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Blizzard Entertainment Overview

Irvine, CA (US)
1001 to 5000 employees
1994
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Video Games
$1 to $2 billion (CAD) per year
Riot Games, Electronic Arts, PlayStation
Blizzard Entertainment develops and publishes software titles such as the record-breaking World of Warcraft, StarCraft, Diablo, Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, and Overwatch. Blizzard offers its online gaming service that enables millions of players around the world to ... Read more

Mission: Dedicated to creating the most epic entertainment experiences...ever.

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    "Best years of my career happened here and more are still to come"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA (US)
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    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Genuinely amazing workplace. I know there are a lot of folks out in social media and reddit who believe Blizzard is "losing its soul" but it can't be further from the truth. Yes, there were some major decisions that happened earlier in the year and quite a few personal friends and colleagues were affected. It hurt, and it still kind of does but that doesn't mean Blizzard isn't still doing what we set out to do.

    This isn't the first time I've lived through an organizational leadership change and it won't be the last. I can share that for a fact, Blizzard handled this in a much more mature and transparent manner than most other companies I've worked at.

    The company still holds true the values that are embossed around the Orc statue in our main quad and leadership is very serious about making sure they don't disrupt the culture here at the company.

    With our main focus now being on games - they are definitely getting the most attention but that doesn't mean the rest of us are shafted in any regard. In fact, I honestly don't think much changed from the past 2-3 years in terms of my team's culture and activities.

    If you're scared of what you've heard on social (yes, we all have phones) don't worry too much about it. Blizzard is still an amazing place to work and I am still excited everyday coming in to see what the new challenges are and what we're planning.

    Cons

    - Strong focus on games teams means they get almost all the resources they ask for. Some people feel shafted but it doesn't really hinder most other teams as much as it's made out to be.

    - Management transition - it's never an easy task and most of us are still waiting it out to see how the new team will lead us into the future. I'm optimistic and willing to wait patiently to see what happens. Feels weird but so far, so good.

    - Wish I got paid more.... but don't we all?

    - 401k match could definitely be better

    - Health insurance could really be cheaper - gets very expensive with 2 kids + spouse on the plan at the current rates.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain what makes Blizzard unique to the rest of the technology and gaming landscape. So far, you've done a great job and I personally still believe in what you're doing. Just don't let us and your community down.

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Blizzard Entertainment Interviews

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    Translation Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Versailles (France)
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    Difficult Interview

    Application

    I applied online. The process took 5+ months. I interviewed at Blizzard Entertainment (Versailles (France)) in May 2016.

    Interview

    1 "screening call", juste une formalité.
    Ensuite un entretien avec une personne. 3 semaines d'attente.
    Puis un autre entretien avec 3 autres personnes. 1 mois d'attente.
    Puis 2 autres entretiens, avec 4 autres personnes. A ce stade, nous n'étions plus que deux.
    Ensuite, 2 mois d'attente. Derrière, j'avais toute l'organisation de l'été qui en dépendait, plus l'organisation de mon mode de garde de l'année suivante. Je finis par relancer (3 fois de suite) la RH, qui finit par me dire par email que je n'ai pas été choisi. Elle avait juste omis de me le dire, après tout ce temps, tous ces mois de process, toutes ces personnes à convaincre, les journées de congé posées pour aller à leurs innombrables entretiens. Et en plus, elle a avancé un mensonge grossier pour mieux faire passer la pilule. (prétextant qu'elle n'avait pas pu me répondre plus tôt car elle attendait le feedback de quelqu'un, alors que j'étais en lien avec le quelqu'un en question, qui avait donné son feedback depuis belle lurette.)
    Bref, des RH lamentables, un process d'une longueur ridicule, un nombre d'entretiens ridicule, tout ça pour se faire traiter comme de la m....
    Les entretiens avec les opérationnels ont été une très bonne expérience, mais en revanche, les RH font un beau gâchis ! Ils pourraient respecter un minimum les candidats, surtout quand ils arrivent tout au bout du process et qu'ils sont finalistes. C'est tout bonnement lamentable.

    Interview Questions

    • 1er entretien à base d'un jeu de carte : on m'a laissé 4 mn dans une pièce avec un jeu de cartes (chaque carte représentant une qualité, une compétence), en me demandant d'isoler les 3 cartes qui selon moi étaient les plus cruciales pour le poste.
      Autres questions : que lisez-vous en ce moment, qu'écoutez-vous comme musique, quel est le dernier film que vous ayez été voir au cinéma, pouvez-vous me dire quelque chose à propos de vous qui ne figure pas sur votre CV.
      Citez une situation professionnelle où vous avez été en difficulté, comment avez-vous résolu le problème ? Citez une réussite professionnelle. Avez-vous déjà dû faire équipe avec des personnalités difficiles ? Comment avez-vous fait ?
      3 qualités / 3 défauts   1 Answer
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Blizzard Entertainment Awards & Accolades

  • Fortune 500, Fortune Magazine, 2018
  • 100 Best Companies to Work For, Fortune, 2018
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