Mission: Dedicated to creating the most epic entertainment experiences...ever.
Really passionate staff, who are all friendly and easy to talk with. Some of the products are the best in the business and they care about the fans.
Seems like a small company pretending to be big (even though they are big). Really poor HR policies (were there any?). Quite shambolic when it came to managing international operations, seems to be every territory for itself which leads to some unhealthy fiefdoms. Depends on the management for your territory and can I only say I had the worst boss in my entire career there and didn't appear to be any recourse for his actions.
Advice to Management
Look at your leaders performance and behave more like a professional company. Look beyond the game teams with regards to culture, it's a big organisation and not everyone is a developer. It takes massive support to launch and maintain the games but it seems only the game teams (maybe HQ staff) are looked after.
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Blizzard Entertainment (Irvine, CA (US)).
The interview process was very enjoyable as I've been a huge fan of the company and their games since childhood. I was pretty geek'd out during the entire process so I really looked forward to the process. I applied for the role in September and got a call around October from the recruiter for the initial screen. It went well so I got set up for a phone interview with the hiring manager and they brought me on-site. Once I arrived on campus about a week or two later, we had a pretty full schedule of interviews. I believe I met with about 5 managers and all of them asked about different aspects of my work history. We also talked about strategies and ways to change the recruiting landscape.
After the initial interviews with the VP and management team, I had lunch with two recruiters and we just had a good time chatting about our interests, games and hobbies. It definitely was a fun lunch and didn't feel like I was being "interviewed" per say, during lunch.
I ended the day by meeting with my actual day-to-day manager to go over some details and additional questions. After all interviews were done, I was given an official tour of the campus. I was totally sold on the company and everything they stood for... and within a week of interviewing, I got a call and was offered the job. It took another week or two of back and forth negotiations but it eventually worked out.
Overall, the interview process can get a little "grindy" because they want to make sure you're a culture fit and that you have the ability to really be creative and flexible. I totally understand where they're coming from and they just want to hire the right person. It was a tough interview and I was pretty wiped out but had a great experience nonetheless.
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