Blizzard's an evil corp. Who could've thunk
Soooo....is anyone going to share the spreadsheet? If you are worried about names, you can black them out, and just have 'position' linked to benefits. At least so that others can come in with data analysis to see how much these employees 'should' be worth. It's a common refrain that for the same skills you develop, in programming, art, you get paid far more in other industries, than in the games industry.
I don't imagine anyone is particularly surpised by this news, however it is still unfortunate to hear.
Like some other ex-employee said before, they exploit people's passion for their work. Nothing surprising here folks.
And not a single individual was surprised
I became homeless while working as a Blizzard GM because they didn't pay enough for me to afford all my bills if any unexpected expense came up. This has been going on since before the Activision takeover.
We've known this forever that blizzard doesn't pay very well. Blizzard relies on exploiting passion - always have.
I'd be interested to see if there is a correlation between Blizzard's declining performance and salary decrease over the past decade.They have gone down hill significantly in recent years. The Blizzard of old was held up high by the excellence of their team. This now appears to be going down the toilet, too.
wow what @#$% company but execs can have 6 figureheads nice.. yeah exploiting passion
This isn't a Blizzard problem, this is an entertainment industry problem.
I hope this brings about some sort of action to help those individuals make ends meet or at least get paid the value of their contribution.
I'm an Senior IT guy in a leadership position.Yearly salaries are a dumb, counterproductive commie thing. Hourly wage + productivity based salary is much better.California is a cesspool with extremely high taxes and extremely high cost of doing business. So for every dollar an employee makes, much more is spent on taxes and cost of doing business compared to if said company was based in Texas, or Italy or whatever.Currently there is a HUGE need for competent programmers. Most of these Blizzard employees are with Blizzard, because they want to be there - they forsake better paying job in order to be with Blizzard. I'm sure it looks very good on a CV as well, but if you work for Blizzard, don't whine. If the pay is low, get a new job.I have friends working at Amazon over there and they are raking in a f.ton of money."Several former Blizzard employees said they only received significant pay increases after leaving for other companies"This is economics 101, really. It's like saying you got wet when you dipped your toe in a lake. Studies are clear that if you are not changing company every 2-3 years, your salary will be 50% less in just a few decades.For some reason companies don't like to give raises, and would rather risk losing talent than giving proper raises.Firing your employees is a must in business. Some people shouldn't have been hired. Some people burn out or change into deadweight. Workload changes. The business changes. Funds decrease. Automation kicks in, etc. There are many good reason to fire people.Companies who don't fire people are degrading at a light speed.In virtually any team a double digit percent of the people are pretty much useless. Google up: pareto principle.Then again, developers are making bank and are in extremely high need all around the world.
Seeing the positions would be incredibly relevant. Blizz has a lot of positions that are essentially entry level, minimum wage, part time jobs. These positions are no different than starting level retail/fast food jobs that aren't intended to full time work designed to support a whole family. The idea is that you start in that sort of job, gain some work experience and move to a position (or another company) that is actually full time with appropriate pay. If they aren't paying gms well (given that it's a job that requires or used to require zero work experience or pertinent skills), that wouldn't be unfair. If they are continuing that to people with more experience.. then, well, go work for riot I guess.
I thought most people knew this. I hope they know how appreciated their efforts are by the community as they deserve better than this.
Unionize and strike.