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Updated Jan 23, 2021

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Pros
  • "amazing, collaborative work environment(in 47 reviews)

  • "Great culture, great work/life balance(in 45 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Never kept up with cost of living increases, execs received massive salaries/bonuses while regular employees often struggled to make ends meet(in 35 reviews)

  • "Work life balance is non-existent; show up for your shift or don't show up at all(in 23 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Great place to work!

      Jul 14, 2020 - Artist 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Great culture, great work/life balance. They really care about the people that work there.

      Cons

      Not much career growth since people rarely leave

      1 person found this review helpful
    2. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

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

      Apr 17, 2020 - VFX Artist in Irvine, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      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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      9 people found this review helpful
    3. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Used to do right by employees but no longer cares

      Aug 12, 2020 - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Casual dress Lots of events and swag Holiday parties People are passionate and work extremely hard for not enough recognition Quality people who look out for each other Used to make great products Claims equality/diversity is a major priority for them

      Cons

      Low salaries Incompetent middle management Misogyny is alive and well Slowly becoming AB corporate Poor communication and visibility into major company changes Lacking leadership Laid off 400 people in most profitable quarter ever Told by management on multiple occasions that if you want a promotion you need to leave Blizz and come back Reports of sexual harassment were not taken seriously HR team is not helpful. They are the worst offenders and don't even take notes when reporting an issue. They prey on people's passion for the games instead of paying them a decent wage. Forced to work insane crunch hours with little regard to work life balance.

      11 people found this review helpful
    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great people - And a loooooot of time

      Sep 12, 2020 - Senior Technical Artist in Irvine, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      You will meet and learn from the most inspiring and talented people here. Work life balance is highly rated and many people have a real game developer mindset here.

      Cons

      Every team is different, but in general everything moves very slow. Execs don't seem to have a high interest in taking risks in hopes of finding that great new game idea.

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    5. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Project Manager Salary

      Jan 23, 2021 - Project Manager in Irvine, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      great minds, work- life balance, learning opportunities

      Cons

      pay disparity, slow growth opportunities

      2 people found this review helpful
    6. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Formerly great, but losing that greatness ever faster

      Sep 14, 2020 - Linux Systems Engineer in Irvine, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Company culture, work/life balance, pay and benefits

      Cons

      Things are changing in the company, and not for the better. Layoffs/RIF seem to be never-ending, just in small enough chunks that they don't make headlines like they did in Feb 2019. All this while we're being told we're having our best year ever...

      4 people found this review helpful
    7. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Blizzard is good to learn what you need

      Aug 17, 2019 - Specialist Game Master in Austin, TX
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      You'll learn how to multi-task, STAR (situation, task, action, result) solve for interviewing, data-entry, and basic level technical support Oh and you work with gamers on a day-to-day basis. There's also a team for dodgeball and a women's resource group.

      Cons

      Pay is crap for the area. Raises are pitiful (5-25c/yr). Additionally, the politicking game is strong in this company; you can't trust your co-workers to have your back as they may use that to sabotage potential opportunities for other departments or give you poor advice if it means they get ahead. Your hours are going to be awful. Day-to-day Scheduling is a 'this is fine' meme with you swapping from email to IM to phone support on a dime and random times where breaks are unacceptable. Work life balance is non-existent; show up for your shift or don't show up at all. A draconian attendance policy ensures that once you have an issue you're stuck with it going forward.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    8. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Great company held back by poor leadership

      Feb 18, 2020 - Senior Cinematic Artist in Irvine, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Probably the best place to work in the games industry in terms of compensation, job security, and work life balance. Good pay and benefits, unless you are in a support role. Fun culture. Talented and passionate workers, mostly gaming geeks.

      Cons

      The culture that Blizzard is famous for is slowly dying. "Every voice matters" no longer means company-wide input on games and testing, instead all games are developed in secret from anyone outside the development teams. "Commit to quality" appears to be going out the door, while financial considerations and development speed have become driving factors. Leadership in my department is nepotistic, so you're better off sucking up to the right person than being a high performer.

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      7 people found this review helpful
    9. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Definitely going in the wrong direction

      Feb 3, 2020 - Producer in Irvine, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      awesome co-workers, relaxed culture, job security, good work/life balance, if you enjoy Blizzard games, you get those perks.

      Cons

      alcohol is too big in this culture, extreme bro-culture, sexism is alive and well here, not enough women in higher level positions, growth is very slow and difficult, pay is below industry standards

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      11 people found this review helpful
    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Amazing Place to Work

      May 26, 2019 - Developer in Irvine, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Warm and inviting culture that celebrates your inner geek-- whether that is gaming, role-playing, movies, comics, you name it. Blizzard offers many avenues to level up your skills at Blizzard U. They frequently bring in guest lecturers and have classes in art, programming, and also classes in leadership and management. Fellow colleagues are the best in the world at their craft. I believe that everyone at Blizzard is really trying to make the best game possible for our players. On development teams, there is a good work-life balance and it's rare in the past few years that there is a long run of overtime work.

      Cons

      Rent in Irvine can be high and options for a social scene can be limited compared to Los Angeles. Just something to consider.

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