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"Things were better way before the company went public"

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Former Employee - In-Game Support Representative in Austin, TX
Former Employee - In-Game Support Representative in Austin, TX
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

Great benefits
Free Blizzard stuff if you are into that thing.

Cons

Terrible opportunities
Working hours are typically at night
The politics are terrible in the support building.
Progression path constantly changes to prevent people from being promoted.

Advice to Management

Stop looking down on your IGS staff and treat them like adults.

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  1. Helpful (22)

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

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

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (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.

    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.

    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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Blizzard Entertainment review from QA side"

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    Current Employee - QA Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - QA Analyst in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    benefits and culture in the company

    Cons

    salary , not best possible planning for time and resources

    Advice to Management

    to care about more about team

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