Blizzard Entertainment employees are reported to share their salaries and increases to link growing dissatisfaction with wage differentials across the company.
According to a Bloomberg report, Blizzard employees have created a document to which everyone can add their salary levels and any recent salary changes.
The document exists because of what employees viewed as a poor response to a Blizzard internal poll in 2019 that allegedly showed that more than half of the company’s employees were unsatisfied with their salary.
Blizzard’s subsequent plan to ensure fairer pay was implemented last month, but “resulted in an outcry on the company̵
“Our goal has always been to ensure that we compensate our employees fairly and competitively,” said Activision Blizzard’s Jessica Taylor in a statement.
“We are constantly reviewing compensation policies to better identify the talent of our top performers and keep ourselves competitive in the industry with the goal of rewarding and investing more in top people.”
The Bloomberg report includes details from numerous sources, including the payment document itself, Slack messages, and other internal communications.
They describe a company in which roles such as video game testers and customer service representatives receive “minimum wages or close to it”. The report also claims that the layoffs in February 2019 left the remaining employees with additional responsibilities, but did not compensate them with additional wages.
Blizzard Entertainment is part of Activision Blizzard, which has been criticized in part for its enrichment by CEO Bobby Kotick. In response, the company pointed out that in the 30 years that Kotick was CEO, the share value rose from $ 10 million to over $ 50 billion.
However, when we spoke to CtW, the organization that led the call for change, she suggested that Kotick’s compensation structure be designed so that he could receive five annual awards if he met certain criteria only once in this five-year period.
“It’s a bit like losing a race at the Olympics four years in a row and then winning the fifth,” said Michael Varner from CtW. “Instead of getting a gold medal for the fifth year, you get five, one for this year and four for the races you lost.
“It doesn’t make sense. It doesn’t matter whether it’s sustainable or not. It’s just unfair.”