Glassdoor marks Blizzard’s Mike Morhaime as a great boss but says the studio’s salaries are too low

If you had to go work for a major corporation, what would factor into that decision? Having a great boss might be a consideration, and if that’s the case, then Blizzard Entertainment has this covered.

According to Glassdoor, a site in which employees give their companies anonymous reviews, Blizzard’s Mike Morhaime is one of the top CEOs of a large company according to 2018 rankings. Morhaime placed 23rd on the list of 100.

“It’s such an honor to be recognized on this list,” Morhaime tweeted. “Thanks to everyone at Blizzard for making it such a great place to work.”

Even though the studio itself ranked as the 28th best place to work among large corporations, some employees complained that Blizzard offers too low a salary compared to the rest of the industry.

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Dug From The Earth

“Low” is subjective in many cases involving salary.

Im sure many of those people feeling their salary is “low” are basing it on the fact that they work for Blizzard, a company that makes a F ton of money. Its very easy to fall into that “They have plenty of money to pay us more, so why dont they?!?!” trap.

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Songs for Children

Maybe. But whether a salary is “low” is also relative to the cost of living of a given area.

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Sorenthaz

Better than working on a low salary while being expected to work 60+ hour weeks and then you have no guarantee that you won’t be laid off shortly after the game launches because the company boss/CEO sees you as just another replaceable cog in the machine.

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A Dad Supreme

Salaries might be lower than elsewhere but at least you don’t hear many people saying “Sorry to those who this layoff affected” to Blizzard employees after their games crash and burn.

I think given the scale of things and the volatility of the gaming industry, I’d rather have a steady, lower paying job with benefits and home stability over a long period of time than a slightly higher paying but shorter-term job and get laid off every 3-5 years then have to uproot your family.

I don’t think Blizzard employees really want to start comparing what they get as a ‘norm’ overall to what the rest of the industry does, less Blizzard start raising salaries and then throwing people out with the same regularity.

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Loopy

From what i’ve heard, Mike is a pretty good boss to work under. He’s also appeared on a lot of nerdy shows and YouTube channels, including Wil Wheaton’s Tabletop series, and he seems likable overall.

23rd place is pretty damn good, especially considering the industry which is notorious for having socially inept CEOs.

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Bryan Turner

I work at a place for less than my worth however it’s a great place to work, my coworkers feel like friends and I trust them completely, my boss is decent, it’s close to home (15 minute drive); money isn’t everything.

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A Dad Supreme

Yeah, it seems like those employees work at a place that’s a 9/10 and focus on the one thing they don’t get.

You can’t win with employees like that since they could be getting paid 2x as much, then complain about how it sucks to work there because it’s more pressure than other companies, and their boss is always on their back.

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TheDonDude

I work in IT and we consider game studios to be the worst of the worst for employment, so this is really nice to see!

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Armsbend

28th across all industries is a magnificent feat for a developer imho. Personally, I’d take a slight pay shave over the continual abuse that other employees seem to experience in the industry.

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Darasimi Makinde

This. I turned down a better paying job for the work life balance and benefits that the studio I’m at offers and couldn’t be happier

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Dobablo

I am very suspicious of lists like this with absurdly high scores approval scores. They seem to be dominated filled with unsafe working practices and overworked employees; enslaved in personality cults and worship at the feet of their deity-boss. Oh look, Elon Musk is at 49th.

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mystwen

I don’t find them suspicious at all. The CEO I work under always has a very high rating on Glassdoor. As the article states, it is employees who give anonymous reviews. I think employees are smart enough to know if they like their workplace/think it is safe/know if they are overworked/have life-work balance/fairly paid/agree or not that the CEO is a good leader, etc. Leaving a review on the CEO is only part of what can be done on Glassdoor. Thus, the Blizzard employees believe their CEO is a good leader, but overall would like the wages to be higher. (BTW, my company is also in the software business.)