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Updated 13 February 2019
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Pros
  • "Blizzard actually wants to give employees a Work-Life balance" (in 36 reviews)

  • "If you are looking for a work environment to fully 'embrace your inner geek" you don't need to look any further" (in 37 reviews)

Cons
  • "Expensive cost of living in the surrounding area; the company does subsidize healthy food options in their cafe and vending machines in each building" (in 29 reviews)

  • "You have to work really hard to exceed expectations which can erode some of the exalted "work-life balance"" (in 19 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (20)

    "Amazing culture and Passion for hand-crafted, high quality gaming experiences"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Employees bleed passion. They embrace the 8 core values wholeheartedly and live and breath it.
    -Opportunities for learning and growth. The company has grown quickly over the past few years and there are opportunities beyond just game development! eSports, Consumer Products, Story and Franchise Development and more.
    -Limited hierarchy, everyone pitches in and has a voice, and focused on meritocracy
    -You can be yourself. You don't have to be a gaming geek, there are foodies, pet lovers, table top gamers, tinkerers and so many other interests that you can share with others

    Cons

    -Company is more of a start up-feel and there's a greater need for more process and documentation, however, not to the point where we are taking away from the creativity and to get things done
    -It takes time to learn the Blizzard way of doing things, but there's a positive in this as everyone understands this and gives new hires a chance to really absorb the culture and build relationships without being thrown into the fire

    Advice to Management

    -Never forget the roots of the organization, the creativity and focus on quality, but realize that we need to catch up in certain areas as well


  2. "Amazing company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Incredible legacy of delivering epic entertainment
    Can feel like an extended family

    Cons

    As with all companies, growth has been challenging to manage.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on the people. Including those in remote regions.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Poor management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    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.

    Cons

    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.


  4. "Epic Company"

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    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Technical Writer in Austin, TX (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Managment is top notch. People are nice and work as a team. Very transparent and really do stick to the Core Values.

    Cons

    Pay is a little light.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Struggling."

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Irvine, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Irvine, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Commitment to diversity, tight knit community, good benefits.

    Cons

    Support teams still looked down on/seen as cost centers. No CTO currently. New President is still getting up to speed. Budgets are tight and getting worse. Unwillingness to fire people who aren’t actually a fit for the position they’re hired for. Deeply toxic internal politics between departments (particularly, Battle.Net vs. the rest of the company, Battle.Net vs itself).

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting technical people with a lack of soft-skills to positions where they’ll manage dozens or hundreds of people. Read up on the Peter Principle. Listen to the cries of individual contributors when they say a lack of leadership is killing previously effective teams. Learn how to hire people from the outside who will adhere to the Core Values. Hiring hostile, inexperienced candidates for leadership/management positions and then making excuses for them when turnover on a team skyrockets isn’t doing anyone any favors.

    #1 advice: have exit interviews for Internal Mobility moves. People aren’t leaving Battle.Net for game teams because they want to, they’re leaving it because it’s a hostile work environment.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "A company full of terrific people that doesn't actually care about them."

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    Former Employee - Senior Test Analyst in Irvine, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Test Analyst in Irvine, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - Amazing people and culture
    - Ability and encouragement to be yourself (within reason)
    - Incredible fan base
    - Lots of fun perks and swag

    Cons

    - Underpaid
    - Overworked
    - Overly Political
    - Shifting business priorities

    Advice to Management

    Let me start by saying that a lot of people work at Blizzard because they want to be there. They are super passionate about the company and what they're working on. The company says a lot of good things and makes great games. They provide pretty good benefits and additional perks to sweeten the deal. But they also significantly underpay and overwork the vast majority of their employees. Most people there will gladly accept this because, hey, they work at Blizzard! But I don't think those two things should be mutually exclusive. Blizzard needs to take better care of their people financially.

