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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Reviews

Updated October 5, 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. "The definition of hostile work environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not much oversight and very few people know what they're doing, so you can get away with not working much. Extremely low expectations... you can basically just not do anything and be fine. No expectation to be available at any given time, so you can take multi-hour lunch breaks, set your own hours, etc. Fun to work on popular IPs, and you occasionally get some neat swag.

    Cons

    This place is pretty much the definition of a hostile work environment: non-stop pettiness, aggressive and hostile comments, retaliations for real or imagine slights, snide comments in meetings, people raising their voices angrily at least a couple times a week, etc. A lot of people are completely incompetent, it's not out of place for software developers to have fundamental misunderstandings of how computers work, or for managers to have no knowledge or experience with what their teams do (eg you might get a marketing guy managing a team of game developers), and generally if want anything done at all you have to do it yourself.

    Salary is very low, much lower than the industry in general. They sell themselves by saying that everyone loves working there and that they have almost no turnover, but in my year there I saw almost 25% of the office quit or get fired, including most of my team. My bonus ended up being about 1/4 of what I was promised, with no real explanation why. I went to an equivalent job at a mid-size startup and got a 15% raise.

    The managers are extremely petty and if you get on their bad side in any way, they will retaliate. They also actively monitor everyone's laptops and watch your private email and social media use, they WILL threaten to fire you for things you say in private chats and you'll have a document put in your permanent file. They frequently ask for data to be changed to fit their beliefs... if they decide a plan will work or if a game feature is successful, you basically have to fudge the graphs and numbers until the data reflects that, regardless of what is actually going on. Failing to do this results in the above retaliations... and when the plan fails or the feature flops, you take the blame for it.

    Any kind of promotion or career advancement is 100% political. Being good at your job or making the company money is irrelevant.

    Advice to Management

    Fire everyone and acquire a successful studio, then rename it to WB Games.


  4. 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.


  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. "Get Out While You Can"

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    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.

  8. 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.


  9. "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.


  10. 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.


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