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"Great potential, but sometimes chaotic"

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Team Manager in Austin, TX
Current Employee - Team Manager in Austin, TX
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Great atmosphere, good work life balance, great people, amazing games, and a top-notch development team.

Cons

Senior Management struggles to keep everyone aligned, customer service has been revamped and does not have the same atmosphere that you will find on other teams, though they do try. Company struggles to find KPIs that work for the CS team.

Advice to Management

Listen to employees, involve lower managers and front-line reps on a regular basis.

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Big brother that has not left high school yet"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer I in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer I in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - People and culture is fantastic
    - Bonus'es are un-heard of, this is a double edge sword. When they are high its good, when they are low you start to question your pay overall
    - Always something to do
    - The company cares about its core values
    - Company has a great talent pool
    - Company events are always good
    - Feels more like a family business even though the teams are pretty large
    - You get to make the best content in the industry

    Cons

    - Core values sometimes get in the way. At times people just need to do there job
    - IT department is the worst I have ever encountered
    - Computers don't get upgraded nearly as often as other companies (4+ year cycle where most companies have a 3 year cycle)
    - Still a small company mentality
    - Much of management is promoted from within, would be nice to have a good balance of experienced external management from bigger companies
    - Cross-polination of Game teams and other teams should be encouraged, but most teams tend to stay in a vacuum. Teams need to share idea's to help overall growth and foster new game idea's
    - Values get in the way of releasing games faster

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to micro manage and focus more on getting the correct people in the company. Focus on getting people engaged. Hire people smarter than you so you can focus on managing your people and less on making sure they are doing there job. Good people will good values will always do a 110%+ everyday. Let people spread, advance, and foster growth. This is the difference between small company mentality and big company mentality. Let the people you hire do there job.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Blizzard is a Pinnacle Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Blizzard is a very stable top end company that truly cares about their employees and cares about their community of players as well. It's a company that knows who it is and who it wants to continue to be while retaining a sense of value. It also provides great benefits for the health and well-being of employees.

    Cons

    Like any game industry company, it must acquiesce to shareholders and the flow of money which can dampen enthusiasm. Also, the cost of living in California being high, takes a bite out of income and the company while providing great benefits, can be very tight with raises and promotions. (This is an understood though and not a slight against the company.)

    Advice to Management

    A more flexible yet stable plan while embracing the bravery to take new risks would be helpful toward enlivening the company as a whole.

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