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Updated 13 April 2019
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Blizzard Entertainment President and CEO Mike Morhaime
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Pros
  • "Blizzard actually wants to give employees a Work-Life balance" (in 39 reviews)

  • "Great work environment, lots of support from the colleagues" (in 39 reviews)

Cons
  • "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)

  • "You have to work really hard to exceed expectations which can erode some of the exalted "work-life balance"" (in 19 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Gudreview"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Madurai
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Madurai
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Active participant Less work time space

    Cons

    Too repeated No trans no holiday

    Advice to Management

    More redundant


  2. "Great place to be"

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    Current Employee - Game Designer in Baton Rouge, LA (US)
    Current Employee - Game Designer in Baton Rouge, LA (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good people and nice games

    Cons

    Long work hours could suck

  3. "Customer support representative"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment, lots of support from the colleagues

    Cons

    it was too short (temporary job)


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Good times at Blizzard"

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    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Irvine, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in Irvine, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Company Events, Profit Sharing

    Cons

    Lack of Work/Life Balance, Long Hours, Activision

    Advice to Management

    Dump Activision, Give your employees a better work/life balance so they can function better with less burnout, less churn and burn mentality.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Turning into a normal workplace"

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    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Irvine, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Irvine, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    - we work in video games, a more fun industry than others
    - like minded people
    - basically has turned into what a normal workplace would be including its regular challenges

    Cons

    - deeply rooted "old-school" mentality
    - recent organizational changes lowered company morale
    - old blizzard was considered 'magical', turning into a more corporate work structure lowering the innate spark of employees


  6. Helpful (13)

    "Not what it used to be"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Irvine, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Irvine, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Close knit teams. Fun events, good benefits.

    Cons

    Teams are very siloed - it can be difficult to get anything done across teams. Very immature company in many ways and no one seems to care enough to change. Advancement is shrouded in mystery.

    Advice to Management

    Check in with your Blizzard values. Are you leading responsibly? Does every voice matter?


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Get the Experience but know what you’re getting into."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Campus is gorgeous.
    Offices are beautiful.
    There’s a Starbucks on campus.
    Benefits are not the worst.
    Lots of opportunities to learn and to grow in your craft because..
    The best talent in the industry passes through Blizzard.

    Cons

    Blizzard was changing before Mike left. It had already become corporate. If Blizzard had succeeded as a developer in current times the way it had in the early 2ks Activision would have left the company alone. But over the last decade, under qualified, entrenched management has eroded the organizations ability to produce industry leading games. Overwatch was a lucrative recovery salvaged from the ashes of another game which went through development turmoil for nearly seven years. It’s the last new IP they’ve been able to push through and likely will be for some time.

    Developers here are underpaid, it can’t be said enough. Orange County is one of the most expensive markets in the country and the ‘industry standard’ salary Blizzard pays is not enough to afford this area. Only Managers and Senior Software Engineers II and above receive stock.

    Yes, there’s stock.

    The Blizzard name gets used to attract top talent and that talent is used, cleverly, until the artists gain enough experience to realize competing companies will compensate them more. Many other companies are not the utopia Blizzard makes itself out to be and they use that to compel their devs to stay.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your devs better. The word is out. Quit having your people post fake reviews. It’s not a good look.

  8. "Great culture and amazing people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - great team environment and amazing co-workers

    Cons

    none that i can think of atm


  9. "QA Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  10. Helpful (13)

    "Going through major organizational and cultural changes."

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    Current Employee - Director in Irvine, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Director in Irvine, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The game development organizations are the best you’ll see in the industry. Blizzard is a good proving ground to hone you skills and work with the best of the breed to put out products you can be proud of. However, with Mike’s (the founders) retirement last year, there has been greater influence of Activision’s culture on Blizzard’s day to day business so things may change in the near future. It appears, that at least for now, that the game development side of business is still strong.

    Cons

    While the game development side of the business is very strong, the support functions (for instance the marketing/publishing, business development, product & technology organization, etc.) are nowhere near the level that we see in game development side. The capabilities of these departments are passable, but not where you would expect to go sharpen your craft and work with industry leading professionals. The absence of strong leadership and lack of investment to attract and retention strong talent is noticeable. It’s rare that we attract and retain talent from outside companies that know how to execute in these areas. This leaves us feeling like our functions are unimportant and there is no opportunity for us to grow and develop unless we look to leave the company. Very consistent with what I’ve seen to historically be the case at Activision.