Blizzard Entertainment Employee Reviews about "work life balance"

Updated 14 Sep 2020

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Blizzard Entertainment President and CEO J. Allen Brack
J. Allen Brack
79 Ratings
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  • "Never kept up with cost of living increases, execs received massive salaries/bonuses while regular employees often struggled to make ends meet(in 34 reviews)

  • "Work life balance is non-existent; show up for your shift or don't show up at all(in 23 reviews)

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  1. "Great people - And a loooooot of time"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Artist 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

    You will meet and learn from the most inspiring and talented people here. Work life balance is highly rated and many people have a real game developer mindset here.

    Cons

    Every team is different, but in general everything moves very slow. Execs don't seem to have a high interest in taking risks in hopes of finding that great new game idea.

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  2. Helpful (3)

    "Formerly great, but losing that greatness ever faster"

    3.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Linux Systems Engineer in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company culture, work/life balance, pay and benefits

    Cons

    Things are changing in the company, and not for the better. Layoffs/RIF seem to be never-ending, just in small enough chunks that they don't make headlines like they did in Feb 2019. All this while we're being told we're having our best year ever...


  3. Helpful (10)

    "Used to do right by employees but no longer cares"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Blizzard Entertainment full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Casual dress Lots of events and swag Holiday parties People are passionate and work extremely hard for not enough recognition Quality people who look out for each other Used to make great products Claims equality/diversity is a major priority for them

    Cons

    Low salaries Incompetent middle management Misogyny is alive and well Slowly becoming AB corporate Poor communication and visibility into major company changes Lacking leadership Laid off 400 people in most profitable quarter ever Told by management on multiple occasions that if you want a promotion you need to leave Blizz and come back Reports of sexual harassment were not taken seriously HR team is not helpful. They are the worst offenders and don't even take notes when reporting an issue. They prey on people's passion for the games instead of paying them a decent wage. Forced to work insane crunch hours with little regard to work life balance.

  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Artist 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Blizzard Entertainment full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, great work/life balance. They really care about the people that work there.

    Cons

    Not much career growth since people rarely leave

  5. Helpful (9)

    "A place that used to be legendary, but is currently facing an identity crisis"

    2.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - VFX Artist in Irvine, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    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).

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  6. Helpful (5)

    "Great company held back by poor leadership"

    3.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Cinematic Artist in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Probably the best place to work in the games industry in terms of compensation, job security, and work life balance. Good pay and benefits, unless you are in a support role. Fun culture. Talented and passionate workers, mostly gaming geeks.

    Cons

    The culture that Blizzard is famous for is slowly dying. "Every voice matters" no longer means company-wide input on games and testing, instead all games are developed in secret from anyone outside the development teams. "Commit to quality" appears to be going out the door, while financial considerations and development speed have become driving factors. Leadership in my department is nepotistic, so you're better off sucking up to the right person than being a high performer.

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  7. Helpful (9)

    "Definitely going in the wrong direction"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Producer in Irvine, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    awesome co-workers, relaxed culture, job security, good work/life balance, if you enjoy Blizzard games, you get those perks.

    Cons

    alcohol is too big in this culture, extreme bro-culture, sexism is alive and well here, not enough women in higher level positions, growth is very slow and difficult, pay is below industry standards

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Fun Work Environment, Long Hours, Great Perks"

    4.0
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    • Senior Management
    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.

  9. Helpful (3)

    "Blizzard is good to learn what you need"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Specialist Game Master in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You'll learn how to multi-task, STAR (situation, task, action, result) solve for interviewing, data-entry, and basic level technical support Oh and you work with gamers on a day-to-day basis. There's also a team for dodgeball and a women's resource group.

    Cons

    Pay is crap for the area. Raises are pitiful (5-25c/yr). Additionally, the politicking game is strong in this company; you can't trust your co-workers to have your back as they may use that to sabotage potential opportunities for other departments or give you poor advice if it means they get ahead. Your hours are going to be awful. Day-to-day Scheduling is a 'this is fine' meme with you swapping from email to IM to phone support on a dime and random times where breaks are unacceptable. Work life balance is non-existent; show up for your shift or don't show up at all. A draconian attendance policy ensures that once you have an issue you're stuck with it going forward.

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  10. "Great colleagues"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Manager in Taipei
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with smart people in the company

    Cons

    Work-life balance is important, you have to adjust it by yourself

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