Activision Blizzard
3.2 of 5 17 reviews
www.activisionblizzard.com Santa Monica, CA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Apr 15, 2014

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Activision Blizzard Director, President & Ceo Robert A. Kotick

Robert A. Kotick

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64% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Activision Blizzard as a contractor for less than a year

ProsDecent pay, decent benefits package, plenty of cheap junk food (those who either make you fat or plain kill you, or both). Pop corn, candies, pop-tarts, sugar water (sodas), etc... Yes, it was free but also unhealthy. Free coffee, teas.

ConsRidiculously lean organization with a few very dysfunctional departments where distress, dissatisfaction, confusion and unhappiness prevails. There is no work-life balance (70-80 hour work week with interruption on holidays and weekends). Corporate culture is stiff, impersonal and openly hostile. Lots of pointless meetings to pinpoint mistakes and criticize openly but no training, not enough head count to do the job, thus overworking employees to a very painful degree. This caused low morale and disgust for the place and management. The constant fear of being fired can be clearly seen amongst the employees. Heavily ego-driven executives which resulted in operational dysfunction, confusion, and inefficiency. Rewards mediocrity so there was never a positive outcome or improvement in the processes.

Advice to Senior ManagementTone down your criticism of others and start taking responsibility for the mess and the mistakes in your department. Put your ego aside and understand that you were hired not just to benefit your own self but to be supportive and empowering to those around you. Lead by example and avoid favoritism, placing blame, and excessive criticism. While working at this place I could never feel any respect or admiration for those in charge. One thing was said one day, and another was ordered the next, and the story would change all over again the following week. Lack of structure and organization caused by the clowns in charge.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

I worked at Activision Blizzard full-time for more than a year

ProsIt is fun to test video games for work.
International environment.
Relatively stress free.
Once in a while they give away some games.

ConsIt is a job with no future or oportunities.
Very poorly managed.
There is no difference if you do your job or you don't. A job well done is never recognized.
Short contracts. Often you will not now if you are going to get a contract extension until the last day of your contract.
The bar is set very low when it comes to hire people.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Terrible Recruitment Process

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Vancouver, BC (Canada)

I have been working at Activision Blizzard full-time for less than a year

ProsLarge company with lots of People and positions available.
Lots of opportunity in many cities around the world.

ConsRecruitment process took 8 weeks and 7 interviews to finally get a job offer at the end.
Recruiters do not have a clear picture what the roles are, the talent needed or how to interview. It may be that they have lost focus of who their internal customers are

Advice to Senior ManagementYour lack of care or blatant disregard of people's time is arrogant.
Today's applicant is also today's customer.
Skill set is lacking on knowledge about local markets, may open up to liability

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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