Blizzard Entertainment Reviews

Updated 9 Jul 2020

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3.8
73%
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Blizzard Entertainment President and CEO J. Allen Brack
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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 31 reviews)

  • "Work life balance is non-existent; show up for your shift or don't show up at all(in 22 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Gudreview"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Madurai
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Active participant Less work time space

    Cons

    Too repeated No trans no holiday

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  2. "Amazing culture"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Community oriented development. Stable growth. Pay is better than Industry average. Extraordinary talent. Internal mobility is encouraged. Management give free or subsidized games and loot all round the year. Positive Blizzcon experience. Irvine is a family friendly place.

    Cons

    Pay is lower than other software concerns and also Irvine is quite expensive.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great people and great games"

    5.0
    Current Employee - Lead Software Engineer 

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    People are professional and friendly and you get to work on games with a global impact

    Cons

    Lots of pressure and challenges as a large company still trying to grow

  4. COVID-19

    "No longer in its prime"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you're young and get your foot in the door here, the connections you make here can be amazing and that's because you'll inevitably leave the company or be let go either during a reduction in force or reorgs that are still happening but aren't on Kotaku's radar. The campus is great since there's a gym, Starbucks, library, statues and since it's a decent size campus it feels a bit corporate. There's a lot benefit perks too. Having Blizzard on your resume will speak volumes to other employers because they hold Blizzard in such high esteem. That's because they don't see or understand what's going on behind the curtain. The Blizzard CEO is great, he's a home grown employee that really understands what Blizzard is and should be. He just got dealt a bad hand with when he came into his leadership position. I know he's fighting hard to give Blizzard a fighting chance to rise back from the ashes, it's just not going to happen for many many years. Activision is here to stay and they're getting their claws in deep over here. I'd recommend holding off applying here for 1-2 years, especially with the whole COVID situation. Let the company really let the dust settle and understand what kind of employees they really need.

    Cons

    It's no secret that Blizzard plays on your passion and undercompensates as a result ...unless your name is Bobby and make 30 Million a year. It's not the same, it's not the dream company to work for any more and I was sad to find that out. The culture has changed and they have been wavering from their well-known core values. Activision is calling the shots now and unfortunately there's a lot of tension between Activision and Blizzard employees. There's this sort of entitlement that Activision employees have, and Blizzard employees pick up on it. There's been new hires brought on as Activision Blizzard employees, kind of like a hybrid but still primarily focused on Activision goals. No longer the Blizzard you dream of working at and held on a pedestal for all of these years.

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  5. "I love it here"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Marketing Communications in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - free oatmeal Wednesdays - Starbucks on campus - never a dull day - great coworkers - amazing, collaborative work environment - supportive management

    Cons

    I've been here for 8 months & have had 4 different bosses now. Teams get re-organized often, so it's kind of tough to be on top of things when people are always moving about, so their work is always exchanging hands which causes delays.

  6. "Ok pay sucks"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer 
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Good people and fun product

    Cons

    Pay is pretty bad and bonus is pretty bad

  7. "Great in just about every way except for compensation"

    4.0
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    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people here are amazingly talented

    Cons

    Pay is low compared to the rest of the industry

  8. "Truly Cares"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Production in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    - Values-based game developer. Every discussion and decision is heavily based on the company values. Every employee knows the values by heart and regularly remind each other of the values. Rank and file employees also regularly hold leadership accountable to those same values.

    Cons

    - One word: Activision. They're like the curse that keeps on taking. With Mike gone, it has become harder and harder for Blizzard to hold back that unfortunate influence.

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  9. "It's a disgrace what has become of this company/office"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Customer Support Representative in Cork
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    The location and employee discounts.

    Cons

    It used to be a decent job in a great company. Now, it's just the definition of micromanagement. Everything is about numbers, even if targets are met they will squeeze out more and more of employees until they eventually resign and they can hire someone new for less money. This goes especially for employees that speak up about problems - that's the fastest way to paint a target on your back. And if they won't find a reason to fire those people they will systematically manage people out, leaving just enough room for interpretation to discourage employees from suing them. And if there is a lawsuit they will make sure to keep it a secret instead of tackling problems. I used to love to work there, but it's been getting worse and worse over the recent years. Especially the HR department has a very disrespectful und unprofessional manner and plays power games. Which may be as per instruction by higher management.

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  10. "Great place to work if you don't like money"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people that are amazing to work with

    Cons

    Pay is low compared to other software companies

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