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Blizzard Entertainment Reviews

Updated Mar 28, 2020

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3.8
73%
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Blizzard Entertainment President and CEO J. Allen Brack
J. Allen Brack
28 Ratings
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  • "If I had to come up with something it would be that the pay versus cost of living (especially in Irvine) could use some work(in 30 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. "QA Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Very good work environment and work life balance.

    Cons

    Compensation is lower than average.

    Blizzard Entertainment2019-03-07
  2. "sdfs"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    everything culture wise is amazing

    Cons

    none it's great to be blizzard

    Blizzard Entertainment2020-03-29
  3. "Super Dope"

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    Current Employee - Linux Systems Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Irvine is dope - Blizzard is dope - We get all games - Sweet opportunities for Blizzard swag - Great opportunities to learn and grow - Internal mobility - Great benefits and insurance

    Cons

    I honestly can't think of any cons at the moment.

    Blizzard Entertainment2020-02-23
  4. Helpful (4)

    "Do Not Try Moving Up From Game Master"

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    Current Employee - Game Master in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Free games. Some great co-workers. Insurance.

    Cons

    - You are nothing but a number for customers to berate you and leave you bad surveys when they don't get what they want. - You THINK entering Blizzard as a GM will eventually allow you to move up. No, you are stuck forever as a GM. You will never move up, they will find excuses not to move you up. - Unless you're in the Irvine clique, you don't matter. - Have kids? Too bad, you're too old to work here. You MIGHT get weekends off, but you are stuck on a night shift. Nights don't work for you cause you got kids? OK, you can have a morning shift but good luck finding child care on the weekends when you have to work. - You are treated like a child. You have to let the little program know you're taking a pee break. Can't take too many pee breaks though. Management will say some thing. - They treat you like a child because you work with children. Some of the 19 year olds seriously barely make it to their shift on time, then wonder why they aren't getting promoted. - Blizzard is GREAT at destroying your confidence and making you believe that you need them. Not the other way around. You are so lucky to even have a job at Activision, oops, Blizzard. You should be thanking them for the job. - Forget ever working from home. J doesn't believe in it. - Austin is becoming like Irvine. You need 5 room mates to live here. If you complain that the cost of living is too high, then maybe you've outgrown Blizzard. HR will tell you this, don't even try complaining. Oh, or you can join one of the workshops that tells you how to manage your money cause you obviously don't know what you're doing with it.

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    Blizzard Entertainment2020-02-27
  5. "Lots of People to Learn From"

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    Current Employee - Associate Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    - Most everyone I've met is incredibly friendly and willing to help. - Good guidance from mentors - Chill work environment, flexibility - Loot, Blizzcon, Good Food

    Cons

    - Pay is lower than regular software engineering roles outside of games, but this may just be a game industry issue.

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    Blizzard Entertainment2020-02-14
  6. "Grass is looking pretty green"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Many Employee Amenities Big company with "Family" mentatliy Profit Sharing Employee Benefits Pet Friendly

    Cons

    Office Space Sizes Older Pipelines Limited Work from Home Options

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    Blizzard Entertainment2020-02-15
  7. "Excellent Work Environment"

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    Current Employee - Business Coordinator in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fun Projects Young Staff Brilliant Individuals Nice Perks - Events, Swag, etc

    Cons

    Very Very Fast Paced - Can get overwhelming at times

    Blizzard Entertainment2020-02-14
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great company held back by poor leadership"

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    Current Employee - Senior Cinematic Artist in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Probably the best place to work in the games industry in terms of compensation, job security, and work life balance. Good pay and benefits, unless you are in a support role. Fun culture. Talented and passionate workers, mostly gaming geeks.

    Cons

    The culture that Blizzard is famous for is slowly dying. "Every voice matters" no longer means company-wide input on games and testing, instead all games are developed in secret from anyone outside the development teams. "Commit to quality" appears to be going out the door, while financial considerations and development speed have become driving factors. Leadership in my department is nepotistic, so you're better off sucking up to the right person than being a high performer.

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    Blizzard Entertainment2020-02-18
  9. "Not the old Blizzard anymore"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Versailles
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Use to be a great company with great values and jobs opportunities, but those times are over.

    Cons

    Activision is now ruling and Blizzard is not Blizzard anymore. Blizzard was a great place to be Activision/Blizzard is now just another "shareholders 1st" managed cie.

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    Blizzard Entertainment2020-02-17
  10. "Love working in here"

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    Current Employee - Web Developer 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Well atleast our team has a good manager. Okay salary.

    Cons

    Can't think of anything right now

    Blizzard Entertainment2020-01-29
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