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"Dedicated to creating the most epic entertainment experiences...ever."

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Former Employee - Game Master in Irvine, CA
Former Employee - Game Master in Irvine, CA
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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Some of the best, brightest and funnest people within the industry to work with. Hands down one of the better employers I've had.

Cons

Some of the positions within the company can only be gained if you know the right people. At times, it seems talent and hard work are not rewarded.

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  1. Helpful (7)

    "A big company still being managed like it was a small company"

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    Current Employee - Middle Manager in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Middle Manager in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall I've had a great experience working at Blizzard. I've worked on some incredible games with some very smart people. I've been involved in very challenging global projects and been pretty well compensated for my work. Company benefits are good, both from the HR benefits side and from perks and events to celebrate company milestones (5 year employees get swords, 10 year employees shields, there are big launch blowout parties in Vegas, etc.). Blizzard has a good corporate culture and people here truly care about making cool games.

    Cons

    Blizzard grew from a very small company of less than 300 people pre-WoW to a massive global team of over 3000 employees in a pretty short time span (8 years). Unfortunately, the management structure of the company has not evolved at the same pace, so the company is managed much like a smaller, do-it-yourself organization. This works OK at best when there's a single game release in a year, but in years when there are multiple releases, huge Cataclysm-size cracks appear at the seams. It also makes Blizzard a slow, ponderous player in an industry that is becoming more nimble and agile.

    Some of the small company management styles that lead to issues:
    - A very flat organizational structure that leads to a lack of promotional opportunities.
    - Old timers who are so well compensated that they aren't going anywhere any time soon, further reducing promotional opportunities.
    - Titles are depressed and not in line with what colleagues at other companies are doing.
    - Very small number of decision makers in the company. VPs regularly weighing in on minute business decisions that can/should be handled by Directors or Managers. As a result, middle managers don't feel very empowered.
    - Management by committee. Meetings take up a lot of time and end up with no clear resolution because no one is empowered to make a decision.
    - Would rather build than buy. Certain groups would rather create their own internal solutions to technical issues rather than adapt off-the-shelf technology. No stomach for using external developers to create games based on Blizzard IP (including mobile/iOS games), limiting the number of projects that can be supported.
    - Lack of communication between functional groups leads to confusion and mistakes.
    - Org structure on the business side set by old historical decisions (dev is sacred so the business guys shouldn't bother them; the web team should be a separate entity from PR/Community/Marketing).
    - Very insular view of the game industry as a whole- lack of corporate participation in key round tables, keynotes, etc. except by a very small number of Execs (Morhaime, Pierce, Pardo, Metzen)- does not bring new ideas into the company or encourage learning/sharing of best practices.

    Advice to Management

    I can't speak to the development side, but on the business side, you need to blow up the managment structure of the company. You have hired some smart people; now let them make their mark by making decisions and yes, making mistakes along the way. Find a way to empower your managers and directors so that they feel like they have ownership over their job responsibilities. Provide more pathways for promotion based on merit, not just longevity in the job. Break down the "sacred" organizational walls between dev and business so that the teams are more in synch with one another. Encourage cross-functional teamwork not only to get current projects done, but to bubble up new ideas from within the ranks. Don't be afraid to espouse external ideas or technologies into the "Blizzard Way".


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Activision | Blizzard"

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    Former Employee - Platform Services in Irvine, CA
    Former Employee - Platform Services in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Looks good on your resume. Fun place to work at. Great people and atmosphere. Lots of amenities such as a Gym, Cafe, Volleyball and Basketball Courts. Lots of discounts and perks.

    Cons

    Substandard Industry pay in a high cost of living area. Workstations are a hit or miss depending on your job and position. Work schedule is quite prejudice depending on the department and if you are hourly or salary.

    Advice to Management

    Epic products and service require epic salaries. It seems a lot of the people hired are fanboys/girls and so will accept some poor management practices. Including but not limited to low pay, crazy work schedule. Last minute changes and work environment.

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