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Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Reviews

Updated 3 June 2014
Updated 3 June 2014
11 Reviews

3.2
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great environment, great culture

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    Former Employee - Marketing and Sales Intern
    Former Employee - Marketing and Sales Intern

    I worked at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment as an intern

    Pros

    very relaxed culture, great perks, great opportunity to learn

    Cons

    - work load is very cyclical

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Intelligent and hardworking staff working on high profile IP

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    - Very capable and intelligent staff, these people know what they are doing
    - Management understands games business and are well respected
    - Great IP, DC Entertainment, Lord Of the Rings/Hobbit, Harry Potter, and Lego properties to work with, just to name a few
    - Very stable for a game company: Fewer layoffs and restructuring compared to direct competitors such as Disney Interactive

    Cons

    - Due to the larger company size, upward mobility may take longer than smaller studios but in my personal situation, I was able to move quickly due to a vacancy
    - Sometimes too process driven and a lot of red tape, needs to be more agile in order to maintain competitive edge
    - Limited or lack of original IP from games, most games are based on existing IP, they need to start expanding their business and allow for internal creative development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Continue growth for the business but also don't be afraid to think outside the box - let's get WBIE in the top 10 publishers list

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Finance Manager

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager
    Current Employee - Finance Manager

    I have been working at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Benefits and work life balance is ok. Pay is average, fun product to work for

    Cons

    Personal and professional growth is very slow. I have been in my role for 2.5 years and nothing has changed. There are people that are in positions higher than me, that got there based on time spent with the company than really meriting it. Very demotivating at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage employee growth, promote professional movement, create more rewarding pay structure, and get rid of people who do not perform instead of promoting them for sticking to their position.

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Programmer Analyst

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    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst  in  Burbank, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Programmer Analyst in Burbank, CA (US)

    I worked at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Worked under contract - everyone was very knowledgeable and capable in their roles in the project. The company provided plenty of resources for the project and lessened the regular duties for those involved. This showed a real commitment to the project.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons to report about this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Project was run smoothly. Stakeholders and managers made themselves available as needed for the project.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Come here for the experience and fun, not for the pay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Burbank, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burbank, CA (US)

    I worked at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Opportunities to try new things and work with some very talented and experienced people. Great work/life balance; Great culture

    Cons

    Lower industry average pay; Politics involved to really move ahead; Lack of structure can be chaotic at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be open and share ideas and information rather than silo information only to those relevant to those that only need to know

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, access to the studio lot, fun projects, flexible hours

    Cons

    Takes awhile to get promoted

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Stable workplace but little incentive to strive for excellence.

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Burbank, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Burbank, CA (US)

    I have been working at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great brands, commitment to high quality games, very secure employment, generally reasonable hours and workload.

    Cons

    No upside if you do a good job - bonuses are capped (small percent of salary), annual raises are lower than inflation, very slow to promote. Lots of politics, particularly among senior management, lead to dueling initiatives that should be combined across departments and unnecessary bitterness/conflict among rank and file.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Define a strategy, get buy-in from everyone, follow-up on it and stick with it. Attract best-in-class employees and invest in identifying and retaining star performers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Poorly managed game development.

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    Former Employee - Technical Artist  in  Needham, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Technical Artist in Needham, MA (US)

    I worked at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Benefits and coverage of a corporate entity.

    Cons

    Poor and unqualified management. A complete lack of process and project management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit and seek political office.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Laid off after more than a decade

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Kirkland, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Kirkland, WA (US)

    I worked at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Employees receive free movie DVDs several times a year and occasional screenings of new movies. Warner Brothers owns a large number of interesting IPs.

    Cons

    Upper management is excessively risk-averse and short sighted leading to a creatively stagnant environment and frequent layoffs of loyal and talented employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Driving talented and loyal developers away to make your quarterly budgets look good is a shortsighted solution at best.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Full of potential, but lacking in adequate resources (in terms of process, people, and direction)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Tremendous IP and the potential for leveraging that IP
    - A number of very passionate a dedicated people to work with
    - Essentially still a "startup" culture with a hefty bankroll
    - "Warner Bros." experience can look pretty good on a CV

    Cons

    - Lack of unifying direction/vision (especially obvious given the geographic separation of the "head office" from everyone else)
    - Too little staff to do all the work that needs to be done, and a seeming willingness by the executive team to let this situation continue.
    - "Bottom-line" decision making often at odds with creative/creation process
    - Current trend of workforce reductions at various development locations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unify the entire division, staff critical positions with enough people to get the job done without individuals having to "kill themselves," and setup a culture of "success" versus one that provides a minefield of opportunities for failure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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