Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Reviews | Glassdoor

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Reviews

Updated October 5, 2017
5 reviews

Filter

Filter


2.0
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
(no image)
Martin Tremblay
3 Ratings

5 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

  1. "Get Out While You Can"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Some of the people were great to work with.

    Cons

    I was at WB Games. First off, good benefits, cool access to events, most of the people I worked alongside were great. Nerdy like me.

    Bad things, the neighborhood the office is in is absolutely HORRID. I've been warned to NOT walk anywhere alone. I've seen some ghastly things around that office. Harassment/bullying is not uncommon here. Using power to manipulate. The disorganization is enough to drive anyone mad. Upper management is looking for people to blame for disorganization and chaos (even though it's the managers who should take responsibility). It seems like everyone hates their jobs, so they all take it out on each other, causing a rift between some teams. Some managers use fear to try to motivate. Your work isn't valued here, and the constant negativity will destroy your passion and work ethic. Some teams have a lot of means of recreation to come together as a team, but other teams are just constantly work-all-the-time with no time for play or taking a breath, which I think leads to a lot of the issues and chaos (24/7 stress). No matter who you are, expect to work weekends with no overtime pay. Expect to be ready for anything after hours (typical game development though). Communication is poor, and you can tell the office is cliquey. Several employees left willingly while I was there, and it became a pattern (and has still been happening, from what I've heard). Overall, it's just not worth the stress. Keep your good health and find somewhere else in the Bay Area, somewhere employees are valued and cared for, there are plenty of companies in the Bay Are who do genuinely care (and it makes a world of a difference).

    Advice to Management

    Don't berate your employees with negativity, you are supposed to be the positive influence on the team. If the team isn't succeeding, it's managers' faults, not individual teammates. Take a step back and work on bringing teams together. Don't talk bad about teams, people will pick up on that and start doing it too (since managers set the example). If you hate your job, quit so someone who really cares can step in and help out those who need it. Fear and intimidation don't work, it just makes your employees leave.


  2. "World Artist"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Company has a lot of money for large projects
    Exposure for working on projects was great

    Cons

    Company does not give out raises and always found excuses to hold bonuses
    Poor management leading to over runs on budget and large layoffs
    Would provide employee's how dollar figures on how much WB as a whole was making but employees wouldn't see any of it.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "Interesting for short term, little long term opportunity"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Kirkland office is unstable"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Full of potential, but lacking in adequate resources (in terms of process, people, and direction)"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Tremendous IP and the potential for leveraging that IP
    - A number of very passionate a dedicated people to work with
    - Essentially still a "startup" culture with a hefty bankroll
    - "Warner Bros." experience can look pretty good on a CV

    Cons

    - Lack of unifying direction/vision (especially obvious given the geographic separation of the "head office" from everyone else)
    - Too little staff to do all the work that needs to be done, and a seeming willingness by the executive team to let this situation continue.
    - "Bottom-line" decision making often at odds with creative/creation process
    - Current trend of workforce reductions at various development locations

    Advice to Management

    Unify the entire division, staff critical positions with enough people to get the job done without individuals having to "kill themselves," and setup a culture of "success" versus one that provides a minefield of opportunities for failure.


Showing 5 of 37 reviews
Reset Filters