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Blizzard Entertainment Reviews

Updated 18 July, 2018
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Pros
  • "Blizzard actually wants to give employees a Work-Life balance" (in 35 reviews)

  • "If you are looking for a work environment to fully 'embrace your inner geek" you don't need to look any further" (in 36 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. Helpful (1)

    "Pretty good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cork (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cork (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    great atmosphere, fantastic colleagues, easy to connect to people and share ones own interest, very open people

    Cons

    Shifts are not great for CS people, too much focus on time optimization and little regards to the downsides for the employee. Almost any other departments are pretty solid and flexible on worktimes


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to work"

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    Former Employee - Game Master in Cork (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Game Master in Cork (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Treat staff well
    Fun place to work
    Great perks

    Cons

    Work can become tedious / repetitive

  3. "Loyalty means nothing"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Irvine, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pays well.
    Work in game industry

    Cons

    Not enough head count for what they want done. Won't hire more people. I did the work of 4 engineers. I temporary left and they said I could come back. In 2 weeks they didn't want me back when I gave them 8 years of my life.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more engineers.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Back Office Function, Cork Office"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cork (Ireland)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cork (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Colleagues, Culture, Work/Life Balance, Compensation Package

    Cons

    Senior Management (in France), Progression

    Advice to Management

    Limiting local options, forcing people to move elsewhere to gain career progression. I would honesty not have left if not for my limited career prospects, due to all the senior roles are located in France or the US.

    Loyalty is destroyed by lack of opportunities to grow.

    It makes no sense to limit loyal employees, spend time and resources to bring them along on the 'journey' - to then release them due to short shortsightedness.

    Blizzard taught me a lot, it's shame I then transferred those skills to an alternative employer.


  5. "Great place to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The best environment ever, friendly and kind people. Team spirit

    Cons

    nothing I can thing off


  6. "Project Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    - Great work life balance
    - Incredibly intelligent peers
    - Family atmosphere

    Cons

    - Heavy meeting culture
    - Overwhelming volume of projects on occasion


  7. "Great company"

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

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

    Pros

    Fun, open work space, that allows for a lot of free expression. The company provides many amenities to allow comfort while working. The position does have a rather fair pay grade for an entry level customer support position, but with a lot of extra goodies and gifts given.

    Cons

    The work itself can be rather stressful at times, while also taking into account the metric requirements that must be met. The position can take some getting used to, and requires the applicant to be very open to changing their customer support approach.

  8. "Great place to work that is going over a lot of changes"

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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

    Great executive team, amazing perspective in the horizon, great products, really awesome work-life balance.

    Cons

    The company grew a lot over the last years and things are still settling-in.


  9. "Good Culture, Terrible Pay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Great culture and great people.

    Cons

    Keep your pay in line with the industry and also the area. Irvine is wildly expensive, pay people competitively for the cost of living. Nepotism is a very frequent practice within most teams I noticed.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Cork (Ireland)
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Cork (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people are awesome. There is great collaboration among peers and teams.
    The salaries and perks are also good. Management is also very accommodating and understanding of personal needs.

    Cons

    Shifts - although there are annual bids so you can submit your preferences again.

    Advice to Management

    Some of my managers here have been the best I had. Their commitment and passion for the company and their team members is second to none.


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