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Updated Aug 2, 2021

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3.7
60%
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63%
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Wizards of the Coast CEO Christian Cocks (no image)
Christian Cocks
40 Ratings
Pros
  • "Work life balance is good at this company with a lot of products given for free to all full time employees(in 30 reviews)

  • "Excellent work environment and other perks(in 19 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "I can't speak to how much most of this translates beyond the group working on Tabletop Magic(in 17 reviews)

  • "Hasbro has their tendrils in everything from IT to how vendors are selected & purchased, our signing certificates, etc(in 8 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      I just want to look at data

      May 11, 2021 - Senior QA in Renton, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Excellent culture that is supportive and understanding.

      Cons

      Lots of work for everyone to do. Could hire more

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    2. 3.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Cult Mentality

      Jul 20, 2021 - Art Director 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      If your a fan boy this job is a dream come true. Lots of free swag, coffee and events. As well as several holidays and flexible hours. Lots of extremely smart and talented coworkers.

      Cons

      The pay tends to be on the low side of average for positions in the Seattle area. They abuse the Fandom of thier products to abuse employees time and expections for compensation and career growth. The company doesn't encourage decent in opinion or diversity of thought this makes it hard for employees who don't completely embrace/support political and social positions the companies current stance pushes on its products. If you don't like the kool-aid you'll be happier and more successful working some place else.

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      6 people found this review helpful
    3. 1.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Executive leadership

      Aug 2, 2021 - Engineer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Co-Workers non-management are amazing people with a passion for the product and the consumers.

      Cons

      Both Senior leadership all the way to Chris C. down to middle management are in an internal battle for supremacy and land ownership. The environment is toxic and very punitive, firing people for even reporting issues or incidents, whether or not they were involved in the issue.

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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Low Pay, Poor Benefits

      Jun 9, 2021 - Designer in Renton, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Recognizable brand, strong ip, and pretty good production team that keeps projects organized and within scope.

      Cons

      Pay is below average, especially for greater Seattle area. Benefits are outdated and anemic; 5% off random websites. No catered lunches, snacks are abysmal and/or for purchase, there’s free coffee I guess. Building is uninspiring, and tech comms are run on Microsoft suite so it feels like time traveling to the 90s except instead of Skype it’s Teams.

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      5 people found this review helpful
    5. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Great brands, poor management team

      Jun 1, 2021 - Marketing Manager in Renton, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Wizards is a fun place to work if you are into gaming. Some great talents are working there. You would probably like the people.

      Cons

      The current management team cares less about the employees and the customers. It is an awkward environment— a political organization with a top-down management style and no diversity. Only a handful of people get recognition, and they ignore the rest. Communication is lacking within the organization. They also seem to do a reorg every six months.

      5 people found this review helpful
    6. 4.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      Good people, fun environment

      May 24, 2021 - Data Analyst in Renton, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Get to work on cool products with people who care about what they're doing

      Cons

      Health care plan left a lot to be desired

      1 person found this review helpful
    7. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Untrustworthy, stay away

      Apr 21, 2021 - Principal Software Engineer in Renton, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Nothing, really. It was good for a little while, but eventually it stopped being good so I left.

      Cons

      I wasn't going to leave a review for this abysmal company but I just heard that my PM while I was at wizards was pretty much robbed so I don't have much choice. He was one of the first employees working on arena, led a team during several years of development, and after arena's release was awarded a bonus for a job well done. They decided to award it as stock saying "don't worry about it", but he just found out that he'll be laid off before his stock can vest. DO NOT WORK HERE. They will pick your pocket just because they can. Go ANYWHERE else.

      10 people found this review helpful
    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      A Dream Come True for a Fan

      Mar 8, 2021 - Retail Development Specialist in Renton, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Genuine "Family" feel to my team - Fantastic extra bonus product (if you're a fan of the IPs) - Fairly transparent corporate structure

      Cons

      - Somewhat frequent poor communication between teams/departments, leading to PR/community issues. - Fans of our games can be quite vicious or toxic, leading to disillusion/burn out - Diversity and inclusion still has room to grow

      1 person found this review helpful
    9. 2.0
      Former Employee

      Wow

      May 17, 2021 - Information Technology in Renton, WA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      It can be fun at times

      Cons

      People are a commodity and treated with pressure

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    10. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Not worth your time or skills, check back in 2026

      Mar 8, 2021 - Developer 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Some Great People: You'll work with some experienced, driven, passionate, and brilliant people. Free Product: Lots of free products for people who love these games with a monthly employee stipend. Employees talk about it like it's a part of their retirement portfolio. Short Term Growth: Games are popular, seem to be doing well, and the company is hiring in some areas. I've talked to people on a few teams who really enjoy their work and experience.

      Cons

      Benefits: Severely inadequate which discourages experienced devs, people with families, and others with health considerations from applying or sticking around long term. It has been a frequent topic at company meetings for years and there haven't been any changes. Instability: Layoffs, small budgets, teams being reorganized, projects getting delayed, projects getting rushed out with little care. Individual Performance: Feedback is avoided or sometimes shunned because the image of performance and doing a good job is more important than the opportunity to improve how we do work. Many managers don't help the situation with poor performance management and skipping meetings with direct reports. Nobody leaves and it's difficult to get fired unless it's part of a team reorganization, which demoralizes high performers. Budget: Large company meetings are led in by long budget overviews meant for the C-level: what was it, how much did we beat it, what do we have to do to beat it, did we 10x it, look up-and-to-the-right. It's not incredibly inspiring as a game developer and doesn't speak to the intrinsic reasons people work at Wizards, there's no balance. It points to the thing the company cares about the most. Culture: The CEO leads by fear and bullying. When pressed on his behavior, he says he likes to be challenging, provocative, or to get to what he thinks, are more honest answers. Everyone has heard a story: managers spend hours fine-tuning presentations to manage his potential outbursts emotions, he ridicules people in group meetings, and teams try to find creative ways to keep him (and other VPs) out of their work. That culture of fear and bullying influences other leaders and how they run their teams, so you're flipping a coin to see if you'll land in that kind of environment when you apply. Lack of long-term direction:New games or initiatives are promised to be the next big thing for the company and a lot of them miss their marks. The leaders in charge of those initiatives are just shifted on to other teams, promoted, or we just move on to the next big thing: no lessons learned and no one held accountable. HR: HR reports don't go anywhere. There's been a push to hire in a more diverse way after a controversial letter got released from an ex-employee in 2020 and Wizards could no longer ignore the environment it created. There's been little progress on fixing the underlying issues at the company that makes it a tough place to work for anyone that doesn't fit classic game company stereotypes. You have to be able to survive in the culture the CEO and others create: pick up bad traits, perpetuate the culture; or you'll be called thin-skinned, not a team fit, not ambitious, or whatever the excuse is. Feedback brought up by people is often ignored and offenders are slapped on the wrist. If you're driven by developing your skills in games or game development, there are better options. If you're passionate about Wizards/DnD/Magic, then your passion will be widdled down as you watch how things work behind the scenes. You think you may be able to make an impact for the better, you probably can't. You will like the free product though. I'd say come back in 5 years and see if Wizards has found ways to fix its culture, hold its senior leaders accountable, figure out what it wants, understands that how things get done is as important as getting them done, and see if they can find new players instead of just exploiting their current ones.

      14 people found this review helpful
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