Activision Blizzard Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Pros
  • Many great people who are willing to answer questions and help where possible (in 4 reviews)

  • Smart people, cool environment - what's not to like about making games (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, which you're more or less expected to do (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Terrible conditions

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

    I worked at Activision Blizzard as a contractor (Less than a 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 Management

    May require overhaul in philosophy to maintain their prestige.


  2. Helpful (4)

    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
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

    Leave.


  3. Helpful (7)

    Run Away, Run Away

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    Former Employee - Vice President
    Former Employee - Vice President
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  6. Helpful (1)

    Questionable company

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    Former Contractor - QA Localization Tester in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Contractor - QA Localization Tester in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working in the game industry is quite nice, fun environment. Usually the people you work with are great.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is ridiculous. The company expect you to be available for them 24/7. The payment is crap, at least for localization quality assurance. Seriously, you get same pay working for McDonald's and you will also have better work-life balance. As the company hires people for this job temporary, the environment style is like dog-eat-dog. Everyone doing overtime all the time to show the company you are worth keeping, so they 'might' extend your contract. Hardware and equipment are outdated, slow computers, crappy and/or broken peripheral, something unacceptable for a company this big. The management is questionable. Immature attitudes and bad decisions happen all the time and the communication between hierarchies are almost non existent. You never know what you are doing and why. There are no extra benefits despite the salary. There is almost no possibility of promotions in the quality assurance area and, if they happen, they will expect you to work twice harder for a very small salary increase.

    Advice to Management

    The company should pay better the employees and give them more free time to fix the work-life balance issue. Some people in management shouldn't be in this position.


  7. Helpful (4)

    QA Tester

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    Former Employee - QA Localization Tester in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Former Employee - QA Localization Tester in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Activision Blizzard full-time (More than a 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.


  8. Terrible Recruitment Process

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Vancouver, BC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Activision Blizzard full-time (Less than a 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 Management

    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



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