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Updated 23 May 2018
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Pros
  • Blizzard actually wants to give employees a Work-Life balance (in 35 reviews)

  • If you are looking for a work environment to fully 'embrace your inner geek" you don't need to look any further (in 36 reviews)

Cons
  • Orange County is expensive and salaries do not quite reflect the cost of living (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. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  2. "the best job in the industry"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    best place to work at

    Cons

    it takes a lot of hard work

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Working at Blizzard"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Incredible company and culture. Experience varies on which department you work in.

    Cons

    Politics is still a problem, old boys run certain departments. QA is a garbage fire.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees and get rid of old, lazy employees. Just because they've been there for 10+ years doesn't mean they're good.


  4. "Awesome"

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

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment part-time

    Pros

    It would be awesome to do the coding of WOW

    Cons

    Farther away from family that is really it


  5. "Working for the best company in the world!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cork (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cork (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -Benefits/rewards: bonuses, profit-sharing, pension, health-care, service awards for 2 year, 5 year, 10, year, 15 yrs, 20. Steins, swords, shields, rings. Free parking, free counselling services, free onsite gym access, onsite canteen, free games, free gifts, annual holiday party, annual bbq, team building budgets, free time to game.
    -Core values that matter: Embrace your inner geek, lead responsibly, game play first, every voice matters, learn & grow, think globally, commit to quality. At the core of Blizzard, these values resonate with every employee and form part of all decisions on a global level.
    -Culture: Open, respectful, talented, creative, geeky, passionate multi-national workforce with a shared vision - we all believe in the brand and products of Blizzard.
    -Environment: Best technology, intuitive applications, creative work spaces, personalised work stations, surrounded by artwork, murals, statues throughout the offices and floor spaces. Onsite gym, library, therapy room, outdoor areas, 2 canteens, gaming room, lactation room, pool table, table tennis, tvs.
    -Opportunities: Internal mobility opportunities, emphasis on training and e-learning for up-skilling, performance management to develop employees and allow them to drive their own careers. Various internal programmes for learn & grow. Career week for employees to attend workshops on building CVs, interviewing skills etc. Recognition programme for employees who have achieved metrics, targets includes vouchers, goodies, loot.
    -Health & well-being: Onsite visits by Laya healthcare access to 24/7, 365 employee assistance programme, personal trainers onsite for fitness including strength training, yoga, pilates. Employee driven health groups including Couch to 5km and other localised groups. Time off work to participate in above fitness programmes when business needs allow it.
    -Events: annual holiday party for all employees to attend with guest, annual bbq for all employees to attend with guest & children, celebration week to recognise efforts of all employees with goodies, free food. Internal tournaments, streaming of Blizzcon internally with food & goodies, birthday celebrations for employees, team building event budgets.
    -Diversity/inclusion: LGBT group, every voice matters group, women's advisory council.
    -Philanthropic efforts: Partnerships with local communities.

    Cons

    When you're working for the best company in the world who invest in their employees, it's nearly impossible to find cons. Any global company will experience difficulties along the way but one thing Blizzard is renowned for is it's EPIC support, EPIC products and their devotion to employees. Until you work for other organizations, you'll quickly realize how fortunate you are to work for Blizzard.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing Workplace and fantastic leadership!"

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    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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Blizzard does a lot of things well. I know we're not a perfect company but the leadership team here definitely do A LOT of things very very well. First off, top leadership is very candid and transparent with the rest of the company. I'm not in a management or top leadership position but I feel just as much as part of the great vision of the company as if I was a top leader.

    Their willingness to be open with us and transparent makes all of us that much more confident in the direction of the company and really creates a high level of respect that we have for our management team.

    Cons

    Perhaps the 401k match could be better. Would also be nice if we had some kind of child care for parents with kids but aside from that... It's a great place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on going what you're doing. Blizzard will continue to grow and we'll only get better as the years go on!


  7. "Best Company to work for"

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    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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Here at Blizzard, you feel at home. Surrounded by amazing people and dogs that would make your day even more better. The campus is great and has a college campus feel to it. What makes working here at Blizzard even better, is the leaders and employee relationship. It's definitely One Blizzard!

    Cons

    We need a dog park :)

  8. "Great Place to Work"

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    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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    Blizzard is such a relationship driven company. It's refreshing to see a company that prides itself on that first. Mike M has great vision for the company and I feel most of the organization follows in his beliefs. I've experienced incredible growth and satisfaction in my role(s) and don't think I could have had as many opportunities anywhere else.

    Cons

    Things move a little slow but that's typical with any company going through growth. You need to make the right decisions and that often times takes some time to get there.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up. We're growing and moving in the right direction so something's working!


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Lok'tar Ogar!"

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

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

    Pros

    Top end work amenities. Core company values are spread through every level. Friendly coworkers all embracing a diverse mindset, creating a culture of acceptance. Leadership values getting to know the person behind the work.

    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "My new family"

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Irvine, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in Irvine, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Plenty of transparency, great worth ethic from coworkers, room for autonomy and growth, excellent leadership, interesting and challenging work

    Cons

    Occasional long hours, slow to acclimate (it's a lot to take in)

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the fantastic transparency with your teams


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