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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Reviews

Updated July 28, 2017
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  1. "Good, but could be great!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Friendly and approachable executives. Friendly and inclusive co-workers. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Can be a bit of a bureaucracy and the company can be slow moving when it comes to change/improvements.

    Advice to Management

    Relax. We're not curing cancer! :)


  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. "Solid"

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    Current Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Current Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Meeting new people, and being on the Warner Brothers lot

    Cons

    Not a lot of work to go around


  4. 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.


  5. "Intelligent and hardworking staff working on high profile IP"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Very capable and intelligent staff, these people know what they are doing
    - Management understands games business and are well respected
    - Great IP, DC Entertainment, Lord Of the Rings/Hobbit, Harry Potter, and Lego properties to work with, just to name a few
    - Very stable for a game company: Fewer layoffs and restructuring compared to direct competitors such as Disney Interactive

    Cons

    - Due to the larger company size, upward mobility may take longer than smaller studios but in my personal situation, I was able to move quickly due to a vacancy
    - Sometimes too process driven and a lot of red tape, needs to be more agile in order to maintain competitive edge
    - Limited or lack of original IP from games, most games are based on existing IP, they need to start expanding their business and allow for internal creative development

    Advice to Management

    - Continue growth for the business but also don't be afraid to think outside the box - let's get WBIE in the top 10 publishers list


  6. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, access to the studio lot, fun projects, flexible hours

    Cons

    Takes awhile to get promoted


  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 (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.


  9. "Good employer, good top level management / CEO (WB Games Montreal)"

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    Current Employee - Gameplay Programmer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Gameplay Programmer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Relatively young team with many having a lot of impact
    - High potential to ship and evolve games with WB, DC (soon possibly AT&T) in coming years
    - Open to new AAA game sales structures, VR, and potentially other tech and game areas
    - Strong partnership and increasingly good relation with most other WB game developers
    - Potential to create WB/DC flagship titles
    - Team is strong in both tech and design
    - Good social and employee programs
    - Mostly experienced, good managers in a relatively flat structure

    Cons

    - Company had to re-boot and cancel a lot around end of 2016 although this means new tech and refreshing new opportunities
    - Studio still needs to ship its own first big title (still it is on the way there)

    Advice to Management

    - Encourage team and inter-departmental communication even more than at present
    - To support retention and career have a deeper look into employee potential and trainings and/or know-how exchange with teams and Studios in employees main areas of Expertise and weak areas


  10. "Good employer."

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    Current Employee - Senior Game Programmer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Senior Game Programmer in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    Pros

    Great benefits package. Advancement more skills related than friends related.

    Cons

    As trouble shipping games and small bonus.


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