Blizzard Entertainment Reviews

Updated Jul 26, 2021

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Blizzard Entertainment President and CEO J. Allen Brack
J. Allen Brack
130 Ratings
Pros
  • "amazing, collaborative work environment(in 47 reviews)

  • "Great culture, great work/life balance(in 45 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Never kept up with cost of living increases, execs received massive salaries/bonuses while regular employees often struggled to make ends meet(in 35 reviews)

  • "Work life balance is non-existent; show up for your shift or don't show up at all(in 23 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, less than 1 year

      gm

      Oct 19, 2020 - Game Master (GM) 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      fun environment. easy work, good people

      Cons

      low salary. five words done

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    2. 5.0
      Former Employee

      QA Analyst

      Mar 7, 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Very good work environment and work life balance.

      Cons

      Compensation is lower than average.

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    3. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Unfortunately the company so many people loved is dead

      Jul 8, 2021 - Senior 3D Artist in Irvine, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Seems to care about people not overworking(not really out of compassion, but instead because they have been sued many times in the past because of it).

      Cons

      Management, Leadership and C-Staff don't know what they're doing. Compensation is very poor compared to other companies Outdated leads that are only still there because they are seen as monuments. There's no original ideas . Just copy what the rest of the industry does, and use the excuse "as blizzard we will make it better" People are generally unhappy at work, leadership knows it, doesn't do anything about it. In the art sector, leadership has no clue what they want, so they muddy communication and in the end the fault always reverts to the artist. They will hire other artists to work with you without even consulting you, or you having the chance to also interview such person. Just that in general management doesn't really see you as human beings. All good employees and leadership have left or are in the process of doing so. Only thing remaining is a sinking ship. There's no growth unless you sugarcoat your leads. In that case you don't even need to be good to be promoted. The new president is not nearly as good as Mike Morhaime.

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      8 people found this review helpful
    4. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Had Fun, But Seems on the Decline

      Jul 7, 2021 - Anonymous Former Employee in Irvine, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - The peers are great, and most managers are as well, with the exception of political discussions in the workplace - Getting to work for a company I've enjoyed since childhood - SUPER casual attire - Pretty flexible for the most part, depending on your manager - Great benefits

      Cons

      - Layoffs were almost unheard of until a couple years ago. Now they're a thing... - Activision "culture" has been seeping more and more into Blizzard every year - Compensation is generally lower than the market - There's a lot of secrecy and closed-door meetings at upper-management levels, which in my career experience is never a good thing. - If you have conservative values or opinions, be ready to be openly challenged in the workplace and/or made to feel awkward or ostracized. Liberal commentary is regularly talked about in the work environment, which is very hypocritical to the company's "diversity and inclusion" efforts.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    5. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      No longer the legendary company it once was.

      Jul 22, 2021 - Customer Service Representative (CSR) in Versailles
      Recommend
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      Pros

      * People you work with directly are great

      Cons

      Company has been in a downward spiral for years, only make worse when bought out by Activision, Once they had their grubby hands on it was all down hill. Office in Versailles was closed for "Economic Reasons", reasons given did not add up, given 2020 was good year and like many online organisations benefited from COVID-19, Organisation as a whole made billions in profit.

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    6. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Great team, great products, not so great support outside of team

      Jul 19, 2021 - Senior Software Engineer I in Irvine, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      * Most people are very passionate about what they work on. * Geeking out is fully supported and expected. Expect that no one will shame you for what you love to do. * Amazing level of pride for the things I contributed to.

      Cons

      * Department will give lip service to the "importance" of your job, but then not give support to actually make things better. * Operations and feature work often take priority over everything else.

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    7. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Stable work

      Jul 26, 2021 - Business Systems Analyst 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I like the people I directly work with, I have formed lifelong relationships with some

      Cons

      it is becoming more and more of a corporate environment which in itself is not a bad thing, but the culture has not evolved along with that

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    8. 2.0
      Current Employee

      Culture is created by Employees not Executives.

      Apr 10, 2021 - Director in Los Angeles, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Competitive Pay. Process Driven. Supported During COVID.

      Cons

      High School Vibe. Forced Stack Rankings.

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      9 people found this review helpful
    9. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Nonexistent HR - Slow to move up - Great benefits

      Jul 21, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      - Incredible benefits (medical, dental, 401K), and very flexible work environment. Ladies, if you need fertility help, Blizzard's benefits are some of the best in the U.S. 3 rounds of IVF are fully covered (potentially a value of around %60-75K) - At the start of COVID, Blizzard provided hand sanitizer, TP, and covered costs (up to a certain limit) to get us setup at home. During the wildfires and evacuations, Blizzard covered air filters for people's homes. - Some of the nicest people I have ever worked with. - No meeting Fridays - Non-COVID times, the entire company had an evening at Disneyland all to ourselves - super fun!

      Cons

      - HR dept is basically non-existent except for at the highest level, and provides zero guidance on career progression. Yearly goals are submitted to an online portal and annual reviews take place, but don't expect anything beyond that. It's not a normal part of company culture to support employees in this way, like at other corporate companies. A "# level/band" system was implemented behind job titles, and never explained to employees. - If you want to move up, expect to fight to make it happen, so push for as much as possible in your up-front job negotiations. Certain depts are notorious for finally acquiescing to your deserved promotion once you give your 2 weeks notice. (Too late, boss. Now the rest of the overworked dept suffers more taking on that person's work.) - Company profit-sharing bonuses have not hit 100% in many years, so keep that in mind in your offer letter. - Women of Blizzard program is extremely caught up in politics, and not doing much to truly support their female employees. - You will experience people spending more time coming up with all the reasons something CAN'T happen vs pushing the envelope and coming up with all the ways to make something actually happen.

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      1 person found this review helpful
    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Stable but no potential

      Jul 25, 2021 - Customer Support Agent in Cork
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Stable income, fixed working hours, stress-free

      Cons

      No opportunities for growth, repetative work

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