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What It’s Really Like to Work at Blizzard Entertainment

If you don’t recognize Blizzard Entertainment by name, you surely have heard of what they have created: the massively popular online games Warcraft, StarCraft, the Diablo series, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone and Overwatch. But as popular as their game are around the work, Blizzard Entertainment seems just as popular with their employees: the company has earned an overall rating of 4.3 on Glassdoor and been named one of the Best Places to Work in 2018.

So what exactly makes Blizzard Entertainment a Best Place to Work? Read on to find out.

The Perks

As you might expect, Blizzard Entertainment attracts a lot of gamers — gamers who are delighted that their perks package includes an employee discount on games and even a few freebies, according to one former employee. “Blizzard offers a lot of discount/freebies on their own product, which is nice because it makes you feel like part of the family,” he said.

As for that employee discount, it ranges “25 percent to 50 percent,” according to a current employee. “There are times where very large discounts occur depending on time of year.”

But the benefits don’t stop with games. According to a current employee, the company’s “benefits package is really fantastic. Great medical/dental/vision, built-in life insurance, 401(k), [and] very reasonable vacation time. There are all kinds of add-ons available.”

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The People

Blizzard Entertainment’s CEO Mike Morhaime has a near-perfect rating on Glassdoor, at 99 percent. As one current employee put it, “overall, the C-suite and senior leadership is doing a fantastic job. [Our] feedback is consistently sought, and they’re always looking for ways to level up the company.”

But beyond that, a former employee says, “[the] environment is wonderful. Geek or not, you will find others around you that are wonderful to talk to. There are so many days where it almost doesn’t even feel like work!”

The Office Digs and Culture

Blizzard Entertainment operates out of a campus in Irvine, California, which one current employee describes as a village that includes a “cafe, Starbucks, gym, basketball court, volleyball court, workout area outside, library, professional development workshops, yoga studio with a variety of classes, company events and celebrations, and much more!” Wow.

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The Pay

At Blizzard Entertainment, a Software Engineer pulls home about $88,152, according to salaries reported on Glassdoor. A Senior Software Engineer I makes about $106,567, while a Senior Software Engineer II makes about $134,109. On the hourly side, a game master makes about $13.14 an hour, while a customer service representative makes $12.48 an hour.

The Verdict

With “entertainment” right there in the company’s name, you know Blizzard Entertainment has to be a cool place to work. Based on employee reviews and ratings, employees agree. Perks, such as deep discounts on games and a massive campus, draw people in — and a great company culture may keep them there.

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