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Updated April 16, 2017
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  1. "Good Entry Level Experience"

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    Former Employee - Playtest Moderator in Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Playtest Moderator in Kirkland, WA

    I worked at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Provides hands on experience for many aspects of user research.
    -Relatively flexible hours when not conducting studies.
    -Good networking opportunities for the video game industry.
    -Constant deadlines and a necessity to get details right makes it good experience for people entering the workforce.

    Cons

    -You will work weekends often during busy seasons.
    -No benefits
    -9 month contract, must wait 3 months to reapply
    -Leadership is not always on the same page, you will be told to do something one way by one person and told that is wrong by another person, makes for good people management practice.
    -Leadership has little patience for mistakes. This is good and bad, you will be frustrated but it will force you to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Iron out your messaging. If you tell incoming moderators that they are encouraged to ask questions and propose alternative ways to simplify processes, then have more patience when they do ask questions and propose ideas. Otherwise, if things need to be done a certain way, just state that.


  2. "Great benefits and stable, but slow moving and unprogressive"

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    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stable, good benefits, decent perks, working on some of the biggest brands, and a fair amount of autonomy. It's the most exciting group at WB

    Cons

    Political, slow moving and not progressive, not a lot of growth opportunities, people are undervalued, and uninspiring leadership. Not a division that's prioritized.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership could be a lot more inspiring and look to find ways to be more in touch with the rest of the division.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "WB Games San Francisco"

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    Former Employee - Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Artist in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, pay and work life balance. The team is fun and full of talent.

    Cons

    Office location in San Francisco is in a very bad neighborhood. You can't leave the office without being surrounded by junkies. Its not uncommon to walk by people smoking crack and shooting up in the middle of the day.

    Advice to Management

    Move office to safer location.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "Interesting for short term, little long term opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    People were pretty good, good licenses and close access to the lot

    Cons

    Highly political, upper management spent a lot of time making sure upper upper management had the right chairs and snacks for meetings.

    Little concern for products as all the money comes from Lego (TT) (which WB internal leaves alone because - all the money comes from lego(TT))

    When cutting your position they will thank you for all your hard work on "Project X" even though you were working on "Project Y"

    Advice to Management

    Lots of layoffs once people get software to content complete, the best way to remain employed is to be late with delivering everything.


  5. "Executive Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Culver City, CA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Great Benefits. Love the people friendly environment

    Cons

    Too many lay offs lately

    Advice to Management

    No advice


  6. Helpful (5)

    "QA Tester"

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    Current Employee - QA Tester in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - QA Tester in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, not micromanaged, casual but professional atmosphere.

    Cons

    Like all game companies, nepotism and favortism run rampant. Watched more than one "love interest" get promoted with seemingly lower qualifications than other canidates.

    Advice to Management

    Meh. No one listens to testers.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Stable workplace but little incentive to strive for excellence."

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    Current Employee - Manager in Burbank, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Burbank, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great brands, commitment to high quality games, very secure employment, generally reasonable hours and workload.

    Cons

    No upside if you do a good job - bonuses are capped (small percent of salary), annual raises are lower than inflation, very slow to promote. Lots of politics, particularly among senior management, lead to dueling initiatives that should be combined across departments and unnecessary bitterness/conflict among rank and file.

    Advice to Management

    Define a strategy, get buy-in from everyone, follow-up on it and stick with it. Attract best-in-class employees and invest in identifying and retaining star performers.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Poorly managed game development."

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    Former Employee - Technical Artist in Needham, MA
    Former Employee - Technical Artist in Needham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and coverage of a corporate entity.

    Cons

    Poor and unqualified management. A complete lack of process and project management.

    Advice to Management

    Quit and seek political office.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Laid off after more than a decade"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Employees receive free movie DVDs several times a year and occasional screenings of new movies. Warner Brothers owns a large number of interesting IPs.

    Cons

    Upper management is excessively risk-averse and short sighted leading to a creatively stagnant environment and frequent layoffs of loyal and talented employees.

    Advice to Management

    Driving talented and loyal developers away to make your quarterly budgets look good is a shortsighted solution at best.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Kirkland office is unstable"

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    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The work is fun and challenging. The people are great.

    Cons

    The studio goes through annual layoffs. Sometimes it is more often than that. They layoff people whenever a title is ready to launch. The pay is lower than other nearby studios.

    Advice to Management

    Plan ahead so you have something to do with all these people when a project ends. There is no need to go through massive hires and layoffs every year when a little planning will save you all that time, money, and reputation.


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