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Blizzard Entertainment Employee Reviews about "cost of living"

3.5

65% would recommend to a friend

(21 total reviews)

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51% approve of CEO

Ratings by category

3.6

Culture and Values

3.6

Diversity and Inclusion

3.6

Work/Life Balance

3.4

Career Opportunities

3.2

Compensation and Benefits

2.9

Senior Management

Ratings distribution

5 stars

36%

4 stars

30%

3 stars

17%

2 stars

11%

1 star

7%

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Updated Nov 29, 2023

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Pros
  • "great people you work with at the lower levels but diminishes as you go up the ranks(in 161 reviews)
  • "Culture is great and inclusive.(in 116 reviews)
  • "+ Benefits are great(in 111 reviews)
  • "Core values are actually carried through the workday.(in 32 reviews)
  • "Good work life balance; they actively try to make sure people aren't worked too hard.(in 29 reviews)
Cons
  • "Low pay across the board except for the rare few dozen who are either execs or particularly special/tenured devs.(in 88 reviews)
  • "People who are still considered new are given less trust and struggle moving the needle for their role, especially middle management on non(in 64 reviews)
  • "Low Salary (good only for geeks)(in 40 reviews)
  • "Most of the have zero management training, no college education, and no leadership qualities whatsoever.(in 27 reviews)
  • "Low compensation in an exceptionally high cost of living area and ever rising demands(in 27 reviews)

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    1. 2.0
      Jul 29, 2014
      Anonymous Employee
      Current Employee, more than 3 years
      Irvine, CA
      Recommend
      CEO Approval
      Business Outlook

      Pros

      Looks good on your resume. Fun environment. Most people love being there and working there. Lots of great amenities and perks on campus.

      Cons

      Not a lot of room to grow in your career; many people stuck in their role for many years without many chances to change or grow. Substandard pay, especially for the hours you work, and the high cost of living in Irvine. Very much a corporation.

      9
      1. 5.0
        Jan 12, 2021
        Software Engineer
        Current Employee, more than 1 year
        Irvine, CA
        Recommend
        CEO Approval
        Business Outlook

        Pros

        Very fun and exciting company to work at.

        Cons

        Salary is a bit low for Orange County cost of living.

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        1. 3.0
          Jun 3, 2021
          Software Development Engineer In Test (SDET)
          Former Employee, more than 3 years
          Irvine, CA
          Recommend
          CEO Approval
          Business Outlook

          Pros

          The people are amazing to work with. There is a real sense of comradery and creative problem solving. Everyone is really cool and has a passion for what they do.

          Cons

          Management and Leadership is lacking in transparency, especially when it comes to policy the company is enacting. The attrition rates have shot through the roof on the team I had worked with. When everyone you respect and love working with either gets laid off or moves on, it's not a great feeling. Any bonuses or offerings are lumped together with cost of living increases, which means if you aren't in the top 20-30% of contributors you are not getting wage increases that meet cost of living increases.

          3
          1. 5.0
            Jun 20, 2014
            Anonymous Employee
            Current Employee, more than 5 years
            Irvine, CA
            Recommend
            CEO Approval
            Business Outlook

            Pros

            Salary is more or less the average for the industry. Perks are pretty good. Volleyball court, nice cafeteria, gym and more. There are plenty of career opportunities and growth.

            Cons

            Depending on the team, leadership can go from pretty good to average. The high cost of living in Southern California doesn't help when your salary is industry average or less.

            3
            1. 2.0
              Aug 18, 2015
              Anonymous Employee
              Current Employee
              Recommend
              CEO Approval
              Business Outlook

              Pros

              -Good amount of pleasant and talented people with common interests -Lot of diverse training available

              Cons

              -Atrocious work\life balance -Low compensation in an exceptionally high cost of living area and ever rising demands

              9
              1. 4.0
                Feb 23, 2021
                Senior Test Analyst - QA
                Current Employee
                Irvine, CA
                Recommend
                CEO Approval
                Business Outlook

                Pros

                QA is valued here, the work is exciting and engaging

                Cons

                pay rate is low compared to cost of living / other similar companies in the area

                1. 5.0
                  Jan 30, 2018
                  Anonymous Employee
                  Current Employee, less than 1 year
                  Irvine, CA
                  Recommend
                  CEO Approval
                  Business Outlook

                  Pros

                  Blizzard is a great place to work. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed but people work hard and you are encouraged to continuously improve.

                  Cons

                  Orange County is expensive and salaries do not quite reflect the cost of living

                  2
                  1. 4.0
                    Sept 22, 2020
                    Senior Software Engineer I
                    Current Employee, more than 3 years
                    Irvine, CA
                    Recommend
                    CEO Approval
                    Business Outlook

                    Pros

                    Lots of entry level positions and senior developers to learn from

                    Cons

                    Compensation is terrible considering the cost of living in Irvine

                    1. 2.0
                      Apr 17, 2020
                      VFX Artist
                      Current Employee, more than 8 years
                      Irvine, CA
                      Recommend
                      CEO Approval
                      Business Outlook

                      Pros

                      -Some welcome benefits, especially for parents, or families who want to be parents. -Work-life balance is good. - Abilility to purchase blizzard gear with discounts(although that has decreased a lot over the years) -The campus -The Blizzard lore and history

                      Cons

                      - Overall compensation is low for the cost of living. - No stock options or other kind of benefits that vest and keep people vested in the company. -Low performance of the company during the last years brought the bonuses to an all-time low. - Very poor career advancement(amazing individuals leave because they are not treated right and not promoted over the course of years, sometimes even a decade).

                      10
                      1. 5.0
                        Aug 4, 2021
                        Principal Technical Artist
                        Current Employee, more than 8 years
                        Orange, CA
                        Recommend
                        CEO Approval
                        Business Outlook

                        Pros

                        Really good place to work. Good people and good work ethics. I've worked at the company for 10 years now and am happy to contribute 10 more years.

                        Cons

                        Salary is not up to par with the cost of living in Irvine.

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