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3.7
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3.7
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  • "Low pay across the board except for the rare few dozen who are either execs or particularly special/tenured devs.(in 75 reviews)
  • "People who are still considered new are given less trust and struggle moving the needle for their role, especially middle management on non(in 62 reviews)
  • "Low Salary (good only for geeks)(in 41 reviews)
  • "Low compensation in an exceptionally high cost of living area and ever rising demands(in 22 reviews)
  • "Most of the have zero management training, no college education, and no leadership qualities whatsoever.(in 21 reviews)
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  1. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year
    Featured Review

    Work-life Balance

    Oct 15, 2022 - Localization Project Manager 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Blizzard gives you work-life balance, usually you don't need to work overtime except for crunch time.

    Cons

    Slow pace, takes long time to catch up with industry trend.

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  2. 5.0
    Current Employee

    Truly full of passionate gamers

    Nov 28, 2022 - Senior Software Engineer I in Irvine, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Nearly all teammates are passionate about creating an amazing experience.

    Cons

    The ability to change direction and adapt technology can be severely blocked by legacy systems and de-prioritization for new game features.

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  4. 5.0
    Current Employee, less than 1 year

    Team Culture is great

    Oct 19, 2022 - Ui\Ux Designer 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - Everyone I've interacted with are super passionate and empathetic people - Always learning new skills or insights from everyone - New PTO policy gives equal vacation time regardless of time employed - Benefits are great: reimbursements for phone/internet, tuition assistance, hardware and software, parental leave, bereavement leave, 1.5 week vacation at the end of the year, quarterly game budget (for non blizzard games) - Fun events like internal hackathons, social events remotely (painting party, summits, cooking demo) - Playtest Fridays let's you try out new features your coworkers have been working on - Cool stuff you get to work on - Can wear as many or as little hats you want (be a generalist or stay specialized)

    Cons

    - Turnover has been pretty bad, some disciplines are bleeding

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    1 person found this review helpful
  5. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Overall great org/criticisms regarding internal growth ops

    Sep 19, 2022 - Game Master/Customer Service Representative 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    So much passion there at this company; so many great personalities working to help the company achieve even greater feats than past accomplishments.

    Cons

    The main detractor was the back and forth from leadership regarding growth opportunities for customer support. One year to the next the perspective would seemingly do a 180-degree spin, changing from full support to growing talent from within the company to bluntly keeping growth ops for external candidates. Pay was not aggressively in keeping with cost of living. There was always the looming threat of outsourcing CS to cheaper support as it was becoming increasingly clear the cost of living was outpacing what the org was willing to pay.

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  6. 3.0
    Former Employee, more than 3 years

    A lot to learn, a lot to solve

    Oct 9, 2022 - Localization Producer in Irvine, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - There are hundreds of problem to solve. If you're a problem-solver, you will learn a lot here. Great for furthering your career - Despite what people say, work-life balance was on point - Benefits and perks

    Cons

    - Many departments have too many "old-school" managers and directors with outdated methodologies. Collaboration software, like Google Docs for example, was only allowed after 2018. It's a constant struggle with myopic managers who fear change, not because of how much it would take to change, but because they don't understand it. - Through a lot of fight and discussions, I ended up compensated better than most of my colleagues, but the pay was still subpar compared to the rest industry.

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  7. 4.0
    Former Employee, more than 5 years

    Fulfilling but not competitive

    Aug 19, 2022 - UX-UI Designer in Irvine, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    - Has the most talented people in the industry - High standard of quality - Great culture (play games for team bonding, cool swag) - Work on amazing stuff - Design is of the utmost priority and everyone truly cares about good player experience. While some companies will make predatory decisions about monetization, Blizzard employees do their best to design good experiences that won't be predatory and prioritize fun first.

    Cons

    - Pay is not competitive if you've been there a while. It's better for new employees coming in though - People tend to be under-leveled (a mid at Blizzard is a senior anywhere else) - YMMV. Every subteam at Blizzard has its own sub-culture that can make or break your experience there. Some are overburdened with work, and some are incredibly chill with excellent work-life balance. Very much depends on who you're working for.

    1 person found this review helpful
  8. 2.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Not the company for vets

    Oct 11, 2022 - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Some good people, some managers are experienced, great game related perks.

    Cons

    If you are a veteran you will be leveled lower then your non-vet counterparts even if you have more experience and education then they do. I would say that if you have 12 years of experience.... they will see it as 3 years of experience. They are big on veteran hiring, but in reality its for more standard and entry level roles. A civilian with 5-9 years of experience and you are a "Senior" or a "Expert", a military person with 10,11,or 12 years of experience and more education.... base level.

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  9. 1.0
    Current Employee, more than 3 years

    come for the low pay & out of touch leadership ; stay for the lack of career growth

    Aug 1, 2022 - Financial Analyst 
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    -great people you work with at the lower levels but diminishes as you go up the ranks -good place to start a career or possibly end one -free swag but this has decreased recently

    Cons

    - tone deaf CEO and leadership in general - every year they say they are going to address the problems thousands of employees complain about but they don't (for example hundreds of employees put their salary & position on an excel sheet that everyone could see and share because they were frustrated with years of being ignored by leadership) - low pay - non-existent HR (HR department had 50% attrition last year alone, on top of not having a head of HR ) - lack of career guidance or development - most people's advice for getting a raise/promotion is to leave for another company and then come back 2 years later - extremely high turnover and a lack of back filling positions leads to people doing more work for the same pay - This also leads to a high turnover in leadership so you can have 6 different bosses/mangers over 2-3 years - Yearly goals meeting with your manager is a joke. Your bonus is determined by executives you have no face-to-face relationship with, not your manager. - the news stories are true about blizzard

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  10. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    A great company to work for.

    Oct 13, 2022 - IT Support Specialist in Irvine, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Working with AMAZING people, the culture is great and inclusive, benefits are great and core values are carried through daily work.

    Cons

    Pay isn't the best but they do provide raise opportunities.

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  11. 5.0
    Current Employee, more than 1 year

    Great for professional growth and idea sharing

    Aug 30, 2022 - Associate Research Scientist in Irvine, CA
    Recommend
    CEO Approval
    Business Outlook

    Pros

    Great management that cares about your growth and personal well being. If you have an idea, they care about what you have to say.

    Cons

    May take a while to promote when going from mid to senior. This is strictly just from what I have heard. Particularly my department is lacking in diversity.

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Blizzard Entertainment has an overall rating of 3.7 out of 5, based on over 1,324 reviews left anonymously by employees. 65% of employees would recommend working at Blizzard Entertainment to a friend and 51% have a positive outlook for the business. This rating has improved by 3% over the last 12 months.

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