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Updated December 12, 2017
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  1. "Terrible Managers and Cliquey High school environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Hours are decent for a game studio and some decent projects to work on

    Cons

    The pay here is terrible in comparison to other studios in the area. Hardly any room for advancement, and you have to play the politics game to have any chance at that. So start baking those cookies or bringing in those donuts. Nevermind how talented or how hard you work. Many have left because of this, turnover rate here is high.


  2. "Executive Management Issues"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Well funded & generally correctly staffed projects
    Team expertise, senior staff
    Generally a solid studio culture

    Cons

    Uninformed decisions that jeopardized the projects at hand.

    Advice to Management

    Consult with the teams on the ground before moving forward with significant technical or creative pivots.
    Investigate better ways to instill career development into the culture of the studio.

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "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


  6. "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.


  7. "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.

  8. "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! :)


  9. "Great Experiences!"

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

    Pros

    Work on cool things, meet amazingly talented folks

    Cons

    Never see day light when crunching

    Advice to Management

    Task Organization and Management


  10. "WBIE Montreal"

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    Former Employee - Producer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Producer in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Passionate team
    - Cool titles

    Cons

    - HQ is remote. Always leads to challenges
    - Overly ambitious

    Advice to Management

    - Do less. Focus on one thing so you aren't spread so thin


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