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Blizzard Entertainment Reviews

Updated Jun 14, 2019

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Blizzard Entertainment CEO Mike Morhaime
Mike Morhaime
587 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 51 reviews)

  • "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)

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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. "good company"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommends
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time

      Pros

      high talented people, excellent workplace

      Cons

      projects and processes may be slow sometimes

      Blizzard Entertainment2019-06-13
    • Helpful (1)

      "Best years of my career happened here and more are still to come"

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

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

      Pros

      Genuinely amazing workplace. I know there are a lot of folks out in social media and reddit who believe Blizzard is "losing its soul" but it can't be further from the truth. Yes, there were some major decisions that happened earlier in the year and quite a few personal friends and colleagues were affected. It hurt, and it still kind of does but that doesn't mean Blizzard isn't still doing what we set out to do. ...

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      Cons

      - Strong focus on games teams means they get almost all the resources they ask for. Some people feel shafted but it doesn't really hinder most other teams as much as it's made out to be. - Management transition - it's never an easy task and most of us are still waiting it out to see how the new team will lead us into the future. I'm optimistic and willing to wait patiently to see what happens. Feels weird but so...

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      Advice to Management

      Maintain what makes Blizzard unique to the rest of the technology and gaming landscape. So far, you've done a great job and I personally still believe in what you're doing. Just don't let us and your community down.

      Blizzard Entertainment2019-06-03
    • "Great colleagues"

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      Current Employee - Associate Manager in Taipei
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      Approves of CEO

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

      Pros

      Working with smart people in the company

      Cons

      Work-life balance is important, you have to adjust it by yourself

      Blizzard Entertainment2019-06-14
    • "Used to be great"

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        Current Employee - Manager 

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

        Pros

        #Passion. Everyone there is amazing and Passionate

        Cons

        Large round of layoffs and mass exodus of senior leadership including the CEO and Founder.

        Blizzard Entertainment2019-06-14
      • "Workable"

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        Former Employee - Game Master in Austin, TX
        No opinion of CEO

        I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 3 years

        Pros

        Talk about games all of the time Get to see the inner working of game design Provide amazing soft skills

        Cons

        You're a number, don't forget that. Pay is pretty low Talking to kids all day can be tiring

        Advice to Management

        Treat your employee's like people, not numbers

        Blizzard Entertainment2019-06-11
      • "Amazing Place to Work"

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

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

        Pros

        Warm and inviting culture that celebrates your inner geek-- whether that is gaming, role-playing, movies, comics, you name it. Blizzard offers many avenues to level up your skills at Blizzard U. They frequently bring in guest lecturers and have classes in art, programming, and also classes in leadership and management. Fellow colleagues are the best in the world at their craft. I believe that everyone at...

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        Cons

        Rent in Irvine can be high and options for a social scene can be limited compared to Los Angeles. Just something to consider.

        Blizzard Entertainment2019-05-27
      • Helpful (3)

        "A company that cares more about the bottom line than it does about players or employees"

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        Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
        Doesn't Recommend
        Negative Outlook
        Disapproves of CEO

        I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 5 years

        Pros

        Fun, geek-friendly culture with great people.

        Cons

        Low compensation, little career-pathing, impossible personalities. If you're not on a game team you get treated very unfairly and are considered a second-class employee. Working conditions are very tough for employees and a lot of emphasis is placed on making the game teams happy. A lot of the supporting teams have very little career-trajectories, managers just don't seem to bother investing. Everyone also takes...

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        Advice to Management

        Train your managers to invest in people. Make sure managers are always talking about next steps. Also have less people reporting to these people so they can focus on their direct reports. Stop overworking associate employees.

        Blizzard Entertainment2019-06-04
      • Helpful (2)

        "Best four years of working"

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

        I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 3 years

        Pros

        Casual workplace, friendly and outgoing coworkers, convenience shop with very wide selection in the cafeteria, many options for relaxation off the clock, support for growth opportunities, free games!

        Cons

        Very hard to advance upward, pay is less than others in the area for similar jobs with no bonus outside profit sharing, customers are among the worst and most abusive in the industry leading to high amounts of stress

        Advice to Management

        Please try to look after your employees' well-being and respect their limitations; let them push their own boundaries at their own pace, if they otherwise show that they're dedicated to the job, the company and its values.

        Blizzard Entertainment2019-05-12
      • "Design for games"

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          Current Employee - Graphic Designer 

          I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time

          Pros

          Pretty good social package and office

          Cons

          Problems with burocracy in the office

          Blizzard Entertainment2019-05-15
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