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Blizzard Entertainment Reviews

Updated Dec 6, 2019

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3.9
74%
Recommend to a Friend
84%
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Blizzard Entertainment CEO J. Allen Brack
J. Allen Brack
14 Ratings
Pros
  • "Very good work environment and work life balance(in 42 reviews)

  • "Surrounded by likeminded gamers even or manager level(in 39 reviews)

Cons
  • "Rent in Irvine can be high and options for a social scene can be limited compared to Los Angeles(in 53 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. "Game Master"

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    Current Employee - Game Master in Austin, TX
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Enjoyed the perks of parties, swag, bonuses

    Cons

    Difficult working environment with egos everywhere. Some supportive management, others you learn not to go near at all.

    Blizzard Entertainment2019-12-06
  3. "Solid but not flawless"

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    Former Employee - Learning Specialist in Cork
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great culture and spirit within teams. Enjoyable environment. The video industry is a great place to be!

    Cons

    Poor middle and lower management, often without experience or proper support. Lots of silos and hirarchical levels. People in entry level jobs are treated with less respect and have a much worse work live balance.

    Blizzard Entertainment2019-11-30
  4. "Great co-workers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in The Hague
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    * Great co-workers * Fun to work at

    Cons

    * US focussed company * Regional market pecularities can be overlooked by global US led strategy

    Blizzard Entertainment2019-11-29
  5. "Recommend against working in CS"

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    Current Employee - Analyst 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

    - Great culture - Help create awesome gaming experience

    Cons

    - Low pay - Little to no upward mobility - Rigid and lackluster management

    Blizzard Entertainment2019-12-06
  6. "Awesome Company"

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

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

    Pros

    Culture, People, Benefits, Perks, Fun

    Cons

    Diversity Pay Too Picky Recruiters and Hiring Managers

    Advice to Management

    Should not strictly base candidates and prospects solely on previous companies worked.

    Blizzard Entertainment2019-11-14
  7. "The polish has long tarnished"

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    Former Employee - Info in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Alcohol Goofing off not doing work blaming others inbred

    Cons

    25-50% below market compensation Bro culture Alcoholism High Drug use Unable to find useful resources to get projects done

    Advice to Management

    Time to clean the house for real. Instead of asking managers to get rid of the 'trouble' makers or those that don't share the same opinion, use real metrics to identify the problems. Blizzard still uses the antiquated stack ranking system that managers go at it survivor/hunger games style. This leads to forming alliances and only benefit the same few each year. In November 2013, Microsoft Corp. announced it... had ended its controversial "stack ranking" employee-review and compensation system, and no longer requires managers to grade employees against one another and rank them on a scale of one to five, as described below. The most contentious aspect of this approach was its targeted, or forced, distribution requirements, which meant managers were required to designate a small percentage of their direct reports as underperformers. However, stack ranking is still championed at many companies, and in particular at technology firms especially Blizzard, who follows behind the curve in every aspect. The Blizzard polish isn't about taking time, it's about indecision and lack of skill to produce. Long gone are the innovators and creators, only the inbred followers are left, clingy to the formula of long gone mentors, often drunk at the weekly keg parties.

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    Blizzard Entertainment2019-11-27
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great games and great leadership"

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

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    -Pride in the products -- all teams champion supporting players and keeping the focus on the games -Long-term leadership in place that believes in and represents long-held company values that they helped establish and works hard to manage competing demands and priorities

    Cons

    -Intense -- every decision matters and the company continues to iterate on every single aspect of it work, so sometimes you might end up working really hard on something either for it to not be used (or spoiled by leaks) -Sometimes people are more focused on self-promotion than contributing to the company's shared goals

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course -- continue to listen (inside and outside of the company) and maintain Blizzard's unique focus on its games and its players

    Blizzard Entertainment2019-11-04
  9. "Producer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Considerable resources, with a commitment to doing a job well. Ample opportunity for travel or working remotely.

    Cons

    A tendency to hire external candidates to management with little understanding of the workflows they oversee.

    Blizzard Entertainment2019-10-27
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Fun Work Environment, Long Hours, Great Perks"

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    Current Employee - Producer 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Everyone who works at Blizzard is incredibly passionate about gaming and Blizzard IPs. Work hard and it will pay off. Great benefits and employee perks.

    Cons

    long hours and the work/life balance isn't great depending on what team you are on.

    Blizzard Entertainment2019-10-13
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