or in any of the locations in Irvine.

    OC traffic has increased significantly in the past few years. A 20 minute commute consistently is now more like 40-50 during morning and evening rush hour. This means population growth is rapid in the area. Just in my area alone several condos and large rental units have been built all along my commute. Rapid growth means freeway and road congestion.

    If it takes you 1 hour to commute and the pay is less than what you can get working in LA for example, it makes it hard for new talent to consider employment, and as the commutes and cost of living rise you risk loosing great talent as well (already starting to see this happen).

    Irvine also suffers from rapid growing pains. Many new companies are moving in. The landscape is changing at a significant rate.

    Advice to Management

    Don't hide all the decisions you are making that effect daily life of employees. This can be counter productive and creates unnecessary tension.

    Fix your review process. For 2 years emails and surveys say you are doing just that. But the proposed idea is not much different then the current review process. Some management say the review does not impact bonus. Be more transparent on exactly how the bonus and merit is calculated. Most people are ignoring the reviews for 2 reasons, the review once written can't or won't be changed based on feedback from the individual and questioning the profit sharing process is frowned upon.

     It's fantastic we get profit sharing. But honestly, if we have a bad profit year or years, profit sharing would suddenly go away. Counting on a bonus to make ends meet I'm sure is not what blizzard wants in the end. And some heavily rely on the bonus.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Great for young adults, but you'll eventually mature past CS."

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    Former Employee - Tier III Customer Service Representative in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Tier III Customer Service Representative in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic job for those just getting started in the workplace.
    GREAT medical benefits, bonuses, and perks.
    Incredibly fun environment where performance is constantly recognized and awarded for.
    Excellent new hire and continuing training.
    Core values are actually carried through the workday. They're not just lip service!

    Cons

    Work environment HIGHLY depends on which managers you're working with.
    Not much control over what shift you'll be assigned to in frequent shift bids.
    If you're a woman, expect to work a little harder to have your voice heard.
    At the end of the day, customer service is a call center. It's not intended to sustain someone as a lifelong career unless you hit management or transition into another department.
    Not much work-life balance for parents - unexpected absences or school calls count as an attendance hit, no employee benefits to help with childcare expenses.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Unsure -- Sad but yet Good"

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    Former Employee - Game Master in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Game Master in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Once you are actually in its great. You have all kinds of reasons to want to bust your tail to work for the customer and the company as well. The rewards for a job well done are definitely awesome!

    Cons

    There are too many cases of favoritism where those who don't get rewarded and should for their work and those that don't do any work and still get the positions and goodies but don't do anything.....get the idea? There are not many Career Opportunities here.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest --- Don't try to be their friend and CLAIM to everyone that YOU are transparent once they are gone they aren't ever going to be able to get back in that door no matter how much they love this company. There are too many cases of favoritism which breaks a persons heart. You should honor those promises. You should do good by those. Support the disabled and handicapped. Shame on you!!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Blizzard has Disneyland beat!"

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    Current Employee - Associate Sound Designer in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Associate Sound Designer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everyone at Blizzard has such great personalities and support each other. Blizzard is a very welcoming company that never keeps employees in the dark on what is happening. Also, by working at Blizzard you are surrounded by inspiration everywhere through statues, art, figures, books, etc. It's really a gamer's Disneyland.

    The benefits and perks are also great and enable you to pursue life goals outside of work through the company.

    Cons

    Very expensive area to live.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the inner geek display and acceptance of everyone. Truly friendly and open vibes!


  10. "Best place I've ever worked!"

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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

    The company is near perfect! The benefits are great and everyone is happy and healthy!

    Cons

    There is nothing really bad about this place.


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