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Blizzard Entertainment Reviews

Updated Aug 20, 2019

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Blizzard Entertainment CEO J. Allen Brack
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  • "Rent in Irvine can be high and options for a social scene can be limited compared to Los Angeles(in 52 reviews)

  • "Cost of living in the area is outrageous(in 29 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. "Awesome Place To Woork"

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    Former Employee - QA Lead II 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fun Environtment Community Atmosphere Awesome Coworkers

    Cons

    More and more decisions are being made by the financial divisions instead of the creatives

    Advice to Management

    Make Great Games again without having to worry about money.

    Blizzard Entertainment2019-08-20
  3. "Great Place to Work but Low Compensation"

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    Former Employee - Internal Technical Consult in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The atmosphere and morale in the office are casual and fun. Great benefits and free stuff.

    Cons

    Tech support team is only paid a tech differential of an extra dollar from base pay. Tech wages are low. When working overtime, technical reps only get paid their base pay rather than their tech pay, even if they are doing tech work. The pay, on average is lower starting out than other game support companies in the area.

    Blizzard Entertainment2019-08-20
  4. "Best place I've ever worked"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Blizzard is a truly special place to work. I've worked at companies large and small, and Blizzard is by far the best of them all. As a life-long Blizzard fan, walking through the concept art covered walls doesn't get old. Depending on your team, there's a lot of flexibility. If you have down time, no one is going to raise an eyebrow at you playing a game, browsing the web, or taking care of some personal business....

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    Cons

    Like with much of the gaming industry, the compensation is really low. When I eventually hang up my sword and shield, it will be to pursue a better salary. The Irvine and Austin areas are exceptionally expensive, and Blizzard seems unwilling to compete against tech company salaries. We're getting kicked in the teeth by the press and on social media.

    Blizzard Entertainment2019-08-16
  5. "Sr SysAdmin"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Administrator 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Enthusiasm for the company and its products, people love Blizzard and it shows

    Cons

    Blizzard underpays by about 10-15% Lots of shifting culture

    Advice to Management

    Fire all the business bros. All of them, they are ruining your company.

    Blizzard Entertainment2019-08-13
  6. "Blizzard is good to learn what you need"

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    Current Employee - Specialist Game Master in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You'll learn how to multi-task, STAR (situation, task, action, result) solve for interviewing, data-entry, and basic level technical support Oh and you work with gamers on a day-to-day basis. There's also a team for dodgeball and a women's resource group.

    Cons

    Pay is crap for the area. Raises are pitiful (5-25c/yr). Additionally, the politicking game is strong in this company; you can't trust your co-workers to have your back as they may use that to sabotage potential opportunities for other departments or give you poor advice if it means they get ahead. Your hours are going to be awful. Day-to-day Scheduling is a 'this is fine' meme with you swapping from email to IM to...

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    Advice to Management

    Learn to coach your employees on being responsible, team-supporting, individuals. Stop focusing on separate projects that don't actually assist in growing your team. Avoid prefence on giving friends and those you like more on the team raises; all too often I saw members receive a promotion or advancement out of support because they were buddy-buddy with a manager and then they'd leave a couple months later now that...

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    Blizzard Entertainment2019-08-18
  7. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Producer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Culture, inclusivity, traditions, people, passion

    Cons

    Salaries, no major new releases recently

    Blizzard Entertainment2019-07-31
  8. "Esports is hard"

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    Current Employee - ESports Coordinator 
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    First hand experience on esports

    Cons

    You don't feel appreciated by the company

    Blizzard Entertainment2019-07-29
  9. Helpful (3)

    "So far so good"

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    Current Employee - Data Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Best hands on experience with what I am working on -Meaningful work, feel like I am contributing to the company as a whole -Semi-laid back at times but always trying to improve processes -Great culture, awesome people -You can bring your pets in! -Able to entertain yourself while working (YouTube, twitch, gaming)

    Cons

    -Company is very big, could lead to feeling like a small piece in a big puzzle -Low salaries compared to other companies with same titles -Subsidized lunches still kind of pricey -Company moves slowly, sometimes not at all in terms of production

    Blizzard Entertainment2019-07-15
  10. "It's no what it used to be"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    - Decent pay - Good teammates and overall colleagues - Interesting products and environment to work on - Used to be somewhat flexible in terms of working conditions, not sure what it'll be in the future

    Cons

    - Direction is unclear - Not what it used to be - Drastic shift in company politics

    Blizzard Entertainment2019-07-21
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