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Activision Blizzard Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
74 Reviews
3.4
74 Reviews
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Activision Blizzard Director, President & Ceo Robert A. Kotick
Robert A. Kotick
18 Ratings

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.  

    good variety of work, great people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Activision Blizzard

    Pros

    people are friendly, work is dynamic, you are treated like an independent adult

    Cons

    pay could be better for temporary employees

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Blizzard Entertainment was a great company to work for, but with limited growth potential.

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    Former Employee - Game Master in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Game Master in Austin, TX

    I worked at Activision Blizzard full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great culture and people. Lots of passion about the product from all sides of it. Customers are fantastic most of the time as well.

    Cons

    Not the greatest communications between departments and limited growth potential depending upon what career path you wish to follow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication between differing departments and make career paths more transparent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great people, inconsistent management

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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

    Great people, learn good testing skills, fast paced, plenty of possible over time, variety of consoles to test, company does a great job teaching testing methods, many opportunities for special assignments within a project, you're getting payed to play video games

    Cons

    Almost no chance of getting promoted, management is inconsistent, daily tasks frequently unclear,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Go big or go home

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Activision Blizzard full-time

    Pros

    - 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 decisions

    Cons

    - 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 difficult

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Artist

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    Current Employee - 3D Artist in Foster City, CA
    Current Employee - 3D Artist in Foster City, CA

    I have been working at Activision Blizzard full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, great projects, and the company takes care of its employees. You are def rewarded with long hours that you put in... Which in this industry is awesome!

    Cons

    I'm not sure if this is exactly a con, considering if you love your job.... But there can be very long hours at times. Especially during "crunch" time. Then again like I mentioned above you are rewarded for it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    So Much Fun During Summer

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    Former Intern - MBA Intern in Santa Monica, CA
    Former Intern - MBA Intern in Santa Monica, CA

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

    Pros

    Great company to start your career in Video Games for experienced professionals.
    You can learn about the differences between genres, monetization models, platforms, geographies, which is crucial for understanding this business. And yeah, it is very fun place to work. All people around you are very nice.

    Cons

    In comparison to the studios, the HQ office is little bit less goofy, and more formal. Which is not nesessary a bad thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop the internship program to attract the most talented students at the early stage of recruiting process.
    Also, consider offering full-time jobs to last year students in Fall. Otherwise, they won't wait for the spring and will end up with other companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Best Place To Work

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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 full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Management, great employees, family environment

    Cons

    hard work, pressure and competition

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    freelancer,

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    Former Contractor - Freelacer in Miami, FL
    Former Contractor - Freelacer in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    the art directors let you be creative, so this was a huge bonus. I would love to work with them again down the road.

    Cons

    its a great employer, nothing bad to report. The communication was good. the only thing i guess i could have gotten paid sooner but thats ok

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep it up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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 a 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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 ManagementAdvice

    May require overhaul in philosophy to maintain their prestige.

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