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  1. "Digital Games Division; Great Community"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Wizards of the Coast as an intern

    Pros

    Casual and friendly work environment.
    Many opportunities to learn.
    Tons of free product.
    Coworkers are passionate about what they are doing.

    Cons

    DGD is a very young branch of the company, and at times it can feel like it is still laying the foundation/ trying to make a name for itself.
    Non compete is quite strict, even for the area.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage employees to innovate and experiment.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Reinventing Itself"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Renton, WA
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Renton, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wizards of the Coast full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible, casual work environment
    Smart people who are genuinely sincere and kind
    Employees LOVE the brands they work on

    Cons

    Office in Renton
    Some employees are averse to change

    Advice to Management

    Stronger internal communications
    More investment in people manager capability

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Coming so close..."

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

    I have been working at Wizards of the Coast full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The diversity and the people are great, as are the products and their customers. They have a great print product and an improving digital one. Lot's of possibilities for their loyal customers. Great daily work environment.

    Cons

    Pay isn't always in line with market rates. Planning doesn't happen. Decisions are made too quickly if at all. If you are someone who understands basic business requirements and has any financial acumen, it is quickly apparent that they don't.

    Advice to Management

    Show up. New CEO has been non-existent. Relying on the same leadership cadre that created so many problems with budgeting, measurements, programs, lack of process, etc. to fix the problems is an exercise in futility. Learn to create and read a chart: data abounds and yet nobody with the ability to make decisions based on it seems to realize it, tap into it, or have the ability or knowledge to use it to that end. You have people in place that actually know what they are doing, try listening to them.


  4. Helpful (6)

    "A mixed bag"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Game Designer in Renton, WA
    Former Employee - Game Designer in Renton, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Wizards of the Coast full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Some really great people. Magic is a great game. If you mostly care about your work environment and the people you spend time with, and you're satisfied with just doing your job day-to-day, this can be a good place.

    Cons

    Very lacking in digital progress, and slow to change old systems. If what you mostly care about is making an impact and seeing improvement over time, focusing on the big picture, this is probably not a good place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people into positions with experience from other game companies. You're too inbred. The old-guard ex-pro-tour-competitors are smart people, but they need to learn from the experience of the game industry. If they're not going to leave and find that experience themselves, you've got to hire people that bring that experience with them, and you need to put them in positions where they have the power to enact change. Change requires change, and as a company you're far too resistant to it, so the industry is lapping you.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Good and getting better"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wizards of the Coast full-time

    Pros

    Have been at Wizards for some time and have seen significant improvement in the culture and work environment in the past year. There is clearly a concentrated effort by senior management to improve those areas, while also focusing on the mission and values as well as physical space. Wizards has long been a good place to work, realizing many of the benefits of a stand alone company with the additional benefits of being a part of Hasbro.

    Additionally, Wizards has been on an upswing for some time and being a part of an organization that is doing very well makes day to day work that much more enjoyable.

    Cons

    While Wizards has had a concentrated effort in improving in certain areas in the past year, there are other areas which could still use improvement. While 401k, vacation and employee play product are exceptional, health benefits - a major component of any comp package - are lacking.

    The location of the office (Renton) is also a detriment to many, though the reverse commute somewhat makes up for that.

    Advice to Management

    Continue on the path you are on, the changes are noticeable. Keep the emphasis on improving speed in decision making and keeping bureaucracy to a minimum.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "A Great Company To Work For But Advancement Challenging"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment, competitive salary, has very nice perks

    Cons

    Very hard to advance from one position to the next. Once you are in a particular role, you may need to leave the company to try new opportunities.

    Advice to Management

    Making job shadowing a supported program would help. I don't mean recognize that it is possible but to create baselines for it and track it across the enterprise.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Great staff, Marquis products, Worth the experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Wizards has a phenomenal work environment. The company is vested in doing what's right for the products short & long term.

    Cons

    Risk Adverse
    Slow

    Not much else, except maybe for below average comp.

  8. Helpful (12)

    "Toxic Corporate Environment with Little Regard for Individuals"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wizards of the Coast full-time

    Pros

    If you want to work on the pinnacle brands for RPGs or CCGs, this is your only choice. There are other companies that do these games, but none that occupies the top slot.

    If your department is meeting expectations, you can expect a satisfying work environment.

    Cons

    If your department is not meeting unreasonable expectations set by a parent company that doesn't have a clear understanding of the product or consumer environment, you can expect a harsh, critical work environment that sheds employees with annual or twice-annual layoffs with few emotional or financial rewards.

    Anyone above you in the hierarchy knows how to maneuver through corporate politics, appeasing those above and encouraging those below, while letting blame slip past when it comes time to fire someone. I saw people maneuvered into positions of blame to excuse their firings more than once, and one truly awful case of firing someone for false cause.

    Advice to Management

    Understand your products better. Learn how to respect your employees.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "It's a fun nightmare"

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

    I worked at Wizards of the Coast full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful IPs that excite fans and employees alike.
    Casual work environment.
    Good stepping stone to other organizations.

    Cons

    Brand/Marketing departments on the D&D side of the house are ignorant of their products and show no signs of wanting to learn. Completely ineffectual.
    People in the Technology org are making their entire careers on software that is over budget and behind schedule.
    No room for growth without being part of an executive manager's inner circle.
    No recognition of or compensation for strong work ethic or results if you are not in middle management or higher.
    More managers than actual individual contributors. This sounds cynical. This is true, however.
    Technology department is wholly dependent on mediocre work from contractors and outside vendors.
    Non-compete clause is extremely strict.
    New ideas are not encouraged. For a company that lives and dies by its IPs, they are remarkably resistant towards encouraging innovation or new products.
    Pay scale is well below market.

    Advice to Management

    Stop taking credit for the hard work of the people you manage.
    Learn about your product from a ground level.
    Gut your middle management and marketing teams, particularly on the D&D side. Nothing good is being done there outside of the R&D org.
    Consider providing actual career paths for hardworking and invested employees instead of cold hiring managers with no understanding of or appreciation for the product.
    ENCOURAGE CREATIVE GROWTH.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Your first stop on the road to Microsoft"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Casual work environment. Some employees are extremely passionate and are a treat to work with. Work on the best RPG and TCGs in the world.

    Cons

    Poor managers drive away talented individuals, and don't recognize good or hard work. Incompetency is often rewarded with promotion. Lower-than-market salaries often makes this place a stepping stone to other companies that care more about their talent.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace the digital age. Hire talented individuals. Cull toxic managers.


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