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Activision Blizzard Reviews

Updated November 9, 2014
Updated November 9, 2014
71 Reviews
3.3
71 Reviews
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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    ActivisionBlizzard is a very fast-paced working environment with an increadably skilled workforce.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Monica, CA

    I have been working at Activision Blizzard full-time

    Pros

    It's the people who make ActivisionBlizzard great!

    Cons

    The building and office conditions are awful - once inside the first floor you may mistake this video game company for an old insurance office.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    fun place to work, but don't stay long

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    Former Employee - Sales Planner in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Planner in New York, NY

    I worked at Activision Blizzard full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - work life balance
    - fun place to work
    - laid back work environment

    Lots of new products rolling out and the sales team is about 5 years behind on checks and balances so there is no red tape when it comes to creativity.

    Cons

    - management
    - compensation compared to industry standardst

    Management is strictly out for their own good vs. the well-being of the team

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on keeping the talent you have

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Not a real tech company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

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

    Pros

    One of the few big software companies in Los Angeles. Many years ago, before the Silicon Beach, there weren't many options in LA for software developers, FIM was one of the better ones.

    Cons

    The company culture is closer to movie production studio than real software tech company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are doing fine with what you trying to do, just this is not my type of company I want to work for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    QA Experience Is Average

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Activision Blizzard

    Pros

    - Experienced QA management
    - Talented testing teams who are eager to share knowledge
    - Trained QA rules that ensured limited bug duplication and high quality bug writing
    - Pay is equal to industry average (neither pro or con)
    - Free drinks and sometimes free food (with OT)
    - Very strict break schedules

    Cons

    - Outsourced a lot of QA jobs
    - Working conditions were dirty (this was when QA was in the basement of the Santa Monica office, has since moved to a new office space)
    - Difficult to move up
    - Limited computers that hindered efficient bugging practices
    - Felt like a competition with other testers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Increase bugging stations (or provide individual bugging stations to QA team members).
    - Reward high performers (bonuses, raises, promotions, etc.)

  6.  

    Unstable place to work

    Former Employee - Paralegal in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Paralegal in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Activision Blizzard full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I enjoyed my work and my co-workers

    Cons

    Layoffs were always imminent due to mismanagement of the company by executives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a page out of Blizzard's management book and it wouldn't hurt to publish a good game every now and then

  7.  

    Nice company

    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Activision Blizzard as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good company, people and great location

    Cons

    lot of work pressure and micro managing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    value the team

  8.  

    Fun, yet underpaid

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Activision Blizzard

    Pros

    Perks in Los Angeles were good.

    Cons

    Pay was not up to par with industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's a shame that so many valuable employees were lost during the changeover to Activision-Blizzard Games.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    This company is good but experiencing some growing pains

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Activision Blizzard

    Pros

    Cutting edge social networking products

    Cons

    It is run like a start up so there are a few issues that need to be ironed out such as a stronger HR and organizational process

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many folks have a media background and not an internet background- this creates a problem. Some divisions just grew too fast and there was no strong organization flow in process to handle the growth. There was also a lack of focus in some division on revenue. Many products were in the market but there was not revenue model to support the product.

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Neutral work environment at FIM.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Beverly Hills, CA
    Former Employee - Technical Project Manager in Beverly Hills, CA

    I worked at Activision Blizzard

    Pros

    FIM is a fast-paced environment. Career opportunities are abundant and employee morale is, generally, pretty good. The company has a good work/life balance as there are flexible work hours and managers are very understanding in regards to responsibilites outside of work. Compensation and benefits are slightly above average. Also, you get to work in Los Angeles.

    Cons

    The downside to abundant career opportunities is that managment tends to place the wrong people in the wrong jobs. Do not believe anything that HR tells you. You will need to befriend a very high level executive to get accurate information and feedback. Most managers need more management training. Only somewhat competent upper management, and seriously lacks leadership abilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your hiring processes and internal communication efforts together.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Fun while it lasted, never had the chance to succeed

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Activision Blizzard

    Pros

    People were mostly very competent . Fun environment , easy going , relaxed , flexible hours . Advanced within the organization . Compensation was standard . Bonuses very good ( thanks to blizzard ) . . .

    Cons

    Products never got enough marketing support . While a fun place to work due to the people, employee morale was in the middle of the road due to product lack of success . No great hits . Another year or two and we may have had a shot . Will never know what might have developed in 09 - 10. Lots of good stuff was in the pipeline - all gone now due to merger .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Would have been nice to have a chance to succeed.

    No opinion of CEO

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