According to Bloomberg, Blizzard Entertainment employees shared a spreadsheet in late July, where employees could add their salary and information to their bonuses. This was done in an attempt to portray salary disparities in the company.
This comes after an internal survey was conducted at the company last year, with more than half of its employees unhappy with their compensation. Management promised to conduct an additional survey that would address employee displeasure, but when the results of that study were implemented last month, there was resentment in the company’s slack, so much so that an anonymous employee gained transparency on the company Started a spreadsheet for. Attempt to fix salary issues.
Many employees received less than 10% of their annual salary, much lower than employees after the company’s survey promises. Bloomberg received internal correspondence from employees indicating they were struggling to make ends meet. One employee said that their raise was only 50 cents an hour, and because they were not working overtime, they were actually doing less than they were about a decade ago.
Some workers in higher positions receive salaries in the six-figure category and are given a bonus of over 20%. Nevertheless, employees in roles such as quality assurance testing and customer-service are at minimum wage or close to it. The average monthly cost of renting a property in Irvine, California, where the company’s headquarters are located, is approximately $ 2,500.
Meanwhile, the company’s year-over-year revenue has increased, and its CEO Bobby Kotick enjoyed compensation in the $ 40 million range, while its new chief financial officer received $ 1 through stock and sign-on bonuses 15 million were awarded.
One of the major issues is the result of Blizzard being forced to cut costs stemming from parent company Activision, resulting in hundreds of jobs lost in 2019. The remaining employees were forced to take on the prescribed staff workload, but it did not come with wages. increases. In Activision’s earnings call on Tuesday, it was revealed that revenue was up nearly 40% from the previous year.
Some employees who have survived have taken drastic cost-cutting measures to suppress their hunger, including not having lunch, over-caffeine and even abandoning childbirth plans.
A light has been shed on the gaming industry in 2020 as Blizzard is one of several companies undergoing scandals regarding the treatment of employees.