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Blizzard Entertainment Reviews

Updated 13 December 2018
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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 (16)

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

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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 (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. "Exciting Company to Work For"

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    Current Employee - Game Master in Austin, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Game Master in Austin, TX (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing benefits and enjoyed going to work every day to help out players, fans, and colleagues.

    Cons

    There's a lot of sitting, so take your breaks and walk around


  5. "Security"

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

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

    Pros

    They live up to their core values.

    Cons

    I don’t have any cons


  6. "Amazing Experience But I Had It Easy!"

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    Current Employee - Public Relations in Irvine, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Public Relations in Irvine, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing Perks (copies of every game, Blizzard Bucks, Cheap Yet Tasty Food on campus). Good Pay. Wonderful People. The Library is incredible!

    Cons

    Highly competitive environment. It can be overwhelming getting settled in.

    Advice to Management

    None at the moment but that may change with time.


  7. "Blizzard fosters a great community"

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

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Friendly people, good life/work balance, safe city to live in

    Cons

    Lower pay, expensive location, career stagnation or repetitiveness

    Advice to Management

    Foster more ways to help people grow and try new things

  8. Helpful (2)

    "You're Not Family."

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Anaheim, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Anaheim, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The People, the swag, Blizzcon, the company events.

    Cons

    The management playing favorites and making your life hell if they don't like you. Customer support being treated like crap by higher levels in the company.

    Advice to Management

    Don't let Office Politics dictate how you treat your employees. If an employee goes above their direct manager's head in an effort to be heard, that manager shouldn't be able to get retribution.


  9. "People have passion on what they do, nice environment for growth"

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    Former Employee - Designer in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Designer in Austin, TX (US)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Blizzard tries to keep the environment like a campus, where you can learn and grow for any dream positions you want to pursue. People care about diversity and respect different cultures.

    Cons

    Communication efficiency due to working remotely from the headquarter, but the leadership team did a great job to provide yearly summit for people share experience and ideas.

    Advice to Management

    You are the best manager, bring positive energy to the team, encourage people trying new ideas with a precise guidance to make sure things is always focused and purposeful.


  10. Helpful (26)

    "The job was amazing. The management, less so."

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    Former Employee - Specialist Game Master in Austin, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Specialist Game Master in Austin, TX (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working for my favorite gaming company, good office location, got to work with many like-minded individuals, free games, and a plethora of other benefits.

    Cons

    The management doesn't care about the individual. I was placed on a shift that I was physically struggling to maintain and, even though I'd gone to my management about the problems I had multiple times, I was never offered any help. I was removed from special projects after being given impossible ultimatums and ultimately fired because of mistakes I was making due to a deteriorating physical and mental health.

    Advice to Management

    Care about your reps. Please. I wasn't the last person this happened to since I was fired, and I'm sure there are others currently suffering. Depression and anxiety are real things that should be taken seriously. Especially when a rep with good numbers starts to slip -- help lift them up instead of kicking them to the curb without so much as a Final Written Warning.

    *Prior to being fired, I was not on a Final Warning. I went from a Verbal to terminated with no chance to speak up to defend myself, and though I was constantly reaching out for help with the situation I was in, no help from my leadership was given.

    **A side note, it appears that my previous review had been deleted by the employer earlier this summer. Trying to sweep bad reviews under the rug is indicative of a sour leadership and HR team. I'll keep re-posting my review, as that is my right to do so.