Blizzard Entertainment - Its too bad to find out the reality of Blizzard. | Glassdoor
  1. Helpful (23)

    "Its too bad to find out the reality of Blizzard."

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

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Some strong and successful IPs. - Company as a whole tries to value its employees. - Health benefit is not bad. (the monthly premiums are quite high) - Good 401k match. - Company perks and events. Great parties. - Free blizzard games and other discounts. - Quite a stable job environment. - Nice Gym. - Great internal tournaments. - Profit sharing. (Its a double edge sword though. It makes up for their... below average wage, but can change at anytime) - Vacation days.

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    Cons

    - Really bad management overall. - Poor communication within and across departments and teams. - Very political. Politics over logic, professionalism, and work ethics. Whether you can do a good job, finish your work on time, or have the knowledge to do the work is much less important than you getting along with people and being liked by your supervisor and key people in the company. - People there do not... understand what professionalism is. From HR to most of management. Most of them are not on top of and do not resolve issues (production or management issues). They have tons of meetings to talk about it and only to come out of those meetings to do nothing. - Extremely inefficient. Waste a lot of time and effort to do very little. - Poor pipeline and workflow. Designed by people who do not have the knowledge or experience, but yet has a huge ego. - A lot of "old-timer" employees that has been with the company for a long time that do not do much work but yet, because of Blizzard's emphasize on seniority and loyalty, their jobs are very secure. They happen to be the most political as well. - Poor planning and executions. This is from art / art direction to actual product development and production. - Poor career path and growth opportunities. - Methods used to track and measure performance is a failure. Performance reviews are pretty useless and there are nothing like a 360 review. Overall, there is a huge lack of accountability throughout the company. - Overwork employees. (multiple all nighters during crunch time is not uncommon. Salary employees do not get overtime and it does not matter how many all nighters they do.) - Below industry standard salary.

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    Advice to Management

    Don't let your success and huge profits blind you. People will find out the reality of the place over time, so please "actually" do something about it before it is too late. Endless meetings to just "talk" about resolving these ongoing issues is not helping. Emphasize on seniority was great in the past and its really appreciated by many, including myself to see a company still cares about that. But currently... it is killing the core of your company. The company needs fresh blood and a fair assessment of who should be in leadership roles and who should not be. Just because someone is here long enough or someone in charge favors a particular person is really detrimental to the company right now. Raise the base salary. Its ridiculous what you guys are paying people and the worse part is, you guys make a ton of money. Also, please spend some money back to the working environment. It is currently very stale and not a very creative environment. Companies that make a lot less money spend much more back to the workplace. And that includes ergonomic peripherals, desks.. etc.

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    Blizzard Entertainment2012-06-06
  1. Helpful (7)

    "Best years of my career happened here and more are still to come"

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

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Genuinely amazing workplace. I know there are a lot of folks out in social media and reddit who believe Blizzard is "losing its soul" but it can't be further from the truth. Yes, there were some major decisions that happened earlier in the year and quite a few personal friends and colleagues were affected. It hurt, and it still kind of does but that doesn't mean Blizzard isn't still doing what we set out to do.... This isn't the first time I've lived through an organizational leadership change and it won't be the last. I can share that for a fact, Blizzard handled this in a much more mature and transparent manner than most other companies I've worked at. The company still holds true the values that are embossed around the Orc statue in our main quad and leadership is very serious about making sure they don't disrupt the culture here at the company. With our main focus now being on games - they are definitely getting the most attention but that doesn't mean the rest of us are shafted in any regard. In fact, I honestly don't think much changed from the past 2-3 years in terms of my team's culture and activities. If you're scared of what you've heard on social (yes, we all have phones) don't worry too much about it. Blizzard is still an amazing place to work and I am still excited everyday coming in to see what the new challenges are and what we're planning.

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    Cons

    - Strong focus on games teams means they get almost all the resources they ask for. Some people feel shafted but it doesn't really hinder most other teams as much as it's made out to be. - Management transition - it's never an easy task and most of us are still waiting it out to see how the new team will lead us into the future. I'm optimistic and willing to wait patiently to see what happens. Feels weird but... so far, so good. - Wish I got paid more.... but don't we all? - 401k match could definitely be better - Health insurance could really be cheaper - gets very expensive with 2 kids + spouse on the plan at the current rates.

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    Advice to Management

    Maintain what makes Blizzard unique to the rest of the technology and gaming landscape. So far, you've done a great job and I personally still believe in what you're doing. Just don't let us and your community down.

    Blizzard Entertainment2019-06-03
  2. "Fun Work Environment, Long Hours, Great Perks"

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    Current Employee - Producer 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Everyone who works at Blizzard is incredibly passionate about gaming and Blizzard IPs. Work hard and it will pay off. Great benefits and employee perks.

    Cons

    long hours and the work/life balance isn't great depending on what team you are on.

    Blizzard Entertainment2019-10-13

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