    There are a lot of really amazing people at Blizzard and they do genuinely care for each other, but it's never great to continually say that you're struggling to make ends meet, that you feel as if you're underpaid, and have management say they know and are working on it with no change ever taking place. It's even worse when they do implement changes that don't actually do anything but cause the new hires to make more than the tenured people training them. When leadership sends messages like "get a second job" or "you're not rockstars, don't expect to be paid like rockstars" it really hurts morale. When people are encouraged to grow themselves and their careers but then blackballed and listed as a "flight risk" for their department and denied promotions, it can make people sour.

    Additionally, being at Blizzard used to feel like being at a family company. As the business has grown it has become more corporate and driven by the bottom line. Their tag line has been "Creating the most epic entertainment experiences ever" but right now it feels like it is much closer to Activision's motto of "We make games that sell". The last few years have been exceptionally hard, especially on more tenured people.

    I still think Blizzard is full of incredibly talented and devoted people. I think they make really good games. I believe that they care deeply about their community and fans. But until they stop exploiting that passion for profit, I wouldn't recommend Blizzard as a good place to work.


  7. "Good company"

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

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    salary, benefits, location, company, food

    Cons

    Actually I was satisfied everything

  8. Helpful (11)

    "Used to be fun and a family, not the same anymore"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There really aren't many pros anymore. Blizzard used to have a real family feel, people would hang out after work together, play boardgames, have a few drinks, work late nights and not even care. It felt like we all had each other's backs, and management was trusted. Now people come to work, do the required hours and leave. The passion has been fading slowly. Now it's just a job.

    Right now, the only pro is saying "I work at Blizzard." Or maybe, "we have statues in the office. "

    The pro is most definitely not the pay, because it's terrible compared to any comparable tech company. Basically, if you move to Amazon, Google, FB, Netflix etc, you have a good chance of more than doubling your money.

    You may get the chance (if you're on the right team) to work with good and passionate people. However, recently, the best people have been leaving engineering positions like rats leaving a sinking ship.

    Cons

    So many cons.

    There is a "good old boy" form of leadership who have risen up to senior levels across the company because they're friends with other old school Blizzard guys. These people think that because they were involved with WoW or Starcraft back in the day, it means they're geniuses and everything they say or do now must be the right thing. However, they don't realize that the games industry and tech in general has changed, and they have not adapted to the changing times.

    These guys might be good in individual contributor roles, but they are terrible at senior management. This is the "Peter Principle" in action as you watch in astonishment. Levels of incompetency that are so ridiculous it looks like something you might see in "Silicon Valley" or some other comedy show.

    These guys enjoy their senior positions while making terrible strategic decisions, not realizing that huge amounts of talent is leaving the company and huge amounts of money have been wasted due to poor decision making and investments.

    The pay is terrible. If you compare salaries for any form of enterprise engineering, whether it's for data engineering, backend, front-end, infrastructure, network, SRE, etc, you will earn 50% less or worse, when compared to other tech companies. There is poor transparency over salaries and salary bands. Any discussion of invididual salaries is deterred, probably because there are people earning 100k here who could be earning 200k+ at Google. The engineers earning 180k at Blizzard, could be earning 300-400k total comp in San Francisco. This isn't hyperbole. This is the "Blizzard tax." It used to be that people were willing to pay this Blizzard tax to work at a fun and family friendly company, the company of your dreams. Well, Blizzard isn't like that anymore, and so if you're no longer going to work at a place of your dreams, why keep earning significantly less?

    Depending on your team, you could work in a toxic environment. Some teams are better than others in this regard. Other teams have a terrible reputation across the company... *cough* Battle.net *cough cough*

    Advice to Management

    The tech orgs need to be restructured, Battle.net is a dysfunctional and a massively inefficient mess.


  9. "Graphic Designer"

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

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Company culture is awesome and just an awesome place to be at.

    Cons

    Definitely got to speak up for growth.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great People Poor Compensation"

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    Former Employee - Senior Test Analyst in Irvine, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Test Analyst in Irvine, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You get to work with some of the best people in the industry.

    Cons

    Compensation is extremely low .