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Activision Blizzard Reviews

Updated August 30, 2014
Updated August 30, 2014
71 Reviews
3.3
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Activision Blizzard Director, President & Ceo Robert A. Kotick
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Many great people who are willing to answer questions and help where possible (in 4 reviews)

  • It's nice to work with really smart people (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • As a result, high turnover, massive dissatisfaction and intense disconnect between lower and upper management (in 5 reviews)

  • Lots of overtime and not getting paid or compensate properly (in 3 reviews)

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    SIMPLY BAD, RUN FROM THIS PLACE

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I worked at Activision Blizzard full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, location is good, but nothing much beyond this. Since 20 words minimum are necessary, I am making an effort to meet the minimum.

    Cons

    Bad management, plenty of disorganization, a lot of stress caused by a harassing culture where the entire company is emailed if there is a minor problem or mistake with no one ever trying to curb the behavior or trying to, instead, foster better relations amongst peers and departments. Some departments are nothing but revolving doors with constant dismissals and processes changes that cause confusion and distress. Manager is self-centered man who hired a Supervisor with not much knowledge, both lack common sense, do not know a thing about guiding and supporting the people under them or about helping employees to gain more knowledge and confidence as tools to be more efficient and empowered. If they did, perhaps they could avoid so many dismissals every time something goes wrong. In certain departments, this company has hired managers who clearly choose dismissal as a means to fix the problems that are actually caused by none other than their own deficiencies and inability to "manage". Add to all of the above the fact that the offices are old, raggedy, with dirty and ripped carpets, and very long white hallways that have a "hospital" feel and look.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to school to learn a thing or two about managing. When something goes wrong in your department, fire yourselves!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible conditions

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    Former Employee - QA Tester in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - QA Tester in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Activision Blizzard as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    I guess if you like being abused for loving to game for work, this would be an ideal job.

    Cons

    Management takes advantage of skilled employees without remorse. As a result, high turnover, massive dissatisfaction and intense disconnect between lower and upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    May require overhaul in philosophy to maintain their prestige.

  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not the place to work if you want to move up or get paid well

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    Former Employee - QA Tester in El Segundo, CA
    Former Employee - QA Tester in El Segundo, CA

    I worked at Activision Blizzard

    Pros

    You get to your foot in the video game industry. Gaining experience is key and the job itself is really fun at times.

    Cons

    The pay is FAR to low and there is zero job security...even if you work hard and make friends.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Run Away, Run Away

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    Former Employee - Vice President
    Former Employee - Vice President

    I worked at Activision Blizzard

    Pros

    Some interesting and innovative Internet properties, and great energy at MySpace, at least

    Cons

    Staggeringly miscast senior management, with no technology product or Internet experience, mostly refugees from other parts of Fox like cable, film and television. Zero communications, no discernible product strategy, openly hostile finance/accounting "leadership". Support groups like IT and Facilities are straight out of a Kafka novel. MySpace is wildly disorganized and overspending, don't know how to manage technology development, management don't really report to Peter and don't integrate with rest of FIM.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are not a media company, you are an Internet technology company owned by a media company. If you don't start running it that way, with leaders deeply experienced in that field, you will be destroyed by companies that do, including Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Yahoo. Yes, even Yahoo is better run.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    If you're female, don't bother working here.

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    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Beverly Hills, CA
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Beverly Hills, CA

    I have been working at Activision Blizzard

    Pros

    Good location. Good Halloween party.

    Cons

    It's very corporate and upper management micro-manages their team. It has a very male mentality and upper management having affairs with entry-level young woman is tolerated and somewhat encouraged through a good-for-you attitude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop thinking like Newscorp and start acting like MySpace. And fire people who sleep with subordinates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    QA Tester

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    Former Employee - QA Localization Tester in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - QA Localization Tester in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I worked at Activision Blizzard full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    It 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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Terrible Recruitment Process

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Vancouver, BC (Canada)

    I have been working at Activision Blizzard full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Recruitment 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 ManagementAdvice

    Your 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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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