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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Reviews

Updated February 24, 2017
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  1. 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.


  2. 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.


  3. 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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  5. 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.


  6. "World Artist"

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    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.


  7. Helpful (2)

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

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    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.


  8. "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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Finance Manager"

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager
    Current Employee - Finance Manager
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and work life balance is ok. Pay is average, fun product to work for

    Cons

    Personal and professional growth is very slow. I have been in my role for 2.5 years and nothing has changed. There are people that are in positions higher than me, that got there based on time spent with the company than really meriting it. Very demotivating at times.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage employee growth, promote professional movement, create more rewarding pay structure, and get rid of people who do not perform instead of promoting them for sticking to their position.


  10. "A positive learning experience"

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    Former Employee - QA Analyst in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - QA Analyst in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Facilities, flexible hours, the occasional competent middle manager.

    Cons

    Pay, nepotism, rampant incompetence, lack of innovation, the constant feeling that the upper management struggles to understand the video game industry.

    Advice to Management

    Warner Bros. Interactive is not a film studio so stop trying to manage it as if it were!


  11. 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.



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