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3.4
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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
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      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
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Very good work environment and work life balance.

      Cons

      Compensation is lower than average.

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      The future looks bright

      Oct 18, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      "Every voice matters" isn't just cliche, I see it reinforced on a daily basis.

      Cons

      FAANG companies keep poaching from Blizzard.

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    4. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      Very political

      Oct 13, 2021 - Human Resources 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Great IPs, games, and campus.

      Cons

      Very political, power hungry and unethical senior leaders, AB parent.

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    5. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Shady and Dishonest

      Oct 9, 2021 - Gameplay Artist 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Working on Popular IP Top Artists and Talent there coworkers are experienced, helpful, friendly Benefits, free games, vacation, stock options

      Cons

      They preach to not be afraid and come to them with any concerns, problems, or just to talk. Many times I have and was only met with disciplinary reactions, promises to change or follow up, and served warnings not to speak about problems in leadership. Or forgetting the issue entirely They will enforce help they way they see fit and not the needs of the individual artist I was lied to in performance reviews leading up to annual reviews. They told me it positive progress with little issues, then surprised me with one day with a false document for need to improve. When reviewed with HR this document was found to have false dates and bid times. When they were informed they changed it with not even an apology. they have used this method to cover short comings. HR is there just to listen, but the changing of HR employees makes it difficult to get any issues addressed Frat culture still exists here, Only favorites and inner circles excel

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    6. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Good work environment

      Oct 10, 2021 - schedule coordinator 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      family oriented and boss really cares about his employees

      Cons

      sometimes understaffed and work on weekends

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    7. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Formerly one of the best game studios in the world; Now just another corporate husk

      Oct 5, 2021 - Program Manager in Irvine, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Because Blizzard makes several different, interconnected games on a variety of platforms, you will be able to gain significant experience working within complex game dev product cycles (unless you’re in Customer Service)., from early pre-prod stages (depending on your discipline) through the ongoing support of a product launch and onto GaaS. The Blizzard campus has some cool areas that you’ll geek out on…for a while, until the newness wears off You’ll get to interact with some of the best game designers, engineers, and artists in the industry. Company benefits are standard for most large corporations, though they are falling behind when compared to high tech specifically. Blizzard swag can be pretty cool at times, and you get discounts on ATVI/BLZ games. 1 week off at the end of the year You get to pretend you’re a celebrity each year when you attend/work BlizzCon wearing Blizz employee clothing.

      Cons

      - Some enormous egos get away with abhorrent behavior because they’re seen as valuable to the company. - The company culture is *beyond* toxic. In addition to what’s been in the news, devs on the major game teams are treated as gods. Most other disciplines, especially QA and CS, are treated like 2nd/3rd class, skillless, wholly replaceable bit players whose primary function is in service to devs. - Low pay across the board except for the rare few dozen who are either execs or particularly special/tenured devs. Blizz trades on its (former) reputation as a supposed leader in the industry in order to convince you that you should be happy to be able to work at Blizz and accept a lower salary for the “privilege” of being able to be here. They go out of their way to sell you on the company kool aid and try to brainwash you into believing Blizz is your “family,” knowing that, psychologically, this tactic increases retention rates. - High cost of living area coupled with Blizz’s reluctance (prior to pandemic…unsure what long term strat will end up being now) to allow remote work opportunities for almost anyone other than engineers and some designers only exacerbates the pay problem. - The depth of unbelievably poor / inexperienced / incompetent leadership in many departments is astounding. - Crunch is just a standard and accepted part of the job. - Nepotism / favoritism is rampant. There isn’t a place anywhere in the company you can go where the guys (guys specifically) getting all the positions of power and money are the ones making friends in the right places or are literally related to the powerful. - You get pigeonholed. It’s very tough to convince anyone you have skills and potential outside of the job/discipline you were hired for (unless, again, you make the right friends). - HR is complicit in the toxic culture. Their willingness to act on harassment or other claims is directly proportional to the level of “star” quality the accused holds.

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    8. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Video game developer

      Sep 23, 2021 - People Manager in Versailles
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Very familiar atmosphere at first, turned very corporate over the years.

      Cons

      The facility was closed due to financial restructuring, leading to a labor dispute that lasted nearly a year.

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Its okay

      Sep 20, 2021 - Child and Youth Program Assistant in Ann Arbor, MI
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Great people and company culture

      Cons

      Not the best pay, felt a little undermined.

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    10. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Wonderful company

      Sep 18, 2021 - Senior Test Analyst 
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Good technologies and tools. Good people.

      Cons

      Salary for QAs is low compared to rest of the industry. 401 is not 100% Match

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