- Comp & Benefits
- Work/Life Balance
- Senior Management
- Culture & Values
- Career Opportunities
I worked at Activision Blizzard full-timePros
- Clearly trying to be the best at everything they attempt
- Focus on quality is pervasive
- Independent studio structure somewhat intact
- Big name IP that makes you feel important
- Leading edge technology creating top end experiences
- Smart, competent executives who make good decisionsCons
- Control and decisions tend to trickle down from the top
- Fairly risk averse
- Hard to get much breathing room for creative exploration
- Everyone works extremely hard and family balance is very difficultRecommendsPositive OutlookApproves of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
- Application Details
I applied through an employee referral – interviewed at Activision Blizzard.Interview Details
I was set-up with an interview with the Strategy team, after being referred by someone. Fortunately I didn't have to get screened by HR initially. My interview was over the phone with a fairly senior person. I spent a lot of time preparing for this interview, speaking to friends in the industry, reading up on research and gathering insights.
The interviewer was very terse and direct, which was fine, although I find phone interviews to be difficult at the best of times because you have no visual cues. So his approach made it even more awkward. Not sure why they wouldn't bring me into the office.
Questions revolved around the company strategy, what I thought of it, things they should/could be doing and a discussion of my background and how it fit. Certainly some questions I handled better than others - it wasn't my best interview, just ok.
I was held to a strict 30 minutes and certainly felt rushed trying to touch on what were very large and complex issues facing the company. I had no time for questions of my own. I was told they would get back to me with further steps, but was offered no contact information. I never heard a word from the company or my referral person.
It's a shame that companies feel they can treat candidates with such disrespect, especially when so much effort is put forth to prepare. What I heard was that the role has been open for a while, so clearly they are having trouble finding the right person. Based on my (limited) experience with this company, being treated as completely expendible, it didn't strike me as a place to focus on.Interview Questions
No OfferNegative ExperienceDifficult Interview
- Discussion of strategic issues - you will need to do your research Answer Question
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ActivisionBlizzard, Inc.is the worlds largest and most profitable independent interactive entertainment publishing company. It develops and publishes some of the most successful and beloved entertainment franchises in any medium, including Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, Skylanders, and Diablo®.
Headquartered in Santa Monica California, it maintains operations throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. ActivisionBlizzard develops and publishes games on all leading interactive platforms and its games are available in most countries around the world.